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Queen's University

How to Apply

All correspondence regarding admission should be sent to: 

Director, Admissions and Student Services
School of Graduate Studies
Gordon Hall, Room 425
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 

All applications for graduate study at Queen's University must be submitted online. Admission applications and scholarships for both the MA and PhD programs are adjudicated by the School of Graduate Studies. Apply at the School of Graduate Students admission page.

The deadline for receipt of all applications, including transcripts and letters of reference, is 22 January. Doctoral applicants are encouraged to make informal contact (e.g. e-mail) with potential supervisors about their research interests before applying to the program.  

A complete application (MA and PhD programs) consists of the following:

  1. On-line application (currently $105 fee).
  2. Two academic references (forms are part of the on-line process). When you submit your application your referees will receive an automatic email inviting them to go online and complete the reference form. Referees may send a hard copy of their letters of reference to the School of Graduate Studies (address is on the right side of this page in the green box). They must be in a sealed, signed envelope.
  3. Transcripts (2 copies from each institution attended). Transcripts can be sent directly from your undergraduate institution or you can collect your transcripts and send them. Transcripts are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies (address is on the right side of this page in the green box). They must be in a sealed, signed envelope.
  4. Writing Sample All applicants (MA and PhD) must submit a writing sample. It should be a recent essay and approximately 10 pages in length. The writing sample is to be mailed to the department.
  5. Statement of Research – Question 3 in the departmental questions at the end of the application.
    - MA applicants should briefly outline their main research interests, approximately 200 words.
    - PhD applicants should provide a longer statement of approximately 500 words outlining in detail what your thesis area is, and with whom you hope to work. If you find there is not enough room on the application you may mail your statement to the department.
  6. Optional Curriculum Vitae which may be mailed to the department.
  7. International applicants - If the first language is not English, students are required to submit TOEFL. To maintain a consistent standard, we do not accept any substitutes for the TOEFL. Please see the School of Graduate Studies website for details including minimum acceptable scores


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000