Frequently Asked Questions

You may still apply for graduate studies after the application deadline; however, only applications received and completed by the deadline will be considered for Queen’s awards and scholarships as applicable.

International spaces are limited, so it is recommended that international applicants interested in applying past the application deadline should first secure a supervisor and financial support prior to submitting an application.

Transcripts can be directly uploaded to the online application for review purposes. If you choose not to upload the transcripts, the hard copies will need to be sent directly from the institution to the School of Graduate Studies.

Supporting documents should only be sent after completing the School of Graduate Studies full online application. All required supporting documentation, with the exception of the CV, should be sent directly to:

School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall, Room 425
Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

The required CV can be submitted by email to in either PDF or Word format. Be sure to included you application number in the subject line.

Check out our Research page that lists are faculty under each research area and provides a link to their websites and contact information.

Alternatively, you can fill out our  Introduce Yourself form and we will connect you with faculty members whose research matches the areas of research you select.

Although a research supervisor is not required to apply to our graduate program, all accepted students must have a research supervisor in place before starting their graduate program.

All international applicants must have identified and received a commitment of support from a research supervisor before their application will be assessed. Applicants are highly encouraged to enquire early on about positions with specific supervisors as there are a limited number of graduate positions available for international students.

The GREs are not required for admission to our graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry.

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. All required test scores must be received directly from the testing agency, before your application is complete.

Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency Test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application. The Director, Admissions and Student Services of the School of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the department, will make determinations in these cases.

If requesting scores from ETS, report 0949 as the institution code and 062 as the department code.

Full-time graduate students are guaranteed financial support for up to two years in the MSc program and up to four years in the PhD program which come from various sources.

For more information on our current domestic and international stipends please refer to our Financial Support page. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for awards and scholarships that they are eligible for. Please refer to our Awards & Scholarships page for details and deadlines.