Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies Application Requirements

  • Academic average of at least a B+ when applying for a Master's degree

  • Academic average of at least an A when applying for a Doctoral degree

  • A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study the applicant has listed in the Academic Background section of the application (please refer to Step 2  of the Queen's online application for graduate studies as well as the FAQs, for more detailed information about submitting your transcripts)

  • Two letters of recommendation: Please note that referees listed on your online application will receive the link to Queen's online recommendation form after you submit your application

  • A list of current courses will be requested during the online application process

  • For students whose native language is not English, we also require one of the following (please refer to Step 3 of the Online Application process, for more detailed information about English Language Testing requirements):

    • A score of at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL OR

    • A score of at least 88 on the web-based TOEFL (iBT) OR

    • A score of at least 7 on the academic module for IELTS​

    Please contact cs.office@queensu.ca to request that SGS retrieve your TOEFL or IELTS test scores electronically. 

Additional Required Application Components

In addition to completing the online application, please submit the following supporting documents to cs.office@queensu.ca:

MA Applicants

  • A Personal Statement  (1-2 pages, double-spaced, in PDF format) describing your background (academic, artistic, activist and/or professional), and why you are interested in pursuing the Cultural Studies MA.
  • An academic writing sample, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, double-spaced where possible, in PDF format).

PhD Applicants

  • A Research Statement (2 pages, double-spaced, in PDF format),in which you outline a project you intend to undertake for your PhD. While your project will inevitably change, this statement allows us to learn about your background, your research interests, and your anticipated methodologies (e.g. academic research, research-creation, community-based research). With reference to sources you are familiar with and any relevant work you have already done, explain what you intend to study at Queen’s, and why Queen’s seems to you like a good fit for this work. It is useful to include a draft of this statement when corresponding with potential supervisors.
  • An academic writing sample, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, double spaced where possible, in PDF format).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format)
If you have questions about application requirements or supporting documents, please email cs.office@queensu.ca.