School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Admission to the MPA

MPA admission candidates will hold a four-year undergraduate degree, with a minimum B+ standing (3.3 GPA) in EACH of their last two years of study (or the equivalent). However, to be truly competitive, candidates should have an A- standing (3.7 GPA) in their last two years of study.  Candidates who earned their previous degree from a university outside of Canada or U.S. must submit a GRE or GMAT score as part of their application.

The School of Policy Studies and Queen's University are committed to equality in education, and invite applications from Aboriginal and visible minority candidates.

Required Documentation
  • Application form (online). If you cannot complete the online application, please contact for a paper application.
  • Two academic recommendations are required, typically from professors under whom the applicant has studied
  • If your previous degree is NOT from a Canadian or U.S. university, you will be required to submit a GRE score.  There are no exceptions to this rule. There is no minimum GRE score requirement and we are unable to comment on the competitiveness of scores as this depends on the annual pool of applicants. GRE scores must be received directly from the issuing agency.*
  • Statement of Interest (4000 characters)
  • Transcripts:
  1. Transcripts can be uploaded to the online applications, as PDF files.  The transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, and uploaded successfully. Complete instructions are available to applicants on the Transcript Upload section of the online application.
  2. If a transcript or transcripts cannot be successfully uploaded to the online applications, applicants are responsible for ensuring that an official transcript or transcripts of all current and previous university-level studies are sent to the School of Graduate Studies by all universities previously attended. All hard copy transcripts received as part of an application for admission must be received in sealed envelopes.
  3. Final transcript: hard copy original official transcript showing degree completion and conferral, will be required from all applicants who accept an offer of admission to graduate studies at Queen's University. These final transcripts are to be sent directly from the issuing institutions to the School of Graduate Studies, in sealed envelopes. Official transcripts are NOT REQUIRED for any study of any kind carried out at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. The School of Graduate Studies will access the student record directly for applicants who have attended or are currently attending Queen's University.

*Transcripts and GRE scores are to be sent from the issuing university and testing center to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6  CANADA

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted until April 15 on a rolling admission basis.

Review of Applications

Admission decisions are made on a competitive basis among qualified applicants each year. As the number of applications greatly exceeds the number of available places, not all qualified candidates will be offered admission. An applicant should note that no decision on admission can be made until the applicant's file is complete. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that Queen's has received all documents. You may check online to see if your file is complete.

The review of MPA applications begins in February. Successful MPA candidates may expect to receive notice of their admission no later than 15 April. A second review of MPA applications, being held on a waiting list, may take place in the early summer or later, as places become available prior to the start of classes in September. 

Formal offers of admission are issued by the School of Graduate Studies.

Advanced Standing (Transfer Credit)

Students admitted to the MPA program may apply for advanced standing for degree credit for a maximum of two graduate courses completed prior to their enrolment in the Queen's MPA program. Applications for advanced standing should be made at the time of application and no later than at the beginning of the first term of a student's enrolment in the Queen's MPA program. Courses credited towards another academic degree will not be considered for advanced standing. Learn more about Advanced Standing and off-campus course approval.


For further information, please contact:

Fiona Froats, Program Administrator 
319, Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Queen's University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6 CANADA
Tel: 613.533.6200
Fax: 613.533.2135