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1. How do I apply to an engineering program at Ryerson?

Visit Applying to Ryerson for steps on how to apply.

2. When is the application deadline?

The deadline for guaranteed consideration for Fall 2016 applications is March 1, 2016.

Applications, amendments and supporting documents received after this date will be reviewed subject to space availability. Admission review is not guaranteed. We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible.

3. Can I apply for winter (January) admission to an engineering program?

Unfortunately, Ryerson does not offer winter admission to our engineering programs.

4. What are the Ontario Grade 12 admission requirements?

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six Grade 12 U/M courses including competitive grades in the prerequisite subjects:

  • Grade 12 U English (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)

The OSSD with a minimum overall average of 70% in six Grade 12 U/M courses, or equivalent, establishes eligibility for admission. We encourage students to apply if they have an average of 80% or higher, and grades of at least 70-75% in each required course.

The number of applications we receive greatly exceeds the number of spaces available in each program. To be competitive, students should aim for averages/grades above the minimum.

5. What are the admission requirements for mature students?

You may be considered for admission as a mature student applicant if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Are 21 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you will begin studies;
  • Have been away from formal education for at least two years;
  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or are sponsored by a Canadian government agency; and
  • Have completed all subject prerequisites1 with grades of 70% or higher in each, AND present a competitive overall average2.  

The subject prerequisites are: English (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Physics (SPH4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U).

2To determine the admission average, all subject prerequisite course grades are averaged.  The average required for admission purposes varies by program and is determined on the basis of competition.

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6. I have a low grade in one the of required prerequisite subjects. Can I repeat or upgrade a course?

Yes, however, this policy is under review. Currently, Ryerson will calculate your overall average using the final marks in your best Grade 12 U/M courses, which may include repeated/upgraded course marks.

7. I am missing one of the required prerequisite subjects. What can I do?

You have a few options:

  1. Night School*
  2. Adult Learning Centres*
  3. Independent Learning Centre
  4. Academic Bridging Courses at Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

*Check with your local Board of Education for locations near you.

Each of these options is equally acceptable. We encourage you to research the differences between each option (location, schedule, financial cost, method of instruction, etc.), and select the upgrading option that best suits your needs.

8. Can college courses be used in lieu of the Grade 12 U/M subject prerequisites?

Generally, we do not accept college courses in lieu of the Grade 12 U/M subject prerequisites. Please contact an Engineering Admissions Officer at

9. I'm currently enrolled or have completed a college diploma in engineering. How many credits will transfer?

Applicants approved into an engineering program are eligible for core engineering course transfer credit only if their post-secondary education was completed in a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Refer to Engineers Canada for a list of CEAB-accredited programs.

In general, college diploma courses are not eligible for transfer credit into an engineering degree program, except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses. A college diploma will not award advanced standing into an engineering degree program at Ryerson.

10. How do I apply for transfer credits?

To apply for core engineering transfer credits, use the Engineering Transfer Credit Application.

To apply for liberal studies elective courses, ECN 801 and CMN 432, consult Ryerson's Transfer Credit Unit.

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