Student granted transfer credit must meet all program requirements for the degree sought at Brandon University. The maximum number of transfer credit hours for 3-year, 4-year and 5-year degrees are listed in the relevant section of the Calendar for degree sought. Not all courses transferred may fit into a degree program.
Students granted transfer credit must meet all the curriculum requirements for the degree sought at Brandon University. Departments reserve the right to refuse transfer of credit on the basis that the coursework is outdated, also known as stale-dated.
Types of Transfer Credit
After reviewing the transfer credit request and accompanying course information, academic departments and/or Deans may make one of three decisions:
- Specific course equivalent – The evaluated course is deemed equivalent to a specific course offered in the evaluator’s Faculty/School/Department at Brandon University
- Unallocated course credit – The evaluated course is deemed to be a university-level course in the discipline of study offered by the Faculty/School/Department but for which there is no direct Brandon University equivalent
- No course credit– Insufficient information has been provided about a course, the course is deemed to be not of university-level, or the course was a practical/work learning experience that has no Brandon University equivalent
Departments reserve the right to refuse transfer of credit on the basis that the coursework is outdated, also known as stale-dated.
Some individual departments do have a stale-date policy. Biology, Business Administration and Graduate Studies in Education will not accept courses past 7 years, 8 years for Justice Studies, 10 years for Bachelor of Nursing, and 15 years for Environmental Studies, and Psychology.
Courses listed in the Transfer Database will automatically expire on the fifth year anniversary when the course was last assessed for credit. Students will be required to submit a course syllabus for an expired course so the course can be reassessed by the Department. Evaluations in the Transfer Database are subject to change without notice and expired evaluations may be reassessed differently from the previous evaluation.
Transfer of Credit from Community Colleges
Requests for transfer of credit for community college courses will be considered on a course-by-course basis where there exists an equivalent Brandon University course. Consideration will be given to the established practice of accredited universities within the jurisdiction in which the community college is located. Not all community college courses are equivalent to university level courses. The final decision on transfer credit is at the discretion of the department and the Dean of the Faculty of School concerned.
As an adult leaner admitted to Brandon University, you may want to consider whether you bring to university a wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills acquired while working or through personal endeavors such as a hobby. If you have acquired university level learning through your hard work, you may be eligible to have your prior learning assessed for university credits. By making use of the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) service at Brandon University and by gaining PLAR Credits that can be applied towards the completion of your degree, you can save yourself time and money. The program also allows students to apply for academic credit for learning achieved through the completion of non-accredited credentials offered, for example, by professional associations, organizations or government agencies.
PLAR credit will be recognized if equivalency of knowledge and skills can be demonstrated. A range of assessment techniques may be used, including demonstrations, challenge exams, portfolio-assisted assessments, as well as an evaluation of a non-accredited credential.
Please contact our PLAR Coordinator to discuss your options.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Receiving transfer credit for Advanced Placement is voluntary. Students must apply for transfer credit by completing a Request Form by August 31. Transfer credit for Advanced Placement is granted in specific subject areas if a minimum score of 3 is achieved with some departments requiring a minimum score of 4. The Faculty of Science requires a minimum grade of 4 for transfer.
The College Board number for Brandon University is 000905.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Transfer credit for International Baccalaureate is granted upon request. Students must apply for transfer credit by completing a Request Form by August 31. Higher Level IB courses with a grade of 4 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.
Letter of Permission – Courses Taken Elsewhere
Brandon University students who wish to take a course(s) at another post-secondary institution for transfer of credit to their degree program here must obtain a Letter of Permission before they make application to the other institution. Complete information on requirements and submitting a request is found online on the Letter of Permission page.