Pathways and Articulation Agreements

Articulation and Pathway agreements are contracts between institutions of higher learning that allow students who have completed a specific program at one institution to be considered for admission and assigned advanced standing credits in a specific program or programs at another institution upon admission to the second program(s). Information about all University of Guelph Articulation and Pathways can be accessed at: admission.uoguelph.ca/articulation

University of Guelph Internal Pathways:

Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph

Associate Diploma in Environmental Management

Pathway into Bachelor of Bio- Resource Management
  • Environmental Management

Graduates of the Associate Diploma in Environmental Management program who have achieved a minimum cumulative average of 70% or higher in the Diploma program may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management with a major in Environmental Management.  Through this pathway, applicants can receive up to 5.0 transfer credits. Applicants lacking 4U Chemistry (SCH4U) will be required to complete CHEM 1060 (or an approved equivalent), during their first semester of degree-level studies. Graduates from the Associate Diploma in Environmental Management will be exempt from the normal 4U English (ENG4U) and 4U Biology (SBI4U) requirements.

Associate Diploma in Agriculture

Pathway into Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Honours Agriculture

Graduates of the Associate Diploma in Agriculture program may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program provided that they have achieved a minimum cumulative average of 75% or higher in the Diploma program. Successful applicants may receive up to 7.5 transfer credits.

Applicants must also present proof of successful completion of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U), or approved equivalents.

Pathways from Open Learning

Integrated Admission Pathway, Open Learning

Pathway into Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Commerce (Undeclared)

The Integrated Admission Pathway (IAP) allows for academically qualified international students, who meet the University’s undergraduate admission requirements but have not yet achieved English language proficiency, to complete degree credit courses through the University’s Open Learning program while studying English language courses to achieve the Certificate of English proficiency granted by Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd).  The IAP currently allows students with an IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 56 or equivalent and who satisfy the undergraduate admission requirements, conditional admission into the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts, all majors (including Co-op options)
  • Bachelor of Science, all majors (including Co-op options)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Undeclared

Successful completion of the degree-credit courses with a 60% cumulative average and successful completion of the English Language courses with a 75% cumulative average will satisfy the conditions of admission to the degree program specified in the original offer letter.  Successful students will enter the degree program at the level of second semester after having studied on campus for three successive semesters.

To learn more, please visit the website at: http://www.elpguelph.ca or contact Open Learning and Educational Support by email at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca  or call 519-767-5000.

Guaranteed Admission Pathway, Open Learning

Guaranteed Admission into Bachelor of Commerce

Open Learning program students with no previous post-secondary education will be offered guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Commerce degree program under the following conditions.

  1. Applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirements (see the Undergraduate Calendar, Chapter IV Admission, English Proficiency).
  2. Successful completion of four degree-level courses (2.00 credits) with a minimum cumulative average of 70% in at most, six course (3.00 credits) attempts. The four courses (2.00 credits) used in the calculation of the cumulative average will include any degree-level courses used to meet the English and mathematics requirements and must satisfy the following:
    1. at least 1.00 credits must be from arts and social sciences
    2. no more than 1.00 credits from mathematics and statistics combined may be used to calculate the cumulative average
  3. Applicants must satisfy the following English and mathematics requirements:

English Requirement: A grade of 75% or higher in English 12U or the successful completion of one course (0.50 credits) from: ENGL*1030, ENGL*1200, GEOG*1220, SOC*1100 or WMST*1000

Mathematics Requirement: A grade of 75% or higher in the 12U mathematics course(s) required for the applicant's intended major or the successful completion of MATH*1030.

Visit the Open Learning and Educational Support website for more information about the Guaranteed Admission Pathway.

Guaranteed Admission into Bachelor of Arts

Open Learning program students who have no previous post-secondary experience and have completed four courses (2.00 credits) with a 70% minimum cumulative average may transfer into a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) program at the University of Guelph.

Applicants are advised to complete two courses (1.00 credit) from the College of Arts and two courses (1.00 credit) in the Social Sciences.

Visit the Open Learning and Educational Support website for more information about the Guaranteed Admission Pathway.

Ontario Aboriginal Institutes:

Six Nations Polytechnic: University Consortium Year 1 Program

Pathway into Bachelor of Arts

  • ­General
  • Honours (all majors excluding Criminal Justice and Public Policy and Co- op)

The University of Guelph, along with five other universities, has entered into a partnership with Six Nations Polytechnic in the community of Six Nations to offer first-year transfer credits at any of the universities within the consortium if the student is admitted.  

The program allows students the opportunity to achieve a total of 5.0 credits on a full- or part-time basis while attending classes at Six Nations Polytechnic. Students are required to present a minimum cumulative 60% average for admission.  Applicants should contact Admission Services about admission requirements and specific transfer credits. 

Pathways from Ontario Colleges:

Biotechnology (MTCU Code: 51304)

Pathway into Bachelor of Science

  • Biological Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics

Graduates of an Ontario College Diploma in Biotechnology may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science program with one of four possible majors.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must also have successfully completed 4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 7.5 transfer credits through this pathway.

Biotechnology Advanced (MTCU Code: 61304)

Pathway into Bachelor of Science

  • Biological Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics

Graduates of an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science program with one of four possible majors. Prospective applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must also have successfully completed 4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway. 

Computer Programmer Analyst  (MTCU Code: 60503)

Pathway into Bachelor of Computing

  • General
  • Computer Science

Graduates of a Computer Programmer Analyst Ontario College Advanced Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Computing General stream or the Bachelor of Computing (Honours) with a major in Computer Science. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must also have successfully completed MCV4U Calculus and Vectors (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Software Engineering Technology (MTCU Code: 60504)

Pathway into Bachelor of Computing

  • General
  • Computer Science

Graduates of a Software Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Computing General stream or the Bachelor of Computing (Honours) with a major in Computer Science. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must also have successfully completed MCV4U Calculus and Vectors (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Early Childhood Education (MTCU Code: 51211)

Pathway into Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Child Studies

Graduates of an Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education may be eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Child Studies.

Applicants must have no less than ten academic courses (exclusive of field-placement courses) with a final grade of (A).  Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Please note: Students seeking a similar Pathway that allows them to complete their degree online may consider looking into the following offering at the University of Guelph-Humber:

Questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to info@guelphhumber.ca

Environmental Technician (MTCU Code: 52700)

Pathway into Bachelor of Bio- Resource Management

  • Environmental Management

Graduates of an Environmental Technician Ontario College Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management with a major in Environmental Management. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B). Successful applicants will receive up to 5.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Environmental Technology (MTCU Code: 62700)

Pathway into Bachelor of Bio- Resource Management

  • Environmental Management

Graduates of an Environmental Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management with a major in Environmental Management. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Hospitality (MTCU Code: 53200)

Pathway into Bachelor of Commerce

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

Graduates of a Hotel and Restaurant Management 2-year Ontario College Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must have also successfully completed MHF4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Food and Beverage Management (MTCU Code: 53201)

Pathway into Bachelor of Commerce

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

Graduates of a Food and Beverage Management 2-year Ontario College Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must have also successfully completed MHF4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Tourism (MTCU Code: 53205)

Pathway into Bachelor of Commerce

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

Graduates of a Tourism and Travel 2-year Ontario College Diploma may be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), and must have also successfully completed MHF4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this pathway.

Hospitality Administration (MTCU Code: 63200)

Pathway into Bachelor of Commerce

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

Graduates of a Hospitality Administration Ontario College Advanced Diploma may be eligible to apply the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Prospective applicants must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% (B), as well as successfully completed MHF4U Advanced Functions (or an approved equivalent). Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this Pathway.

Articulation Agreements with Ontario Colleges:

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

Landscape Design (MTCU Code: 63905)

Pathway to Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

An articulation agreement between Fanshawe College and the University of Guelph provides up to five places per year for graduates of the Landscape Design Ontario College Advanced Diploma who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of B (70%). The actual number applicants accepted will be based on individual qualifications and existing BLA class size. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a Background Information Form.  Successful applicants will receive up to 10.0 transfer credits through this articulation agreement. 

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Biotechnology Technologist (MTCU Code: 61304)

Chemical Engineering Technology (MTCU Code: 61303)

Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical (MTCU Code: 61302)

Pathway to Bachelor of Science
  • Biological Science majors
  • Physical Science majors

An articulation agreement with Seneca College enables graduates with a minimum B+ (75%) average, from the following three-year diploma programs to transfer to the Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph: Biotechnology Technologist (Research), Chemical Laboratory Technology-Pharmaceutical, Chemical Engineering Technology.  Successful applicants will receive up to 10.00 transfer credits through this articulation agreement.

Out of Province Institutions:

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Landscape Architecture

Pathway to Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The articulation agreement between the University of Guelph and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will provide up to six places per year for graduates of the Landscape Architecture program at NAIT, with a minimum cumulative average of B (70%), to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a Background Information Form. Upon admission, students will receive 10.0 transfer credits. Prospective applicants should contact the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program counsellor for further information.

Province of British Columbia

Hospitality Management Diploma

Pathway to Bachelor of Commerce
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

The University of Guelph will make available up to ten places annually for admission into the Hotel and Food Administration major of the Bachelor of Commerce program for graduates from the Province of British Columbia's two-year Hospitality Management Diploma programs at Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, University College of the Cariboo, Douglas College, Malaspina University College, North Island College, Okanagan University College, Selkirk College, and Vancouver Community College.

Applicants must have a minimum 75% (B+) cumulative average and must have completed a 4U or equivalent course in Mathematics and English. Upon admission, students will be granted up to 10.0 transfer credits on the basis of having completed all college core courses as well as specified electives. 

Out of Country Institutions:

Dalian Nationalities University (People’s Republic of China)

Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology

Pathway to Bachelor of Computing (OUAC Program Code: GCT)
  • Computer Science

The University of Guelph and Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) in Liaoning, People’s Republic of China, have signed an articulation agreement which allows students successfully completing the first two years of the DNU Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree with a minimum 73% (B) grade point average to be considered for admission to the Computer Science major of the Bachelor of Computing program with up to 10.0 advanced standing transfer credits.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of English proficiency in accordance with the University of Guelph’s minimum language requirements, as well as submit an official English translation of their official DNU transcript of results to the University of Guelph as part of the admission process. Interested students should contact Admission Services for more information.

Shandong Normal University (People’s Republic of China)

Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology

Pathway to Bachelor of Commerce  
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

The University of Guelph and Shandong Normal University (SNU), Shandong China have signed an articulation agreement which allows students successfully completing the first two years of the SNU Bachelor of Tourism Management degree with a minimum cumulative average of 73% (B), to be considered for admission to the Hospitality and Tourism Management major of the Bachelor of Commerce program with 9.50 advanced standing transfer credits.

Pathways to Other Ontario Universities

Pathway to Nipissing University

Bachelor of Applied Science, Child Studies

The Senate of Nipissing University has committed to reserve a minimum of 20 spaces each year in the Primary/Junior Bachelor of Education program for Bachelor of Applied Science (Child Studies) graduates who satisfy minimum admission requirements. To be considered for admission, graduates must complete their degree program with a minimum 75% average in their best 10 credits.  Admission decisions will be made by Nipissing University in accordance with its relevant policies.  Interested students should contact Nipissing University directly about admissions and preferred electives.