Important Steps for All New Glendon Students to Complete

Review the First Year Enrolment Guide for general information about your degree at Glendon.

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Review the Enrolment Instructions for information specific to your major.

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Consult a list of 2023 Winter Term courses at Glendon 

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Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar is the University’s official reference document for all academic programs, policies and requirements.

Certificate Program

A prescribed set of courses that define a specialization in a particular area of studies. Usually comprised of 24 to 36 credits, certificate programs can be taken as either part of or independent from a degree program. For more information, visit the Future Students website.

Degree Program

A prescribed set of courses and accompanying requirements that lead to a degree (e.g. Honours Bachelor of Arts – Honours BA) upon completion. 

Double Major

An equal concentration of courses taken in two subject areas – only available in an Honours (120 credit) degree. Note: graduating with a double major does not mean you will receive two degrees upon completion. You will receive one Honours degree with two identified specializations that will appear on your transcript. 


A large academic division of the University that offers programs in related disciplines. For example, the Faculty of Science & Engineering offers programs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design offers programs in Music, Dance and Film.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Every letter grade received at York has a numerical value (e.g. B+ = 7) attached to it. In this way, an average of all your grades can be calculated. GPAs are assessed at the end of an academic session or cumulatively, taking all courses ever completed into consideration. For more information, visit the Grade Report Legends page.


A Bachelor’s degree requires the completion of a minimum of 90 credits or equivalent. An Honours degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credits or equivalent. 


A primary concentration of courses taken in one subject area within a degree program. Normally, a major requires at least 30 of the 90 credits required for a Bachelor’s degree or 42 of the 120 credits required for an Honours degree.


A secondary concentration of courses taken in one subject area within an Honours degree. Normally, a minor requires at least 30 of the 120 credits required. Minors are not available in a Bachelor’s degree or in a Specialized Honours degree. 

Passport York

The verification system that acts as your electronic signature for online tools.


A prerequisite course must be satisfied before you can enrol in your requested course or program. For example, Glendon’s Biology program has high school science prerequisites. York courses can also have other York courses as prerequisites. For example, you must successfully complete GL/PSYC 2510 6.00 with a minimum grade of C before you can enrol in any other PSYC courses.


An academic session (e.g. Fall/Winter 2021-2022) is a prescribed period of time designed for the delivery of courses.

Sessional Dates

Each academic session has a first and last day of classes among a host of other benchmark dates. For more information, visit the Important Dates page.


An academic focus within your major (e.g. Cognitive Neuropsychology Stream). Not all majors have a stream.

Transfer Credit

If you attended another post-secondary institution before coming to York, you will be assessed for and may be granted transfer credit towards your York degree. This transfer credit may count towards the total number of credits required and it may exempt you from specific York degree requirements. For details, check your transfer credit statement issued at the point of admission. If you change your program, your transfer credit may need to be re-assessed. An academic advisor can help you understand your transfer credit.


The first degree pursued after admission from high school or equivalent is your undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree. Once you have graduated from your Bachelor’s degree, you may pursue graduate-level studies towards a Master’s or Doctorate degree.

Information for Transfer Students

Transfer credits are considered based on previous studies and grades.

Advanced secondary school programs (IB, AP, CAPE, Baccalauréat français)
You can receive transfer credits based on final exam results. Students usually receive elective transfer credits.

College-level programs and CEGEP
You can receive a block of transfer credits depending on the type of program you studied, the number of semesters you completed, and your final Grade Point Average. The block of transfer credits consists of elective credits and sometimes general education.

University programs
You can receive credit for each course completed with a grade of C.
Previous courses taken in your major discipline can be considered for equivalencies if approved by the Chair/Coordinator of your academic department at Glendon. You’ll need to provide detailed course descriptions.

You should have seen a pre-assessment of Transfer Credits on your admission letter, but your Transfer Credits are first evaluated after booking your enrolment appointment.You’ll know if your credits have been by assessed by downloading your Statement of Transfer Credits. You will need your Passport York login information to do so. Make sure to review the statement carefully to see if the assessment is final or conditional – this is specified at the bottom of the document.

One week before your new student advising appointment, you will also be sent a Progress Report that translates your Statement of Transfer Credits into your Glendon program requirements. Save this document somewhere safe as you can continue referring to it throughout your degree to stay on track!

Degree completion times vary on the program and transfer credits granted. You earn your degree after completing 90 or 120 credits and also satisfying the remaining degree requirements in the Academic Calendar.

For example, if you were granted 60 credits of electives and your major at Glendon is Business Economics (BUEC), you will likely graduate with more than 120 credits because the BUEC major requires 60 credits already. Once we add in other requirements (ex. General education, Bilingual requirement), you can see how you may end up with more than 120 credits total which is why it’s difficult to estimate how many years remain, or to confirm that by completing two years of university previously, that you will have two years left.

120 required credits

-60 elective credits granted with transfer credits

-60 credits required in BUEC

-Other requirements such as general education, bilingual requirement, etc.

Over 120 credits required

“Elective credits” are unspecified credits that are still important as they count towards your total 90 or 120 credits needed to graduate, but they do not satisfy any specific requirements within those credits, such as the major or general education. This is why you may see that your degree will total more than 90 or 120 credits if you received a lot of elective credits, but also have a lot of other requirements. 
If your progress report indicated elective credits at the 3000 or 4000 level as suggested enrollments for this year, please pick something off of the list below. These are all Glendon courses without prerequisites, which should make your enrollment process a bit easier!

3000 level electives
4000 level electives

  • Send us ( the official course descriptions for any courses you believe are equivalent to your Glendon major requirements.
  • Do not enrol in courses that are similar to ones that you took previously.
  • If you received a conditional offer of admission, ensure that you satisfy these conditions as soon as possible
  • If you received a conditional statement of transfer credits, ensure that an official transcript including all final grades is sent to York admissions office as soon as possible. Contact us at once you’ve submitted your final transcript so we can update your Degree Progress Report.

There is an option, currently referred to as The Glendon BA, which will allow you to graduate with 6 credits of FSL at your level of placement, as opposed to the more traditional requirement of progressing to 2000 level courses. Please let an academic advisor know if you are interested in the Glendon BA option. This option will be available as of 2023-24 for anglophone students in the following programs:

    • Business Economics
    • Economics
    • English
    • Gender and Women’s Studies
    • Hispanic Studies
    • History
    • International Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Sexuality Studies
    • Sociology

And to francophone students in Political Science.