Department of Political Studies


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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 Studies 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. 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. 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 15-20 pages in length. The writing sample is to be emailed to the Graduate Assistant at
  5. Statement of Research - Question 3 in the departmental questions at the end of the application.
  6. Curriculum Vitae (optional) - may be emailed to the Graduate Assistant at 
  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.

Admission Requirements

We look forward to receiving your application for admission to one of our graduate programs.  

Before you apply, please take note of the following:

Academic Prerequisites

  • M.A.: 4-year undergraduate degree in political science or equivalent, minimum B+ average
  • Ph.D.: M.A., political science or equivalent, A- average

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Other Notes

  • We only take applications for September admission.
  • We do not consider applications for admission to part-time studies.
  • If you are not a Canadian citizen or a legal resident of Canada, you should be aware that international student fees are significantly higher than domestic fees. For more information on tuition, payment plans, and important dates visit the Registrar's Office website.
  • When you apply, you will automatically be considered for financial assistance. However, you are expected  to pursue other funding opportunities for graduate studies as well, such as: