Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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How to Apply

The Department will accept applications for September admission from November to January 31.  Late applications will be considered for domestic applicants until June 1.  However, January 31 is the deadline to be considered for additional awards and scholarships that could supplement the minimum financial award.  Please email the DEVS Graduate Assistant for further information if you will be submitting an application after January 31.

To apply to the Master's degree or PhD in Global Development Studies, applicants must complete the Queen's University School of Graduate Studies on-line application form. Click here for more information about the online application processThe application fee is $105.00. To complete the online application, you will need the following:

  • A short description of your research interests in global development studies for the Research Interests section. Be sure to indicate clearly why you consider Global Development Studies at Queen’s University to be a good fit to pursue research in your main interest areas.  
  • Two academic referees: if you have been out of university for more than 5 years, one or more professional recommendations may be included. Please note: Your referees will not receive an email with a link to Queen's secure online reference form system until you submit your application. We do allow a grace period after the January 31 deadline for recommendations and transcripts to be submitted.

In addition, you will need to send the following original documents:

  • Two copies of official transcripts from all university-level institutions you have previously attended.  To be sent to: 

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

  • For non-English-speaking international students: TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB certificates of English-language competency. For more information, including how to request a waiver of the test (if applicable), visit and click on English Language Requirements.

In addition, you will need to send the following in PDF format to the DEVS Graduate Assistant:

  • A sample of academic writing, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages). 
  • PhD applicants also must submit a 2 page research proposal and a CV.