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Admission Requirements
International Students
Frequently Asked Questions
Step 1
Online Application

In addition to fulfilling the Admission Requirements, an online application must be submitted through the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University. Please select "Health Quality" as the Program/Department when applying.

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Degree Application Period
Master of Science in Healthcare Quality (MScHQ)

Opens: Mid-October

Closes: February 1

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Quality (PhDHQ)
Step 2
Biographical Form

There will be a link in the online application through the School of Graduate Studies to complete a biographical form. This allows our program to complete your admissions file. If you have already submitted your online application without completing the form, please contact our office at

Step 3

As part of the online application, you need to provide references (see table below for the number of references required for each program). The references submitted should demonstrate your interest and experience in healthcare quality, risk and safety along with your perceived ability to complete this academic program. Referees will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies with a link to complete an online referral form. For alternative submission methods, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at

Degree References *
Master of Science in Healthcare Quality (MScHQ) Two (2) professional
OR one (1) academic and one (1) professional
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Quality (PhDHQ) Three (3) total including at least one (1) academic reference

* The School of Graduate Studies does not recommend references from current students within the degree graduate program you are applying to.

Step 4
Transcripts and Test Results

You are responsible for requesting original transcripts from all academic institutions listed on your application. As part of your online application, you will upload an electronic copy of all original transcripts which is used to process your application. If you are accepted into the program, you will be responsible for having original transcripts mailed from the issuing institutions.

If applicable, original TOEFL or IELTS test reports must also be sent by mail.

Documents can be sent to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript. Photocopied transcripts or those printed from a university website are not permitted. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted. Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Queen’s University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.

Step 5
Supporting Documentation

In addition to your application, you must submit a current résumé/CV and a statement of interest. These can be submitted by email to

The statement of interest must be no more than 2500 words. Use your statement to detail your academic and professional background, why you are interested in the program, and where you see yourself going in your career upon the program’s completion.

Think of the statement of interest as a written job interview – what are the most important aspects about you, your education and your experience? What would you like to do in the future? How will the program help you achieve your professional goals?

Please save your resume and statement of interest as PDFs with the following naming formats:

  • statement of interest should be named your last name_first name_SOI (e.g. Doe_John_SOI)
  • résumé/CV should be named last name_first name_résumé/CV (Doe_John_résumé)
  • email subject line should read: last name, first name – Statement of Interest and Résumé/CV (e.g. Doe, John – statement of interest and résumé/CV)