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Answers to some of the questions you might have about applying to Graduate Studies may be found below in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Applicants should verify their eligibility prior to submitting an application by reviewing our requirements as provided in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) listed below. Applicants who are unsure about whether they meet the Department's minimum admission requirements or have questions about our programs or the application procedures can contact Jennifer Read, our Graduate Program Assistant.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers masters and doctoral degree programs through the faculties of Arts and Science and Engineering and Applied Science. The degrees offered are M.Sc. (Pattern I – Thesis or Pattern II – Project), M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. Details on these programs can be found in the Mathematics and Statistics section of the  School of Graduate Studies calendar.

Applicants to our graduate programs will have a minimum B+ standing in their previous studies.  Standing is based the grading scale of the degree granting university and not the grading scale of Queen’s University.  Additional requirements are as follows:
Applicants to our M.Sc. programs will normally have a four year Bachelor's degree (preferably Honours) or equivalent.
Applicants to our M.A.Sc. program will have a four year undergraduate engineering degree and a strong interest in mathematics.
Applicants to our Ph.D. program should have a master's degree and have demonstrated research potential and clear research interests. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral program through Engineering and Applied Science will have an undergraduate engineering degree as well.

Our faculty can be grouped into four broad fields: Algebra and Number Theory; Analysis, Geometry and Topology; Applied Mathematics (including Mathematics and Engineering); Probability and Statistics. For details on each group please refer to our list of faculty by research area.

You are not required to secure supervision prior to submitting an application. However, applicants to our doctoral program are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors since admission to that program is always contingent upon the availability of supervision and financial support. Although a decision on admission cannot be made without first receiving a complete application faculty should be able to let you know whether or not they are recruiting students for the coming year and whether or not your research interests and background preparation make you a good candidate for admission to their research group. All applicants should, at the very least, review the research areas supported by the department prior to submitting an application.

Normally a student will begin their graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in September, the start of a new academic year. For M.Sc. students, this start date is quite inflexible. Although the start date for the doctoral program can be more flexible, applicants should consult the graduate assistant prior to submitting an application.

There is no separate application to complete in order to be considered for funding by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University. Applicants simply indicate in the appropriate section of the application form that they require financial support. Applications should be submitted by January 15th in order to receive full funding consideration.

Although we will continue to accept applications from qualified applicants until April 30th, applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible and by January 15th in order to receive full funding consideration.

Graduate student support for those not holding external scholarships can come from several internal sources including teaching assistantships and research fellowships from the department, and awards and fellowships from the School of Graduate Studies.  Doctoral students receive a minimum of $26,500 per year for four years while supported MSc students receive up to $24,500 per year for one or two years, depending on the program to which they have been admitted. Students holding external scholarships are offered funding to supplement their scholarships and, depending on the scholarship, can receive significantly more than the above amounts.  Students assessed fees at the international rate are usually offered additional funding to cover the difference between the international and the domestic tuition fee
All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from external sources including NSERC and OGS. Some information on scholarships can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Applications are filed online.  The Graduate School provides detailed instructions on how to apply .  Applicants who are unable to pay the application fee by credit card will need to request a hard copy of the application form from the graduate assistant.

An application to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will consist of the online application form, two letters of reference, official transcripts of all current and previous studies.   If you are unable to complete any section of the application form due to space or timing constraints please forward that information separately as a PDF to the graduate assistant at your earliest convenience.   Applicants whose native languages do not include English may be required to submit a satisfactory score in an English Language Proficiency Test.  Information on this can be found in the detailed instructions on how to apply

Only complete applications can be considered for admission and so we encourage you to check on the status of your application regularly and until all documents are marked as having been received. Applications are available for review by faculty as soon as they are complete. We will begin extending offers of admission after the January 15th application deadline and expect that most decisions will be made by March 31.

For academic inquiries, e.g., information about courses, questions about research areas, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Mike Roth.
For administrative inquiries, e.g., eligibility to apply to Graduate Studies, application questions, financial assistance, contact the Graduate Assistant, Jennifer Read.