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Academics

Which courses are required for my program? How do I substitute a course? How many years do I have to finish my degree?

The Undergraduate Calendar is your definitive source for academic policies and procedures, programs and course descriptions.

The Undergraduate Calendar is your definitive source for academic policies and procedures, programs and course descriptions.

Academic Advisement Report

Your Academic Advisement Report shows all the courses you have taken (or are enrolled in) and those courses needed in order for you to graduate. Learn how to view your Academic Advisement Report online.

Full-time students follow the curriculum as follows:

Admitted to first year in 1st & 2nd Semester 3rd & 4th Semester 5th & 6th Semester 7th & 8th Semester
Fall 2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Fall 2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Fall 2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Fall 2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018

Your Academic Advisement Report will summarize your completed and unresolved graduation requirements (see below).

Substitutions and Directives

You are expected to follow the curriculum assigned to you by Senate, as published in the Undergraduate Calendar. Sometimes, students ask for a curriculum exception. There are two kinds of exceptions: Substitutions and Directives.

Course Substitution

A Course Substitution is processed when a Ryerson course that is not part of your normal curriculum is used for a specific required course. In other words, you are replacing required Course A with Course B. You should seek approval for a Course Substitution before enrolling in the course. Course Substitutions do not automatically affect your GPA, replace any future prerequisite requirements, nor are they a formal statement about course equivalence. Course Substitutions requests must be reviewed and approved by the Teaching Department, your Program Department and Curriculum Advising.

Course Directive

A Course Directive is processed when a Ryerson course that is not part of your normal curriculum is used for credit for one of your program’s elective groups (Professional, Professionally-Related, Liberal Studies, Core, Open). For example, you wish to use Course B, not normally taken by students in your program, as one of your Professional electives. You should seek approval for a Course Directive before enrolling in the course. Course Directives requests must be reviewed and approved by both your Program Department and Curriculum Advising. Liberal Studies Course Directive requests are reviewed and approved by both the Faculty of Arts and Curriculum Advising.

For instructions, definitions and regulations download the Course Substitution/ Directive Request form.

Timespan

You must finish all of your courses within a specified number of years. This is known as your timespan and it starts “ticking” your first term after admission. Even though you may not be attending Ryerson for one or more terms (for example, you have been Discontinued), you continue to use up your timespan.

Calculate your timespan as follows:

  1. for full-time programs, multiply the number of years scheduled for fulltime study by 2 (typically 8 years);
  2. for full-time co-op programs, multiply the number of years scheduled for full-time study (including co-op terms) by 2 (typically 10 years);
  3. for part-time degree programs, divide the number of single-term courses in your program (or equivalent) by 3;
  4. for part-time certificate programs, your timespan is 6 years.

Timespan Extensions

In special circumstances, you may ask permission from the Dean of the your Faculty or School to extend these time limits. Read Policy 46: Policy on Undergraduate Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing (“GPA Policy”) and see also Essential Policy Highlights.

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