Department of Public Health Sciences

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How to Apply  

The PhD in Epidemiology program is administered under the rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and applications are accepted under these regulations. If, at any point, you would like to confirm completion of your application, please contact the Graduate Assistant

Step 1:  Review the Admissions Requirements 

Doctoral applicants must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, as well as the following additional requirements set by the PhD Admissions Committee:

Successful applicants will have:

  • a minimum A- average (equivalent to 3.7) in the most recent two years of graduate study;
  • a thesis-based Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related discipline and demonstrated research competency (usually through a research-based thesis) completed in a timely fashion or a non-thesis based Master’s with substantial relevant peer-reviewed publications;
  • core training in epidemiology and biostatistics  (equivalent to EPID 801, EPID 804, EPID 821 and  EPID 822).

Full time students are accepted into the program for a September start date each year. The application deadline is January 31, 2018, although applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full. 

Step 2:  Complete the Online Application

 The online application will walk you through each step in the process, including how to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documentation. You will first be invited to create an account using your email address. We will email you a User ID so that you can create a password to complete the online application.

Complete all the screens as they are presented to you, remembering to click save and continue before you move on to the next set of questions.

Paying the Application Fee

When you have completed all the sections, you can submit your application. At this point, you are asked to pay the non-refundable application fee on-line (currently $105 CDN). Remember, you must be able to pay the fee on-line with a Visa or MasterCard number, in order to complete your application on-line

Applicants must also submit the following documents to complete their application:

  • Two current academic letters of recommendation. Normally one of these would be from your MSc thesis supervisor. If you have been out of university for more than 5 years, one or more professional recommendations may be included. Referees will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies requesting their letter.
  • Prior to submitting your online application, you will be given the opportunity to upload your transcripts and any other documentation.  If you are accepted into the program, you will need to arrange for two official hard-copy transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6. Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institutions directly to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one-page outline of an initial, potential plan for doctoral research.
  • A Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a mandatory requirement for applicants from non-Canadian universities and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. There are no exceptions to this rule. The Admissions Committee also considers the applicant’s ranking on the analytic writing and verbal reasoning sections. The GRE institution code and department code is 0949 and 0606, respectively.
  • Proof of English Language Comprehension is a mandatory requirement for International students from a non-English speaking university or students with English as a second language will need to complete a TOEFL assessment. Applicants must have an overall minimum score of 88 (out of 120) along with the following scores: writing 24, speaking 22, reading 22 and listening 20.
Step 3:  Supervision and Funding

Upon provisional acceptance by the Admissions Committee, you will be contacted by the Program Director and/or Director of Admissions. The acceptance will remain provisional until the committee is able to match you with a faculty member who is able to develop a sensible plan for funding and supervision.

Doctoral students will therefore enter the program with a Primary Supervisor who has already indicated a willingness to guide the student through the entire program, including course work, the comprehensive exam and the thesis. The Supervisor, with the support of the Department, is also responsible for organizing funding for four years. The funding plan often involves financial underwriting by the supervisor combined with a plan to make applications to relevant funding sources for fellowships/scholarships.