This institution has signed on to Ontario’s Principles for Credit Transfer.

Transfer Advisor

  • Prospective students please contact the ServiceHub for all advanced standing and transfer credit inquiries:
  • ServiceHub 
  • (416) 979-5036 
  • After receiving an offer of admission, please contact the Transfer Credit Unit for all transfer credit inquiries:
  • Transfer Credit Unit 
  • (416) 598-5959 


General Information

Provides students with the main website(s) containing general credit transfer information.

Check out the following resources to learn more about credit transfer at Ryerson University: 

Required Grades and/or GPA, Level(s) of Completed Previous Education, and Program Prerequisites (Admission)

Provides students with the minimum grades and/or GPA, level(s) of completed previous postsecondary, and program prerequisites required for admission.

Review the admission requirements for all programs at Ryerson University:

Required Grade and/or GPA (Transfer Credit Eligibility)

Provides students with the minimum grade and/or GPA required for transfer credit eligibility.

The minimum grade required to transfer a course to Ryerson University is 70% or “B-“ for applicants from accredited postsecondary colleges and institutions of technology. Some college courses will not be considered for transfer credit regardless of the grade achieved. For applicants from accredited universities, a minimum grade of 60% or “C-“ is required.

Performance indicators other than alpha or percentage grades are not acceptable for transfer credit (i.e. PSD [passed], CRT [credit], EXP [exempt], EXM [exam], etc.).

Course Equivalencies, Pathways and Articulation Agreements

Provides students with available course equivalency, pathway, and articulation agreement materials for planning purposes.

View Ryerson University’s pathway opportunities:

Types of Credit Awarded

Provides students with the types of credit awarded and a brief definition of each (advanced standing, block, exemptions, equivalencies, specified, unspecified, generic, etc.).

Ryerson University awards advanced standing, specific (equivalencies) and generic credits in recognition of previous learning.

  • Advanced Standing: If you have previously completed one or more years of study at Ryerson University or another accredited postsecondary institution, you may be eligible for admission to a level higher than first year/semester. When advanced standing is granted, all or some of your previous postsecondary studies are used as the basis of admission. 
  • Specific and Generic Credits: If you have completed postsecondary education, you may be eligible for transfer credits granted in recognition of previous learning. This transfer credit may be used to fulfill Ryerson University program requirements. 

Residency Requirements

Provides students with the amount of study they must complete in order to be awarded the credential in which they are enrolled.

The amount of transfer credit you can apply towards a program's graduation requirement is limited by Ryerson University's residency policy.  The policy states that at least final one half of all program requirements must be completed at the University.

No more than 50% of a program's graduation requirements may consist of advanced standing and/or course credits, such as transfer credits, letter of permission credits and challenge credits.

Currency/Timing of Previous Postsecondary Education

Provides students with an indicator of the currency required to utilize their previously completed postsecondary education for transfer credit.

Our Institution will consider most courses for transfer credit, regardless of currency. 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.

PLAR Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a PLAR assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your PLAR assessment at Ryerson University:

Challenge Credits                                                               

  • Ryerson University allows for experience and prior learning to be taken into consideration in the assessment of awarding course credit and similar to PLAR, offers the opportunity for students to petition for challenge credits for some courses. Challenge credits enable you to earn academic credit for a Ryerson University course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained outside the traditional postsecondary school environment. If a student can demonstrate that they have met the core competencies of a particular course based on prior work experience or prior learning, they may be eligible to challenge and receive credit for the course. Program departments determine which courses are eligible for challenge. Challenge courses may be limited due to the uniqueness of Ryerson University’s curriculum and the need to ensure currency and application of knowledge in rapidly changing professional (especially technical) fields (
  • Contact the Teaching Department of the course you wish to challenge, prior to submitting the application form, to determine if the course is eligible for challenge.
  • Complete the application form, pay the required fee and drop off the form at the Service Hub (POD 150).
  • If you are not eligible to proceed with the Challenge Credit application, you will be notified by e-mail ( within 2-4 weeks and a full refund will be issued and mailed to the address on RAMSS within 4- 6 weeks.
  • Supporting documentation, if applicable, must be submitted with your application (e.g. copy of a CNA certificate). Further documentation or examination may be requested by the Teaching Department assessing the application.
  • Interview, special or regular examination completed.
  • If the challenge is successful, it will be recorded on your academic record as “CHG” and will not be included in your GPA.

In addition, Ryerson University extensively incorporates non-academic components into the admissions selection process for many programs. For these Grades-Plus Selective programs, non-academic criteria allow a student to demonstrate prior learning, talent or aptitude for a specific program as well as demonstrate competency via grades. Examples of programs that use such non-academic criteria are Midwifery, Film, Architecture, Media Production, New Media, Fashion, Interior Design etc. Non-academic criteria does not replace the academic requirements, but rather both are used in conjunction to assess the relative strength of each candidate from different perspectives.

PLAR Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a PLAR assessment (challenge exam, course challenge, portfolio, etc.).

A challenge credit assessment at Ryerson University costs $175.00 per course (subject to change).

Appearance of Awarded Transfer Credit(s) on Transcript

Provides students with the code(s) used to record transfer credits on their transcript and an indication of whether these credits will be included in GPA calculation.

Transfer credits will be recorded on your Ryerson University transcript as "CRT" and will not be included in GPA calculation.

Key Point(s) of Contact (Transfer Advisor and/or Service Area)

Provides students with a contact to discuss common credit transfer inquiries (Transfer Advisor, service area, etc.).

Contact a Ryerson University Registrar’s office to discuss your credit transfer inquiries:

Prospective students please contact the ServiceHub for all questions related to advanced standing and transfer credit eligibility: 

After receiving an offer of admission, all transfer credit inquiries should be directed to the Transfer Credit Unit

Official Credit Transfer Policies (Academic Regulations/Directives Documents, Calendars and Handbooks)

Provides students with a reference to official credit transfer policies outlined in academic regulations/directives documents, calendars, and handbooks.

Familiarize yourself with Ryerson University’s official credit transfer policies:

Transfer Credit Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a transfer credit assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your transfer credit assessment at Ryerson University:

  • After Ryerson has confirmed receipt of your application for admission, visit to login to Ryerson University’s Administrative Management Self Service (RAMSS) to submit a transfer credit application.
  • Enter all applicable courses from your previous post-secondary institution(s).
  • Instant unofficial results will show upon submitting your application.
  • Unofficial results are based on previously established equivalencies contained in the Ryerson University Transfer Credit Database. If a course has not yet been evaluated for transfer credit equivalency (no established equivalency exists), you will need to submit a detailed course outline once you are accepted to a Ryerson University program.
  • After May 1st, you will find your official transfer credit results, for your accepted offer of admission posted to your Transfer Credit Report on RAMSS
  • For detail instructions, please visit:

Transfer Credit Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a transfer credit assessment (advanced standing, exemption, etc.).

There is no fee required for a transfer credit assessment at Ryerson University for new students. A late fee of $50.00 is charged for each transfer credit application made by returning students.

Transfer Credit Required Documentation

Provides students with a listing of the documentation they must submit to have their previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit.

The documentation required to have your previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit at Ryerson University includes: 

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Course outline(s) may be required 
  • Completed online application form (via RAMSS)

Transfer Credit Application Form(s)

Provides students with a copy of the transfer credit application form or link to the online submission tool (where applicable).

Complete the online application form at Ryerson University: 

Deadline(s) for Application

Provides students with the deadline by which they must apply for transfer credit.

Apply for transfer credit as soon as Ryerson has confirmed receipt of your application for admission. Application deadlines for each term are posted within the Academic Calendar available online (

Timing of Transfer Credit Decisions

Provides students with an expectation regarding the time it takes to process a transfer credit decision.

Applications from newly admitted students (for the upcoming Fall term) are processed after May 1. Transfer credit decisions at Ryerson University are generally provided within 5 business days of the submission of a complete application. Courses that require faculty assessment require the submission of detailed course outlines and decisions may take up to 8 weeks.

Review/Appeal Procedures

Provides students with the process for appealing a transfer credit decision.

A transfer credit decision can be reviewed/appealed at Ryerson University by submitting a complete reassessment package for each course you wish to appeal to For more information visit: endeavours to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding credit transfer; however, changes and updates to transfer opportunities happen on an ongoing basis. Students MUST check with the institution directly before applying to any program.