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Mature Students: How to Apply

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If you do not possess the minimum admission requirements (i.e. a high school diploma with an overall average of 75%), you may be considered for admission if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You are 21 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you will begin studies;
  • You have been away from formal education for at least two years;
  • You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or are sponsered by a Canadia government agency;
  • You have completed, or are in the process of completing, all subject prerequisites with grades of 75% or higher.

It’s important to be aware of the following:

  • The Midwifery Education Program (MEP) is very competitive and has a limited enrolment. Successful applicants usually have completed one or more years of university or have equivalent experience before applying.
  • Grades are only one of the components reviewed for entry into this rigorous and rewarding program.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person/Convention Refugee living in Canada or in the process of getting your residency status. This program is not available to international students.
  • February 1st is the deadline to submit all required application documents.
  • There are approximately 30 applicants accepted into the MEP program at each site every year.
  • Ryerson midwifery clinical placements and interprofessional placements are primarily within the GTA.

There are various ways mature students can achieve the Grade 12 U/M level prerequisite courses to be considered for admission to the program, including through:


  • A minimum of 75% in each of the four mandatory high school courses:
    • Grade 12 U English (ENG4U preferred)
    • Biology (SBI4U)
    • Chemistry (SCH4U)
    • One Grade 12 U or M course in Canadian World Studies or the Social Sciences and the Humanities (i.e. history, sociology anthropology, psychology, family studies, geography, law.)

Keep in mind that due to the competition for entry into this limited enrolment program, candidates may require more than minimum grade averages to gain entrance to the program in any given year.

Step 1: Submit an online application form. Visit Applications and Related Forms for details on which form to use.

Step 2: Academic Transcripts

  • You must submit officially certified academic transcripts for the prerequisite courses you have completed.
  • Applicants who are upgrading prerequisite subject(s) must present final or midterm grades by the February 1st deadline.
  • You may be able to request the transcript from the OUAC, external link or you may need to go directly to the institution where you did your studies.
  • Transcripts must be sent directly to Ryerson from the issuing institution, or by you in a signed/sealed envelope that you received from OUAC, external link, your current or former institution where you studied.

If you completed your courses through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson, you do not have to submit your transcripts. We will be able to electronically access your grades through our system.

Ryerson Supplementary Form (Voluntary Equity Admissions Self ID Survey)

The Midwifery Education Program uses an equity admissions process to support equitable representation of groups underrepresented in the midwifery student body and the midwifery profession in Ontario. Applicants to the Midwifery Education Program can complete and submit a Ryerson Supplementary Form (Voluntary Equity Admissions Self ID Survey). OUAC 101 applicants are not required to submit this form.

Here’s how to access and submit your Ryerson Supplementary Form (Voluntary Equity Admissions Self ID Survey):

  1. Get your Ryerson Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application.
  2. Activate your Ryerson Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form at When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password.
  3. 24 hours after activating your Ryerson Online Identity, visit the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal
  4. Submit the Ryerson Supplementary Form (Voluntary Equity Admissions Self-ID Survey) to the portal

Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous may also pursue the Indigenous Admissions Process.

Application Status

  • You can track your application through the portal under 'My Application Status' and documents from Ryerson can be found in the 'My Documents' section.
  • It is your responsibility to track the status of your application for admission through the Choose>Ryerson portal.

Personal Interviews

  • Interviews are conducted online.
  • Applicants are asked a series of interview questions and the recorded answers are reviewed by the assessor.
  • Interviews typically focus on a number of areas, including:
    • Motivation to become a midwife
    • Qualities such as empathy, responsibility, flexibility, and self-reflexivity.
    • Awareness of the reality and demands of being a midwifery student and a midwife in Ontario.
    • Skills such as communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Post Interview Process 

  • After the interview stage is completed, offers of admissions will be made to approximately 30 successful candidates in early May. Candidates are notified through their Choose>Ryerson account, in addition to a hard copy acceptance sent by surface mail.
  • A select number of applicants who were not granted admission may be placed on a waiting list.
  • All waiting lists are automatically dissolved at the beginning of the school year (end of the first week of classes). So, if you have not heard from us by then, and are still interested in the MEP at Ryerson, please reapply for admission for the following year.