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Programs and Majors

How do I declare my major? How do I transfer to another Ryerson program? How to I withdraw from my program?

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The complete list of programs and majors is published in the undergraduate calendar.

Changing majors (plan changes)

Many programs at Ryerson offer you a choice of major. Before trying to change your Plan/Major, read the information for your program in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Some programs have specific plan change requirements, which may include a minimum CGPA. Your Program Department will notify you after winter grading if you do not meet your chosen plan’s criteria. Most programs allow you to change your Plan on RAMSS. Login to RAMSS, choose "My Academics" and follow the links.

The RAMSS Support webpage give you detailed instructions about how to change your major.

Changing programs

You can only register in one Ryerson degree program (including Special Student studies) at any given time. When you apply for, are offered and accept a transfer from one Ryerson program to another, you give up your "spot" in your original program.

If you wish to transfer to another program, apply through Undergraduate Admissions, following the process for current Ryerson Students.

Tip: Changing programs will affect your OSAP funding. You must report program transfers to the Student Financial Assistance Office.

Program withdrawal

Stepping out for one year or less: Complete the Short-Term Withdrawal Form if you wish to take a short formal break from your studies at Ryerson for the next academic year (Fall and/or Winter).

Short-term withdrawals are not available to newly admitted students. New students who do not enrol in classes and attend in September will have their admission status cancelled and must re-apply for admission as per the Offer of Admission.

Consult Significant Dates for applicable deadlines and the Refund Schedule, and see Timespan.

Permanently leaving Ryerson: If your Academic Standing is Clear or Probationary, but you wish to voluntarily and permanently withdraw from studies at Ryerson, then you must fill out an Application to Withdraw (pdf).

We will assign failing grades for all enrolled courses unless you officially, formally withdraw. Also, you are responsible for all associated course fees. Your Academic Standing may also be affected. In short, it is best to make your withdrawal official.

Students whose Academic Standing is Permanent Program Withdrawal or Required to Withdraw are not required to fill out this application form.

Program withdrawal checklist

  • Check the Significant Date Table and the Refund Schedule
  • Meet with your Program Department to discuss your decision
  • Return all library books and borrowed equipment and pay all unpaid fines
  • Submit an Application to Withdraw Form
  • If you are receiving Financial Assistance or OSAP, please tell the Student Financial Assistance Office that you are withdrawing from your program.
  • Consult the OneCard Refund Policy if you need a refund on OneCard funds
  • If you are in Residence, consult your Residence Contract for information about refunds.

Program discontinuation

If you do not enrol and complete a course for more than six terms, we will automatically discontinue you from your program. Discontinued students are not considered to be active students at Ryerson. Discontinued students, who wish to resume studies, must first apply for re-admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. Re-admission is not guaranteed. Also see timespan.

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