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Undergraduate, Graduate and Law Students

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Ryerson University: 1948 - Present

Ryerson University is a fully accredited university with full membership in the Council of Ontario Universities, external link (COU), Universities Canada, external link (UC), and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, external link (ACU).

Since its creation in 1948, Ryerson has evolved considerably:

  • 1948 to 1963: Ryerson Institute of Technology
  • 1963 to 1993: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute
  • June 1993: Ryerson Polytechnic University
  • 2002: Ryerson University
South facing view of Ryerson's Kerr Hall clocktower on a sunny day.

Grade Scales

Undergraduate Studies

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points

A+

90-100%

4.33

A

85-89%

4

A-

80-84%

3.67

B+

77-79%

3.33

B

73-76%

3

B-

70-72%

2.67

C+

67-69%

2.33

C

63-66%

2

C-

60-62%

1.67

D+

57-59%

1.33

D

53-56%

1

D-

50-52%

0.67

F

0-49%

0

F-S 

nil

0

FNA 

nil

0

 Grade Scales Chart Help:

FNA: Failed for Non-Attendance. Effective September 1996. 

F-S: Failed. Student has the opportunity to write a supplemental exam.

 Rounding of Percentage Grades

The final percentage grade in a course will be rounded to an integer as per standard mathematical practice before converting to a letter grade.

For example:

  • 49.5% would be rounded to 50%
  • 49.3% would be rounded to 49%

For complete details, please refer to PDF fileSenate Policy #46: Undergraduate Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing.

 Effective January 2013 to August 2013, this scale was applied to all faculties except the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and the Faculty of Science, which came into effect September 2013.

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points

A+

90-100%

4.33

A

85-89%

4

A-

80-84%

3.67

B+

77-79%

3.33

B

73-76%

3

B-

70-72%

2.67

C+

67-69%

2.33

C

63-66%

2

C-

60-62%

1.67

D+

57-59%

1.33

D

53-56%

1

D-

50-52%

0.67

F

0-49%

0

F-S 

nil

0

FNA 

nil

0

 Grade Scales Chart Help:

FNA: Failed for Non-Attendance. Effective September 1996. 

F-S: Failed. Student has the opportunity to write a supplemental exam.

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points

A+

90-100% 

4.33

A

85-89% 

4

A- 80-84% 3.67

B+

77-79%

3.33

B

73-76%

3

B- 70-72% 2.67

C+

67-69%

2.33

C

63-66%

2

C- 60-62% 1.67

D+

57-59%

1.33

D

53-56%

1

D- 50-52% 0.67

F

0-49%

0

F-S 

nil

0

FNA  nil 0
 Grade Scales Chart Help:

FNA: Failed for Non-Attendance. Effective September 1996. 

F-S: Failed. Student has the opportunity to write a supplemental exam.

A+ as 90-100%: From September 1988 to August 1991, the conversion for this grades was A+ as 95-100%. Effective September 1991. 

A as 85-89%: From September 1988 to August 1991, the conversion for this grades was A as 85-94%. Effective September 1991.

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points

A+

90-100%

8

A

80-89%

7

B+

75-79%

6

B

70-74%

5

C+

65-69%

4

C

60-64%

3

D+

55-59%

2

D

50-54%

1

F

0-49%

0

F-S 

0-49%

0

 Grade Scales Chart Help:

F-S: Failed. Student has the opportunity to write a supplemental exam.

 If you require information on grade scales prior to 1984, please contact Student Records.

Undergraduate Calendar

For full details and policies related to undergraduate grades and standings, please visit Undergraduate Calendar: Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing.

Graduate Studies

The first graduate programs at Ryerson University were offered in 2000.

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100% 4.33
A 85-89% 4
A- 80-84% 3.67
B+ 77-79% 3.33
B  73-76% 3
B-  70-72% 2.67
F 0-69% 0
FNA  nil 0
 Grade Scales Chart Help:

B is atisfactory performance level for doctoral study.

B- is satisfactory performance level for master's study.

FNA: Failed for Non-Attendance.

 Rounding of Percentage Grades

The final numerical grade in a course will be rounded to the nearest integer in accordance with standard mathematical practice before converting to a letter grade.

For example:

  • 69.5% would be rounded to 70%
  • 69.3% would be rounded to 69%

A student must complete at least 50% of the program's course requirements, as well as a thesis, major research paper or project, or dissertation, where appropriate, while registered as a graduate student at Ryerson.

Length of Programs
Master's Degree Full-time programs leading to a Master's degree are normally one to two years (three to six semesters) in length. Part-time programs may be available. 
Doctoral Degree Full- and part-time programs leading to a Doctoral degree must be completed within six years (18 semesters).
Course Weights

For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration will be assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.

Multi-term Course

Effective 2005-Courses taken over two terms appear as part A and part B. For example, EE8000 appears as EE8000A and EE8000B.

Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct

Graduate Academic Calendar

For full details related to graduate grades and standings, please visit Graduate Calendar: Policies and Procedures.

Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points

A+

90-100%

4.33

A

85-89%

4

A-

80-84%

3.67

B+

77-79%

3.33

B

73-76%

3

B-

70-72%

2.67

C+

67-69%

2.33

C

63-66%

2

C-

60-62%

1.67

D+

57-59%

1.33

D

53-56%

1

D-

50-52%

0.67

F

0-49%

0

Course Weights

For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration are assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.

Length of Program
Juris Doctor The Juris Doctor program is three years in length.

Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct

 Faculty of Law

For the latest Law news and updates, please visit Ryerson's Faculty of Law.

Additional Designations

The following designations are not included in GPA calculation.

Abbreviation Category Undergraduate Graduate Law
AEG Aegrotat

AUD

Audit

 

CH

Challenge Credit

CHG

Challenge Credit

CNC

Course not for Credit

CR

Credit

CRD 

Credit

CRT

Transfer Credit

CRV 

Credit for Standing Variation Course

DEF

Deferred due to Academic Misconduct

EXN

Exemption

EXP

Exemption

FLD Failure

GNR

Grade Not Reported

INC

Incomplete

INP

In-Progress

NCR 

No Credit

NG

No Grade

NSC

No Grade Non-Specific Credit

PSD

Acceptable Performance

UNS Unsatisfactory

WDN

Withdrawn

 CRD, CRV and NCR

Credit/No Credit designations may be used during an unforeseen period of academic disruption as declared by the President and Vice-Provost, Academic. This is in response to extenuating circumstances such as institutional closure (e.g. COVID-19), extended labour dispute, natural disaster or other circumstances that significantly impede academic continuity across the university.

These designations are not included in GPA calculations nor in calculating academic standings but may replace an earned letter grade. CRD, CRV and NCR grades will appear on the academic record and official transcript.

Academic Standings

Undergraduate Studies

Academic Standing Definition
Clear
Probationary
Standing Variation Withdrawal
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67 but has not met the program standing variation requirements
Required to Withdraw (RTW)
  • Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) was less than 1.00, or
  • Term grade point average (TGPA) was below 1.67 while on probation, or
  • Violated a Department/School Standing Variationor
  • Violated the terms of Probationary Contract
For more information on RTW standings, please visit the Required to Withdraw page.
Permanent Program Withdrawal
  • Reinstated into program after being Required to Withdraw and did not fulfill the reinstatement conditions or
  • Received a second Required to Withdraw standing, or
  • Failed a required course for the third time
Disciplinary Suspension
  • Academic misconduct
Disciplinary Withdrawal
  • Academic misconduct
Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67
Probationary
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.66
Standing Variation Withdrawal
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67 but has not met the program standing variation requirements
Required to Withdraw (RTW)
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 1.00 or
  • Term GPA below 1.67 while on probation or
  • Violation of any approved Department/School standing variation or
  • Violation of a Probationary Contract
Permanent Program Withdrawal
  • Any academic performance that would result in a Required to Withdraw standing for the second time or
  • Failure of a required course for a third time
Disciplinary Suspension
  • Academic misconduct
Disciplinary Withdrawal
  • Academic misconduct
Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and at least a minimum passing grade (or non-graded course credit) in each registered course
Conditional
  • A cumulative GPA of 1.85 to 1.99 but with no failed grades or
  • One or more INC grades but with no failed courses or
  • Only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00
Probationary
  • A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.84 or
  •  Only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.85 to 1.99 or
  • Two failed grades or
  • A second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing
Suspended
  • A cumulative GPA of less than 1.00 or
  • Three or more failed courses or
  • Failing to achieve the study plan established following a Probationary standing or
  • Failing to complete the program within its maximum time limit
Withdrawn
  • Failing to achieve the requirements established for reinstatement following Suspended standing
Disciplinary Suspension
  • Academic misconduct
Disciplinary Withdrawal
  • Academic misconduct
Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and at least a minimum passing grade (or non-graded course credit) in each registered course
Conditional
  • A cumulative GPA of 1.50 to 1.99 but with no failed grades or
  • One or more INC grades but with no failed courses or
  • Only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00
Probationary
  • A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.49 or
  • Only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.50 to 1.99 or
  • Two failed grades or
  • A second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing
Suspended
  • A cumulative GPA of less than 1.00 or
  • Three or more failed courses or
  • Failing to achieve the study plan established following a Probationary standing or
  • Failing to complete the program within its maximum time limit
Withdrawn
  • Failing to achieve the requirements established for reinstatement following Suspended standing
Disciplinary Suspension
  • Academic misconduct
Disciplinary Withdrawal
  • Academic misconduct
Course Weights

For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration are assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.

Course Numbers

All courses are designated by three letters and three digits. The letters identify the subject area. Numbers beginning with zero are two-semesters/year course numbers. Numbers beginning with a digit other than zero are one-semester course numbers.

The following example uses MEC 204, which is a one-term course in Mechanical Technology.

Course Number Subject Area Course Name
MEC 204 Mechanical Technology Mechanics of Materials
Multi-term Course

Courses taken over multiple terms are identified using an A for the first term or B for the second term (eg. NSE 11A/B). Multi-term courses only appear on the transcript under the second term (eg. NSE 11B) and once both terms are completed and the course is graded.

Prior to 2005, these courses were identified using three letters and three digits (eg. NSE 011).

Entrepreneurial Zone Participant

Zone Learning provides the opportunity for students to collaborate across disciplines to develop a private or social enterprise, technology, product or service. Students may earn an Optional Specialization in Zone Learning which is external to the degree/certificate program requirements.

Length of Program
Certificates Programs leading to a certificate vary in length. Please see the Continuing Education Certificate Programs, opens in new window page for details.
Diplomas Programs leading to a diploma are three academic years (six semesters) in length.
Degrees Programs leading to a degree are normally four years in length. Some programs are available on a part-time basis.
Prior to Fall 1987

In September 1988, Ryerson expanded its grade point system, adopted Grade Point Averages (GPAs), and revised its academic standing continuance policies. Students who were enrolled in a program prior to fall 1987 and whose academic standings were adversely limited by the new policies had their academic performances in 1988-89 and 1989-90 reviewed in terms of their programs' promotion policies of the 1987-88 academic year.

Prior to Fall 1988

Students who first enrolled in their program prior to fall 1988 and whose graduation eligibilities may have been adversely limited by the new policies had their eligibilities to graduate assessed in terms of their programs' published graduation policies as of the 1987-88 academic year. If the superseded policies were less onerous, an appropriate improvement in the student's eligibility to graduate resulted. This provision expired August 31, 1993.

Continuing Education 1989

Commencing in September 1989, Continuing Education students studying for a Certificate were admitted to a program. These students were not assigned an academic standing, but to graduate they had to fulfill the graduation requirements as approved by the Senate. Students who registered for a Certificate program prior to fall 1989 were not subject to the new policy.

Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct

Graduate Studies

Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • Students must have at least a minimum passing grade of B- (or PSD in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in each graduate studies registered course, and satisfactory progress in the thesis, major research paper or project
  • Students with a Clear standing may continue in their program of studies without restriction as to academic standing, although their registration in subsequent courses is subject to prior completion of any prerequisite courses
Provisional
  • The student has UNS (Unsatisfactory) progress/grade for the thesis, major research paper or project or a grade of less than B- (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in only one graduate studies registered course or has failed to meet a specific program requirement
  • Students with Provisional standing may not continue their program of studies until a specific plan of studies to correct academic deficiencies has been authorized in writing by their program director and recorded with the Office of the Registrar
  • Students who fail to have a provisional plan of study approved by their program director prior to the official last date to add a course may have their course registrations cancelled for that semester
Withdrawn
  • The student has a second term of UNS progress/grade for the thesis, major research paper or project or has more than one grade of less than B- (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) or has failed to meet the requirements of the provisional plan of study or has failed to complete the graduate studies program within its maximum time limit
Open
  • An academic standing has not been assigned and the student may continue in the program
Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • Students must have at least a minimum passing grade of B (or PSD in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in each graduate studies registered course, and satisfactory progress in the candidacy or comprehensive exam, and the dissertation
Provisional
  • The student has UNS (Unsatisfactory) progress in the candidacy or comprehensive exam, or the dissertation or a grade of less than B (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in only one graduate studies registered course or has failed to meet a specific program requirement
  • Students with Provisional standing may not continue their program of studies until a specific plan of studies to correct academic deficiencies has been authorized in writing by their program director and recorded with the Office of the Registrar
  • Students who fail to have a provisional plan of study approved by their program director prior to the official last date to add a course may have their course registrations cancelled for that semester
Withdrawn
  • The student has more than one grade of less than B (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in a term or has failed to meet the requirements of the provisional plan of study or has a final performance designation of F for the candidacy or comprehensive exam or the dissertation or has failed to complete the graduate studies program within its maximum time limit.
  • A student who has been withdrawn from the program is not eligible for readmission into the program
Open
  • An academic standing has not been assigned and the student may continue in the program

Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Academic Standing Definition
Clear
  • An overall grade point average for the academic year of at least 1.67 and no failed courses
Failed
  • An overall grade point average for the academic year of less than 1.67 or
  • Two or more failed courses in the academic year or
  • One failed course in the academic year after special examinations (if applicable)
Withdrawn
  • Any academic performance that would result in Failed standing for a second time or
  • Failure of a required course for a third time