Courses and Programs FAQ
1. I don’t understand some of the terminology and codes used in course descriptions.
What does everything mean?
The Key to Course Descriptions provides a graphic guide to a sample course description. For definitions of Chang School terms, see the Important Terms.
2. Once I’ve found the course I want to take, how do I enroll in it?
If you have been actively enrolled at Ryerson within the last 18 months; have an active Ryerson Online Identity account; and a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express to pay your fees, you can enroll online directly from the course description using the ‘Shopping Cart’. Visit the Enrollment section to find out how to enroll by mail or in person, as well as on the web. For answers to all of your enrollment-related questions, check the Enrollment FAQ.
3. What are certificate programs at Ryerson?
Certificate programs consist of six (6) to ten (10) single-term courses that provide post-secondary-level studies in specific career-related areas and result in the awarding of a Ryerson certificate at the successful completion of all courses.
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.
4. In what areas does Ryerson offer certificate programs?
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers 88 certificate programs and the number grows year by year. Detailed information about certificate programs currently offered is outlined in Courses and Programs.
5. Are there any admission criteria for certificate programs?
Ryerson certificates are offered at the undergraduate level. Normally you must have completed the OSSD with Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status (being over 21 years of age and having been away from formal education for at least two years). As a mature student, you do not necessarily have to meet normal secondary school admission requirements, although there is some variation among specific certificate programs. Some certificate programs require an undergraduate degree, an interview, or pre-approval prior to admission to the certificate program. Pre-approval forms are available in Forms and Documents.
6. When and how do I register in a certificate program?
Please refer to Important Dates for the application deadlines to register in a certificate program. We recommend applying for the certificate before enrollment in the first course towards the certificate. Registration in a certificate program allows you to take advantage of priority enrollment for your courses.
You can only be registered in one certificate at a time. Review the certificate program to determine if you meet the admission criteria and/or if you require departmental approval prior to registration in your program. Also check the Curriculum Advising website for any registration restrictions.
If you have a Ryerson Student ID and an active Ryerson Online Identity, you may register in a certificate program in your RAMSS Student Centre by clicking “Chang Certificate Reg/Trnsfr”.
If you are a new student and need a Ryerson Student ID, visit Request a Student ID. You are able to register for your certificate program at the same time.
If you can’t remember your password, visit my.ryerson.ca, click “Can’t login?” and then “Students“ to reset your password.
We recommend applying for the certificate before enrollment in the first course towards the certificate. This will allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson to a maximum of 50 percent of the certificate requirements.
If you choose not to register in the certificate before enrollment of your first course, please note that all applicable certificate courses taken prior to registration will be counted towards your graduation requirements; however, they will not be calculated in your cumulative GPA (grade point average). Refer to questions 5 and 15.
Note: There is no certificate registration/transfer fee.
7. Can I use Ryerson certificate courses that I took prior to
registering in the certificate program?
Yes, in principle; however some limitations apply (e.g., a residency requirement states that at least 50 percent of the courses must be taken after registering in the certificate program). Courses taken prior to registration in the certificate program will not be included in the calculation of your Certificate GPA.
8. Can I use any credits earned in a Ryerson degree program toward a certificate program?
Yes, however, 50 percent of the courses used to meet certificate graduation requirements must be completed in your Continuing Education Career (CNED). Also, the certificate cannot be restricted to students in the undergraduate program (refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details). Undergraduate students may access continuing education courses by ‘cross-enrolling’ within their Undergraduate (UGRD) career. These courses will be included in the student’s Undergraduate GPA.
9. Can I transfer external credits from another accredited post-secondary institution toward a Ryerson certificate program?
Yes; however, it is important to note that a Ryerson residency requirement stipulates that 50 percent of courses in a Ryerson certificate must be Ryerson courses taken after registering in the certificate program and through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
Note: Ryerson courses taken before registering in a certificate (these are courses which students want to credit toward a certificate), as well as courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions may not constitute more than 50 percent of the certificate program requirements. See note under Transfer Credits. Visit www.ryerson.ca/transfercredits for detailed transfer credit application instructions for Chang School students.
10. When can I apply for a Transfer Credit, course substitution/directive, challenge credit, or letter of permission?
As soon as you receive confirmation of acceptance into a certificate program.
11. Are Transfer Credits included in my grade point average?
No. They are recorded on your academic record as CRT (credit). Transfer Credits will not be used in the calculation of your Cumulative Grade Point Average. Refer to Grade Point Averages.
12. Can I register in more than one Ryerson certificate program at the same time?
No. You may be registered in only one certificate program at the same time.
13. Can I register in a Ryerson certificate and a degree at the same time?
Yes. However, all continuing education certificate courses in which you have enrolled will be counted in your Continuing Education Career GPA and subsequently your Certificate GPA. If these courses are part of your degree requirements, they will also be included in the calculation of your Program GPA but not in your Undergraduate Career GPA. Students enrolled in a degree program and pursuing a Chang School certificate should ensure that their course enrollments are within the appropriate career.
Some certificates are restricted for some undergraduate programs. Refer to
Curriculum Advising for a restriction listing if you are also in an undergraduate program.
14. How do I know which curriculum to follow?
It is the curricula published online at the time you registered in the certificate. It is recommended that you keep a list of the certificate requirements of your program of study. Curriculum may change, in which case requirements must be completed by way of Course Substitution/Directive.
15. Are there any time limits for completing a certificate program?
Yes. To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the program. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. Also, you must apply to graduate on RAMSS, upon enrollment in or prior to the completion of your final course and within the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates).
16. If I want more information on registration or graduation in a certificate program, where do I go?
See Registration in a Certificate Program and Graduation; or call The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education office at 416.979.5035.
17. Do I need a minimum GPA to graduate?
Yes. A CGPA of 1.67 or higher is required to graduate from a certificate program.
18. Can I use any of the credits earned in a Ryerson certificate program to another Ryerson credential such as a degree?
Possibly; applicable courses earned in a Ryerson certificate can be used towards a Ryerson degree provided the courses taken are degree level. These courses will not be included in the calculation of your Undergraduate Career GPA; however they will be used towards your Program GPA.
19. How do I withdraw from a certificate program?
Students are required to complete and submit a Certificate Program Withdrawal Form available online in Forms and Documents to Student Records (POD64). Withdrawing from a course does not withdraw you from a certificate program. As well, withdrawing from a certificate program does not drop you from enrolled courses. You must officially drop your courses online, by mail, or in person, according to Ryerson’s official deadline dates (refer to Important Dates).
20. Since I registered in my certificate program, the number of courses required to graduate has changed. Can I transfer to the new curriculum?
This varies depending on the certificate program. Contact your academic coordinator to discuss your options.
21. How do I transfer from one Chang School certificate program to another?
You can transfer to another certificate program online in your RAMSS Student Centre by clicking “Chang Certificate Reg/Trnsfr”. There is no fee to apply.