How to Apply

We have extended the deadline for Domestic MA and PhD applications. Apply today!

We regret to say that given limits on available funding, admission for international applicants is extremely competitive. We may only accept one international MA student per year, and one to two international PhD students. 

MA Application Details      PhD Application Details

Our application window opens annually in September; the application deadline is January 31. The application review process begins on February 1, with offers of acceptance beginning in early March. Depending on capacity, a second round of applications may be adjudicated after March 1.

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. View more information on SGS website.

All applications including letters of reference and transcripts are processed centrally through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and all technical information on application components and steps is available on the SGS website

Both MA and PhD applications require submission of additional materials to Cultural Studies: read below on how to prepare these important elements. 

If you have questions about application requirements, supporting documents, or locating a supervisor, please email custgrad@queensu.ca.

    MA Application Details

    Successful applicants are admitted into the 1-year MA; if they wish to continue to a second year, they apply to enter that stream in January of their first year. You do not need to locate a supervisor to apply to the Cultural Studies MA program. 

    An academic average of at least B+ is generally expected for admission to the MA in our program. But please note that Cultural Studies is committed to recognizing diverse measures of experience, accomplishment, knowledge, and aptitude, and we encourage you to indicate those in your application materials. 

    In addition to completing the online application, you must submit the following to custgrad@queensu.ca

    1. a personal statement of 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;
    2. an academic writing sample, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, double-spaced where possible, in PDF format).

    PhD Application Details

    To apply to the PhD, your first task should be to look through the SGS application portal and familiarize yourself with the process and materials required. But the bulk of your application efforts should be focused on drafting a research statement, and locating a supervisor for your research.

    An academic average in the A range is generally expected for admission to the PhD in our program. But please note that Cultural Studies is committed to recognizing diverse measures of experience, accomplishment, knowledge, and aptitude, and we encourage you to indicate those in your application materials. 

    1. Writing a Research Statement

    Your Research Statement (2 pages, double spaced) outlines the project you intend to undertake for your PhD. While your project will inevitably evolve, this statement allows us to learn about your background, your research interests, and your anticipated theoretical frameworks and methodologies. 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.

    2. Identifying, Contacting, and Confirming Potential Supervisor(s)

    Admission to the Cultural Studies PhD depends not only on your research potential, but on our faculty capacity to supervise your research. All students must have a supervisor before we can admit them. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm available supervision before applying.

    1. Identify potential supervisors by searching our directory to confirm if there are professors doing research in the areas of interest to you. Review their webpage(s), and read some of their work as available. 
    2. Even if you choose one "front runner," it is wise to approach more than one potential supervisor, because faculty members are often very busy and have other commitments. If contacting more than one faculty member, be sure to tailor each email to to the expertise of the addressee and include a draft of your Research Statement.
    3. Consider these tips for approaching potential supervisors:
      • Be deliberate with what you include - the overall message should be brief.
      • Write with a formal but conversational tone.
      • Let them know why you think your research interests are a good match with theirs.  
      • Ask if they would be willing to supervise you, if you are accepted into the program — or if there is any further information they might need to make that decision. 
      • Request that if they are not able to supervise you, they suggest colleagues who may be suitable.
    4. Indicate the name(s) of the faculty member(s) whom you have contacted and/or who are willing to supervise you when you complete the School of Graduate Studies online application.

    In addition to completing the online application, you must submit the following to custgrad@queensu.ca

    1. Research Statement (see above)
    2. Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format): for applicants who wish to pursue Community-based Research or Research Creation, relevant experience should be included in the CV
    3. sample of academic writing, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, double-spaced where possible, in PDF format)
    4. For applicants who wish to pursue Research Creation, documentation of relevant creative work can be included in the Research Statement as a hyperlink, sent electronically to custgrad@queensu.caor sent by mail on CD/DVD to: Cultural Studies Program Office, Queen’s University, B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6​.