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Mature Students: How to Apply

Ryerson defines a mature student as an applicant who does not possess the minimum admission requirements (i.e. a high school diploma with an overall average of 75%) and:

  • Is at least 21 years of age by the end of the calendar year their studies in the midwifery program would begin;
  • Has been away from formal education for at least two years;
  • Has completed, or is in process of completing, all subject prerequisites and achieved the required 75% average in each of these courses;
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or sponsored by a Canadian governmental agency.
Before you apply

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:

  • The Independent Learning Centre (;
  • Adult Learning Centres within local school boards (i.e. the Toronto District School Board; or
  • Academic Bridging Courses (ABCs) through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson (


  • 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.

How to apply

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 1 deadline.
  • You may be able to request the transcript from the OUAC 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, 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.

Submitting supporting documents

Fall 2020 Supporting Documents:

MEP Supplementary Form with Self ID Survery

After you apply
  • You will be sent an email from Ryerson acknowledging the receipt of your completed application.
  • Ryerson will send you a temporary login so you can create a Choose>Ryerson account at
  • Ryerson uses the Choose>Ryerson portal as the primary method to communicate with applicants.

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 in-person only at Ryerson. No other arrangements can be accommodated.
  • The format is organized as a series of short interviews held on one day, through which applicants are assessed.
  • Applicants are evaluated on a number of areas during the interview stage including:
    • Motivation to become a midwife
    • Qualities important in a midwife (empathy, responsibility, flexibility, open-mindedness, etc.)
    • Awareness of the reality and demands of being a midwifery student and a midwife in Ontario.
    • Key skillsets – strong communications skills, critical thinking, problem solving.

Approved Students 

  • 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.