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Graduate Student Support

For students enrolled in one of Ryerson’s Master's or PhD programs looking for help with developing graduate-focused academic skills.

Graduate students have specific concerns about their academic skills and the demands of graduate-level study. Our programming will help you to further develop these skills under the guidance of our professional staff.

Graduate Student Support programming is available on the 4th floor of the new Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street.

Browse through the menu for details on specific programs.


Graduate Student Support

Book an appointment with one of our graduate support consultants for one-on-one help with writing, research, grant applications, dissertation writing and more.

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Graduate Student Support

We have some of our graduate-focused workshops available for download. You can also request an in-person workshop for groups of 4 or more graduate students. During the year, we offer drop-in group sessions dedicated to various topics relevant to graduate students at Ryerson. Meet fellow students, discuss your dissertation progress, get guidance, advice and feedback, and build your network of support for graduate school and beyond.

Online Workshops

(Google Slides) Effective Academic Reading
(PDF) Major Research Paper
(Goggle Slides) Reading Journal Articles in Science and Engineering
(Google Slides) Writing a Humanities and Interdisciplinary Dissertation - Part 1
(Google Slides) Writing a Humanities and Interdisciplinary Dissertation - Part 2
(Google Slides) Writing a Science and Engineering Dissertation - Part 1
(Google Slides) Writing a Science and Engineering Dissertation - Part 2
(Google Slides) Writing a Scientific Research Article
(Google Slides) Writing Proposals and Applying for Funding


Graduate Student Support

Writing doesn’t have to be about stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. It can be about fun, creativity, and exploration. If you are interested in a deeper understanding of your own writing process, please join our graduate writing groups, where we will learn, practice, and share together. 

If you want to start a writing peer-support group in your course or department and are not sure how to do it, please let us help you set it up. We will guide you from beginning to end and help you develop the format and materials for your meetings. Contact our Writing Programs Specialist,

Writing Groups

Register for our graduate-level writing groups below, or join one of our Writing Support groups available to all Ryerson students.

Graduate Student Support

If you have reached the “all-but-defended” (ABD) stage in your PhD program, you can join us for one of our residential Dissertation Retreats that will help you engage in an effective dissertation writing process. 

The Retreat offers a rare opportunity for Ryerson PhD students to immerse themselves into their dissertation work in a quiet, distraction-free setting, where they can enjoy dedicated writing space and time, individual writing support, and a writing community of peers committed to the same goal.

We look forward to seeing you on the Retreat!

Toronto Island Dissertation Retreat: October 10 to October 14

Toronto Island Dissertation Retreat

October 10 to October 14, 2017


The retreat will be held at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the scenic Toronto Island. Each student will enjoy a private room, a writing studio space, access to shared workshop space and kitchen facilities, a private beach, and a large fireplace lounge. Thanks to the generous support of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared on the premises by a wonderful chef free of charge.


The October retreat is four days, starting in the morning of Tuesday, October 10. and finishing at noon on Saturday, October 14. The total cost of the retreat is $271.20 (HST incl.), which includes the Artscape residency fee, as well as lunch and dinner for four days.


To register, please submit our October Retreat Registration Form. Registration closes on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The retreat space is limited to 7 people, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to contact the retreat coordinator, Natalya Androsova, at

Work, Rest, Renew, Reflect: Dissertation Retreat at St. John’s Guesthouse: February 20 to February 24

Work, Rest, Renew, Reflect: Dissertation Retreat at St.John's Guesthouse

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Saturday, February 24, 2018


The retreat will be held at the beautiful guesthouse of St. John’s Convent, located in Toronto. Each student will enjoy a private room, 3 meals a day plus unlimited coffee, tea and snacks, individual writing space, Wi-Fi, access to workshop space, library, kitchen facilities, twenty-five acres of parkland, other nearby parks and quiet residential walking areas, and a courtyard labyrinth.


TThe total cost of the 4-day retreat is $280, which covers the room, 3 meals, and unlimited coffee, drinks and snacks. You can ask your department for reimbursement.


Registration closes on Monday, November 20, 2017. To register, please fill our November Retreat Registration Form and pay the retreat fee (cash or check only) prior to registration deadline. The retreat space is limited to 6 people, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to contact the retreat coordinator, Natalya Androsova, at

Graduate Student Support

Do you dread sitting down to work on your dissertation? Have you spent more time texting your mother than you have drafting an introductory paragraph? Are you a regular at your local coffee shop, known for the thick books you bring in and the coffee you linger on because you just haven't done enough research? Does the written dissertation seem like a big mountain to climb, and you just have no idea where to start?

To book your session with a dissertation coach, please write to Dr. Natalya Androsova, Writing Programs Specialist, at Please book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Graduate Student Support

Graduate Write-a-Thon

Stay tuned for future dates!

All Ryerson graduate students are invited to spend the day writing with us. Whether you are working on your comprehensive exams, your proposal, revising your dissertation, editing a paper for publication, we invite you to join us.

Graduate Write-a-thon offers a large block of uninterrupted time during which students can focus on their work in a quiet, distraction-free setting, and enjoy optional workshops and 1:1 drop-in support.

Food, coffee and snacks will be provided. View the Write-a-Thon April 15, 2016 schedule


  • Research Ethics Board Submissions – Writing a Protocol for Approval
  • Time Management and Achieving Focus
  • How I did it: Practical Strategies from Recent Graduates
  • Citation Management and Research Clinic
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation
  • Copyright Bootcamp

Individual drop-in support

  • Writing
  • English Language 
  • Math (Financial, Stats, Engineering)
  • Learning Strategies
  • Research Librarians
  • Dissertation Coaching
  • Research Ethics Consultations


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