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How to apply 

The MSc in Epidemiology program is administered under the rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and applications are accepted under these applications. 

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

Step 1: Review the admissions requirements

MSc applicants will have a four year undergraduate degree, with an overall minimum average of 75%. MSc applicants must have demonstrated the use of quantitative skills, by successfully completing courses in mathematics, statistics or data analysis.

The math skills required for EPID 821 (Introductory Biostatistics) are basically at the level of high school mathematics. The self-assessment questions are grouped into arithmetic, algebra, some special mathematical functions and graphs. Answers are at the end. The skills for solving these simple math problems will be useful in EPID 821. If you find these questions difficult, and achieve less than 70%, you probably need a crash course before coming into the program. 

Full time students are accepted into the program for a September start date each year. The deadline to apply for September 2017 is January 31, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted, after the deadline, until the program is full. Early submission offers a better chance of receiving funding.

**PLEASE NOTE:  The January 31 deadline applies to APPLICATIONS ONLY.  It DOES NOT APPLY to transcripts, test results, or references.

**PLEASE NOTE:  You do NOT have to find your own supervisor before applying to the program. If you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will guide you in finding a project and a supervisor who is a good fit.

**PLEASE NOTE:  Referees will not receive the email and link until you have submitted your application. The January 31, 2017 deadline does NOT apply to references.

Step 2: Transcripts

Please note that if you are an applicant who is a graduate or current student of Queen's, at the undergraduate or graduate level, you do not need to send transcripts. Your student record from Queen's will be accessed by the admission's committee. For any degrees earned outside of Queen's, please ensure that you arrange for two official transcripts to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at the address below from the issuing university 

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

Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript. 

Photocopied transcripts or those printed from a university website are not permitted. 

Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted. 

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: Letters of Recommendations
The School of Graduate Studies requires two current academic letters of recommendation. If you have been out of university for more than 5 years, one or more professional recommendations may be included. Applicants applying online will have the option to have their referee submit the letter of recommendation to Queen's electronically. Referees will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies requesting their letter. 
Step 4: Complete any additional testing requirements

All required test scores must be received directly from the testing agency, before your application is complete.

Graduate Records Examination

The GRE is a mandatory requirement for applicants from non-Canadian universities and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. The GRE institution code and department code is 0949 and 0606, respectively. 

English Language Comprehension 

International students from a non-English speaking university and students with English as a second language will need to complete a TOEFL assessment.

The following English Language Proficiency tests results are accepted by the School of Graduate Studies: 

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test)

Section  Score (/30) 
Writing Test  24
Speaking Test  22
Reading Test  22
Listening Test  20

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. 

Any applicant whose first language is not English, but who, within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, has studies for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, may submit with their application a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement. The Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies, will review the request. The applicant will be informed of the results of the review. 

Step 5: Complete application 

The online application will walk you through each step in the process, including how to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documentation. You will first be invited to create an account using your email address. We will email you a User ID so that you can create a password to complete the online application. Complete all the screens as they are presented to you, remembering to click save and continue before you move on to the next set of questions.

Paying the Application Fee

When you have completed all the sections, you can submit your application. At this point, you are asked to pay the non-refundable application fee on-line (currently $105 CDN).

Remember, you must be able to pay the fee on-line with a Visa or Mastercard number, in order to complete your application on-line.

The application is considered complete when all of the documentation is received by the School of Graduate Studies.

If, at any point, you would like to confirm completion of your application, please contact the MSc in Epidemiology Graduate Assistant.