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Queen's Online

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Your entry point to online learning at Queen’s.

As you engage with online learning, be it as a distance student taking a fully online course or one accessing the website for an on-campus course, this can be your starting point.

Why Study Online?

Wherever you are, you can take Queen’s online courses or earn a degree without disrupting your busy life. You could be located anywhere in the world, and you’ll still be a part of the Queen’s community.

  • Maybe a traditional, on-campus degree won't work for you...
  • Maybe you are attending Queen's, taking courses on campus, and are looking for a different learning experience...
  • Maybe you are trying to catch up, or even get ahead, on your academic credits ...
  • Maybe you want to take some professional courses, to advance your career...

Whatever the case, Queen's offers a wide array of online courses to select from – more than 140 open to everyone, with more being added all the time, as well as other courses that are restricted to Queen's students only. We also offer online degree programs, six in the Faculty of Arts and Science alone (Psychology, English, Global Development Studies, History, Liberal Studies, and Life Sciences), with more on the way.

Queen’s online courses count towards your degree program in the same way as those taken on campus.

The Online Experience

Queen’s online courses are interactive and collaborative. You’ll engage with your peers, professor, and teaching assistants (TAs) in discussions, study groups, team projects, debates, online meetings, online help sessions, and sometimes even role play. The courses you take online have the same rigour, depth and quality as those taken by students on campus and count towards your degree program in the same way.

You’ll get to know your classmates, discuss issues with them, work on team projects together, and forge bonds with people of varying ages and at different stages in life, on Queen's campus, across Canada and around the world. Moreover, you’ll be able to chat with your professor and TAs, ask questions, and get help and feedback.

Students who are completing online courses have access to the same academic support services as those on campus, including Queen’s Library, academic advising, The Writing Centre, learning strategies resources, accessibility services, and accommodations.

Online Offerings by Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Science

Each year, more than 4,000+ students enrol in online courses.

Arts and Science Online – Undergraduate Programs

Courses Offered: More than 125 courses in the sciences, humanities and social sciences are currently on offer through the fall, winter and summer terms. Find courses…

Degrees Offered: There are now six fully-online degree options:

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) English
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) Global Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) History
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (General) Life Sciences

Learn more about degree programs…

Certificates Offered:

  • Certificate in French for Professionals
  • Certificate in Global Action and Engagement
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
  • Certificate in Academic Writing
  • Certificate in Media Studies
  • Certificate in Employee Relations

Learn more about certificate programs…

Requirements: Degree and certificate programs have specific admission requirements, or you can start by taking courses as an interest student. Some courses may have prerequisites. See our admission requirements page for details.

Earth and Energy Resources Leadership – Masters Program

The unique curriculum design places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the centre of the program. The program is delivered in a technology-enriched online/residential instructional format. Students enter the program in September. Typical enrolment is two courses per term (fall, winter, summer) year-round, with completion in 20 months.

Continuing Teacher Education

Courses Offered:

  • Non-degree credit courses for Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Accreditation. The OCT sets these requirements for Ontario certified teachers, but the courses are also open to students who are not seeking OCT accreditation. Find non-degree credit course listings…

  • Non-degree credit courses approved by the BC Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). The courses are developed as part of a post-graduate certificate that is counted towards category upgrades by TQS. Find BC course listings…

  • Post-graduate certificates that Ontario and BC teachers can apply toward advanced standing in the Professional Master of Education program. Individual courses are also accepted by OCT and TQS.

Professional Studies: Faculty of Education

Courses Offered

Online professional development courses for working professionals in a variety of disciplines. Courses are written and taught by experts in the field and offered in a flexible, online environment. Course offerings include How to Teach Online, Designing for Online Learning, and, for early childhood educators and educational assistants, Communicating Effectively with Parents and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments.

Certificates Offered


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Courses offered (summer):Refer to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Engineering Online page for online course listings in a wide range of engineering-related subjects offered in the summer term to both Queen’s and non-Queen’s students.

Programs Offered:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Courses Offered: Refer to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences for online course listings in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and more

Degrees Offered:

Requirements: Core courses in Aging and Health (AGHE) are only open to students registered in our programs. Elective courses are open to all students but permission from the student’s advisor, the AGHE program, and the instructor are required.

School of Nursing

1) Courses/degrees offered: Queen’s is a member of a 9-university consortium that delivers a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (PHCNP) that is either a post-Master’s Diploma program or a PHCNP stream of the Master of Nursing Program (MN).

Two courses are delivered entirely online:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Pathophysiology

Four courses are delivered online and in person (in several locations) with weekly seminars conducted by clinical instructors:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I and II
  • Therapeutics I and II

Requirements: Students admitted to either program must have at least 2 years of full time clinical nursing experience, be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse (General Class), and must meet the requirements of admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

Apply: Apply through the School of Graduate Studies


2) Courses/degrees offered: Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Program (MScHQ)

Five of seven courses of the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality are offered entirely online:

Requirements: courses are open only to students in the MScHQ program.

Apply: Students admitted into MScHQ must meet the requirements of admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Submit applications and supporting documents by February 1 each year. The application period open mid-September.

School of Medicine

Program: Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) Program

The MHPE program is cohort-based with 8 blended courses which allows health-care professionals the flexibility to continue working to meet their professional obligations. The first and fifth courses will be offered during a one-week summer intensive, 5 courses will be offered completely online, and the final course, a Capstone Experience, will be designed to meet individual needs.

Apply: Students admitted into the MHPE program must meet the requirements of admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Submit applications and supporting documents by April 1st each year. Preference will be given to those who apply by March 1st. The application period opens mid-September.


Faculty of Law

Courses Offered: Queen’s "Certificate in Law" is Canada’s only fully online undergraduate law program to be offered by a law faculty. Students can benefit from individual courses or work toward the full certificate. The Certificate in Law is comprised of four 3.0-credit (single term) courses (12 credits total):

  • LAW 201/701 – Introduction to Canadian Law
  • LAW 202/702 – Aboriginal Law
  • LAW 203/703– Workplace Law
  • LAW 204/704 – Corporate Law
  • LAW 205/705 – Public & Constitutional Law
  • LAW 206/706 – Intellectual Property
  • LAW 207/707 – International Law

Requirements: These courses are open to Queen's students as well as students at other schools. It is offered to those who have completed one year of undergraduate studies, and would be of interest to students who are curious about the law as a career, or who just want to understand the importance of law in a democratic society. The majority of the course can be completed according to personal scheduling, but some activities require students to be available online at specific times. These can be scheduled to accommodate all Canadian time zones.


Smith School of Business

Courses Offered: There are some restrictions to course admission. Please consult the Commerce Academic Calendar for full course detail.

  • COMM 200/600: Business Fundamentals (600 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 211/611: Financial Accounting (611 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 231/631: Fundamentals of Marketing (631 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 251/651: Organizational Behaviour (651 is only open to Certificate in Business students)

These courses can count towards the Certificate in Business (CIB), but the certificate cannot be earned fully online.

  • Registered Queen's students can apply through SOLUS
  • Find information about how to apply to the Certificate in Business

School of Graduate Studies

Courses Offered: Fundamentals of Clinical Trial Design, Conduct and Analysis

Requirements: Intended for graduate students who are interested in learning about the design and execution of clinical trials in Canada. Some background in research methodology is advantageous but not mandatory. The module will be available to Ontario graduate students, post-docs and affiliates of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.

Please refer to the faculty/school listings above for more information and links for online course offerings at the graduate level, including:

  • Arts and Science: Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Masters Program
  • Education: Graduate Diploma in Education; Professional Master of Education; Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE); Post Graduate Certificate in Specialized Applied Graduate Experience
  • Engineering and Applied Science: Social Performance Management in the Extractive Industries – Graduate Diploma
  • Health Sciences: Aging & Health (G.Dip, MSc & PhD), Health Professions Education, Health Quality Programs (MSc and PhD), Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Management & Innovation (G.Dip)
  • Law: Graduate Diploma in Immigration & Citizenship Law
  • Nursing: Two courses from the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Roles and Responsibilities; Pathophysiology); five of seven courses from the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Program (MScHQ)  

See also: Micro-credentials Directory

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Who Can Apply

You may be:

  • a current Queen's student
  • a student at another university
  • a new student applying for an online degree, with or without previous post-secondary experience
  • a new student who would like to take a course without registering for a degree program, with or without previous post-secondary experience
  • a former Queen's student interested in taking a course

Whatever your student status may be, you will apply through the faculty that offers the course or program. But how you apply for a Queen's online course depends on your student status. Please see the "Online Offerings by Faculty" information above for specific application links.

Your Tools for Online Learning


Students who have already registered for courses can access all their online learning tools through MyQueen'sU (my.queensu.ca). Once you are logged in, you can also find out how to get help or make suggestions for the future of online learning at Queen’s. Logging in to the MyQueen'sU portal is like one-stop shopping for your entire life at Queen's, including access to SOLUS, where you manage all of your academic, financial, contact and admission details. Once you have registered for a course, you can log in through my.queensu.ca and you will be directed to the right space.

Queen's uses a number of learning management tools to enhance course delivery and promote student collaboration…


A customized Queen's learning management system – built in the Desire2Learn environment that many students are already familiar with, both at Queen's and at other institutions.

Faculty-specific learning tools

Some faculties at Queen's also have customized tools, such as Health Sciences, which provides MedTech, SONIT, Rehab Central and Helix Central to specific departments and schools.

See also:

LinkedIn Learning: the popular website offering thousands of training videos on hundreds of topics – such as software, technology, business and creative skills – is available to all students, staff and faculty members at Queen’s. Learn more about LinkedIn Learning…