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Application Information - Canadian Citizens & Landed Immigrant Applicants

Getting Started - A Couple Things to Keep in Mind

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 scholarships are adjudicated on applications received by March 1st of each year.

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Application Steps

Stage 1 - Review Admission Requirements

Please read The School of Graduate Studies and the School of Environmental Studies admission requirements.


To be considered for admission you are invited to go to the School of Graduate Studies' web site to complete an application for admission. You are required to pay the application fee upon final submission. Only then are the documents and application visible to the School of Environmental Studies. Instructions about supporting documentation that is required to process your application are displayed on screen upon submission, and you can check online at any time to see if we have received it. You are responsible for ensuring that all required documentation is received by the School of Graduate Studies. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be submitted in duplicate. Referee forms are provided in the online application. Two academic references are required for students still in an academic program.  Applicants who have been out of an academic program for more than one year may contact the Department for permission to include a non-academic reference.  Hard copy references on letterhead are acceptable. You may include more than two references but your application must be complete before an offer can be made.  This means that all documentation including extras must be received.

All required supporting documents, letters of reference, transcripts and test scores (if applicable) should be mailed directly to the School of Graduate Studies at the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
Gordon Hall, Room 425,
Queen's University, Kingston,
Ontario Canada
K7L 3N6.

Applicants living in Canada or north-eastern U.S. are encouraged to visit Queen's to meet the faculty and current students. Our department has funds to partially reimburse travel expenses for applicants who have pre-arranged visits with individual faculty members or the Graduate Chair, Dr. Heather Jamieson.

When you are ready to begin the online application to graduate studies please go to the website listed below:

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Admission Requirements

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.


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.

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

Pearson Test of English (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.  

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.

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