Admission Requirements

We offer several admission categories to make our programs accessible to anyone over 19 years of age. Click on a category to learn more.

Degree Program

For students who wish to enter directly into one of our Degree programs.

To be eligible to directly enter one of our online Bachelor of Arts degree programs, you’ll need either

  • A minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma with ENGL4U, plus two additional 4U courses. Additional three required courses may be either 4U or 4M; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA.

To be eligible to enter directly into our online Bachelor of Science degree programs, you’ll need one of the following:

  • A minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma with ENG4U, Chemistry (SCH4U), Biology (SBI4U), and one 4U Math Course (MCV4U, MHF4U or MDM4U). Additional two required courses may be either 4U or 4M; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA plus the equivalent of ENG4U, Chemistry (SCH4U), Biology (SBI4U), and one 4U Math Course (MCV4U, MHF4U or MDM4U)*; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA plus the equivalent of ENG4U, Chemistry (SCH4U), Biology (SBI4U), and one 4U Math Course (MCV4U, MHF4U or MDM4U)*; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA plus the equivalent of ENG4U, Chemistry (SCH4U), Biology (SBI4U), and one 4U Math Course (MCV4U, MHF4U or MDM4U)*.

*Many first year college and university courses in ENGL, MATH, CHEM, BIOL will count as equivalents to ENG4U, Chemistry (SCH4U), Biology (SBI4U), and a 4U Math Course (MCV4U, MHF4U or MDM4U). Please contact admission@queensu.ca for more info.

If you do not meet these requirements, please see our "interest student" category to see how you may progress into a degree program.

[Apply to a Degree Program]

Interest Student

For students who do not have the prerequisites to enter directly into a degree or certificate program.

To be eligible to apply as an Interest Student without documentation, you must be over 19 years of age.

Starting as a Non-Degree Interest Student
Under this category, you'll be able to choose either a 3.0 unit class or a 6.0 unit class to start your first term of studies at Queen’s. If you choose a 3.0 unit class, you may also choose one more 3.0 unit class for the next term. If you achieve a minimum 1.6 GPA on these first 6.0 units, we’ll automatically move you into a category called “Non-Degree Continuing” and you’ll automatically be allowed to take up to 9.0 units (3 classes) per term.

Progressing from the Non-Degree to Degree or Certificate Category
Once you reach a total of 18.0 units at Queen’s and have achieved a minimum 1.6 GPA, we will email you to ask if you would like to be moved into one of our degree (or certificate) programs and you may continue to take up to 9.0 units per term. All courses that you have completed as an Interest student will count towards your degree.

Moving from part-time to full-time
If you have a cumulative GPA of 2.9 after 18.0 units (or 1.9 GPA after 24.0 units), you can take up to a full-time course load of 15.0 units per term.

We'll automatically email you when you achieve either of these milestones to check in to offer help with next steps. 

[Apply as an Interest Student]

Non-Degree Continuing

For students with previous post-secondary education who wish to take a few classes but who don’t intend to work toward a degree.

To be eligible to apply as a Non-Degree Continuing Student, you’ll need either:

  • A minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma with ENGL4U, plus two additional 4U courses. Additional three required courses may be either 4U or 4M; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA.

As a Non-Degree Continuing student, you’ll be able to take up to 9.0 units (3 classes) per term and use your previous education as a basis to allow you to take upper year courses, without pursuing a degree.

[Apply as a Non-Degree Continuing Student]

Letter of Permission

For students currently at another university who want to take a class at Queen’s and transfer the credits to their home university. 

To be eligible to take classes at Queen’s while at another university, you must submit a Letter of Permission from your current university which explicitly states the semester and course codes you are being approved to take at Queen’s.

Please note that enrolment in future terms at Queen’s will require a new letter of permission. 

[Apply as a Letter of Permission Student]

Certificate Programs

For new students who wish to enter directly into our certificate programs.
As a new student looking to directly enter our online certificate programs, you’ll need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of a 75% average on your high school diploma with ENGL4U, plus two additional 4U courses. Additional three required courses may be either 4U or 4M; OR
  • A 2-year college diploma with a minimum 2.9 GPA; OR
  • A 3-year college diploma with a minimum 2.6 GPA; OR
  • At least one full year of university with a minimum 2.6 GPA.

If you do not meet any of these requirements, please see our Interest catagory to learn how you may progress into a certificate program.  

Current On-Campus Queen's Students: If you are already a student attending classes on-campus at Queen’s and wish to complete a certificate program in addition to your degree, please complete this online request form.  
Please note that the Certificate in Academic Writing is not available to on-campus Queen's students. 

Current Distance Students: If you are already a Distance student at Queen’s in an online degree program and wish to be added into one of the certificate programs, please email cds@queensu.ca with your request. Students currently in the Interest Category must complete 18.0 units at a 1.6 cumulative GPA to be eligible to request enrolment in one of the online certificate programs. 

Note: Distance students who are concurrently in an online degree program can apply 6.0 units from the certificate towards their degree (or vice-versa). Graduating with both an online Bachelor's Degree and the Academic Writing Certificate or the Media Studies Certificate will total 96.0 units, or 99.0 for the Employment Relations Certificate.

[Apply to a Certificate Program]