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Challenge for Credit provides students who have obtained knowledge and skills (through various institutes, corporate and/or on-the-job training programs that are not normally eligible for transfer credit or requirement waiver, and self-study) with an opportunity to obtain credit toward their Mount Saint Vincent University credential.


  1. Challenge for Credit is not applicable for work completed at the secondary level.
  2. Each department determines which, if any, of its course requirements can be fulfilled by Challenge for Credit, recognizing that such arrangements are not appropriate for all course offerings.
  3. Students may not Challenge for Credit any coursework prerequisite to coursework taken concurrently or in the past. Similarly, students may not Challenge for Credit coursework they have exceeded by means of a placement test, requirement waiver, or transfer credit granted.
  4. Students may not Challenge for Credit to raise the grade of a course taken previously at Mount Saint Vincent University or elsewhere.

Policy and Procedures

  1. Students may obtain up to 5.0 units through Challenge for Credit in an undergraduate degree; up to 4.0 units in a diploma or up to 3.0 units in a certificate.
  2. Students initiate the process directly with the Registrar’s Office if they believe they are eligible.
  3. Each student must meet departmental requirements for Challenge for Credit. Departments have the right to refuse a Challenge for Credit request. If approved at the department level, the student must then submit a formal Challenge for Credit application and the appropriate fee to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. In most cases, Challenge for Credit will involve taking a formal examination. In some cases, especially where a formal examination is not given, the Challenge for Credit will involve completing a major project or piece of work for evaluation.
  5. Students may Challenge for Credit only once for a course, and the results of the Challenge will be recorded on the transcript. Where the Challenge grade is C or higher, the actual grade is recorded. Where the grade is C- or lower, a notation of NC (no credit) is recorded.
  6. The cost is one half the cost of the course being challenged.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year which runs from September 01, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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