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Definitions and FAQs

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Definitions of Transfer Credit Terms

Advanced Standing: Recognizes the completion of similar courses or programs by granting admission into a level higher than first semester. If you are eligible for Advanced Standing you will be informed on your Offer of Admission. Also see Degree Completion and Direct Entry.

Advisement Report: An unofficial degree audit. Available on RAMSS (my.ryerson.ca), opens in new window to most undergraduate students.

Basis of Admission: As determined by Undergraduate Admissions is the confirmation of the academic requirements used to grant an Offer of Admission or Advanced Standing for a program.

Course Outline: Also known as a course syllabus, is a detailed course overview that includes a description of the course, objectives, topics, readings, assignments and an evaluation scheme. Course outlines are used to determine an equivalency to a Ryerson course.

Degree Completion: Recognizes the completion of an approved college diploma or university degree by granting admission into an upper year of a specific Ryerson program or a specialized degree completion curriculum. Also see Advanced Standing and Direct Entry.

Direct Entry: Recognizes the completion of approved college diploma by granting admission into an upper year of a program. If you are eligible for Direct Entry you will be informed on your Offer of Admission. Also see Advanced Standing and Degree Completion.

Generic Transfer Credit: When an incoming course is assessed for equivalency, normally a specific Ryerson course is established as equivalent transfer credit. In circumstances where a specific transfer credit cannot be established, sometimes a Generic Transfer Credit is established as equivalent transfer credit.  

Offer of Admission: Is an official letter issued by Admissions informing an applicant of their admission into a Ryerson program. The Offer specifies program, admit term and semester level; as well as possible conditions, restrictions and deadlines pertaining to the Offer.

Transfer Credits: Are equivalent to Ryerson courses and granted for post-secondary courses completed at accredited institutions prior to being admitted to Ryerson.

Undergraduate Calendar: Is an official publication that includes official university policy, Ryerson program and curriculum information.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

All equivalency decisions are made by a subject area expert from a Ryerson teaching department. 

The Transfer Credit Unit confirms your transfer credit eligibility, the accreditation of your institution(s), the accuracy of your grades and submitted course related information, and routes your application to the appropriate teaching department for review.

All transfer credit applications must be submitted to the Transfer Credit Unit and not to a Ryerson professor or teaching department. The Transfer Credit Unit vets all transfer credit applications and will ensure they are evaluated by the appropriate teaching department.

Your applications are processed after May 1. No Rule applications are only evaluated after you accept your Offer of Admission.

We recommend collecting your course outlines and uploading them for evaluation after your applications are processed.

When an incoming course is assessed for equivalency, normally a specific Ryerson course is established as equivalent transfer credit. In circumstances where a specific transfer credit cannot be established, sometimes a Generic Transfer Credit is established as an equivalent transfer credit.      

For example, LAW GEN is granted when the incoming course is not directly equivalent to LAW 122

A full-year course is eligible for two transfer credits, however, only one credit may be granted if the course content only covers the subject matter of one Ryerson course.

If you feel that an additional credit may be overlooked by the evaluator, you may submit a Transfer Credit Reassessment to have the application reconsidered.

Yes. Please refer to the Reassessment section of this site for more details.

No. All courses must meet the writing requirement to be considered for a Liberal Studies credit.

Ryerson considers most courses for transfer credits, regardless of how long ago they were completed.  

Since course content is subject to change over time and in order to meet current curriculum, accreditation and learning outcome requirements, some courses completed 10 or more years ago may not be recognized for transfer credit. For example, Computer Science, Nursing, Media Studies, etc.

Submit your request via email to tcredits@ryerson.ca using your Ryerson email.

You must reference your Ryerson Student Number and name, and indicate the Ryerson credits you would like have removed from your record.