Programs Requiring Prior University Study

You must complete university study before you can apply to the following programs.

To find programs that require you to complete college study before you can apply, view Collaborative University and College Programs.

5 Prior Study Programs

Health Administration

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)


Bachelor of Health Administration
Part Time: Degree Completion
Certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Turn your health-related diploma into a degree. Develop business acumen and gain the skills needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world of health care. You’ll explore topics such as program planning and evaluation, communication, strategy, human resources and financial management. Practicum seminars and a research project will help you put theory into practice.

After graduation: Manager in hospitals or other health organizations; pursue a master of public health, master of health administration, master of business administration and/or the Certified Health Executive (CHE™) designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Occupational Health and Safety

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)


Bachelor of Applied Science
2-Year Option for University Graduates

This program, the only one of its kind in Canada, teaches students how to create the safest possible workplaces. You’ll help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological and chemical hazards, and developing and implementing initiatives that improve health and safety in work environments across every sector. A paid co-op option, laboratory testing and analysis, workplace visits and an independent research project prepare you to achieve board certifications or professional designations and impact diverse workplaces.

After graduation: Canadian registered safety professional, registered occupational hygienist, certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional; manufacturing, construction, trade; law enforcement, transportation; policy management; further education in industrial hygiene, disability management, ergonomics.

Public Health

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)


Bachelor of Applied Science
2-Year Program for University Graduates
Program Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors

Public health professionals develop and implement initiatives that improve the health, safety and well-being of populations in the workplace, neighbourhoods, cities, countries and more. This program offers experiential learning opportunities, such as a paid co-op option, laboratory testing and analysis, site visits, presentations and seminars, and an independent research project. You’ll graduate prepared to protect the health of communities large and small and make a difference in humanity’s lived experience.

After graduation: Certification as a public health inspector; government public health agencies; environmental health; food safety and quality; non-profit health education and promotion; further education in epidemiology, international health, health administration or health promotion and education.

Social Work

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)


Bachelor of Social Work
Full Time: Advanced Standing to Second Year
Part Time: Advanced Standing to Third Year

Social workers strive to advance social justice and equity for individuals, families, groups and communities. This program includes 700 hours of field experience through placements at local or international organizations and opportunities to work on community projects. You’ll learn how processes of marginalization and oppression shape people’s experiences and access to resources, power, and social and health services, and be ready to contribute to transforming practice by promoting social justice upon graduation.

After graduation: Child and youth welfare; community, health and social services; immigrant and settlement services; non-profits; research, education, policy analysis; graduate studies in social work, early childhood studies, immigration and settlement studies or public policy and administration.

Urban and Regional Planning

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)


2-Year Post-Baccalaureate
2-Year Degree Completion
Recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)
Accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB)

Urban and regional planners employ land-use concepts and strategies to develop and enhance regional, urban, suburban and rural communities. You’ll develop applied research and analysis skills through studio practice, consult in teams, travel on week-long field trips and can choose to pursue an international exchange program. Upon graduation, you’ll understand communities’ needs, structures and rules, and be ready to advise on planning decisions related to social, economic, environmental, cultural, land development and transportation issues.

After graduation: Municipal, provincial and federal governments; human/social service organizations; program and policy development; law school; graduate studies in public policy/public administration (MPA), business administration (MBA), and urban and regional planning.