School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Required Documentation

  • Application form (online). If you cannot complete the online application, please contact for a paper application.
  • Two academic recommendations are required, typically from professors under whom the applicant has studied
  • If your previous degree is NOT from a Canadian or U.S. university, you will be required to submit a GRE score.  There are no exceptions to this rule. The minimum GRE score requirements are:  Verbal Reasoning - 152; Quantitative Reasoning - 149; Analytical Writing - 3.8.  We are unable to comment on the competitiveness of scores as this depends on the annual pool of applicants. GRE scores must be received directly from the issuing agency.*
  • Statement of Interest (4000 characters)
  • Transcripts:
  1. Transcripts can be uploaded to the online applications, as PDF files.  The transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, and uploaded successfully. An unofficial transcript is acceptable at the time of the application.  If offered admission, you will be required to submit an official transcript.
    In these unusual circumstances, the School of Graduate Studies will work with whatever arrangements applicants are dealing with. We need the final transcripts for our processes—the documentation is required. But, we can accept the transcript from the issuing university as a pdf or similar document, or any other electronic format, or by fax if that helps.  If for some reason the issuing university cannot produce official transcripts, we can accept unofficial transcripts if they are generated and sent by the issuing university and as long as all parties understand an official hard copy transcript will still be required, eventually. We cannot accept any version of any transcripts from applicants directly by email.
    Transcripts can be emailed to  or our fax number is 1-613-533-6015. Canada Post services on campus is still operational 2 days per week, so we can pick up and process mail, including transcripts, 2 times per week (mailing address - School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University, Gordon Hall Room 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6). But, our office building is closed to the public currently, so courier deliveries (ie FedEX, UPS, Purolator, etc.) cannot be processed for now.
  2. If a transcript or transcripts cannot be successfully uploaded to the online applications, applicants are responsible for ensuring that an official transcript or transcripts of all current and previous university-level studies are sent to the School of Graduate Studies by all universities previously attended. All hard copy transcripts received as part of an application for admission must be received in sealed envelopes.
  3. Final transcript: hard copy original official transcript showing degree completion and conferral, will be required from all applicants who accept an offer of admission to graduate studies at Queen's University. These final transcripts are to be sent directly from the issuing institutions to the School of Graduate Studies, in sealed envelopes. Official transcripts are NOT REQUIRED for any study of any kind carried out at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. The School of Graduate Studies will access the student record directly for applicants who have attended or are currently attending Queen's University.

*Transcripts and GRE scores are to be sent from the issuing university and testing center to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6  CANADA