Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions


Q: What's considered an 'Honours Bachelor Degree in Arts'?
A: An honours BA is a 4-year degree, as opposed to a general BA which is 3 years.


Q: My university does not have an Honours classification. Will I still be eligible to apply?
A: Yes. It is not at all unusual to have transcripts from places with different grading schemes (the UK for instance); nor is it unusual to receive applications from potential graduate students with non-honours degrees. There will be a place on your application to explain both issues. Also, the university that sends your transcript can be asked to send along a marks breakdown, if it isn't already part of the official document. All of these elements are then considered by the people adjudicating the application. If you completed a 3-year degree, you may be required to take some qualifying courses.


Q: What grades are required for admission to the program?
A: Cultural Studies requires students possess a B+ for admission into the M.A. program and an A for admission into the Ph.D. program. If you are unsure how your grades will translate, please contact the Program Director at cs.director@queensu.ca


Q: Would a 4-year BA in traditional discipline, such as English, Commerce, Political Studies, etc. be considered suitable for entry in Cultural Studies?
A: Yes, as long as your MA or PhD plan of study is suitable to Cultural Studies.


Q: Can I study part time?
A: Yes, Cultural Studies offers a part-time option so as to avoid excluding otherwise qualified and desirable students on the basis of their life situation, but part-time students do not constitute a large proportion of students in the program. Part-time students pay half fees and are not eligible for funding. Part-time students need to plan carefully to ensure that they have adequate time and financing to complete the program, and that they can be available at the times regular courses are offered.