School of Religion

School of Religion

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How to Apply

Admissions are now open for entry in September 2018.

The application review process begins on February 1st and continues through the Spring.  You have a competitive advantage if you submit your application before the review process starts, but applications may be submitted after February 1st.  We start to send out offers of acceptance on March 1st.  

To be considered for the top Queen's awards and scholarships, you should apply for federal and provincial graduate awards (SSHRC and Ontario Graduate Scholarships) according to the deadlines established by each program. We also recommend that you submit your MA application and supporting documentation (including letters of reference) to our School of Graduate Studies as early as possible.

Please contact Dr. Jason Kelly to learn more about our 12 month MA program. 

The minimum qualification for admission to the Master of Arts Program in Religious Studies is a GPA equivalent to "B+" on the Queen's scale in a four-year Honours undergraduate degree program in Religious Studies, or equivalent, awarded by a recognized university.

Candidates with high academic standing in an undergraduate degree other than religious studies, but who have done some coursework in religious studies, may be admitted as graduate preparatory students. Preparatory students will be asked to complete up to one year of undergraduate courses to enhance their background. For these students the program will take more than twelve months, but we can normally only guarantee financial aid for the first twelve months.

Students in the MA program have come from universities across Canada, from the United States and Europe. Many have been awarded their Honours degrees with first-class standing and have received prizes, awards, or recognition on a Dean's Honour List. Students frequently win federal (SSHRC) scholarships, provincial (OGS) scholarships, and internal Queen's scholarships.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply using Queen's online application process. This process begins in September each year. Log on to the Queen's online application system and follow the steps listed, first creating a user account and then completing and submitting your application. All documentation that you submit with your application should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University, Gordon Hall Room 425, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6. This includes official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions you have attended and at least two academic references (referees submit their references online).  A list of current courses, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of interest are also required, and can be submitted as part of your online application or as separate documents. We also require a written sample of work (an essay that you have completed for an undergraduate or graduate course) which should be emailed directly to Please note that the final step to submit your application is to pay the non-refundable application fee.

In order to be considered for financial aid, you must request financial aid on your application form. Requesting financial aid does not prejudice your application in any way.

Policies on academic qualifications for admission, acceptance, registration, student categories, study status, residence, and courses are set forth in the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.