Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership
Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Admissions: Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership


We are looking for early-mid career professionals or recent graduates from a wide range of positions and studies to join us in the Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership (MEERL). We want students with diverse backgrounds, bringing a variety of unique perspectives to the table. 

You will join us from fields of study or private and public enterprises that in some way relates to the natural resource industry. You plan to remain in this sector and want to boost your career to the next stage by building on your experiences.

If you're wondering if this program is for you, please reach out to us at We'd love to hear from you.


Are you Eligible?         

  • A minimum 4 year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent, with a minimum B standing in the last 2 years of the program.
  • Previous degree(s) can be from a wide range of disciplines encompassing science, engineering, business, economics, commerce, law, policy, and communications.
  • Work experience in natural resources is preferred, but is not required. 


How to Apply?             

For students starting MEERL in September 2018, the application deadline is July 15, 2018. To apply, you need to complete the following two steps:

  1. Submit online application. This application includes:
    • Official Transcripts 
    • 2 Letters of Reference - See important tips in "Additional Information". 
    • If required, proof of English Language Comprehension
    • Application Fee
  2. Send email directly to the MEERL team at, with:
    • Resume
    • Statement of Interest  - There are two questions to answer. See "Additional Information". 

Before you submit your application, please read "Additional Information", at the bottom of this page. It is highly recommended to read School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply", especially for information on official transcripts and proof of English language comprehension. 

Important note - Your entire application package (Online Application, Application Fee, Transcripts, References, Statement of Interest, Resume) must be received for your application to be considered complete. Your application will only be reviewed once complete.  It is your responsibility to ensure all components of the application are submitted. 


Admissions Process    

Program entry date is September of each year. We begin reviewing completed applications February 1st and make admission decisions on a rolling basis until all places in the program are filled.  For students starting the program in September 2018, the application deadline is July 15, 2018.

You will be informed by the School of Graduate Studies about whether or not you are being offered admission. If an offer of admission has been made, the School of Graduate studies will provide further direction of the next steps. 

If you have any questions/concerns please do not hesitate to contact the MEERL team at


Additional Information

Online Application
To submit your online application please go to the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page and follow the instructions. This page also describes how to check the status of your application. The online application form is used for all graduate programs at Queen’s University. 
Official Transcript
For information on how to submit your official transcript refer to the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page.
Letters of Reference
Your two letters of reference can be from professionals and/or academics. For more information on how to submit your letters of reference refer to the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page. 
How to Submit Reference Letters
You will provide contact information for your referees through the online application. Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, the referees will be contacted automatically. Referees will be given instructions about how to submit their letters of reference. 
Guidance for Requesting Reference Letters:
• Before you submit your online application, ask your referees if they will write you a letter of reference and check that you have valid email addresses for your referees. This is because the system will immediately contact your referees once your online application is submitted.
• Ask for a reference letter from people who know you and your capabilities, such as employers, supervisors, former employers, professors, community or corporate leaders, influential friends who have known you a long time, ect. Relatives are not an appropriate referee.
• Give your referees enough time to write the reference letters. We recommend at least 2 weeks.
• Share with your referees your goals, how MEERL aligns with your goals, and suggestions for writing reference letters (below). 
Suggestions for Writing Reference Letters:
• Please indicate your working relationship to the applicant (supervisor? manager? client? partner? professor?). How familiar are you with their work experience and professional qualifications? How long you have known the applicant?
• Please provide your observations regarding the applicant’s effectiveness in their position - how do they approach challenging technical, business, and team situations? What approach do they take in working with others? In solving problems? Please include examples where possible.
• What is your knowledge of the applicant’s discipline background in the natural resource sector and how strong is it?
• How adept and flexible do you observe the applicant to be in facing new situations and learning from them? Please include examples where possible.
• In your observation, how well does the applicant handle multiple tasks, obligations and responsibilities? Please include examples where possible.
Proof of English Language Comprehension
Those 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 further information please visit the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page.
Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee ($105 CDN for 2018 Applicants) will be collected to complete your online application. Refer to the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page for more information.
Resume and Statement of Interest
Your resume and statement of interest should be word or pdf documents with a minimum 11pt font. 
Statement of Interest
Your statement of interest should be no longer than one and a half pages, single-spaced. The document should address the following two questions:
What the program can bring to you? - Why are you interested in the program? How do you think the program can benefit your career and professional goals? Why is this a good next step for you? How do you see yourself as a fit for the program?
What you can bring to the program? - How can your skills and experience benefit your fellow students in the program? How have your education, work, and life experience prepared you for the program?