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Transfer Credit

Note: Transfer Credit is for previously completed courses only. If a Program Student would like to apply for permission to use a course towards the MA-IS program, they may submit a Letter of Permission request.

Graduate-level credits earned at other educational institutions may qualify for credit and transfer into the MA-IS Program. Credit from a completed graduate credential cannot be transferred. Courses completed that were not used toward a graduate credential (extra to degree, ETD) may be transferred (students are responsible to demonstrate the ETD course work). Up to a maximum of 15 credits can be transferred. If approved, the number of courses required to obtain the total program credits (33) would be reduced.

This guideline is to be used in conjunction with the AU Graduate Transfer Credit Policy #136

Students receiving the maximum number of transfer credits (15) are restricted to the Independent Track route as they will not qualify for an area of specialization. Students wishing to pursue an area of specialization will be limited to 12 transfer credits in total.

Courses being considered for transfer credit must be from a fully accredited institution (i.e. members of Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Canadian Association for Distance Education, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, etc.).

To apply for transfer of credit, please submit the following documents with your program application:

  1. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses to be transferred
  2. Transfer credit form and fee; the form is located on the MA-IS website under forms.
  3. Course outlines for each course. The information in the detailed course outline should include the following:
    • Course name, number, and year completed
    • A statement of the course objectives
    • A detailed outline for the course
    • The number of weeks duration
    • Hours per week of lecture (laboratory/tutorial/seminar/studio work)
    • The method of evaluation and grading
    • The title of the textbooks used (complete bibliography).
    • Any other materials or reading lists that were used (complete bibliography)
    • Content of assignments and assignment weighting
    • Credential of instructor(s) (Required for Colleges only)
    • Course title of prerequisite or co-requisite courses (if any)
    • Credit value

Please note that, in some cases, we may require students to provide copies of exams and/or assignments.

The Program Director and/or the MA-IS Committee would then review these documents and determine whether transfer credits will be permitted into our MA-IS Program. If transfer credit is awarded, a study plan will be required outlining how you will integrate your previous coursework with your MA-IS program goals.

Updated February 25 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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