Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 year.

How To Apply to the Cultural Studies MA Program

Step 1: Prepare a Personal Statement

Your application requires a Personal Statement (1-2 pages, double spaced) in which you describe your academic, artistic, activist and/or professional background, and why you are interested in pursuing an MA in Cultural Studies at Queen's. You do not require a supervisor to apply to the MA program.

Step 2: Prepare and Submit Online Application
  • All graduate program applicants must prepare and submit an online application through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Queen's; please be sure to review the application process for more detailed information. 
  • During the online application process you will be given the option to either (a) upload copies of your official transcripts or (b) arrange for Queen's to receive official hard copies of your transcripts; please be sure to review the SGS Application Process for more details about transcript requirements.
  • During the online application process you will be asked to provide names and email addresses for two academic references. Make sure to give your references ample warning of your deadline. References will receive an email with a link to Queen's online recommendation form after you have submitted your application.
    • Please note: recommendation letters sent by email will not be accepted.
    • References who are not able to use Queen's online recommendation form must mail their original signed letter of recommendation with a signature across the sealed envelope to:

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

    Step 3: Compile the Required Documentation and Check for Language Proficiency Requirements
    • 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 note the following details, and refer to Step 2 of the School of Graduate Studies online application guide for additional information about submitting your transcripts including:
      • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
      • Transcripts printed from a university website are not permitted.
      • Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
      • Hard copy transcripts received as part of an application for admission must official transcripts received in sealed envelopes.
      • Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Queen's University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
    • Applicants whose native languages do not include English will need to earn satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. For more information, please read Step 3 - Check for Any Testing Requirements on the School of Graduate Studies website.
      • Please contact to arrange for your TOEFL or IELTS test scores to be retrieved electronically. 

    The mailing address is:

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

    Step 4: Submit Supporting Documents to the Cultural Studies Program

    All applicants must submit the following supporting documents directly to the Cultural Studies program at

    • A sample of academic writing, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, double-spaced where possible, in PDF format)
    • A Personal Statement

    If you have questions that have not been answered in the information above, please contact us at Thank you!

    Application Deadlines, Late Applications, and Decision Timelines

    Our application window opens annually in September. The application review process begins on February 1, with offers of acceptance beginning in early March.  You have a competitive advantage if you submit your application before the review process starts.  However, applications may be submitted until March 1.  Applications submitted after March 1 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.