What is transfer credit?


The term transfer credit simply means that when you switch to a new program you get credit for courses you have previously completed. You can receive internal and external transfer credit. 

External transfer credit: Courses completed at a recognized post-secondary institution or at a recognized advanced high school program (AP, IB or GCE A levels).

Internal transfer credit: Courses you have completed in a different USask academic program. 

Two stages of review

When you are admitted to USask Engineering, there are two stages involved in receiving transfer credit:

1. USask review: This is the automatic assessment done by USask Admissions during your application process.

2. USask Engineering review: The detailed review completed by the College of Engineering to determine if you will receive transfer credit toward engineering classes in the college.

Transfer credit assessments will not be completed for students who have not been admitted to a USask degree program. This means we cannot complete preliminary assessments for students who are considering an application.

Stage 1: USask review

Automatic review 

If you are admitted to USask, the Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit Office will automatically review your admissions application for possible transfer credit and email your initial transfer credit assessment to you. You do not need to request this assessment and there is no cost.

This assessment is based on the official transcripts you submitted with your application and on the Course Equivalent list that USask currently recognizes. Assessed transfer credits will become part of your official USask academic record.

Transfer credit assessments will not be completed for students who have not been admitted to a USask degree program.

General Transfer Credit

USask accepts courses from accredited institutions in Canada and also from certain international academic institutions.

The purpose of transfer credit is to give you fair and reasonable credit for academic work completed at another institution and to reduce the likelihood you will repeat academic work for which you have already demonstrated competence.

General credit may be granted if there is no exact equivalent at USask for one of your courses. The following are common general transfer credit abbreviations:

JR Junior level-introductory level course (usually 100-level course at USask)
SR Senior level-an upper-year course with prerequisites(s) (Usually a 200-400 level course at USask)
UNSP Unspecified level of transfer credit. The course does not clearly correspond to an existing USAsk Course either at the junior or senior level. 
XAR Arts & Science credit
XHUM Humanities credit
XLAN Credit for a university-level Language course
XNCR  No transfer credit is awarded
XNSC Natural Science credit
XSSC Social Science credit

An unspecified or general transfer credit can be counted toward the number of courses, mostly electives in a particular subject. 

An unspecified or general transfer credit cannot be used to replace a specfic program-required course. For example, if you received CHEM JR.3 as a transfer credit and CHEM 112 is a required course for your program, you would still be required to complete CHEM 112 at USask. In some curcumstances, CHEM JR.3 might be counted as an elective if it meets the elective criteria in your program. 

Specific transfer credit, not applied towards the degree

It is important to understand that while the Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit Office may grant you specific transfer credit for certain USask courses, these courses may not be applied to your B.E. degree.

Some of the reasons that transfer credit may not be received and/or applied toward your degree include the following examples:

  • A course may not fit into a specific academic program
  • Some academic units require a minimum grade in order to grant credit
  • Some academic units will not grant credit for courses that are considered to be stale-dated
  • Some programs require a minimum number of courses, or specific courses, to be completed at USask

However, further transfer credit assessment conducted by the College of Engineering based on the additional documents you provide can lead to more engineering-specific transfer courses being awarded.


If you are not satisfied with the results of your transfer credit assessment, please book an appointment to discuss the results with an Engineering Student Centre (ESC) academic advisor. If you still wish to appeal you must complete an Appeal of Transfer Credit Decision form and forward it to the Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit Office.

Along with the appeal form, you must submit the reasons why the transfer credit should be considered for review. If you did not initially submit a course outline, you should provide as much information about the course as you can, such as a detailed course syllabus, textbook reading list, etc.

Courses that have not been successfully completed, do not meet the minimum grade requirement of the academic area, or have been completed at an institution deemed not be eligible will not be considered for appeal.

Stage 2: USask Engineering Review

All first-year engineering students take the same core courses so that you have a firm academic foundation regardless of the engineering major that you choose. This means there are specific course prerequisites you must meet when applying as a transfer student to the College of Engineering.

How to request transfer credit

If you are a newly admitted student, you are strongly encouraged to submit a request for transfer credit assessment as soon as possible so that your assessment can be completed during the spring/summer session (May-August).

Please note that the granting of transfer credits is not guaranteed, and that transfer credit assessments may take months to complete. The sooner we receive your request and your information, the faster we can finalize your transfer credit assessment.

Please email engr.transfercredit@usask.ca with the following information:

  • the names of the courses you would like to have assessed, from an external institution or another USask college
  • the names of the USask College of Engineering course or other college course that you believe they are equivalent to.
  • the course outline for each course that you are requesting transfer credit for. A course outline is an official and detailed summary of a course, its content, and requirements. Course outlines include the course description, name of the instructor, contact hours, schedule of topics, required textbooks, evaluation methods, etc., and need to be from the year you completed the course. This is also known as a “course syllabus.”
  • In some cases, you will be required to submit additional course materials in order to verify depth and breadth of the content delivered in the previous course. Course materials might include course assignments, midterms, final exams, and laboratory reports.

How we assess transfer credit

We will review each of the courses you are requesting transfer credit for, including the documentation you provided to see if the content matches a course offered at the College of Engineering.

Engineering faculty members assess the courses on criteria related to: content, learning outcomes, credit value and/or number of teaching hours, and on applicability to our BE degree programs of study. If applicable, the courses will also need to include practical and/or lab components.


The most important components of your transfer application to USask Engineering are the content and rigour of your classes (taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, or completed within a recognized advanced high school program, such as AP, IB or GCE A level courses), and your performance in those classes. 

These are the requirements transfer courses must meet in order to be used toward your B.E. degree.

The College of Engineering requires students to obtain a minimum final grade in coursework that they wish to transfer and apply towards their Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BE) degree at USask.

You are eligible for transfer credit for relevant courses in which you’ve earned a grade of 60% (or C-) or better.

Transferred courses will count toward the credits needed for your BE degree. However, grades obtained in these courses will not be included in your various averages (except for calculating your average for placement into a major).

You must meet all requirements of your major in order to graduate, regardless of the number of transfer credits that you receive. If you are ever in doubt about your BE degree requirements, meet with an engineering academic advisor to ensure you know you are on track to earn your degree.

It is possible to receive transfer credits for up to half of the courses needed for your USask degree. The College of Engineering requires that at least 50% of your Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BE) is completed at USask, but will permit students to transfer coursework towards a (BE) degree program, when these courses meet all other requirements listed here, and providing that they meet our accreditation standards as well.

The number of credit units applied toward your BE degree will depend on the specific BE degree program (i.e. which engineering major a student chooses). An academic advisor in the College of Engineering will determine which coursework can be applied toward your degree. As much as possible, this is done so as to reduce the time remaining for a student to complete a degree program.

The College of Engineering requires that all coursework, including transfer credit, applied towards degree requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BE) degree program be completed within a certain time period.

If you receive transfer credit for courses within the Engineering Program Core, it will be credited toward your Engineering degree only if the transfer course is used in accordance with the timeline outlined in the Undergraduate Degree Completion Timeframe policy.

According to this policy, you have six years to complete your degree, from the time you enter into a major (second year). Courses taken in the first year will be excluded from the rule, as well as humanities and social science courses.

The College of Engineering offers eight undergraduate programs that are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). As such, the following restrictions based on licensure requirements are placed on "engineering science" and "engineering design transfer credits."

  • Engineering Science: Any post-secondary coursework that is deemed to be engineering science must have been taught by a Professional Engineer (PEng) or Engineer in Training (EIT) who was licensed to practice in Canada. The name of the instructor and their licensure status must be clearly communicated on the course outline provided as part of the transfer credit assessment process. A limited number of exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for this requirement.
  • Engineering Design: Any post-secondary coursework that is deemed to be engineering design must have been taught by a Professional Engineer (PEng) who was licensed to practice in Canada. The name of the instructor and their licensure status must be clearly communicated on the course outline provided as part of the transfer credit assessment process. No exceptions will be made for this requirement.

Because of rules related to our engineering program accreditation, international students may not gain advanced standing for the credits they have previously completed. Accreditation rules set by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) require that any post-secondary coursework that is deemed to be engineering science and engineering design must have been completed in a country who is a signatory to the Washington Accord, or in a country with which CEAB has signed a mutual recognition agreement. (The Washington Accord is an international agreement regarding accreditation of engineering programs.)

Whenever possible, transfer credits will be granted as specific Engineering courses.

Permission for external courses

Request a Letter of Permission

If you are a current College of Engineering student and plan to take courses at another post-secondary institution, you should ask the College to provide you with a Letter of Permission. You will need to contact the Engineering Student Centre (ESC) to start this process.

The College of Engineering will conduct rigorous checks to see whether the courses you are planning to take at another post-secondary institution are applicable to your current program in the College of Engineering, and compliant with our accreditation standards. The Letter of Permission will confirm that you are a student in good standing and list the courses in which you may enroll as a visiting student at the other post-secondary institution and receive credit for at the University of Saskatchewan.

Have your transcript sent to USask

It is your responsibility to enroll in the courses at the external institution and to indicate to the external institution that you are a visiting student. Upon finishing your course elsewhere (e.g. you take a spring or summer course at an external institution), you must request that the external institution send your official transcript to the USask Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit office. Once the Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit office processes this external course credit (which has been allowed through your Letter of Permission), then your Degree Works profile will be updated to reflect the course credit.

Please note that if you see any discrepancies on your Degree Works profile, you should follow up with an engineering advisor or the ESC main office so we can ensure you receive credit for the external course, as approved by your Letter of Permission.

University policy

USask's Articulation and Transfer Credit Policy outlines the purpose, principles, requirements and responsibilities associated with granting transfer credit at our institution. 

The College of Engineering’s additional stipulations for granting transfer credit are described above.


USask Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit  College of Engineering Transfer Credit

Phone: 306-966-5788

Email: admissions@usask.ca

Phone: 306-966-5274

Email: engr.transfercredit@usask.ca