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Explore the various services available on campus to support your graduate education

Academic Services

Academic Accommodation Support provides confidential services to students who live with disabilities that affect their studies. If you need accommodation, contact the Student Learning Support Reception desk to book an appointment. If you have already registered, you can view and send your Accommodation Letters to professors, schedule tests and exams with accommodations and register for skill-building workshops online.

Central computer labs for general purpose are available for all Ryerson students and they provide access to many software applications. Your school or department may have other facilities available for your use. Lab hours vary throughout the year. Rooms with teaching access are available as drop-in labs approximately 50% of the time. Weekly room schedules are posted on the lab doors every Monday morning and online.

The University is governed by the Senate and the Board of Governors. The Senate consists of 51 elected members including students, faculty, librarians, alumni and 18 non-elected members of the administration, including the Chancellor. T

The Board consists of students, members of the public, alumni, faculty and administrative staff. Elections normally take place in the winter term.

The Academic Integrity Office (AIO) is a neutral office that seeks to promote a culture of integrity and educational excellence at Ryerson.

PDF fileRyerson’s Policy 60: Academic Integrity applies to all students at the University. Ryerson expects you to display exemplary personal and academic ethics and values. Please read, understand and follow this policy.

Please also familiarize yourself with the Academic Integrity Office student resources.

Obtain professional guidance in improving your academic skills with Graduate Student Learning Support.

Graduate Student Support is for individuals who are looking for help with academic skills and the demands of graduate-level study. Programming includes writing workshops, the Graduate Write-a-Thon and 1-1 online appointments.

Fall 2021 Programming

All programming is offered virtually for the Fall 2021 terms. Students can find an overview of services and supports and register for all of our programming at Graduate Student Support.

For more information about Graduate Student Writing Support programming, contact:

Brooke Adams
Writing Support Facilitator
brooke.adams@ryerson.ca

1-on-1 Writing Appointments: Sept. 13 - Dec. 10, 2021

Graduate students can book up to two appointments a week with a graduate support consultant for one-on-one help with academic writing, research, grant applications, dissertation writing, and more. 

 

Weekly Coffee & Writing Group: Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. and Thursdays 12-2 p.m., Sept. 15- Nov. 25

These sessions provide a distraction-free atmosphere for graduate students to make progress on their writing with the support of an expert writing tutor who will help participants move through any specific writing blocks. Participants are encouraged to turn off their phones and notifications for two hours and join these silent graduate writing sessions.

 

The Graduate Research & Writing Institute: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We invite all Ryerson master's and PhD students to join us for two days of learning at the Graduate Research and Writing Institute. Enjoy the long-lasting benefits of an intensive and tailored learning experience dedicated to research and writing. Some topics include:

  • Academic research and writing standards in Canada
  • Narrowing the scope of your research
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Working effectively with committees and supervisors
  • Scholarly research skills
  • Integrating sources, paraphrasing, and citing
  • Revision, editing and proofreading skills …and more!

Check out thegoogle doc schedule, external link for the event and google formregister here, external link

*Time for a lunch break will be allotted each day.

Graduate students who use English as an additional language can participate in the following WLS programs:

1-on-1 Grammar / Supported Self-editing Appointments: Sept. 13 - Dec. 4, 2021

Staff serve as a "second reader" of a student’s written work and will help them identify errors with grammar, word usage / choice, and style, helping them become a more effective self-editor. These sessions can also be used for non-academic writing practice, such as preparation for standardized English language assessments, e.g. IELTS, CELPIP, TOEFL (needed by internationally students applying for Canadian Permanent Residency)

1-1 Listening & Speaking Appointments: Sept. 13 - Dec. 4, 2021

These sessions provide practice and build confidence and fluency. Participants can engage in structured language activities or have an informal conversation. Participants can also practice an oral presentation and receive critical feedback. These sessions can also be used to prepare for standardized English language assessments, e.g. IELTS, CELPIP, TOEFL (needed by internationally students applying for Canadian Permanent Residency)

Weekly English Conversation Groups: Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays 12-1:30 p.m.

These sessions build oral fluency and interpersonal communication skills through group discussions, real-life tasks, and presentations. Participants learn strategies for vocabulary development, general/professional communication, and gain confidence in their conversation and facilitation skills. 

English Communication Support (ECS) class: Mondays 3-4:30 p.m.

These oral communication classes build confidence, fluency, appropriateness, and accuracy in spoken English. Participants learn skills, strategies, and techniques that will help them become more effective communicators.

Conversational Connections: ongoing throughout the academic year

Participants are matched with a volunteer, aged 60+, and practice their English language speaking skills 1-on-1 in a relaxed, informal conversational situation. Participants build their confidence and fluency, exchange cultural ideas, and gain an appreciation of intergenerational differences. 

For more information about WLS graduate support programming, contact:

Chris Brierley
Senior English Language Specialist
cbrierle@ryerson.ca

Dedicated study areas for graduate students are available on the 7th floor of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) at Yonge and Gould and GRADSpace at 111 Gerrard St. East.

SLC Graduate Study Room

Grad students can access the SLC Graduate Study Room (SLC-713) using their OneCard. Nicknamed “The Forest,” the seventh floor of the SLC also features a large Silent Study Room (SLC-720) and 30 bookable Collaborative and Group Work Rooms. 

COVID-19 Info: The SLC is open starting September 8th, 2020 at a reduced capacity. We are focused on accommodating individual students whose home is not a suitable environment for academic study, who need a quiet, distraction-free space with reliable internet to attend online classes or to study. 

If you are a Graduate Student and wish to book a desk in the 7th Floor Grad Space, please ask your program to contact the OneCard Office on your behalf to ensure you have access to this part of the SLC.

Book a desk

GRADSpace

The GRADSpace facility at 111 Gerrard St. E is available for graduate students looking to study and collaborate. Access is granted via your OneCard. 

The GRADSpace features two study areas on level 1 (accessible via stairs or elevator). Both areas can be used for collaborative and group work. The larger room is also suitable for hosting seminars and events. To book the GRADSpace for a meeting or event, please contact Leslie Mutic, Student Engagement Officer at l2mutic@ryerson.ca.

Ryerson International can help you gain knowledge of another culture, experience new approaches to your subject and return home with greater insight into the world at large.

Students who participate in international education activities not only work towards a degree, but are also act as important ambassadors – bringing Ryerson to the world and bringing the world to Ryerson.

Ryerson students who spend time studying or working overseas frequently reflect on the experience as a highlight of their university career.

The ServiceHub in the Podium building is an integrated hub of Registrar's services and support including:

  • tuition and fee payments
  • enrolment services
  • financial assistance (including OSAP administration)

Client Service Ambassadors are available in-person, on the phone and online to answer your inquiries and support you from admission to graduation.

Career and Professional Development Services

The Career Boost Graduate program aims to meet the unique employment needs from our academic and administrative departments seeking graduate student talents while creating an opportunity for our graduate students to gain valuable work experiences.

Visit the Career Boost Graduate Program website for more information on job postings, program details and significant dates. Contact the Career Boost program at careerboost@ryerson.ca for questions on the job postings.

Student Financial Assistance website provides information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, application deadlines, and more! Contact the Student Financial Assistance team at jobs@ryerson.ca for further questions.

At the Ryerson Career and Co-Op Centre, external link, we build careers for life. We will provide you with innovative career assessment and development skills so you can excel in the workplace now and throughout your careers. Book an appointment via email with one of our specialists dedicated to working with graduate students and postdocs–Ketan Marballi [Faculty of Science only] and May Haithem [all other faculties]–or attend one of our many career education workshops/webinars and employer events, to get the support you need. You can also check out our resources online, external link, including our award-winning Career Compass and opting in to our Career Resource Hub. 

Meet Your Career Education Specialists

The Future Smart program is designed to equip graduate students with professional skills needed to transition into successful careers.

With an expansive selection of program partners and offerings, Future Smart will complement your grad degree with essential skills for the real world. Online options available.

 

Career Education Specialists are available for graduate career advising through 1-1 appointments, workshops and events. Topics include, but are not limited to, job search, networking strategies, resumé and CV review, personal branding (on- and offline) and mock interviews.

As a graduate student, you have automatically been granted access to GRADCentral on D2L. A comprehensive online hub of professional, teaching and career development resources to complement your graduate academic training and assist with your transition to academic and/or industry career pathways.

The Graduate Leadership Institute is an exciting initiative that aims to transform scholars into influencers. Director Dr. Wilson Leung empowers graduate students with leadership capacity in order to impact our city, country and world. 

Leadership advising appointments, workshops and Future Smart credits are available to graduate students.

Business cards are available for full-time graduate students, ordered in sets of 50 at a cost of $25. PDF fileSee the application form for more information.

The Ryerson Library and Archives is located in the heart of the campus in the Library building (2nd floor, 350 Victoria St.).  

The collection includes over 500,000 books and more than $3 million is spent annually to support electronic resources (nearly 45,000 e-journals, 165,000 e-books, databases and indexes, geospatial data and catalogued websites or electronic documents). Many course readings are available online and can be accessed through D2L Brightspace.

See upcoming Library workshops

Graduate students have access to free membership to the NCFDD, external link, an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community. More information and registration instructions.

Regardless of your program and year of study, Ryerson has a diverse set of on-campus job opportunities available to you. Faculties and departments are regularly looking for talented and engaged students to fill a wide variety of positions including research, peer advising, administrative, technology-based, and social media jobs, and much more.

On-campus opportunities through Ryerson Career & Co-op

Ryerson Careers

The Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre offers key job search resources and links to online job postings, including Ryerson's job board, Magnet, external link.

Jobs Off Campus

Offered by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the voluntary Professional Development in Teaching Program is designed to:

  • Provide professional development in teaching for Ryerson Graduate Students and Graduate Assistants (GAs)
  • Provide opportunities for Ryerson Graduate Students and GAs to become more effective in their work at Ryerson and to mentor others
  • Provide a certificate in learning and teaching upon completion of each of three levels of this program

Beyond the Professoriate, external link provides career education and professional development to graduate students and PhDs looking to build impactful careers and engaged lives. Find a variety of free workshops and resources on preparing applications, job searching, skills for graduate school and more.

Inclusion and Wellness Services

Hello! N’it! Ahnee! Tansi! She:gon! The Yeates School of Graduate Studies is committed to providing supports for Indigenous graduate students in all faculties. Learn more about supports for graduate research and community resources offered to Indigenous learners in our Indigenous Graduate Education portal.

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services provides a culturally encouraging environment and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. We provide specialized services for Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit students on campus and to develop a productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community.

For graduate students, an Indigenous Advisor is also available to discuss academics, financial matters, student life, and support services.

Access Ryerson is a university-wide initiative with a goal of removing barriers to the full participation of all community members with disabilities. We are committed to transforming Ryerson into a barrier-free leader in accessibility.

Ryerson Recreation creates opportunities for you to participate in fitness classes, organized intramurals, varsity athletics, open recreation gym time, workshops, seminars and much more.

Ryerson has two athletic facilities to serve your needs:

  • the Recreation and Athletic Centre (RAC) 
  • the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens (MAC). 

You also receive free admission to all Ryerson Rams, external link basketball, hockey, soccer and volleyball home games. Join the loudest student section in Ontario University Athletics and cheer the Rams to victory!

The Centre for Student Development and Counselling offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and safe environment.

Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement, action, inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first. 

The Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) collaborates across campus to make Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work. A variety of community networks, equity-related workshops and events are available to Ryerson students, faculty, staff and community members through the academic year.

Feeling overwhelmed by your MRP or thesis? Need someone to talk to? Counselling services are available by booking an appointment via 416-979-5195 or csdc@ryerson.ca.

 

All full-time graduate students at Ryerson are automatically covered under the Ryerson Students’ Union’s Health and Dental Plan, external link. The Plan offers extended health and dental insurance coverage for one year from September 1 to August 31.

Full-time students who start in September are charged an annual fee for the Plan on their Ryerson tuition fee statement. Students who begin in January are charged a pro-rated amount. Coverage for these students is from January 1 to August 31.

International Students see University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

Human Rights Services promotes a study, work and living environment free of discrimination and harassment.

The Medical Centre is a medical clinic which provides currently registered Ryerson students, staff and faculty, with a wide range of medical services that you would normally expect to receive from your family physician. This includes the treatment of illnesses, such as colds or the flu, to routine examinations like annual physicals and internal examinations. You must book an appointment to see the doctor.

RyersonSafe is the university’s new tool for mass notification that sends alerts in urgent situations posing an immediate safety or security risk to the community. Alerts are broadcast on six communications channels including a mobile app and text messages.

The Student Care office administers the PDF fileStudent Code of Non-Academic Conduct and provides advice to faculty, staff and students concerned about the behaviour of a student and disruptive classroom conduct. If you run into difficulties, it is essential that you deal with the situation as soon as possible, particularly situations that affect your academic performance. Unresolved problems generally get worse, and, in some cases, you must deal with certain types of concerns before a specific deadline.

Student Wellbeing encompasses a variety of health, well-being, and academic services and supports at Ryerson that reflect on a university community that is fully committed and engaged in developing and sustaining supportive environments that foster well-being and academic success. Learn more about what services and resources are available.

The goal of the ThriveRU initiative in Student Affairs is to provide training and resources to Ryerson students, faculty and staff in order to teach the skills associated with resilience, well-being and thriving in both an academic and personal context.

The Walk Safe Program provides Ryerson's community with a protected escort by security officers or supervisors 24 hours a day to any location on the Ryerson campus, to the Dundas subway or to nearby parking lots off campus.

To request an escort, call Security and Emergency Services at 416-979-5040 or by pressing the yellow button on any campus payphone or ext. 5040 from any internal phone.

International Student Support

International Student Support (ISS) is the home away from home for all international students. ISS provides both transformative and transactional support for students’ personal growth. Staff in ISS are specialized in providing immigration advising, transitional and academic and social adjustment support, and student life skills development programming.

Housing Support

Are you currently or planning to rent in Toronto? Ryerson's Off-Campus Housing Office can help! We're here to educate and support all Ryerson students in their off-campus housing experience.

Located in Pitman Hall, the office offers guidance and support for renting in Toronto. From finding safe and affordable rentals, signing leases, understanding your tenant rights and resolving landlord issues, this free service is available to all graduate students throughout their time at Ryerson.

Learning, Research and Teaching Opportunities

The Jack Layton Leadership School aims to build the leadership capacity of students to effect social change. The school engages community members and faculty in social justice issues through storytelling, engaging in creative arts workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and community tours. Network with leaders to work on a shared vision of justice based on anti-racist, feminist, Indigenous, queer, anti-poverty and reflective approaches. No prior experience is necessary, only a commitment to social change.

The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) was created under the Provost and Vice-President Academic in response to the growth of social innovation initiatives for students and the need for consolidating the university’s ecosystem to support the advancement of social innovation.

OSI challenges historical and existing systems of exclusion through establishing novel ideas and partnerships in the pursuit of equity, sustainability and justice. Learn more about programs, resources and opportunities.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is Ryerson’s central research administration office. The office is responsible for advancing the research agenda at Ryerson and works with faculty, government and industry to help foster the creation of new knowledge and the establishment of innovative partnerships.

As a Research Assistant (RA), students assist principal investigators in conducting research activities not related to the student’s studies. The minimum rate of pay is defined by the Granting Council (SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR) or organization/institution which is funding the principal investigator. When that institution is Ryerson University, the minimum rate of pay is defined in the OPSEU Collective Agreement, Article 14, Section 14.06. The terms of employment of graduate students will be consistent with this collective agreement. However, the minimum recommended rate of pay for graduate students is the rate at which Graduate (Teaching) Assistants are paid, which is outlined in the CUPE 3 Collective Agreement.

Contact your program for details about program-specific RA positions.

Teaching development is a primary resource area within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Through a collaborative approach, the Centre fosters a community dedicated to big thinking about curriculum, pedagogy and creative ways of developing inclusive teaching practices that enrich the student learning experience.

Teaching resources

At Ryerson, a teaching assistant (TA) or graduate assistant (GA)  refers to a graduate student who is employed to assist with teaching or related duties. The student is a Ryerson student currently enrolled on a full-time basis in one of the university’s Master’s or PhD programs.

This type of employment opportunity is typically offered by a department or school. Full-time graduate students can be employed for a maximum of 10 hours per week. The rate of pay can be found on the Human Resources (HR) website in the CUPE Local 3904 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Students may be offered a GA position by their program, and/or the positions will be posted on the HR website. Terms of employment of graduate students will be consistent with the collective agreements between Ryerson and its employee groups.

Current GA opportunities

Teaching Development offers a number of ongoing supports and resources for TAs and GAs.

Zone Learning is a new model of experiential learning built to allow students to apply their degree coursework to real world startups, causes, companies, projects or ventures. 

The 10 zones form a community of incubators or spaces where people come together to brainstorm, kickstart projects, and build startups. Zone Learning members have the opportunity to: grow their network, gain experience, build their resume and even access funding. The Zone Learning community is open to all, and is often especially useful for graduate students.

Zones of interest to graduate students:

Intellectual Property and other relevant topics and events

Other Ryerson Services

Ryerson Alumni Relations aims to create a lifelong connection between alumni and the University by offering valuable services like a discount program, professional development, and volunteer opportunities that allow alumni to stay connected to Ryerson.

Lockers are available at 111 Gerrard St. E on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up using the google formGrad Locker Request Form, external link.

Ryerson HR provides human resource solutions, programs and services. This includes new employee information, employee and manager resources and equity processes.

Collective agreements

How to use eHR

The Office of the Ombudsperson is a place for students to raise concerns which they have been unable to resolve themselves. Students can bring forward their concerns in confidence to the Ombudsperson’s office with the knowledge that they will not be disclosed, unless the student provides permission for this to happen.

As an impartial office, the Ombudsperson considers the perspective of both the student and the University in all cases brought to its attention. The Ombudsperson’s Office is independent of the University, all administrative structures and the student government.

Contact the office If you believe you have been treated unfairly, if you are not sure what your options are, or if you would like to discuss how a Ryerson policy or procedure applies to your situation.

Ryerson University Business Services (UBS) provides a number of different services to students, staff, faculty and guests of the University, including the campus store, parking, Ryerson Eats and more.