A Special Student is a graduate or equivalent who elects to take one or more graduate courses, but who is not registered in a graduate degree program at Queen's University. Students who register in this category do so normally as enrichment to their professional fields.
Failure to be admitted to the degree program of choice does not necessarily mean the applicant qualifies for, or will be considered for, entry as a special student.
To receive permission to take a graduate course as a Special Student, application must be made to and reviewed by the relevant graduate program or department, and approved by the School of Graduate Studies.
If a person wishes to take more than one course from more than one department/program under this status, separate applications to each department /program are required. If a person wants to take courses as a special student in more than one term (ie Fall term and Winter term) separate Special Student applications to each term are required.
All policies and procedures regarding courses and course work requirements apply. See Course Work Requirements.
- Special students are not entitled to audit courses.
- Special students will be charged at the part-time Master's rate if they take 1 or 2 courses, and at the full-time Master's rate if they take 3 or more courses.
- Domestic students will be assessed domestic student tuition charges; international students will be assessed international student tuition charges.
- Special students are required to pay Student Activity Fees.
- A student who takes courses in this manner is not allowed a waiver of normal entrance requirements to any subsequent graduate degree program.
- Upon the recommendation of the graduate department/program, and with the agreement of the School of Graduate Studies, up to 50% of the course work requirement of a specific graduate degree program may consist of graduate course credits earned while a special student, provided that those graduate course credits have not been credited towards any other degree of any kind.