Prospective students in the MA or MSC stream should hold an Honours Bachelors degree or equivalent, with minimum B+ average of all courses (equivalent to 77-79.9% or 3.3 GPA out of a 4.3 grading scale at Queen's University). Prospective PhD students should hold a Master's degree. When you apply, we consider your transcripts from all courses. An applicant must secure a potential supervisor before starting the application process. Please see our Current Research Opportunities for Prospective Graduate Students 2023-2024 (pdf, 224kB). In addition, please refer to our Graduate Supervisors Brochure (pdf, 89kB) for an overview of our faculty and their research areas and interests.
Queen's University graduate applications are done online (https://eservices.queensu.ca/apps/sgsapp). For more information on the application process, please visit the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs calendar.
In addition to the material submitted online, you must complete a Statement of Research Interest (pdf, 81kB) and a Curriculum Vitae, both of which should be sent directly to Geography and Planning.
If English is not your native language, prospective students must meet the English language proficiency requirements in writing, speaking, reading, and listening. You will need (1) a total TOEFL (paper-based) score of at least 600, or (2) TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30), and listening (20/30) for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score, or (3) IELTS: 7.0 (academic module overall band score), or (4) PTE Academics: 65 or (5) Canadian Academic English Language (Computer Edition) (CAEL CE) – 70 (minimum overall score).
We typically only accept graduate students for a September intake. The deadline for applications (Domestic and International students) is January 31, which must include all supporting documents. However, late applications may be considered on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Notification of acceptance begins in March.