Bridges to Ryerson

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Bridges to Ryerson is a one- to two-year, part-time transitional program for mature students who have the motivation, potential, and stability required to be successful at post-secondary education, but who have foundational educational gaps and lack the formal admissions requirements. Our students may have had past negative educational experiences, not completed high school, or been away from education for several years. Students complete university-level Chang School courses, subject to the rigour of any other university course, but in a supportive environment that addresses foundational educational skills required to be successful in future post-secondary study. Students attend two evenings a week for a year, and are given targeted academic and non-academic supports and financial aid as needed. If they successfully complete the program requirements, they are eligible to apply for admission to selected programs within the university.

Degree Options

Completing the Bridges to Ryerson program qualifies you to apply to the programs listed below.

Some programs may require you to complete additional high school credit prerequisites outside of the Bridging program, such as a grade 12 math or science, or have non-academic “grades plus” requirements, such as a portfolio, interview, or essay. A course to meet the Grade 12 English (ENG 4U) requirement is completed as part of the Bridging program.

More information can be found on Ryerson’s Undergraduate Programs page.

Bridges Program Details

In order to be eligible to apply for admission into the selected Ryerson degrees, students must have a minimum course grade of C+ (67%) each term and a passing grade in the University Success Strategies course. Students may choose other ongoing continuing education courses, certificates, and can also choose to take course at other post-secondary institutions.


Tuition is approximately $675 per term, and the cost of books is approximately $95 per term. Please note that these prices are approximate and subject to change. Some bursaries are available.

Time Commitment

Bridges to Ryerson will require a commitment of one year (depending on your English level and desired degree). Specifically, students should expect a time commitment of two to three evenings per week for three to four terms. An additional six to ten hours per week will be required for homework (readings, assignments, and research).

Arts and Community Services students:
All terms: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Business students
Fall and Winter – Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Spring/Summer terms – Three evenings/days per week. Time/dates to be determined.

Bridges to Ryerson Courses

Bridges to Ryerson CoursesCSSH 205COWD 107CENG 108CGMS 200CPHL 214Undergraduate DegreesChang School CertificatesChang School Courses

Please note that courses and scheduling are subject to change.

CYSG 150, 250, and 350: University Academic Foundations

Each semester, students will attend a tutorial that supports their Thursday course, by providing students with the tools to be more effective, resourceful, and self-sufficient learners within a university setting. The course covers essential strategies for developing skills in learning, memory, motivation, organization, time management, goal setting, reading, writing, and studying.

Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U): Grade 12 High School Credit

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analyzing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.