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applying to be a special student

Special Student status is normally granted for one of two reasons: (1) to allow university graduates to upgrade their skills or knowledge and (2) to allow students who are currently enrolled in programs at other universities to take courses that they cannot access at their home institutions. Special Student status is not an entry point into Ryerson programs. To find out about applying to Ryerson programs of study, please visit the Admissions webpage.

Important Note:

Students with Required to Withdraw standing (or equivalent) from any university do not qualify for Special Student status in this Faculty.

First Year Science courses BLG143, BLG144, CHY103, CHY113, MTH131, MTH231, PCS120, PCS130 are not available for enrollment for Special Students.

The Special Student application for upper year students is still available.  Please proceed to the "Application Procedure" section outlined below.


For course enquiries, please feel free to contact the departments or kindly scroll down to view the "List of Contacts" for the Program Directors. 

Application Procedure

1. Download and complete the FoS Special Student Permission Form.

2. Request approval from the Program Director of the department that offers the course(s) you wish to take. Please refer to the "List of Contacts" table at the end of the page for the appropriate contacts. You must provide the Program Director with a written rationale and an official transcript for your request and appropriate documentation such as:

  • a. Letter of Permission from your current post-secondary institution
  • b. Letter of Academic Evaluation from a licensing body (e.g. Professional Engineers of Ontario)
  • c. Letter from a Graduate Program Director recommending qualifying courses for potential admission to a specific graduate program
  • d. Other documentation that demonstrates your eligibility as a candidate for Special Student status may also be accepted at the Program Director’s discretion.

3.  If your request is approved, the Program Director will sign and date Section A of the Permission Form. You must complete Section B. The Program Director will retain a copy of the completed form and accompanying documentation for their records and forward a copy to the Associate Dean.

NOTE:  Special Students may be denied access to courses if the Associate Dean determines they have been abusing the system.

4. If you are already admitted as a Special Student from a previous term, and have not had 6 or more consecutive terms without enrolment, you may skip step 5 and proceed to "Enrolling in Courses" below. Otherwise, proceed with step 5.

5.  If you do not currently have Special Student status you must access the Ryerson Application Form from the Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment webpage. Read the application instructions and follow the steps for creating an account and completing the application form. Select program choice: “Special” and program code, SSS. Submit your application electronically as instructed. Please Note: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not require any academic transcripts or the Supplementary Form to process your application. Only the completed FoS Special Student Permission Form is required by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

The completed FoS Special Student Permission Form should be submitted to the ServiceHub located at 350 Victoria St. Room POD 150. Remember to keep a photocopy for yourself: it is required for the enrolment process.

Enrolling in Courses

Once your application is approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you may visit the program department during the enrolment period to enrol in the approved course(s).The program department will need to see your FoS Permission Form before they can enrol you in any courses. Special Student enrolments depend on course availability and cannot be finalized until after the regular program students have been served. Enrolment is not guaranteed for Special Students.


list of contacts


Program Director




First Year & Common Science1

Dr. Anne Johnson




First Year & Common Engineering2

Dr. Lamya Amleh





Dr. Martina Hausner





Dr. Stephen Wylie




Biomedical Science3

Dr. Kimberley Gilbride KHN-312 6354 gilbride@

Computer Science3

Dr. Isaac Woungang




Math and Its Applications3

Dr. Sebastian Ferrando




Financial Mathematics3

Dr. Pablo Olivares





Dr. Jahan Tavakkoli




1 For BLG 143, BLG 144, CHY 103, CHY 113, CPS 118, MTH 131, MTH 231, PCS 120, PCS 130 and SCI courses.

2 For CHY 102, CPS 125, ECN 801, MTH 140, MTH 141, MTH 240, PCS 125, PCS 211 please go to the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science website for the approval process and documentation.

3 Except first year courses (see notes 1 and 2 above)

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