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Meet interim Vice-Provost and Dean, Cory Searcy

Creative, connected and entrepreneurial; graduate education at Ryerson puts you at the core of what’s next. Ryerson’s graduate programs are distinctive and offer an outstanding student-centred experience where innovative and creative perspectives in relation to real-world questions are valued. 

To use Ryerson’s online tools, you must first activate your Ryerson online identity by completing a series of web forms. During activation, you will pick your user name, such as: johndoe, john.doe, etc., known as your my.ryerson username and your password. You will not get an email confirming your account activation.

Two-Factor Authentication

As of August 1, 2019, all new students will be required to use two-factor authentication to access Ryerson services. This will require students to have either a mobile phone that can run Google Authenticator or a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) key. U2F keys are available for purchase online or in some stores.

More information on two-factor, including setup information can be found on the Computing and Communications Services (CCS) Two-Factor Authentication website.

Once activated, your Ryerson online identity gives you access to:

  • your Ryerson email
  • the central computer labs including the Library and Kerr Hall West (KHW)-71
  • the my.ryerson portal
  • D2L Brightspace learning system
  • RAMSS (via https://my.ryerson.ca)
  • Ryerson wireless
  • website accounts
  • online Library resources
  • campus printing
  • Virtual Applications

If you are returning applicant or student, you do not need to activate your identity, as you have already done it. If you have any problems with activation, ask for help at the KHW-71 Help Desk.

Activating Your Online Identity

The my.ryerson.ca portal connects you to systems including D2L Brightspace, RAMSS and Google Apps at Ryerson University. Further, using the Self Service module, you can change your password, view your account information, change your challenge phrase or manage your resources.

Computing and Communications Services (CCS): Support

The RAMSS Student Center helps you manage all aspects of your academic, personal and financial information at Ryerson, for example:

  • view your timetable
  • search for classes
  • add or drop classes
  • request an official or unofficial transcript
  • apply to graduate
  • view your grades and Academic Standing
  • view your fees and financial information
  • update your address, email and phone numbers
  • register in a certificate program

RAMSS Support page

You will find detailed instruction on how to reset your password at Password Changes. If you cannot remember your challenge phrase, an IT advisor can reset your password. Go to the computer lab located in KHW-71 or to the Library Reference Desk (2nd floor of the Library Building). Please bring a valid photo ID.

Computing and Communications Services (CCS): Password Changes

Your Ryerson email address will be your username@ryerson.ca, where username is your my.ryerson username, for example, john.doe@ryerson.ca. Your Ryerson email account stays active during any term in which you enrol as a graduate student. You will have access to your Ryerson email for five more years after your last class. See PDF filePolicy #157 – Establishment and Use of Ryerson E-mail Accounts for Official University Communication for more information.

Computing and Communications Services (CCS): Email and Learning Systems

Everyone with an active account at Ryerson has access to Google Apps including Google Calendar and Google Drive. Google Gmail is also available for students who opt to use it during account activation. If you chose not to opt-in to Gmail, you can do so later by:

  • logging into my.ryerson.ca,
  • going to "Self Service",
  • clicking Personal Account, and
  • selecting the Opt Into Ryerson Gmail under Preferences.

When you opt-in, we will automatically switch you from RMail to Gmail.

Google Apps at Ryerson University

Ryerson’s IT services will never ask you for your password and you should never give your password to anyone under any circumstances. If you receive a request to give your password or other confidential information, do not respond. Report the problem to help@ryerson.ca or call 416-979-5000, ext. 6840.

Various software options are available to secure your computer. To explore best practices, find out about free antivirus software, learn about firewalls and to look up a variety of security documents for various applications, operating systems and mobile devices, go to the CCS's IT Security page.

Computing and Communications Services (CCS): IT Security

Computing and Communications Services (CCS): Lost or Stolen Devices

Information Protection and Access Policy

The Ryerson OneCard is Ryerson’s official ID card, plus a whole lot more! The OneCard displays your name, picture and student number and functions as:

  • official Ryerson Identification
  • examination ID Requirement
  • Ryerson Library card
  • building, lab and graduate study space access card
  • RAC/MAC Athletic Centre access card
  • convenient purchasing card on campus (for food, vending, printing, copying, library fees, bookstore, and more)
  • identification for TTC monthly transit pass discount at Ryerson Student Union (RSU)
  • and, much more – new services are being added!

Please ensure to always protect and secure your OneCard.

OneCard website

If you completed relevant graduate courses at another institution before being admitted to Ryerson and they were not used towards the granting of a degree, you may apply for Transfer Credits. Suitable Transfer Credits satisfy course requirements, helping you to avoid repeating coursework and possibly making it easier for you to graduate sooner. If you are eligible, you should apply as soon as possible.

Speak with your Graduate Program Administrator to apply for Transfer Credits.

In order to earn a Ryerson graduate degree or diploma, all students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of their program’s course requirements and all non-course degree requirements while enrolled in the program from which they are graduating at Ryerson.