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Graduate Studies

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Graduate Studies


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Academic & Professional Development: Expanding Horizons

Queen’s University has many resources available to assist you in attaining your degree and preparing you for life after graduation.  Most of these resources are outlined in our new Expanding Horizons website – the site for academic & professional development. This new site provides valuable resources to help you develop the academic and personal skills needed to be successful graduate students while at Queen's. The site also offers assistance in career development. Building a strong foundation for a career after graduation while you are a student will ease this transition.  It's not too early to begin.

Versatile Graduate (Versatile PhD online resource)

School of Graduate Studies has subscribed to the Versatile PhD (VPhD), an online resource for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  This new institutional subscription enables Queen’s students, staff and faculty to access the premium content of the online database free of charge.  The VPhD provides real, practical information on how to transition from a doctoral program into a vast array of non-academic careers.  Authentic resumes and cover letters that led real PhDs to their first position outside of academia and detailed step-by-step accounts of their hiring process and networking opportunities provide students with very pragmatic, detailed information about how to break into the non-academic job market with a PhD (or ABD).  

Access the Versatile PhD via the login button on the “My Queen’sU” page, “My Applications” tab.

Graduate Academic Calendar

To find out about SGS and program specific regulations, consult the official Graduate Academic Calendar.

Progressing to Degree Completion

It is important when you meet with your supervisor, to plan your milestones as you progress through your degree.  There are many resources available to you, to achieve these milestones.  Many are listed in the Expanding Horizons website.

Dissertation Boot Camp & Dissertation on the Lake

Need help in getting the writing done?  Then the Dissertation Boot Camp & Dissertation on the Lake may be what you need to sign up for. A week of just writing, find out more about what it is and when the next camps are.

TRAQ - Tools for Research at Queen's

Are you a graduate student whose research project involves human participants? If so, you must receive ethics approval from one of the Ethics Boards prior to the start of your project.

  • Health Sciences and affiliated teaching hospitals submit to Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HSREB)
  • Non-Health Sciences (Social Sciences) submit to the General Research Ethics Board (GREB)
HSREB/GREB Certification applications are available through the TRAQ Researcher Portal.

The TRAQ Training Coordinator (Ingrid Gagnon) offers monthly workshops on accessing, completing and, submitting an HSREB

Please visit this page of the TRAQ website for more details, the full schedule of our fall workshops and to register for one of our workshops

For general inquiries, immediate support, or if you would like to organize training for your department, please contact the TRAQ team @, or @ extension 78426.

TRAQ is about the mechanics of how to submit an ethics application at Queen's. when you're getting close to putting in an ethics submission, consider going to one of these workshops. 

SGS Policies

There are many policies and guidelines in the School of Graduate Studies.  Our Academic Matters page lists some of those policies (see below), but all can be found on the SGS Academic Calendar under General Regulations. The School of Graduate Studies is committed to upholding the values of equity and diversity and the principles of fairness and inclusiveness. Our policies, regulations and practices are developed and implemented to achieve educational equity. Should you have questions please contact the School of Graduate Studies.

Health & Wellness

Learn how to look after yourself as a graduate student via our "Health & Wellness" section.