The academic year begins in September, so this is the normal date of admission each year. Admission in January or May is possible upon request. Supervisor/advisor support must be arranged for these alternate start dates.
Before applying, study the list of faculty and their research interests on our FACULTY/RESEARCH page.
You may apply at any time, however, internal fellowships and scholarhips are adjudicated on applications received by March 1st of each year.
The following are the minimum requirements for entry into our graduate degree programs:
Applicants for graduate studies in the School of Environmental Studies must have, or expect to have a four year Honours degree (or the equivalent) with a Second Class standing (B+ 75-79%, GPA 3.3/4.3), or with qualifications accepted as equivalent from a recognized university. The GRE is not required or used.
ENGLISH COMMUNICATION (if applicable)
Because English is the language of instruction and communication at Queen's University, proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission to all graduate programs for all students whose native language is not English and for those who have NOT completed a university degree in English.
Graduate students who are required to submit satisfactory results in a written English language proficiency test (TOEFL or equivalent) for the purpose of admission to Queen's University, will be required to participate in the mandatory on-campus assessment of their oral proficiency in English before taking up TA duties that require verbal communication. See the Senate website for the complete policy document.
The following English Language Proficiency tests are acceptable, obtained within the last two years:
TOEFL score: 600 paper based / 250 computer based
TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT):
Writing Test: 24 (out of 30);
Speaking Test 22 (out of 30);
Reading Test 22(out ot 30);
Listening Test: 20 (out of 30);
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.
Institution code: 0949
IELTS: minimum 7.0
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 to the Director, Admissions and Student Services of the School of Graduate Studies.