School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

I have many policy interests. How many should I list in this section?

This is a professional, not research, graduate degree program. Sharing your general policy interests helps us to learn more about you and collectively may guide us in planning optional courses in future.


How will I know when you have received my transcripts and references?

You may check the on-line application service to see what documents are received, noting that it may take the School of Graduate Studies a few days to update your status on-line. If you do not see that your documents have been received after a reasonable time, contact us by email
 

I am a Queen's graduate. Do I need to make arrangements to have my transcripts sent to you?

An applicant who previously attended or currently attends Queen’s University may email the School of Policy Studies with his or her student number, and request that the School obtain an unofficial transcript for their application file.
 

When will my references be contacted?

On the submission of your application, with payment of the application fee, the School of Graduate Studies will contact your referees by email if you have provided their names and contact information as part of your application.

You should advise your referees that they will be contacted by email.  You may wish to follow up with them soon following the submission of your application to ensure that they have received the electronic reference form (and that it has not been relegated to their JUNK mailbox).  Any missing documentation will delay the review of your application.
 

My referees are having trouble completing the on-line reference form. Can you help?

For assistance in completing the reference form, referees should contact Queen's Graduate Studies by email or by telephone at 613-533-6100.
 

May my referee(s) submit a letter of reference in place of the reference form?

Referees, especially those who know an applicant in a professional setting, may submit a letter of reference, rather than complete the online reference form.
 

What should I do if I want to provide more information than there is space provided in the on-line application?

Only in exceptional circumstances should you provide us with additional written information. In those cases, any additional information should be submitted to us at by email.  Please include your name and application number on each page of an attachment sent to us by email.
 

Can I send supporting documents before I submit my application?

Yes, you may send transcripts and other supporting document prior to submitting your application form. We will match them with your application when we receive your application.


When can we expect notice of an admission decision?

Our goal is to provide notice of decision to all Professional Master of Public Administration (P.M.P.A.) admission candidates (who have submitted a completed application) within one month of the completion of their file, beginning in May.
 

How will I know when you have received my transcripts and reference letters?

You may check the on-line application service to see what documents we have received, noting that it may take a few days to update the status of your application, especially at peak times in the winter months.

If you do not see that your documents have been received after three weeks, contact us by email.