Course Repeat

Students in most programs can repeat a passed or failed course twice for degree or certificate credit, to a maximum of three attempts per course. Although the previous attempts remain on your academic record, only the most recent attempt counts toward your credit totals and grade point averages. Any grade(s) awarded in prior attempt(s) will remain on your transcript designated as "No Credit Retained" (NCR).

Important Notes

  • A repeated course can only count once towards the satisfaction of your academic program requirements.
  • Previous attempts with a "No Credit Retained" or NCR qualifier do not count towards your GPA or credit count totals.
  • Course availability and space considerations may prevent repeating the course in the next academic session.
  • Cross-listed courses and course credit exclusions count as a course repeat. If you have questions regarding course credit exclusions and their applicability to your program, visit your faculty academic advising office.
  • Students who earn a degree from York University can repeat courses counted towards that degree as a Non-Degree Student. These courses will have no impact on the student’s completed degree program or the grade point average on record.


The above items do not apply to students in graduate degree or diploma programs, the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree program in the Faculty of Education, or the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program in the Osgoode Hall Law School.

The above items do not apply to practicum courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program or practicum courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree program.

What is a "course attempt"?

A "course attempt" is defined as a completed course where a final grade is recorded.

You can read the complete Policy on Academic Forgiveness on the Secretariat Policies website.