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Queen's University

International Baccalaureate (IB) Transfer Credits

The Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Business, the School of Computing and the School of Nursing all grant credit for Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Students in all faculties and schools may be granted up to a maximum of 18 credit units for Higher Level IB courses.

Students in the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science may earn a maximum total of 6 credit units to be counted towards their Performance Arts & Language and/or Humanities & Social Science electives. More information about elective courses for the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science can be found in the Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Admission will assess students' IB courses to determine whether or not Queen's credits will be granted. In order to have these courses assessed, students must do one of the following once their final IB results are available: 

  • Make a request through the IBO that their results be made available to Queen's online. This can be done through the IBO website. 
  • Request that the IBO send an official copy of their results to Undergraduate Admission. 

Undergraduate Admission will not take either of these actions on a student's behalf. 

Students must achieve a final grade of five or greater in their Higher Level courses in order to be considered for credit. Please note that the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science requires a score of six or greater for some courses in order to be considered for credit. Some Higher Level subjects have a direct equivalent, and will replace a specific course at Queen's in a student's degree program. For those Higher Level subjects which do not have a direct equivalent at Queen’s, an ‘elective’ credit is granted. These elective credits may be counted towards the completion of a degree, but they do not replace other courses at Queen’s.

Finally, there are a number of courses for which Queen's does not grant credit, regardless of a student's score.  Those courses are English, Business Management, Design and Technology, Theatre, Visual Art and World Religions.  Also, no credit is currently granted for Theory of Knowledge or the Extended Essay. 

Please click on the links below (organized by faculty and school) for an up-to-date current of the transfer credits granted to students entering Queen's from the IB program.

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