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  • Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate studies
  • Statement of Interest
  • 2 academic references
  • Resume/CV
  • Evidence of completion of three prerequisite courses or equivalents

Visit full program admission requirements

No. The GPA required for admission is calculated on the basis of the last two years of your undergraduate degree.  

The three prerequisite courses can be completed at the G.Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, or at any university or college that offers equivalent degree credit courses that cover the same subject matter as the prerequisite courses. It is suggested that you should complete all prerequisite courses prior to applying for the program as you would need to provide official transcripts of successful completion of the courses.

If you believe that your undergraduate transcript contains courses that may cover the subject matter of one or more prerequisite courses, you can indicate that in your statement of interest. Please note that the selection committee may or may not accept these courses as equivalents of one or more of the prerequisite courses. If you are in the process of completing the prerequisite courses at the time of your application, please indicate that in your statement of interest.

It is acceptable to submit one professional reference, however, you must make every effort to submit at least one academic reference.

The program is offered as a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time study option. Full-time students have to be registered for a minimum of three terms (one year) and part-time students have to be registered for a minimum of six terms (two years).

Learn more about the two program options

All program specific (DS) courses will be scheduled in the evening for both full-time and part-time students. The classes usually run between 6 and 9 pm on Ryerson campus.

Full-time students should expect to have three courses per term in Fall and Winter, with the Seminar course and MRP to be completed in the Spring/Summer term.

Part-time students can take no more than 2 courses per term.

In Fall and Winter terms, apart from attending classes three evenings per week, full-time students can expect to contribute up to 18-24 additional hours of work per week.

Full-time students in the program are eligible to be considered for limited funding from the program on a competitive basis. Part-time students are not eligible for funding. In addition, full-time students are eligible to apply for any GA or RA opportunities that are posted on Ryerson careers page.

Data scientists are in high demand. Data intense industries such as health care, banking, retail, energy, telecom and media are looking for data scientists. Students may also apply for a PhD after completing this program.







The certificate prepares you for the basic skills and entry level jobs in analytics, whereas the MSc program gives deeper technical skills for higher level jobs.

The course will focus on communicating and presenting data analysis results. It aims at building the competency in storytelling from the numbers.

The MRP is a project rather than a thesis. It is applied, whereas thesis is research-focused.

Yes. However, all requests for change of status are subject to consultation with and the approval of the Program Director. A student may not transfer from full-time to part-time status when the only remaining graduation requirement is an MRP. For students who request a change in status from FT to PT option or vice versa, the effect on the time of completion will be pro-rated. Students switching from FT to PT will no longer be eligible for any funding they may have received from the program.