IFS Transfer Requirements

Enter the Informatics and Security program with advanced standing

Build upon your past success

If you are a recent graduate (i.e. past five years) of, or a student currently in, another degree or diploma program and planning to transfer to Informatics and Security program (IFS), this page has information on how to enter into the program at a higher level.

Graduates of a technology related program at the college or university can earn advanced standing credit. The amount of credit depends most upon the amount of affinity between your previous program and the IFS program. High affinity will earn more credits.

We have identified some typical educational "profiles". Select the profile that best describes your situation, and learn the details below.

  • Diploma profile: Diploma-program graduate, from Seneca or elsewhere in Canada
  • Degree profile: Bachelor's degree student or graduate from Canada
  • Foreign profile: Student or graduate from outside Canada

Please note that all information is subject to change. Please contact a student advisor or the program coordinator in the School of ICT if you have questions.

Diploma profile:
Diploma-program graduate, from Seneca or elsewhere in Canada

The popular diploma profile is appropriate for graduates of technology programs at Seneca or elsewhere in Canada, who have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher.

Graduates from information technology programs earn the most credit. However, graduates from other technology programs earn substantial credit. The "additional details" section at the bottom of this page has more information.

In order from more credit at the top, to lower numbers of credit, the following is a list of plans:

Graduates from high-affinity 3-year advanced diploma programs

Graduates from Seneca CTY (Ontario Computer Systems Technology) must complete the following to graduate from IFS:

  • Complete 26 - 28 courses (6 academic terms)
  • One work term preparation course
  • Two work terms

Graduates from high-affinity 2-year diploma programs

Graduates from Seneca CNS (Ontario Computer Networking and Technical Support) must complete the following to graduate from IFS:

  • Complete 27 - 29 courses (6 academic terms)
  • One work term preparation course
  • Two work terms

Graduates from technology-oriented 3-year advanced diploma programs

Graduates from Seneca CPA, ECT, EET (Ontario Computer Programmer Analyst, Computer Engineering Technology, and Electronics Engineering Technology) must complete the following to graduate from IFS:

  • Complete 34 - 36 courses (7 academic terms)
  • One work term preparation course
  • Two work terms

Graduates from technology-oriented 2-year diploma programs

Graduates from Seneca CPD, EEN (Ontario Computer Programmer, Electronics Engineering Technician) must complete the following to graduate from IFS:

  • Complete 35 - 37 courses (7 academic terms)
  • One work term preparation course
  • Two work terms

Graduates from other diploma programs can still earn credit, although the numbers are lower than those listed above. Often, we examine the breadth courses for credit opportunities, but it is possible that other opportunities may arise. Contact the program coordinator, and ask about your situation.  

Degree profile:
Bachelor's degree student or graduate from Canada

The degree profile is appropriate for students and graduates of technology programs in Canada.

A computer networking degree program has the most affinity with IFS, and will earn the most credit. Just behind are students and graduates from computer science and information technology programs. 

Must have graduated from the degree program with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Courses from Bachelor's degree programs must have 65% (C+ on Seneca's grading scale) or higher to qualify for credit consideration. The number of credits earned can vary widely depending on the percentage of content overlap (at least 70% or higher). 

Foreign profile:
Student or graduate from outside Canada

The foreign profile is appropriate for students and graduates of technology programs outside Canada.  

Please note that most students and graduates from accredited universities and public-sector colleges in the United States of America (USA) can use one of the profiles above. Seneca and the School of ICT understand the credential system used in the USA. Ask us to confirm that before applying, or early in the application process.

Similar to above, the amount of affinity that your past program has with IFS will determine the amount of advanced standing credit. We follow the same procedure used in the other two profiles described above.

To qualify for admission and advanced standing consideration, you must use a credential evaluation service, which will report the Canadian equivalence level of your foreign credential, and details about each course in your credential. Please follow the "Credential Evaluation" procedure in the School of ICT academic policy document.

What credits will you earn?
What courses will you take in the IFS program?

Here is the process that we use to determine which specific advanced standing credits are earned, and the courses that you will take during your time in the program.  

First, we have a priority-ranked list of courses, which capture the essence of a typical IFS graduate's experience. However, we recognize that the experience you had in your past program is valuable, and can contribute other qualities to your educational experience, and beyond graduation in your first career. Therefore, we are confident that you can attain an overall experience similar to those IFS graduates who enter the program at the beginning.  

Then, we use the detailed information you provide about your past courses, and attempt to match up to the IFS courses.  

If you have successfully completed a course that matches well (i.e. 70% or higher) to a course on the list, you earn an advanced standing credit.  

Otherwise, the course is part of your customized curriculum plan. 

Admission information

Seneca graduates who have completed their program within the past year can use a simple Transfer Form

All others can apply by using the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Please indicate that you wish to enter the program, at a higher level, with advanced standing. That will ensure that the Admissions office representative and the IFS program coordinator handle your application appropriately. 

If you have questions before applying, you can contact the IFS program coordinator.  


Additional details about diploma programs

The following information more fully describes the typical diploma programs that can earn advanced standing credit in the IFS program.

Three-year programs result in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma. Two-year programs result in an Ontario College Diploma

The official program names, and funding codes, used by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly known as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, or MTCU) are:

Computer Systems Technology, MTCU funding code 60505, Advanced Diploma

Computer Systems Technician, 50505, Diploma

Computer Programmer Analyst, 60503, Advanced Diploma

Computer Programmer, 50503, Diploma

Computer Engineering Technology, 60509, Advanced Diploma

Electronics Engineering Technology, 65203, Advanced Diploma

Electronics Engineering Technician, 55203, Diploma

Your College program (e.g. from Humber, Sheridan, Centennial, etc.) is likely one of these.

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Most recently updated on June 3, 2019