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Ryerson University is a fully accredited university with full membership in the Council of Ontario UniversitiesNew window (COU), Universities CanadaNew window (UC), and the Association of Commonwealth UniversitiesNew window (ACU). Since its creation in 1948, Ryerson has evolved considerably: 1948 to 1963 - Ryerson Institute of Technology; 1963 to 1993 - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; June 1993 - Ryerson Polytechnic University; 2002 - Ryerson University. The first graduate programs were offered in 2000.

Undergraduate Grading Scales

Effective September 2013: All Faculties

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100% 4.33
A 85-89% 4
A- 80-84% 3.67
B+ 77-79% 3.33
B 73-76% 3
B- 70-72% 2.67
C+ 67-69% 2.33
C 63-66% 2
C- 60-62% 1.67
D+ 57-59% 1.33
D 53-56% 1
0- 50-52% 0.67
F 0-49% 0
F-S*** nil 0
FNA** nil 0
Effective September 2002 - August 2013: Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Science
Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100% 4.33
A 85-89% 4
A- 80-84% 3.67
B+ 77-79% 3.33
B 73-76% 3
B- 70-72% 2.67
C+ 67-69% 2.33
C 63-66% 2
C- 60-62% 1.67
D+ 57-59% 1.33
D 53-56% 1
D- 50-52% 0.67
F 0-49% 0
F-S*** nil 0
FNA** nil 0
Effective September 1988 - August 2013: All Other Faculties
Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100%* 4.33
A 85-89%* 4
A- 80-84% 3.67
B+ 77-79% 3.33
B 73-76% 3
B- 70-72% 2.67
C+ 67-69% 2.33
C 63-66% 2
C- 60-62% 1.67
D+ 57-59% 1.33
D 53-56% 1
0- 50-52% 0.67
F 0-49% 0
F-S*** nil 0
FNA** nil 0
Effective September 1984 - August 1988: All Other Faculties
Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100% 8
A 80-89% 7
B+ 75-79% 6
B 70-74% 5
C+ 65-69% 4
C 60-64% 3
D+ 55-59% 2
D 50-54% 1
F 0-49% 0
F-S*** 0-49% 0

*Effective September 1991. From September 1988 to August 1991, the conversion for these two grades was: A+ 95-100; A 85-94

**Effective September 1996: Failed for Non-Attendance

***Failed; student has the opportunity to write a supplemental exam

Additional Grading Categories

AEG Aegrotat
AUD Audit
CH Challenge Credit
CHG Challenge Credit
CNC Course not for Credit
CR Credit
CRD* Credit
CRT Transfer Credit
CRV* Credit for Standing Variation Course
DEF Deferred due to Academic Misconduct
EXN Exemption
EXP Exemption
FLO Not Acceptable Performance
GNR Grade Not Reported
INC Incomplete
INP In-Progress
NCR* No Credit
NG No Grade
NSC No Grade Non-Specific Credit
PSD Acceptable Performance
WON Withdrawn

*Credit/No Credit designations may be used during an unforeseen period of academic disruption as declared by the President and Vice-Provost, Academic in response to extenuating circumstances such as institutional closure (e.g. COVID-19), extended labour dispute, natural disaster or other circumstances that significantly impede academic continuity across the university. These designations are not included in GPA calculations or in calculating academic standings but may replace an earned letter grade. CRD, CRV and NCR grades will appear on the academic record and official transcript.

Academic Standings

Beginning Fall 2013: All Faculties


  • Clear: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67.
  • Probationary: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.66.
  • Standing Variation Withdrawal: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of alleast 1.67 but has not met the program standing variation requirements.
  • Required to Withdraw: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 1.00; or a Term GPA below 1.67 while on probation; or violation of any approved Department/School standing variation; or violation of a Probationary Contract.
  • Permanent Program Withdrawal: Any academic performance that would result in a Required to Withdraw standing for the second time; or failure of a required course for a third time.
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Academic misconduct.
  • Disciplinary Withdrawal: Academic misconduct.
Fall 2008 - Fall 2013: All Faculties
  • Clear: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67.
  • Probationary: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.66.
  • Standing Variation Withdrawal: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of alleast 1.67 but has not met the program standing variation requirements.
  • Required to Withdraw: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 1.00; or a Term GPA below 1.67 while on probation; or violation of any approved Department/School standing variation; or violation of a Probationary Contract.
  • Permanent Program Withdrawal: Any academic performance that would result in a Required to Withdraw standing for the second time; or failure of a required course for a third time.
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Academic misconduct.
  • Disciplinary Withdrawal: Academic misconduct.
1984 - Spring/Summer 2008: Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science
  • Clear: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and at least a minimum passing grade (or no graded course credit) in each registered course.
  • Conditional: A cumulative GPA of 1.85 to 1.99 but with no failed grades; or one or more INC grades but with no failed courses; or only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00.
  • Probationary: A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.84; or only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.85 to 1.99; or two failed grades; or a second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing.
  • Suspended: A cumulative GPA of less than 1.00; or three or more failed courses; or failing to achieve the study plan established following a Probationary standing; or failing to complete the program within its maximum time limit.
  • Withdrawn: Failing to achieve the requirements established for reinstatement following Suspended standing.
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Academic misconduct.
  • Disciplinary Withdrawn: Academic misconduct.
1984 - Spring/Summer 2008: All Other Faculties
  • Clear: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and at least a minimum passing grade (or non-graded course credit) in each registered course.
  • Conditional: A cumulative GPA of 1.50 to 1.99 but h no failed grades; or one or more INC grades but with no failed courses; or only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00.
  • Probationary: A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.49; or only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.50 to 1.99; or two failed grades; or a second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing.
  • Suspended: A cumulative GPA of less than 1.00; or three or more failed courses; or failing to achieve the study plan established following a Probationary standing; or failing to complete the program within its maximum time limit.
  • Withdrawn: Failing to achieve the requirements established for reinstatement following Suspended standing.
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Academic misconduct.
  • Disciplinary Withdrawn: Academic misconduct.

Additional Information

In September 1988, Ryerson expanded its grade point system, adopted Grade Point Averages (GPAs), and revised its academic standing continuance policies. Students who were enrolled in a program prior to Fall 1987 and whose academic standings were adversely limited by the new policies had their academic performances in 1988-89 and 1989-90 reviewed in terms of their programs' promotion policies of the 1987-88 academic year. 

Students who first enrolled in their program prior to Fall 1988 and whose graduation eligibilities may have been adversely limited by the new policies had their eligibilities to graduate assessed in terms of their programs' published graduation policies as of the 1987-88 academic year; if the superseded policies were less onerous, an appropriate improvement in the student's eligibility to graduate resulted; this provision expired August 31, 1993. 

Commencing in September 1989, Continuing Education students studying for a Certificate are admitted to a program. These students are not assigned an academic standing, but to graduate they must fulfill the graduation requirements as approved by the Senate. Students who registered for a Certificate program prior to Fall 1989 are not subject to the new policy.

Note: Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct

Course Weights: For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration are assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.

Multi-term Course: Courses taken over multiple terms are identified using an A (for the first term) or B (for the second term), ex. NSE 11A/B. Multi-term courses only appear on the transcript under the second term (ex.NSE 11B) and once both terms are completed and the course is graded. Prior to 2005, these courses were identified using three letters and three digits, ex. NSE 011.

Entrepreneurial Zone Participant: Zone Learning provides the opportunity for students to collaborate across disciplines to develop a private or social enterprise, technology, product or service. Students may earn an Optional Specialization in Zone Learning which is external to the degree/certificate program requirements.

Length of Program
 

Certificates: Programs leading to a certificate vary in length.

Diplomas: Programs leading to a diploma are three academic years (six semesters) in length.

Degrees: Programs leading to a degree are normally four years in length. Some programs are available on a part-time basis.

Ryerson University is a fully accredited university with full membership in the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Since its creation in 1948, Ryerson has evolved considerably: 1948 to 1963 - Ryerson Institute ofTechnology; 1963 to 1993 - Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; June 1993 - Ryerson Polytechnic University; 2002 - Ryerson University. The first graduate programs were offered in 2000.

Graduate Grading Scales

Effective September 2000

Letter Grades Conversion of Letter Grades Grade Points
A+ 90-100% 4.33
A 85-89% 4
A- 80-84% 3.67
B+ 77-79% 3.33
B' 73-76% 3
B-** 70-72% 2.67
F 0-69% 0
FNA*** nil 0

*B is satisfactory performance level for Doctoral Study.

**B- is satisfactory performance level for Master's Study.

***Failed for Non-Attendance.

Additional Grading Categories

AEG Aegrotat
AUD Audit
CNC Course not for Credit
CRT Transfer Credit
DEF Deferred due to Academic Misconduct
EXN Exemption
GNR Grade Not Reported
INC Incomplete
INP In-Progress
NSC Non-Specific Credit
PSD Acceptable Performance
UNS Unsatisfactory

General Information

A student must complete at least 50% of the Program's course requirements, as well as a Thesis, Major Research Paper or Project, or Dissertation, where appropriate, while registered as a Graduate student at Ryerson.

Master's: Full-time programs leading to a Master's degree are normally one to two years (three to six semesters) in length. Part-time programs may be available. 

Doctoral: Full- and part-time programs leading to a Doctoral degree must be completed within six years (18 semesters).

Course Weights: For the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two lerms in duration will be assigned weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation under exceptional circumstances.

Multi-term Course: Effective 2005-Courses taken over two terms appear as part A and part B. For example, EE8000 appears as EE8000A and EE8000B.

Note: Disciplinary Notation = Academic Misconduct

Academic Standings

Master’s Degree Academic Standings
 

  • Clear:
    • Students must have at least a minimum passing grade of B- (or PSD in the case of a pass/ fail graded course) in each Graduate Studies registered course, and satisfactory progress in the Thesis, Major Research Paper or Project.
    • Students with a Clear standing may continue in their program of studies without restriction as to academic standing, although their registration in subsequent courses is subject to prior completion of any pre-requisite courses.
  • Provisional:
    • The student has UNS (Unsatisfactory) progress/grade for the Thesis, Major Research Paper or Project or a grade of less than 8- (Fin the case of a pass/fail graded course) in only one Graduate Studies registered course or has failed to meet a specific program requirement.
    • Students with Provisional standing may not continue their program of studies until a specific plan of studies to correct academic deficiencies has been authorized in writing by their Program Director and recorded with the Office of the Registrar.
    • Students who fail to have a provisional plan of study approved by their Program Director prior to the official last date to add a course may have their course registration(s) cancelled for that semester.
  • Withdrawn:
    • The student has a second term ol UNS progress/grade lor the Thesis, Major Research Paper or Project or has more than one grade of less than B- (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) or has failed to meet the requirements of the provisional plan of study or has failed to complete the Graduate Studies program within its maximum time limit.
  • Open:
    • An academic standing has not been assigned and the student may continue in the program.

Doctoral Degree Academic Standings
 

  • Clear: 
    • Students must have at least a minimum passing grade of B (or PSD in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in each Graduate Studies registered course, and satisfactory progress in the Candidacy or Comprehensive Exam, and the Dissertation.
  • Provisional: 
    • The student has UNS (Unsatisfactory) progress in the candidacy or Comprehensive Exam, or the Dissertation or a grade of less than B (F in the case of a pass/fail graded course) in only one Graduate Studies registered course or has failed to meet a specific program requirement.
    • Students with Provisional standing may not continue their program of studies until a specific plan of studies to correct academic deficiencies has been authorized in writing by their Program Director and recorded with the Office of the Registrar.
    • Students who fail to have a provisional plan of study approved by their Program Director prior to the official last date to add a course may have their cour.;e registration(s) cancelled for that semester.
  • Withdrawn:
    • The student has more than one grade of less than B (Fin the case of a pass/fail graded course) in a term or has failed to meet the requirements of the provisional plan of study or has a final performance designation of F for the Candidacy or Comprehensive Exam or the Dissertation or has failed to complete the Graduate Studies program within its maximum time limit. A student who has been withdrawn from the program is not eligible for readmission into the program.
  • Open:
    • An academic standing has not been assigned and the student may continue in the program.

Zone Learning provides the opportunity for students to collaborate across disciplines to develop a private or social enterprise, technology, product or service. Students may earn an Optional Specialization in Zone Leaming which is external to the degree/certificate program requirements.