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How To Apply  

The PhD in Epidemiology program is administered under the rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and applications are accepted under these regulations. If, at any point, you would like to confirm completion of your application, please contact the Graduate Assistant

Step 1: Review the admissions requirements 

Doctoral applicants must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, as well as the following additional requirements set by the PhD Admissions Committee:

Successful applicants will have:

  • a minimum A- average (equivalent to 3.7) in the most recent two years of graduate study;
  • a thesis-based Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related discipline and demonstrated research competency (usually through a research-based thesis) completed in a timely fashion or a non-thesis based Master’s with substantial relevant peer-reviewed publications;
  • core training in epidemiology and biostatistics  (equivalent to EPID 801, EPID 804, EPID 821 and  EPID 822);
  • confirmation from a supervisor who is willing to support the student educationally and financially and a cogent plan for seeking fellowships/scholarships;

Full time students are accepted into the program for a September start date each year. The application deadline is January 31, 2015, although applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full. Submission by the early date offers a better chance of receiving some departmental funding.  

Step 2: Identify a supervisor and funding options

Start communicating with relevant faculty members in the Department of Public Health Science to identify a supervisor who is willing to support you educationally and financially for the four years of the program. Note that supervisors are usually only interested in working with PhD students who have experience and a strong interest in the supervisor’s general research area. PhD applicants must obtain a written expression of interest from a potential supervisor before applying. 

Doctoral students will enter the program with a Supervisor who has already indicated a willingness to guide the student through the entire program, including course work, the comprehensive exam and the thesis. The Supervisor is also responsible for organizing funding for four years. The funding plan often involves financial underwriting by the supervisor combined with a plan to make applications to relevant funding sources for fellowships/scholarships. This plan is to be submitted, along with the Supervisor’s letter, to the Admissions Committee. Admission to the PhD program will be contingent upon a review by an Admissions Committee and formal acceptance by the Supervisor. 

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Step 3: Complete the online 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.

Please note that the application fee of $105 (CDN) is non-refundable.

Applicants must also submit the following documents to complete their application:

  • Two current academic letters of recommendation. Normally one of these would be from your MSc thesis supervisor. 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.
  • Two official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended sent to the School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6.
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A one page outline of the proposed doctoral research
  • A one page funding plan written in conjunction with your PhD supervisor
  • A letter from the identified PhD supervisor describing what communications she or he has had with you and how he or she plans to mentor and support your doctoral research
  • A Graduate Records Examination is a mandatory requirement for applicants from non-Canadian universities and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. The Admissions Committee also considers the applicant’s ranking on the analytic writing and verbal reasoning sections. The GRE institution code and department code is 0949 and 0606, respectively.
  • Proof of English Language Comprehension is a mandatory requirement for International students from a non-English speaking university or students with English as a second language will need to complete a TOEFL assessment. Applicants must have an overall minimum score of 88 (out of 120) along with the following scores: writing 24, speaking 22, reading 22 and listening 20.