International Baccalaureate Policy

The following table lists International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) score requirements, along with the equivalent course(s) awarded for each exam. WMU requires IB Higher Level examination scores of 5 or higher for credit.

International baccalaureate equivalents
The following information is subject to change without notice.
IB HL examWMU credit (with minimum score of 5)Hours
English HL ENGL 1050 (with score of 5) 4
ENGL 1050 or 1100 (with score of 6 or 7) 4
History of Americas HL HIST 2000 3
History of Europe HL HIST 1010 3
Business and Management HL BUS 1750 3
Biology HL BIOS 1600 3
French HL FREN 2000, 2010 8
Music HL MUS 1500 and 1590 6
Physics HL PHYS 1130, 1140, 1150, 1160 10
Chemistry HL CHEM 1100, 1110 (with score of 5) 4
CHEM 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130 (with score of 6 or 7) 8
Mathematics HL MATH 1220 and STAT 2600 8
Psychology HL PSY 1000 3
Philosophy HL PHIL 2000 4
Spanish HL SPAN 2000, 2010 8
Latin HL Credit determined by department 8


The international baccalaureate is a widely recognized two-year comprehensive program for high school grades 11 and 12. It offers an intellectually rigorous and academically demanding curriculum based on internationally recognized standards. IB students may complete course work for the diploma or they may receive course certificates without meeting the requirements for a diploma. In either case, the higher level IB courses include two years of instruction and are viewed on par with advanced placement course work. Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program here.

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Receive credit

It is the policy of WMU to award college credit for HL exam scores of 5 and higher. Standard level exams are not awarded credit. An IB transcript must be sent to the WMU Admissions Office for credit consideration. Instructions for ordering IB transcripts are available here.

English credit

As the equivalency table indicates, students who receive a score of 6 or 7 on the English HL examination will have a choice of course credit at WMU.