Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

How to Apply - M.Ed., AWIES, and PhD

Applications for admission to graduate programs are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online form and step-by-step instructions for setting up your account.

Note: The School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum of two academic references from your current and/or previous instructors and/or professors familiar with your academic/research potential. Professional references from employers in a senior role to your own, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 5 years since you completed your most recent university degree.

Referees are notified that you want them to provide a reference for you by email after you have submitted your online application, so please submit your application at least two weeks before the application deadline and be sure to include the correct email addresses of your referees on your online application. Applications will not be deemed complete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all listed references are received.

In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are required to submit the following documentation (paper versions) to the Faculty of Education Graduate Studies and Research Office, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room A106:

  • one completed and signed paper version of the Research Proposal Form (the link to form is on the online application)
  • one paper copy of resumé/curriculum vitae
  • upload transcripts from all universities attended except for Queen's

Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Education Studies additional admission requirements 

Master of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Studies applicants are required to provide two additional letters of reference from respected members of the Aboriginal or world indigenous community to which he/she either belongs or is related to (e.g. Elders, Community Leaders, Work Supervisors, Social/School Counsellors, Educators, Director of local Friendship Centre). Referees must be able to comment on Aboriginal community contributions which you have made as well as your potential to serve in the field of Aboriginal education.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.

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Important Information for International Students

Application to the M.Ed. Program

To be competitive for admission to the M.Ed. program, applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must provide evidence of:

  • Successful completion of a four-year undergraduate degree program related to the field of education with no less than a grade point average of “A” or 85%.
  • Two or more years of full-time professional experience in the field of education.
  • Have research interests in an area that matches the core faculty research interests in the Faculty of Education. Please clearly indicate in your online application why you consider the Faculty to be a good fit to pursue your proposed research.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied at an English-language university within the last 12 months must submit a certificate of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) as part of the formal application process.

Application to the PhD Program

To be competitive for admission to the PhD program, in addition to the above, applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must provide evidence of:

  • Successful completion of a Master’s degree in Education or equivalent advanced level credential with no less than a grade point average of “A” or 85%.
  • Agreement of a graduate faculty member in the Faculty of Education to supervise you as a doctoral student if offered a place in the doctoral program.
  • Provide a strong two-page research proposal outlining your proposed research

Language Testing Requirements

Please note that only the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Queen’s University can grant an exemption to the English language proficiency requirements. Please direct these requests to the Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies. 

For details and English language proficiency requirements, please refer to the SGS website.

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Special Student Admission to Graduate Studies Courses

If you are interested in taking a graduate course without registering for a program, you can apply for Special Student Admission. To receive permission to take a graduate course as a Special Student, application must be made to and reviewed by the Faculty of Education and then approved by the School of Graduate Studies. Please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office to request an application form.

Application Deadlines for Special Student Admission

Term Application Deadline
September  July 31
January October 31
July May 15

If the application deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday. These deadlines are firm and include the submission of all supporting documentation. 

For additional information, see: Graduate Studies Calendar: Special Student Admission.

Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at Queen’s University and applicants who are non-native speakers of English must have achieved the required level of proficiency on one of the tests of English language listed below.

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based. Required test scores: 580 (paper-based) / 237 (computer-based) / 92 Internet-based). To be competitive applicants should also achieve a minimum of 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  2. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Required test scores: a minimum of Band 7.

Additional information on language proficiency tests is available on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants are responsible for all arrangements and costs associated with completing the English Facility test.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Studies & Research Office.