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Queen's University

Application Procedures

Applications for the degree of Master of Environmental Studies (MES) and Environmental Studies PhD are processed through the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University.  Students are accepted to the programs ONLY with a named supervisor in the PhD and research-based MES or advisor in the course-based MES program.  Faculty listing available at:  Please make contact with our Faculty in the area of research that interests you.  Provide some information about yourself and see if there is a spot in a research program for you.

Updates and Status of Applications

Some Facts About Our Program

Minimum cumulative average accepted is 75% = B+ = GPA 3.3/4.3. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.


The following English Language Proficiency tests are accepted by the School of Graduate Studies:

The School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University requires the following minimum scores:

TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT):

Section Score (/30)
Writing Test 24
Speaking Test 22
Reading Test 22
Listening Test 20
For an overall minimum score of 88 (out of 120).

Applicants must have the minimum score in each test, as well as the minimum overall score.

English test score minimum of TOEFL 600 paper or 250 computer based, IELTS Band 7.0.  This is for the academic version of TOEFL.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Effective with the opening of the online application cycle for 2015-16 (in September 2014), the School of Graduate Studies will accept a new test of English language proficiency, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)for applicants who must provide such test results.

The minimum overall score for the PTE Academic for applications to all graduate programs shall be  65.  

Exemption form English Language Proficiency Testing

Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency Test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application. The Director, Admissions and Student Services of the School of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the department, will make determinations in these cases.

We do not use GRE scores.

This program is very competitive.

We accept International students.

We do no accept students without a named supervisor or advisor. Please browse our FACULTY/RESEARCH page to see which faculty member you may want to contact as a potential supervisor.

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