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Academic Qualifications

To be considered for admission into the Gender Studies MA degree program, students must achieve the following:

  • A minimum of 75% or B+ average in the last two years of undergraduate study and a four-year undergraduate degree (BAHon.) in Women’s Studies or Gender Studies or a related field.

  • Applicants without a BAHon in Women’s Studies or Gender Studies must show demonstrated preparation in feminist theory and methodology. Additional relevant BAHon undergraduate degrees may include but are not limited to: sociology, cultural studies, film, music, literature, development studies, history, environmental studies, geography, aboriginal studies, urban studies, political science, health sciences, and education.

Application Deadline

Application review begins on December 15. The application period ends on February 1, 2016.

Preference may be given to early applicants. Applications submitted late (after February 1) will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

For queries regarding the Graduate Program, please contact our Graduate Assistant, Terrie Easter Sheen or 613-533-6000 ext 75397.

Applying and Application Requirements

Prior to applying, applicants are strongly advised to identify potential supervisor(s) for their graduate project—although there is no guarantee regarding supervision.

Apply for the Gender Studies MA online following the guidelines and procedures outlined by the School of Graduate Studies (see Prospective Students). There is a $105.00 non-refundable application fee.

Students should prepare the following documents and information for their application package—please note different submission locations!:

To be sent by mail to the Graduate Program in Gender Studies (Queen's University, Department of Gender Studies,

D504 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6):

  • A writing sample

  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (optional)

To be sent via the online application to School of Graduate Studies:

  • A statement of interest, 200-300 words, which outlines proposed thesis research in Gender Studies. This is within the online application.

  • Two letters of recommendation. These should be current, and preferably from academic referees (referees will be prompted to submit their letters via the online application). Note that your application will not be complete until reference letters are received from all referees you list. This should be taken into consideration before asking for more than two letters of recommendation.

To be sent by mail to the School of Graduate Studies (School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6):

  • Two official transcripts, original copies from each university attended. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript. The transcripts must be official copies. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the degree awarded, standing obtained and date conferred is not listed on the transcript.

  • If appropriate a TOEFL score of:
    Minimum 600 (or equivalent) on the paper based test
    Minimum scores required on the TOEFL Internet based Test (TOEFL iBT) are: Writing test:24 (out of 30); Speaking test: 22 (out of 30); Reading test: 22 (out of 30); Listening test: 20 (out of 30), for a TOEFL iBT minimum TOTAL SCORE: 88 (out of 120). Applicants must have the minimum score in each test, as well as the minimum overall score.

After Applying: What's Next

Once the online application has been received by the School of Graduate Studies:

  • SGS forwards the online application to the Graduate Program in Gender Studies with all additional documents (i.e. transcripts) following the deadline date.

  • The Gender Studies Graduate Program Committee meets and assesses the applications, either refusing or accepting the application.

  • The Gender Studies Graduate Program Committee forwards their decision to the School of Graduate Studies for assessment.

  • The School of Graduate Studies sends a letter to the applicant based on the Graduate Program Committee decision and SGS requirements.
NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the TOEFL requirement will not have their application package forwarded to Gender Studies.

Those unable to apply online can request an application package from the Graduate Program in Gender Studies. This is not the preferred method by the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University.

Information on the status of the applications will be kept by the Graduate Program Assistant.


Acceptance into the MA in Gender Studies will be based on the judgment of the Graduate Program Committee based on the applicant’s letters of reference, grades, statement of interest, personal work/history, and available supervision.

Generally, the MA in Gender Studies admits 9-10 students each year.


Students not accepted into the program but who show academic promise will be placed on a waiting list (pending letters of response from students who have been accepted into the program). If a position opens up, the top student on the waiting list will be made an offer and they will be asked to respond within 30 days and to provide a satisfactory transcript of final grades by August 31.

Students not accepted into the program under any circumstance will be notified by an e-mail from the School of Graduate Studies.