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Dynamic, creative and driven students from around the globe choose Ryerson. We offer an education that combines academic rigour with relevant, professional experience in a learning environment that reflects the energy, strength and spirit of Toronto. Our culturally diverse and lively campus includes students from more than 140 countries.

The following are general admission requirements and are subject to change.

Applicants educated outside of Ontario must submit evidence of education equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six Grade 12 U or M courses. Please note: Ryerson reserves the right to be the final arbiter of what will be accepted on an equivalency basis.

It is essential that subject prerequisite requirements and grades for specific Ryerson programs form part of the academic background of applicants from outside Ontario, especially in the last two years of secondary school studies.

Programs may specify non-academic requirements for admission (e.g. portfolio, admission essay, interview, audition, etc.). These programs are referred to as Grades-Plus programs. The specific non-academic requirements for individual Grades-Plus programs, including specific submission dates and procedures, are available by visiting each Program page. Note: for Grades-Plus programs, both academic and non-academic criteria will be used in the admission selection process.

Proof of English Language Proficiency may be required. Visit English Language Requirements for details.

Admission requirements vary by undergraduate program. Applicants who have completed any post-secondary studies should also visit University/College Transfer Students. Please see the applicable documents below to determine your academic admission requirements (subject to change):

Graduation from Grade 12 of an academic program at an accredited secondary school with high academic standing including minimum B grades in the program-specific subject prerequisites and a minimum B overall average. Subject to competition, applicants may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum. In most cases, subject prerequisites should be completed at the AP level and/or Grade 12 senior academic level (some exceptions apply). The high school profile (including accreditation, grading scheme, etc.) must accompany the academic record. While we do not have minimum SAT or ACT score requirements, strong performance on a standardized test can strengthen an application. If SAT or ACT examinations have been written, the results should be submitted. Advanced Placement (AP) examination results will also be considered. AP courses with examination scores of 4 or higher will be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis. Engineering students are not eligible for transfer credits for core and professional engineering courses using AP examinations.

Additional Information:

Ryerson University will accept the following for admission consideration:

Minimum Requirements:

  • GCSE/ IGCSE/ O Level – At least three different subject areas at the GCSE/ IGCSE/ O Level with final grades of at least ‘B/6’ or higher in one subject and 'C/4' or higher in two other subjects
    AND
  • GCE AS Level – Four different AS Level subjects with predicted and final grades of ‘B’ or better in two subjects and ‘C’ or better in two other subjects
    OR
  • GCE A Level - Two or more A Level subjects, with predicted and final grades of ‘B’ or higher in one subject and ‘C’ or higher in another subject

Cambridge Pre-University Minimum Requirements:

  • The diploma with competitive grades of 'M3' or higher in each Principal Subject. Ryerson will also consider applicants for certain programs who present a combination of the Pre-U Certificates (Principal Subjects), GCE/A Levels and AS Levels along with IGCSE/GCSE/O Levels.
  • Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) will be considered on an individual basis.

BTEC qualifications:

  • BTEC Higher Nationals Level 3, BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4, and the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) Level 5 will be considered for admission on an individual basis provided the qualifications include sufficient academic content.
  • Program specific subject requirements must be completed or in progress at an appropriate level.

Prerequisite Subject Requirements:

  • Prerequisite subjects should be presented at the GCE A Level; however, excellent AS Levels and GCSE/IGCSE/O Levels will be considered for some programs.

Transfer Credit:

  • GCE A Levels with grades of C or better or Pre-U Certificate (Principal Subjects) with grades of M3 or higher, may be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis.
  • No transfer credit is given for AS Levels.
  • Engineering students are not eligible for transfer credits for core and professional engineering courses using GCE A Levels or Pre-U Certificate (Principal Subjects).

Additional Information:

Ryerson University will accept the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). The completed CAPE diploma must include a total of at least six individual units with grades of one, two or three. CSEC subjects must be at the General Proficiency level with grades of one, two or three. Subject to competition, applicants may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum. Prerequisites at the CAPE Level are highly recommended. Ryerson will also consider a preliminary year at the University of the West Indies, Barbados Community College or equivalent in lieu of the CAPE diploma.

CAPE units with grades of three or better may be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis. Engineering students are not eligible for transfer credits for core and professional engineering courses using CAPE units.

Additional Information:

Senior High School (Upper Middle School) Graduation Diploma, Academic Proficiency Test/Upper Middle School Graduation (Hui Kao) Exam, and Chinese National University Entrance Examinations (Gao Kao). Applicants who have not written, or do not intend on writing the Gao Kao examination must submit a signed and dated letter providing the reason(s). Additional requirements include a notarized copy of Hui Kao (or equivalent test) results and results from any other standardized academic tests (e.g. SAT, ACT or AP tests). Copies of awards received for academic achievement as well as reference letters from school officials highlighting academic accomplishments are encouraged.

Document Requirements:

Interim Secondary

A current transcript including any mid-term/mid-year results available, the grading scale, and the name of the diploma to be awarded upon completion of your studies. A school profile should accompany your transcript. Please also provide a letter indicating the date you will write the Gao Kao and proof of registration (if available).  If you have not written, or do not intend on writing the Gao Kao examination, you must submit a signed and dated letter providing the reason(s). Additional requirements include a notarized copy of your Hui Kao (or equivalent test) results and results from any other standardized academic tests (e.g. SAT, ACT or AP tests). Copies of awards received for academic achievement as well as reference letters from school officials highlighting academic accomplishments are encouraged.

Final Secondary

A notarized copy of your final Chinese Upper Middle School transcript and graduation diploma are required along with a notarized copy of your Hui Kao (or equivalent test) results and your Gao Kao results verified by China Credentials Verification (CHESICC-Parchment Portal Service), external link. Results from any other standardized academic tests written (e.g. SAT, ACT or AP tests) must also be submitted. If you have not, and will not be sitting for the Gao Kao exam, you must submit a signed and dated letter providing the reason(s).

Final Post-Secondary

An academic transcript and notarized English translation verified by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC), external link or China Credentials Verification (CHESICC-Parchment Portal Service), external link.

Additional Information:

New for 2021: Baccalauréat/Baccalauréat Général/Option Internationale du Baccalauréat/Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré.  Applicants will be considered for admission on their ‘bulletins’ (with results out of 20) in Première and Terminale or, if already completed, on their final Baccalauréat results. An overall average of 11 or higher in Première and Terminale and 11 or higher in each subject prerequisite will be considered. Admission is competitive and subject to space availability. Higher grades may be required.

Additional Information:

Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma must present grades of 4 or higher in three Higher Level and three Standard Level subjects with a grade total of 28 or higher. Subject to competition, applicants may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum. The IB certificate and IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) cannot be used in lieu of the high school diploma requirement.

IB Higher Levels with grades of 5 or higher may be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis. Engineering students are not eligible for transfer credits for core and professional engineering courses using IB subjects.

Ryerson University will accept the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (awarded by CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (awarded by CISCE). Students presenting Year 12 State Board Exams (Higher Secondary School Certificate; Intermediate Certificate) with high standing will also be considered for admission.

Additional Information:

Ryerson University will accept the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi/Devlet Lise Diplomasi/French Baccalaureate with a strong overall average and strong results in each of the subject prerequisites.  Applicants must include the specific subject requirements for the program(s) to which they are applying in their final year of study. Grades required for admission vary by program and level of competition.

Additional Information: