IB, AP, or GCE courses may count towards your McMaster degree

| September 29, 2022
Submitted by Karina Almeida for Student Experience - Academic

If you completed IB, AP, or GCE courses in high school, you may be eligible for transfer credit towards your McMaster degree.

What you need to know:

  • The Faculty of Business does not grant transfer credit for Math or Business-related IB, AP, or GCE courses.
  • Business 1 students are encouraged to enroll in all required coursework while they await a transfer credit assessment.


  • You must be registered in Business 1. Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) students are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) – a minimum score of 5 in Higher Level (HL) courses. Standard Level (SL) courses are not considered for transfer credit.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) – a minimum score of 4 in acceptable courses.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) – applicants with a minimum grade of C in Advanced Level subjects may be eligible for transfer credit which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Interested in a formal assessment?

  • Contact the Office of the Registrar and ask for a transfer credit assessment.
  • Submit your score sheet, along with your full name and student number, to macdocs@mcmaster.ca.
  • The last day to share your score sheet with the Office of the Registrar is Friday, October 14.
  • If you are eligible for transfer credit, you will be emailed by a member of the Student Experience Academic Team by Friday, October 21.

Questions? Email the Student Experience – Academic team at buscom@mcmaster.ca and don’t forget to include your full name and student ID number.

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