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How to Apply

All graduate programs are administered under the rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Regulations are outlined more fully in the Queen's Graduate Calendar: http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/

To learn more about all the graduate programs in the department click here!


Step 1: Review admission requirements and deadlines

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline with a minimum 75% 

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate level course in mathematics, statistics or data analysis in order to demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills
  • Two copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended.  (Applicants from Queen’s University do not need to order transcripts from Queen’s; your records will be accessed internally)
  • Two academic reference letters
    • Applicants should carefully read the "Additional information about letters of reference" section below for more detailed instructions
    • Please note that depending on what category of applicant you are, a professional reference letter from an employment source may be required; also, more than two letters of reference may be required
  • International students from a non-English speaking university or students with English as a second language will require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper) or minimum TOEFL iBT scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30); for a total of 88/120. Please note applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score. The TOEFL institution code is 0949 and the department code is 50.
  • For applicants from universities outside of Canada, a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score is mandatory. A minimum score of 149 on the quantitative section is required. The GRE institution code is 0949 and the department code is 0606.

Additional requirements for 12-month accelerated MPH program for Experienced Professionals

  • Demonstration of a minimum of two years cumulative paid work experience in health care, public health or a related field. Work experience may include two years of accredited residency through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Professional letter of reference from an employment source

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Application submission deadline is January 31.  Please ensure your transcripts have been ordered and your referees have submitted their letters of reference by this date.
  • There is only one admission date per year, in September.

Step 2: Order your transcripts

Order your transcripts

Your application requires two official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended.
Please note that if you are an applicant who is a graduate or current student of Queen's University, you do not need to send transcripts. Your student record from Queen's will be accessed internally.
Transcripts are to be sent directly by the post-secondary institution to:

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

Photocopied transcripts or those printed from a university website are not permitted. 
Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Queen's University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.


Step 3: Complete online application form - important instructions here

An online application form is used to apply to all Graduate programs at Queen’s.

You will first be invited to create an account using your email address. You will then receive an email with a User ID.

The application form will walk you through several pages of requested information, including how to submit letters of reference. Complete all screens as they are presented to you, clicking “save and continue” to move on to the next page. Here are some important instructions for how to complete the online application form for the MPH program:

  1. First Page: Department you are applying to is “Epidemiology”.  Program is “Master of Public Health”.
  2. Research Interests Information Page: Please insert N/A in all sections.
  3. Financial Information Page: Please note that the Master of Public Health program is not funded by the Department of Public Health Sciences or Queen's University. However, please feel free to visit the School of Graduate Studies website for information on awards and scholarships. Teaching assistantships are available for students to apply for in the fall semester of their second year.
  4. Statement of Interest Page: Please describe why have you chosen to pursue a Master of Public Health Degree at Queen’s University (2000 characters maximum)
  5. Supplemental Information Page:  Answer questions 1-4. The questions are as follows: 
    1. Which of the three graduate programs [in the Department of Public Health Sciences] is best suited to you and why? Please refer to the website for information on the three programs and their differences. Program Descriptions
    2. Please describe your career goals and how you see the completion of the graduate degree contributing to the achievement of your goals.
    3. Note that all applicants are considered for the regular 16-month MPH Program. Do you also wish to be considered for the 12-month MPH Program for professionals with at least two years of cumulative paid work experience in health care, public health or a related field? (YES/NO)
    4. Basic numeracy skills and proficiency in algebra are required for understanding of concepts and methods in our program. Our self-assessment posted at the following link demonstrates the required mathematical level: Math Self-Assessment. Have you completed it?   

You can save your application progress and come back to it later. When you have completed all the sections, submit your online application. At this point, you must pay the non-refundable application fee online (currently $105 CDN) with a Visa or Mastercard number. The application fee is non-refundable.Your application is considered complete when all of the documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is received by the School of Graduate Studies.


Additional information about letters of reference

The online application process has an option to have referees submit the letter of reference to Queen's University electronically. Referees will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies requesting their letter. If letters of reference are not submitted electronically through the online application process, they may be mailed to:

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

Here are the reference letter requirements:

1. Applicants for the 16-month MPH program. (Note: All applications are considered for the regular 16-month MPH program)

  • If you have been out of university for five years or less: Two academic letters of reference
  • If you have been out of university for more than five years: Two letters of reference - one or more of these letters of reference may be a professional reference from an employment source.

2. Applicants to the 12-month accelerated MPH program for experienced professionals: (Note: If you are an eligible candidate and wish to be considered for the 12-month Accelerated MPH program for experienced professionals, you must answer "YES" to question 3 in the final "Supplemental Information" section of the online application form) 

  • If you have been out of university for five years or less: Two academic letters of reference PLUS one professional letter of reference from an employment source. In other words, you must submit three letters of reference in total.
  • If you have been out of university for more than five years: Two letters of reference; at least one of these letters must be a professional letter of reference from an employment source

Your application is not considered complete until all information has been received. Please ensure that your letters of reference are submitted by the application deadline, January 31.