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Graduate Studies

Applied Learning. Career Acceleration. Solve Problems. That's a Grad Degree.

Queen's is a place where graduate students learn and discover in a close-knit intellectual community. You can share experiences with the world’s best scholars, whether it’s on a campus park bench at Professor’s Walk, at the laboratory or at the coffee house. You have more than 100 graduate programs within 50+ departments & research centres to choose from. With the world at your fingertips, excellent funding options and life in the affordable, historic waterfront city of Kingston. Queen's has a great deal to offer. Graduate students come to Queen's to put their ideas in motion, change their lives and the world.

Why Graduate Studies at Queen's?

We believe that what happens in the classroom, the library and the lab is just the beginning of your educational journey. Our award-winning libraries and cutting-edge laboratories put you right in the middle of the academic action. And when you’re ready to go beyond the books, we’ve assembled a full range of services designed to help you learn how to teach, write, assess and grow.

From workshops especially for Teaching Assistants to writing seminars that will show you how to organize your thinking and write more effectively to support groups and skills sessions that will help you cope with the pressures and manage your time, we are committed to helping you become well-rounded no matter where your career path takes you.

Learn more about the Programs available to graduate students within the Faculty of Arts and Science. You may then select from the list of departments to obtain more information about individual departmental graduate studies.

We take our Graduate Students seriously - they are part of our family.

Graduate Programs in Arts and Science

The great thing about Grad Studies is that you can continue down the course of study you loved in your undergrad, or you can find a stream that branches off in a different direction in many cases. Here's some ideas to think about.

Want to discuss and explore ways to save our world?
Want to discuss and debate how people think?
Want to understand how our world works and uncover new ways in which it works?
Want to get cultured and understand how other cultures work?
Want to understand our roots?
Want to get lost in words and find the true meaning of life... or literature?
Want to run the world one day - or at least lead an organization?
Want to work with your hands and your brain?
Want o spend more time thinking about animals and plants than people?
Want to help heal people?
Want to help develop new communities?

Three Minute Thesis

Grad School Isn't as Expensive as You Think

Between internal and departmental awards, teaching and research assistantships, external scholarships and fellowships, our students receive nearly $25 million in total funding each year.

Our Ph.D. students receive a guaranteed minimum funding package of $18,000 a year with many departments setting higher funding minimums and almost all offering much higher average funding packages.  The majority of Master's students in research degree programs, also receive substantial funding support.

In addition to the information provided below, expanded details about Awards & Financial Assistance can be found in the Queen's University Graduate Calendar

See Internal Awards in the Graduate Calendar.

Internal awards do not require an application from graduate students. Many of these awards are part of funding packages communicated when applicants receive an offer of admission. These awards include:

Queen's Graduate Awards

Many full-time graduate students are eligible to receive Queen's Graduate Awards as part of their funding packages. The QGA is administered by the School of Graduate Studies, based on recommendations from individual departments.

Departmental Awards

See Departmental Awards on the Graduate Calendar.

Most departments have internal awards and dedicated packages for students and almost all are based on academic merit. We recommend that you contact your department for the most up-to-date information.


See Fellowships on the Graduate Calendar.

Fellowships are based on academic merit and do not require an application from a graduate students.

Fellowships are established by university benefactors to lend additional financial support to our graduate students. Most fellowship nominations are adjudicated by the Fellowship Committee of the School of Graduate Studies through annual competitions. Others are administered by departments.

Fellowship awards range in value from several hundred dollars for one year to $40,000 for four years of doctoral study.

Travel Awards

Conference Travel Application - see your Department to apply for this award.

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research provides financial support for doctoral students pursuing dissertation research at a considerable distance from Queen's. Awards will be made through a competition.  The maximum value of the award is $3,000. Graduate programs and Departments are sent details and application materials approximately 8 weeks prior to the annual competition deadline.

Where to Live in Kingston

Thinking about where you are going to live while in Grad School? Here's some resources to help you find a home:


Words of Wisdom from current Masters and PhD students

How will it help my career?

  • One of our alumni saw a $28,000 pay increase once they completed their MA.
  • Practical skills.
  • Lots of networking opportunities with alumni and industry.
  • Publicity of research projects looks good on resume. Analytical thinking is transferable to many jobs.
  • References from supervisors to key employers.
  • Let's you specialize and become known within a specific field as an expert.
Tips for Applying
  • Queen's Career Services has helpful workshops.
  • Use career counselors to review your personal statement.
  • Establish good relationships with potential supervisors.
  • Talk to current grad students.
  • Use current grad students to help determine who a good supervisor would be.
How does it differ from undergrad?
  • Less lecture time (substantially).
  • Much more hands on experience.
  • Topics are more interesting since they are targeted to your specific areas of interests.

Is there funding?

  • Yes - for all disciplines.
  • Internal and External.
  • Scholarships and research grants.
  • Work study or TA opportunities.
  • Grad chairs will help you apply and understand what you could be eligible for.
Do I have to stay in the same department as my undergrad?
  • Generally no. It will help to have a strong understanding of the discipline to be successful.
  • Industrial Relations, Computing, Economics, Physics, Chemistry all are open to cross-disciplinary applicants (as are many others that didn't comment on this question at the event).
  • Prerequisites may exist but not for all.

Should I stay or should I go?

  • Stay. It's a lot of work to move away for only a year or two.
  • Go where you are happiest, but if you are happy here - then stay here.
  • Choose the project / supervisor that you can see working with and go wherever they are - which may be here since you already know the profs you like.
  • Staying helps to minimize uncertainty.
  • If you stay, it will be financially cheaper based on living costs.
  • Leaving may open up new networks but not guaranteed to do so.
Tips for Finding a Supervisor
  • You don't need to before you apply, but can be helpful. Especially for the MA level.
  • Find an interesting topic and then email the prof that oversees that area.
  • Approach any prof that you have a good working relationship with and if they won't do they could be a good person to help you find the right person.
  • Contact the Grad Chair in your department of interest and they will help you find a suitable supervisor.

Have Questions?

Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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