Which courses are required for my program? How do I substitute a course? How many years do I have to finish my degree?
The Undergraduate Calendar is your definitive source for academic policies and procedures, programs and course descriptions.
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Your Academic Advisement Report will summarize your completed and unresolved graduation requirements (see below).
You are expected to follow the curriculum assigned to you by Senate, as published in the Undergraduate Calendar. Sometimes, students ask for a curriculum exception. There are two kinds of exceptions: Substitutions and Directives.
A Course Substitution is processed when a Ryerson course that is not part of your normal curriculum is used for a specific required course. In other words, you are replacing required Course A with Course B. You should seek approval for a Course Substitution before enrolling in the course. Course Substitutions do not automatically affect your GPA, replace any future prerequisite requirements, nor are they a formal statement about course equivalence. Course Substitutions requests must be reviewed and approved by the Teaching Department, your Program Department and Curriculum Advising.
A Course Directive is processed when a Ryerson course that is not part of your normal curriculum is used for credit for one of your program’s elective groups (Professional, Professionally-Related, Liberal Studies, Core, Open). For example, you wish to use Course B, not normally taken by students in your program, as one of your Professional electives. You should seek approval for a Course Directive before enrolling in the course. Course Directives requests must be reviewed and approved by both your Program Department and Curriculum Advising. Liberal Studies Course Directive requests are reviewed and approved by both the Faculty of Arts and Curriculum Advising.
For instructions, definitions and regulations download the Course Substitution/ Directive Request form.
You must finish all of your courses within a specified number of years. This is known as your timespan and it starts “ticking” your first term after admission. Even though you may not be attending Ryerson for one or more terms (for example, you have been Discontinued), you continue to use up your timespan.
Calculate your timespan as follows:
- for full-time programs, multiply the number of years scheduled for fulltime study by 2 (typically 8 years);
- for full-time co-op programs, multiply the number of years scheduled for full-time study (including co-op terms) by 2 (typically 10 years);
- for part-time degree programs, divide the number of single-term courses in your program (or equivalent) by 3;
- for part-time certificate programs, your timespan is 6 years.
In special circumstances, you may ask permission from the Dean of the your Faculty or School to extend these time limits. Read Policy 46: Policy on Undergraduate Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing (“GPA Policy”) and see also Essential Policy Highlights.