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Queen's University

International Students

Statement of Interest

We encourage all students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill out a Statement of Interest prior to submitting a formal application. This is because we have a strictly limited number of funded spots for international students and a high volume of applications. The submission deadline is November 30. 

Statement of Interest

The Statement of Interest submission acts as a pre-application process. Statements will be assessed in early December and students will be contacted shortly thereafter. We will advise you as to whether we consider you a good fit with our program. Please note that a "yes" at this point does not guarantee admission later; likewise a "no" at this point does not prevent someone from submitting a full application to the program.

The pre-application process is intended primarily to help international students avoid unnecessary expense and disappointment. International students who can secure their own funding will be considered on a merit basis with the domestic pool of applicants. Students offered a conditional acceptance on the basis of the own funding will be required to show proof of such funding before the offer is confirmed.

Formal On-Line Application

If we recommend you continue your application, you will then need to submit a formal application for Master's degree in Global Development Studies. This involves completing the on-line application form and paying the application fee (currently $105 CDN).  The deadline for complete applications is January 31.

Proof of English Language Competency

Paper-based TOEFL scores must be 600 or higher, while the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) must have an overall minimum score of 88 (out of 120). For more information, including how to request a waiver of the test if applicable, visit

Further Information

The Statement of Interest  pre-application process is directed to students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who hold degrees from institutions outside of Canada and the US are not considered international students. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Assistant. 

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