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.
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.
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.