Diploma to Degree


A Program is a group of courses in either a specific discipline (e.g. history) or multiple disciplines (e.g. history and linguistics).  Programs come in three different levels: specialist, major, minor - the main difference between them is in the number of courses required.

Upon transfer, students must select an appropriate combination of Programs before they can enroll in courses.

Appropriate combinations are:

  • 1 Specialist, or
  • 2 Majors, or
  • 1 Major and 2 Minors

Students must have at least 4.0 Full-Course Equivalents (FCEs) (and can include transfer credits and retained credits) in order to select their Programs.  Otherwise, you will choose Programs when you complete 4.0 FCEs.  

Keep in mind that most students admitted through the Diploma to Degree pathway are admitted into 2nd year and will have 4.0 or more courses upon admission; therefore, it is important to know what Programsyou wish to pursue early on.

You can view a list of Programs offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Newly Admitted Student website.

All U of T programs are not created equal!

There are three types of Programs at the University of Toronto.  Each program type has different requirements to gain admission in addition to the completion of 4.0 Full Credit Equivalents (FCE).

Type 1 – No requirements to enter (Philosophy, English, East Asian Studies)

Type 2 – Typically one or two requirements to enter such as a high school requirement or minimum grade in a specific course (Sociology, Psychology or History)

Type 3 – Multiple requirements to enter such as a set of completed courses, minimum grades and an application process (International Relations, Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies)

Students interested in Type 2 or Type 3 programs are advised to have alternative programs for their first year of degree studies until they meet their Program of Study admission requirements.  Students should consult the Program Office for further advising on Type 2 and 3 Programs.

The Diploma to Degree Program does not typically provide entry into programs such as Computer Science, Psychology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematic or Economics.  Students may still attempt to pursue these programs or areas of study but should have several back-up programs.  Students may not be able to enter into these programs until after their first year of degree studies. In addition, these programs may have high school requirements or specific first year (100-level) course requirements that 2nd year transfer students will not have priority in which may prolong your degree studies.

You can find a helpful list of programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences on the Newly Admitted Student Website

If after reading this section, you still do not know what programs of study you would like to pursue, don't worry! We are happy to guide and advise you!  

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the appropriate program requirements for your Program of Study, students must also fulfill their Degree Requirements in order to graduate.  Please consult with the Diploma to Degree office for more information regarding Degree Requirements.

Breadth Requirements

You will note that part of the degree requirements is completing your Breadth Requirements.  Courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science are classified into five Breadth categories by subject content.

  1. Creative and Cultural Representations
  2. Thought, Belief, and Behaviour
  3. Society and Its Institutions
  4. Living Things and Their Environment
  5. The Physical and Mathematical Universes

Students must take at least 4 full-course equivalents (FCEs) that have been designated as satisfying the Breadth Requirement.

One of the unique advantages of coming in through the Diploma to Degree pathway is that most students complete the Breadth Requirement on admission based on the breadth of courses completed in your 2 year diploma.  We will assess your individual situation at the time of transfer and advise you accordingly.