Degrees

Queen's Accredited Online Bachelor's DegreePicture of Queen's Continuing and Distance Studies alum Brian Woodman who completed a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Queen's online bachelor's degree is a general (three-year) degree. It is the equivalent of an on-campus degree in every way. If you're interested in an online degree with one of Canada’s leading universities, then consider taking your degree here.

Although our online bachelor's degree is a three-year program, you don't have to complete your degree in three years. You can take as much time as you like. Courses are offered in all three terms (Fall, Winter, and Summer) so that you can fit your studies into your work and family life.

Here are some of the advantages of a Queen's online degree:

  • Be able to include a Queen's University degree on your resume.
  • Study with real professors in an interactive, engaging program.
  • Choose from four General Bachelor's degrees in English, History, Psychology, or Global Development Studies.
  • Select courses from over 15 disciplines, ranging from Art History to Chemistry, Drama to Statistics.
  • Balance your career and your studies by taking courses in the fall, winter and summer terms.
  • Keep your job and avoid the costs of living on campus while gaining a reputable degree.
Admission Requirements

The entry requirements for an online degree are less rigorous than for an on-campus degree because Distance Studies is not limited by space constraints. You can apply right on this website and not through OUAC the Ontario Universities Application Centre!

Basis of Admission

To enroll in an online degree, you need to provide a basis of admission--usually a High School Diploma with a 75% average (on 6 Grade 12 courses including 12U English) or a university transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.6 (in a 4.3 scale).  Minimum requirements various educational systems are posted on the Admissions website.

If you don't have a basis of admission, you can start studying toward your degree as an Interest Student. Interest students take only a partial load of courses until they've proven that they can succeed. See Paths to a Degree below.

Courses and Credits

To earn an online bachelor's degree, you need to

  • complete courses to accumulate 90 credit units
  • maintain good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 1.6 (approximately C-) or higher.

Queen's online degree students are permitted to take some online courses from other universities and apply them to their Queen's degree. To take non-Queen's courses, you would need to requeset a letter of permission in advance of registering for the course. Queen's online degree requires you to complete a set minimum number of Queen's credits. See Academic Regulation 16 of the Arts and Science Calendar for information on how many courses must be taken through Queen's.

Program Plans

Genreal Bachelor of Arts plan is a concentration of 30 units in one subject area and 60 units of electives taken from other subject areas. Queen's Arts and Science online currently offers the following Bachelor's degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in English
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in History
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in Global Development Studies

Visit the Courses page to see the range of options for your electives.

Please note that the option courses listed below may not be offered every year, and that you are not required to take all of them to complete your degree. You simply need to take just enough to meet the elective requirement in your chosen plan.

English Program Plan

English Degree

Plan: Consists of 30 units as described below.
Program: The plan, with sufficient electives to total 90 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Core courses (12.0 credit units) offered online:

  • ENGL 100 (6.0 credit units): Introduction to Literary Study 
  • ENGL 200 (6.0 credit units): History of Literature in English 

Option courses (18.0 credit units) offered online:

18.0 units from ENGL at the 200-level or above, which may be selected from the following online courses:

  • ENGL 222 (3.0 units): Selected Women Writers I  
  • ENGL 223 (3.0 units): Selected Women Writers II
  • ENGL 237 (3.0 units): Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 256 (6.0 units): Shakespeare
  • ENGL 259 (3.0 units): Global Shakespeare
  • CWRI 295 (3.0 units): Creative Writing
  • ENGL 330 (6.0 units): Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
  • ENGL 340 (6.0 units): Romantic Literature
History Program Plan

History Degree

Plan: Consists of 30 units as described below.
Program: The plan, with sufficient electives to total 90 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Core courses (6.0 credit units) offered online:

  • HIST 125 (6.0 units): The Evolution of Modern Europe 

Option courses (24.0 units) offered online:

  • HIST 200 (3.0 units): India and the World
  • HIST 224 (3.0 units): Religion in Canadian Francophone Communities
  • HIST 252 (3.0 units): Africa in the Modern World
  • HIST 256 (3.0 units): The Making of the North American Environment
  • HIST 260 (6.0 units): Canada from the Conquest to the Present
  • HIST 272 (6.0 units): United States, Colonial Era to Present
  • HIST 280 (6.0 units): Gender in North American History
Psychology Program Plan

Psychology Degree

Plan: Consists of 30 units as described below.
Program: The plan, with sufficient electives to total 90 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Core courses (6.0 credit units) offered online:

  • PSYC 100 (6.0 credit units): Introduction to Psychology

Option courses (24.0 units) offered online:

  • PSYC 235 (6.0 credit units): Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 251 (3.0 credit units): Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 271 (3.0 credit units): Brain and Behaviour I
  • PSYC 333 (3.0 credit units): Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 370 (3.0 credit units): Brain and Behaviour II
  • PSYC 397 (3.0 credit units): History of Modern Psychology
  • STAT 263 (3.0 credit units): Introduction to Statistics
Global Development Studies Program Plan

Global Development Studies Degree

Plan: Consists of 30 units as described below.
Program: The plan, with sufficient electives to total 90 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Core courses (12.0 credit units) offered online:

  • DEVS 100 (6.0 credit units): Canada and the “Third World”
  • DEVS 230 (3.0 credit units): The Global Political Economy of Development
  • DEVS 240 (3.0 credit units): Culture and Development

Option courses (18.0 units) offered online:

  • DEVS 220 (3.0 credit units): Introduction to Aboriginal Studies 
  • DEVS 221 (3.0 credit units): Topics in Aboriginal Studies 
  • HIST 200 (3.0 credit units): India and the World
  • HIST 207 (3.0 credit units): Global Indigenous Histories
  • HIST 252 (3.0 credit units): Africa and the Modern World
  • IDIS 290 (3.0 credit units): Paris through Literature, Painting, Cinema & Photography
  • LLCU 209 (3.0 credit units): Rio de Janeiro
Paths to a Degree

There are two main paths to a degree:

Picture of female student at Queen's convocation ceremony embracing her father outside of Grant Hall building.Distance Degree Student Path

A distance degree student who has a basis of admission upon application may take up to a full course load (15 credit units per term). You can choose how many courses you want to take each term and how long it will take you to complete your degree.

To become a distance degree student, apply with your basis of admission, then register for your courses.

Interest Student Path

An interest student does not apply to a degree program before taking a course. If you don't have a basis of admission, or if you want to try out a few courses before deciding to pursue a degree, then you'll start out as an interest student.

Interest students are limited in the number of courses they can take per term:

  • First term: one course only and up to 6.0 units (although many courses are 3.0 unit courses).
  • Second term: up to 9.0 units upon successful completion of 6.0 units in the previous term with a minimum GPA of 1.60 (approximately C-); otherwise one course only and up to 6.0 units.
  • Third term: up to 9.0 units upon successful completion of 6.0 units in the previous term(s) with a minimum GPA of 1.60 (approximately C-).

Once you have completed 18.0 credit units in total with a minimum GPA of 1.60, you can apply to a distance degree program. Your accumulated credit units will be applied toward the degree.

Transitioning to On-Campus

Queen's Distance Degree program is not set up to transition students to on-campus studies. Students who do transition must enter second year instead of first year. Due to enrollment pressure, not all departments are able to accept transfer students. As well, some plans have admission criteria that require a high GPA.

As a result, transitioning students may find their choices of concentration very limited. Please view a list of currently open plans. For this reason, we encourage Distance Degree students to complete their studies online.

Since all on-campus programs start in September, depending when you start your online degree, the transition process can take up to two years. To transition to on-campus studies, you need a minimum of 24 units with a minimum GPA of 1.6.

If you are a current Distance Degree or Interest student interested in learning more about transitioning to on-campus studies, please call our office (613-533-3322) for guidance or read the directions for applying.

Sample Timelines: Online to On-Campus

Summer Start - 15 months

Date(s)

Activity

Summer,  May 2013

Complete one 6.0-unit course (1.6 GPA)

Fall, September 2013

Compete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Winter, January 2014

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Winter term.)

March 1 – June 1, 2014

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

June 15, 2014

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

WHEN?

Admission decision made

Fall Start – 24 months

Date(s)

Activity

Fall, September  2013

Complete one 3.0-unit course (1.6 GPA) or the A section of a 6.0-unit course Complete one 6.0 unit course  (1.6 GPA)

Winter, January 2014

Complete a second  3.0-unit course (1.6 GPA) or the B section of a 6.0-unit course (1.6 GPA)

Summer,  May 2014

Complete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Fall, September 2014

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Fall term.)

Winter, January 2015

May continue with no limits on enrolment (up to 18.0 units per term) 

March 1 – June 1, 2014

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

June 15, 2014

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

WHEN?

Admission decision made

Winter  Start – 15 months

Date(s)

Activity

Winter, January 2013

Complete one 3.0-unit course a(1.6 GPA)

Summer,  May 2013

Complete a second  3.0 unit course(GPA 1.6)

Fall, September 2013

Complete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Winter, January 2014

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Winter term.)

March 1 – June 1, 2014

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

Summer, May 2014

May continue with no limits on enrollment (up to 18.0 units per term) 

June 15, 2014

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

WHEN?

Admission decision made