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. 

For a program summary, check out our one-page handout


How to Apply?             

For students starting MEERL in August 2020, the application deadline is August 1, 2020. To apply, you need to complete the following two steps:

  1. Submit online application. This application includes:
    • Official Transcripts - See School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page.
    • 2 Letters of Reference - See important tips in "Additional Information" including who is an appropriate referee. 
    • If required, proof of English Language Comprehension - School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page.
    • 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 also 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 applications once they are complete and make admission decisions on a rolling basis until all places in the program are filled.  For students starting the program in August 2020, the application deadline is August 1, 2020

The admissions committee may ask for clarifications through requests for additional documents, an interview, or through other methods. A request of this nature does not guarantee you will be offered admission to the program. If the admissions committee recommends you for acceptance, you will be sent a letter from the MEERL program. 

Additionally, 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 referees can be 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 sent an online reference form with instructions. They will be asked to answer a series of questions and can choose to attach a reference letter. 
Guidance for Requesting References:
• Ask for a reference from people who know you, your capabilities, and can validate your performance relative to others.  Appropriate referees include employers, supervisors, professors, community or corporate leaders, influential friends who have known you a long time, ect. Relatives or colleagues are not appropriate referees. 
• Before you submit your online application, ask your referees if they are willing to complete the online reference form and check that you have a valid email address for them. This is because the system will immediately contact your referees once your online application is submitted.
• Give your referees enough time to complete the online reference form. We recommend at least 2 weeks. Note that all letters of reference need to be submitted for your application to be considered complete and subsequently reviewed. 
• You may request your referee to include a reference letter (in addition to answering questions in the online reference form). Documents are attached to the online reference form. 
• Share with your referees your goals, how MEERL aligns with your goals, and suggestions for writing reference letters/completing the online reference form (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 2019 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?