School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Education: (Professional, Online: Diploma & Master's)

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"My experience as a student in the Graduate Diploma has been wonderful.  Queen’s faculty are outstanding at facilitating the online learning environment and the content will leave you with the proven framework needed to excel in all areas of education—not just in the teaching profession.  What really appealed to me about the GDPI was the ability to apply for the PME and get credit for the first year after completion.  Now that I’ve completed my first year and had such a great experience, I will pursue the Professional Masters in Education!"


Program Contact

Graduate Studies & Research
Nicole Pennell
Graduate Assistant
Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106
511 Union Street, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 75201


Program Overview

Our online, part-time programs are designed for educators who wish to improve their professional practice and/or take their career to the next level.

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry consists of 5 online courses. The Professional Master of Education consists of 10 courses: 3 required courses, 3 elective courses, 3 courses in a concentration that you choose, and 1 required course in organizational leadership. You get to choose a concentration to specialize in to help you make the most of your education - concentrations include Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Literacy Education, and Teaching Abroad.

There are two options: (1) enroll in the GDPI and then decide whether to apply to the PME; (2) enroll directly in the PME.

Courses are approximately 36 hours online with your professor & 70-100 hours independently. To accommodate work schedules, the courses are 7 weeks in summer and 10 weeks in fall and winter. The programs are flexible and courses are interactive. Students join a vibrant online learning community, and are guided and supported by faculty and staff. 


Career paths – employment opportunities

While our online graduate programs attract many teachers and education administrators, they also draw professionals from other sectors. Professionals who have education and leadership responsibilities and wish to improve their professional practice come to the program from sectors such as health sciences, engineering, business, social services and the military.  

1. Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $110.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. There are no registration fees, as students pay per course. Canadian students pay $1,393.02 per course, and international students pay $2,647.35 per course. Student activity fees are $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be waived for Queen's employees.

2. Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to highly motivated individuals with relevant field experience who do not meet the B- requirement
  • Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a minimum English language requirement of 580 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 237 Computer-based; 88 on the TOEFL iBT test or IELTS Band 7 or higher.

You may apply to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry first and then to the Professional Master of Education or you can apply to the Professional Master of Education directly. In most cases, applicants must apply for admission to the Professional Master of Education within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry.

3. Application Deadline & Start Dates
  • September start  - Application deadline:  April 1
  • January start -  Application deadline:  August 1
  • July start -  Application deadline:  February 1 

These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation.

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website