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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.

Step 1: Review the admissions requirements and contact the department

Doctoral applicants will normally have a Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related discipline, with a first class standing (A-) and have demonstrated research competency (usually through a research-based thesis). Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Assistant (epid@queensu.ca) and attach curriculum vitae and transcripts in order to determine whether they have the basic credentials. 

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 departmental funding.  

Step 2: Find a Supervisor

We strongly suggest that all PhD applicants obtain a written expression of interest from a potential supervisor before applying. The applications of those who have not been able to interest a potential supervisor will still be considered by the admissions committee but securing a supervisor may not be possible. 

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. Admission to the PhD program will be contingent upon a review by an Admissions Committee and formal acceptance by the Supervisor. Students who have not secured a Supervisor prior to or during the admissions process will be contacted by a member of the admissions committee to assist in making a match with appropriate faculty.

Step 3: Complete the online application


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 reviewed as part of the decision about your admission.

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 from the issuing university.

Transcripts sent from the issuing university should be sent to:

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Other Requirements

The PhD Admissions Committee will require a statement of interest (including a description of the specific area of research interest and potential supervisor). An applicant with non-thesis based masters training should include published, in-press or under review research papers as documentation of academic research experience.

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 or 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)


Score (/30)

Writing Tes


Speaking Test


Reading Test


Listening Test


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 studied 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.

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

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 Graduate Assistant.