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Elevation: 2019-20 Year in Review

Graduate education is rising to new heights with more PhD programs, a global focus and enhancement of Ryerson’s reputation as a comprehensive innovation university for the modern world. 

Message from Dr. Cory Searcy, Vice-Provost and Dean

This is an exciting juncture for graduate education. We are expanding our doctoral programming to meet the need for critical thinkers and complex problem solvers. Fourth-year funding and multiple admission dates are planned to better serve graduate students. Associate deans of programs and student affairs have been appointed. And we continue to prepare graduate students for meaningful futures as thoughtful global citizens.

Together, our graduate community is rising to the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary world.

Student Engagement

award recipients posing with the dean

Sharing your stories and mottos

GRAD Contest winners showcase their talent and perspectives


Tweet all about it, external link

New Twitter account garners 1,400+ likes since fall launch

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GRADTalks inspire positive change

Interactive sessions focus on developing resilience and career vision

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From scholars to influencers

Graduate Leadership Institute workshops guide and empower grad students


Ryerson is woke and very supportive of students in special situations like mine. - Dominic Akena, Documentary Media MFA alumnus

Changing his story

Former child soldier Dominic Akena harnesses the power of visual storytelling

Shooting for the moon

Aerospace Engineering PhD student Emily Shepherdson researches autonomous robotic technologies for space exploration

Recipe for sweet success

Molecular Science PhD student Jessica Phulchand explores food business ideas through Science Discovery Zone

Envisioning a better world

Child and Youth Care MA graduate Shay Erlich empowers disabled youth through dance and circus arts

Preparing for impact

Psychology PhD alumna Jenny Liu co-develops app based on groundbreaking doctoral research

Helping students thrive

Dr. Karen Spalding leads Master of Health Administration (Community Care) program

Learning from all angles

Dr. Mehrab Mehrvar uses interdisciplinarity to solve complex problems like climate change

Celebrating Success

Dr. Yashodhan Athavale posing with university leadership

Top doc

Dr. Yashodhan Athavale receives Dr. C. Ravi and Shanti Ravindran Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis

Gold Medalists

Golden grads

Ryerson Gold Medallists honoured for outstanding academic achievement and involvement

leadership award recipients

Lauding our leaders

Recognizing the recipients of the Jennifer Mactavish Graduate Student Leadership Awards

fellowship recipients

New wave of water research

Geoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship in Canadian Freshwater Policy awarded to Caroline John and Evan Miller

Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards

Making a difference

Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards honour exemplary graduate students

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Supporting student success

Congratulations to faculty recipients of the YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award