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Eligibility for undergraduate students

Your Offer of Admission may include information regarding advanced standing and Transfer Credit eligibility:

  • You may receive an advanced standing offer placing you into a level higher than first semester;
  • Transfer Credits may be granted to you as part of the Offer of Admission – please do not apply if you have received credits as part of your offer.  These credits will be posted to your Transfer Credit Report after May 1.
  • Courses from accredited universities will be considered for transfer credit when successfully completed with a minimum grade of 60 percent or C-.
  • Courses from accredited post-secondary colleges and institutions of technology will be considered for transfer credit when successfully completed with a minimum grade of 70 percent or B-.  Some college courses will not be considered for transfer credit regardless of the grade achieved.
  • Non degree/diploma level courses are not eligible for degree level transfer credit consideration at Ryerson - e.g. 'Certificate level' courses, course series, work-shops, etc.
  • Performance indicators other than alpha or percentage grades are not acceptable for transfer credit.  i.e. PSD (passed), CRT (credit), EXP (exempt), EXM (exam), etc.
  • Review your Offer of Admission for any transfer credit restrictions - courses identified as Basis of Admission (BOA) are not eligible for further transfer credit consideration.
  • If transfer credits are granted as part of your offer, you do not need to apply for these courses; they will be added to your Transfer Credit Report before the start of your first term.
  • You may use transfer credits to fulfill up to 50% of your program graduation requirements.
Liberal Studies Courses
  • Typically social sciences, humanities, and language courses are considered for Liberal Studies transfer credits. Courses in other disciplines may also be eligible for liberal studies.
  • Liberal Studies are offered in 2 levels:
    • Lower Level (LL) or Table A courses - normally taken during your first 2 years at Ryerson;
    • Upper Level (UL) or Table B courses - normally taken during your last 2 years at Ryerson.
  • Please note: College courses are not eligible for Upper Level Liberal Studies credits.
  • How Liberal Studies credits are assessed
    • Liberal studies are assessed and evaluated based on course content and the weight and nature of the writing assignment(s). The course outline must include information on the following;
      • Course description;
      • Weekly topics;
      • Grade breakdown;
      • Assignment details (nature of assignment and length).
    • Occasionally, Generic Transfer Credits may be granted when courses meet the Liberal Studies requirements but do not match a specific Ryerson Liberal Studies Credit.  
  • Assignment Requirements for Liberal Studies
    • The Liberal Studies policy at Ryerson requires a significant writing component. Liberal studies courses must include;
      • One or more individually-written, out-of-class assignment(s) totaling in the range of at least 1,200-1,500 words at the lower level and of at least 1,500-2,000 words at the upper level; 
      • A weight of 25-35% is attached to the written assignment(s), and requires the student to carry out an analysis of the assignment's subject, and make and justify an evaluative, comparative or explicatory judgment.
    • Liberal Studies information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), is available on the Liberal Studies website.
Courses completed more than 10 years ago
  • Ryerson considers most courses for transfer credit, regardless of how long ago they were completed.  
  • Courses completed over 10 years ago require individual faculty evaluation. 
  • If you apply via RAMSS (, wait until your applications are processed and use the link in your acknowledgement email to upload the original course outline for evaluation.
  • Since course content is subject to change over time and in order to meet current curriculum, accreditation and learning outcome requirements, some courses completed 10 or more years ago may not be recognized for transfer credit. For example, Computer Science, Nursing, Media Studies, etc.
Business Management Direct Entry Students
  • Business Management Direct Entry students are admitted into the 5th semester of a Business Management major. 
  • Since a limited number of transfer credits are applicable, you should determine the most suitable courses for which to submit Transfer Credit Applications.  
  • Please visit the Business Management Direct Entry webpage for information including college equivalency tables.
Engineering Courses

Typically, core engineering courses and Advanced Standing are assessed and awarded on a course-by-course basis at the time of admission. Your Offer of Admission will provide details on granted transfer credits and may advise you to apply for addition transfer credit(s).

Your core engineering courses may be eligible to transfer if completed in a program at a post-secondary institution meeting the requirements established by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

How core and professional engineering course credits are assessed:

Engineering courses are assessed and evaluated in a thorough and comprehensive manner. The criteria that must be met by the course include the following:

  1. Breadth and depth: The breadth of topics covered and the depth to which each is taught must be acceptable. It is not sufficient for a topic to be listed in a course outline, unless it is covered to a similar depth.
  2. Key course topics: All key topics in the course must be covered. This includes ensuring that not only individual topics are covered, but also that topic areas (mathematics, natural sciences, engineering science, engineering design, complementary studies) are equivalently represented.
  3. Course components and hours: The main components of a course must be present (e.g., lectures, tutorials and laboratories), although tutorials that only reinforce the lecture material are not essential. The hours for each course component must be reasonably equivalent.
  4. Level of course: A course must be offered at an equivalent level to be eligible for transfer credit. Level is evaluated by considering the degree of sophistication of the course materials and factors associated with the party offering of the course (e.g., type of institution; level and quality of its engineering programs and their accredited statuses; qualifications of faculty; quality of facilities).
  5. Accreditation: Core engineering courses must have been completed in a program at a post-secondary institution meeting the requirements established by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). This includes ensuring that required course topics for accreditation are covered and the quantity of material covered is approximately equivalent in the CEAB course content categories (mathematics, natural sciences, engineering science, engineering design, complementary studies), as measured using CEAB “accreditation units”.

Please note: Typically college courses (except those completed as part of an engineering degree program accredited by the CEAB) are not eligible for core engineering course transfer credit.

Transfer Credit applications for core engineering courses will only be accepted and processed once you have received and accepted your Offer of Admission to the Bachelor of Engineering program. Normally, core engineering transfer credits will not be awarded for courses beyond the second-year level.

Questions: Contact the Engineering Admissions team at or 416-542-5870.


Please note: Courses completed at another institution after you are enrolled in a Ryerson program, must be formally approved on a Letter of Permission (LOP) prior to enrolment.


Mailing Address:

Ryerson University
Transfer Credit Unit, POD-363
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5B 2K3


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Phone: 416-598-5959
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