Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

Dual Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificate Programs

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Enhance Your Education

Dual Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificate Programs

As part of your Queen’s experience, you may choose to add depth and focus to your degree through one of our innovative programs in less time than it would take you to do them individually – giving you a competitive advantage in the job market or on graduate school applications!

Dual Degrees at Queen’s

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The workplace is a competitive landscape but with the ability to add a dual degree or second degree to your resume you will have no worries navigating your way to a great career. Dual Degree programs allow Queen’s Commerce, Engineering and Applied Science, and Nursing students to complete an Arts and Science General Degree concurrently as they are working towards the completion of their primary degree in their home faculty/school.

The Dual Degree and Second Degree programs allow students to complete two degree programs either together or consecutively.

Learn more about Dual and Second Degrees…

Degree + Diploma Programs

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Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus) / Music and Digital Media (MDM) Diploma

Combine your passion for music and digital technology, your need for theory and performance with practical skill and experience. A match between Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College, students in this unique 4+1 model will graduate with a BMus Degree and an MDM Diploma in five years.

Learn more about the BMus / MDM program…


Biotechnology Degree (BScH) plus Advanced Diploma

Biotechnology works with living organisms and other biological systems to help us improve our lives by discovering new drugs, improving crop production, and helping to develop novel forms of sustainable energy. First-year students at Queen’s will have the chance to focus their studies on this exciting and important discipline in a program being offered jointly with St. Lawrence College.

Learn more about the Biotechnology program…

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Geography and Urban and Regional Planning (Accelerated BAH / BScH + MPL)

Combine your undergraduate degree and your master’s degree in this 4+1 option. It’s a fast-track to your profession in urban and regional planning. A competitive advantage for Geography students wanting to work in urban planning, GIS, transportation, environmental studies, social planning, government and consultation. A natural, practical fit.

Geography and Planning degree options…

Graduate Diploma Programs

Graduate Diplomas and Accelerated Paths to Graduate School

Upon graduation, Arts and Science students can continue their studies for a short-time and add a Graduate Diploma in Risk Policy and Regulation, Arts Management, or Business. In less than a semester, students gain a competitive advantage with two credentials on their transcript.

Students with an interest in graduate school or getting a master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics, Physics, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Biology or (a unique one to Queen’s) – Geography and Urban and Regional Planning (BAH / BScH + MPL) can start to do so while completing their undergraduate degree.

Learn more: School of Graduate Studies

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Graduate Diploma in Risk Policy and Regulation (RPRD)

RPRD is a four-month program, unique in Canada. The program is open to students who have already completed a master’s level graduate studies in Economics or Financial Economics. It provides a strong emphasis on regulation, systemic risk, macroeconomics and macroeconomic policies (including macro-prudential policy). The program is both well-suited to those wishing to pursue careers in the public sector and designed to provide a broad perspective for those wishing to pursue careers in the private sector.

More about the RPRD program…

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Graduate Diploma in Arts Management

The new, 6-week program focuses on developing 21st century leadership and management capabilities for those entering the arts sector. Course work covers strategic planning and thinking, a specific focus on comprehensive revenue development in arts marketing and philanthropy, cultural policy, contract negotiations and labour relations, financial and management accounting, and digital entrepreneurship. The diploma can be laddered up to a master’s in Arts Leadership.

More about the Graduate Diploma in Arts Management…

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Graduate Diploma in Business

This program is designed for any Queen’s graduate of a non-business program. Complete a year-long program in only four months beginning in May. A perfect way to round out your undergraduate degree in a short period of time. Credits earned for this diploma also represent a credit toward a Queen’s MBA degree. As well, many are eligible for credit in other Smith School of Business master’s degree programs.

More about the Graduate Diploma in Business…

Certificate Programs

Offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science

Employment Relations

Designed to provide students with an additional credential that will support them in seeking entry-level jobs in labour relations and human resources management, the Certificate in Employment Relations will appeal to students who are interested in the theory, policy and legal frameworks behind the employment relationship, and how these can be applied should they choose to work in the employment relations field.

Geographic Information Science (GISC)

GISC is a program through the Department of Geography and Planning that is open to all undergraduate students at Queen’s University. This certificate program offers courses on theory and practical aspects of collecting, managing, visualizing and analyzing spatial data through global positioning systems, geographic information systems, remote sensing, image processing and spatial modelling technologies. These multi-disciplinary courses provide students both theory knowledge and hands-on, practical experience and at the same time develop key professional transferrable skills demanded by the competitive job market.

International Studies

The International Programs Office, in cooperation with the language departments and the Faculty of Arts and Science, offers a study option leading to a Certificate in International Studies. This option is available to all Queen’s University undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration, and is intended for those who wish to enhance their undergraduate degree with a formal international program of study. The International Studies Certificate combines language acquisition with cultural and interdisciplinary learning, and includes a study abroad experience.

Media Studies

The new Certificate in Media Studies is designed to raise students’ awareness of, and provide access to, a range of innovative media courses that allow students to acquire creative communication skills and digital media literacy.

Sexual and Gender Diversity

Gender Studies offers this certificate for those students looking to add a critical sexualities and gender diversity component to any degree program. It allows you to think through and engage with sexual and gender diversity studies within your particular program – from nursing, education, or history, to law, sociology, or politics. At a time when LGBTQ+ issues are on the public agenda, the certificate can provide you with a credential to take with you into your future career.

Offered by the Smith School of Business

Certificate in Business

This unique Certificate in Business is a way to gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Application to the Certificate in Business is open to Queen’s student in Arts and Science, Engineering, and Nursing. Students will study business fundamentals, financial and management accounting, marketing, finance, and organizational behaviour in addition to their undergraduate degree.

Offered by Queen’s Faculty of Law

Certificate in Law

The Queen’s Certificate in Law is Canada’s only undergraduate law program to be offered by a law faculty both online and in a blended format on campus. Students will learn the historical, social and economic forces shaping the law; the basics of legal reasoning; how to develop, articulate and justify a position; and how recent domestic and international trends and agreements affect the law.