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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 and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA) at Queen’s University. Please select "Health Quality" as the Program/Department when applying.

   How to apply ➥

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

Opens: September/October

MScHQ Deadline: February 1

PhDHQ Deadline: 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 and Postdoctoral Affairs 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 and Postdoctoral Affairs with a link to complete an online referral form. Please note that referees will not receive the link until after you have submitted your application, so we recommend applying at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to allow your referees sufficient time. For alternative submission methods, to resend you reference request or to change your reference, please contact the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at directly.  We are unable to make these changes/requests on behalf of applicants.

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
Step 4
Transcripts and Test Results

You are responsible for requesting official, up-to-date transcripts from all of the academic institutions you list in the Academic Background section of the application. As part of your online application, you will upload an electronic copy of all official transcripts, which are used to process your application. Official transcripts are defined as transcripts issued by the Registrar’s Office (or equivalent) of the university. Transcripts from other sources, such as those printed from the student’s account on the institution’s website or photocopied from a previous photocopy, are not official. One copy of the official transcript legend (reverse of each transcript) must be included. Do not scan the legend multiple times. Transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file. Opening any sealed transcript envelope from your university and scanning the transcript will not render the transcript unofficial for this process. If you received more than one degree from the same university, upload one PDF file of official, up-to-date transcripts for all degrees received from that university.

Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript. 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.

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 and Postdoctoral Affairs
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that some universities are only sending official e-transcripts. If this is the case, please direct these to for processing. They will let you know how to proceed further.

Please DO NOT send your transcripts directly to HQ Programs. We do not process transcripts directly and will not be able to count these documents as received.

Step 5
Supporting Documentation
  • In addition to your application, you must submit a current resume/CV and a statement of interest (letter size, 1" margins, 12-point font). These can be submitted by email to 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) 


  • For the MScHQ your statement of interest must address the following questions in separate paragraphs within the stated word limits.

    1. How does your lived experience make you a good candidate for the MScHQ program? Max. 250 words.

    2. Identify one aspect of the health care system that you feel requires an immediate fix/intervention and provide a brief justification. How would completing the MScHQ program help you (or your team) improve this aspect of the healthcare system? Max. 200 words.

    3. Describe how you have advocated for health equity, diversity, inclusion, indigeneity, and/or accessibility (EDIIA) within the healthcare system. How has your experience influenced your career path and other pursuits to this point. Max. 250 words.

    4. What will be your strategy in your personal and professional life to manage the 10-15 hrs/week (on average) time commitment this program requires? This can include any academic accommodation that you plan to request. Max. 250 words.

  • For the PhDHQ, your statement of interest should address the following (2 pages max.): 
    • Describe your research experience to date (e.g. grants, publications, unpublished studies, etc.)
    • Describe your research interests (e.g. focus, population, theoretical framework, methodology) and any experience you have in those areas that will support this line of inquiry for your thesis 
    • Explain how this doctoral program will contribute to your career plans