Program News

New Programs

Certificate in Law

Queen’s University is expanding its popular suite of certificate programs to include a Certificate in Law, one of the first academic certificate programs specifically directed at undergraduate students to be offered, and taught, by a law faculty. The program will be available to undergraduates at Queen’s and, as a fully online program accessible through eCampus Ontario, to undergraduate students at universities and colleges across Ontario and Canada. Applications for the Certificate in Law are made directly through Queen's University, not through the OUAC. Interested students can learn more by visiting the Certificate in Law website.

Queen’s offers additional certificate programs in Academic Writing, Geographic Information Science, Sexual and Gender Diversity, International Studies, Media Studies and Business. More information about Queen's University's certificate programs is available on the Arts and Science Online website.

Bachelor of Music Theatre

The new Music Theatre program will provide students with theoretical and practical training in the 3 core disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, and also in the study of music theatre as a liberal arts subject. Industry-focused training through a 2-year set curriculum at St Lawrence College (Brockville Campus) includes personalized instruction and coaching, group creative work, and basic music literacy, which will then be complemented by a more interdisciplinary liberal arts approach in the final 2 years at Queen’s. An audition is required. The OUAC program code is QMT.

Arts and Science – New Majors

The Faculty of Arts and Science is introducing the following 2 new Plans for the 2017-18 academic year:

  1. Politics-Philosophy-Economics Specialization: Study social issues and how our society responds to these issues, while asking questions drawn from economic, political and philosophical perspectives. Society faces challenges that are complex and multi-dimensional, and our efforts to tackle these challenges require us to bring complementary intellectual skills together in analytical and critical ways. This new undergraduate program combines Economics, Philosophy and Politics in ways designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional career paths. Students completing the program will be ready to enter graduate studies in their area of specialization in law, public service, international development, policy design and analysis, or any other career that calls for strong analytical and communication skills. The program is structured as an augmented medial (much like a triple-major), without sacrificing advanced skills in each student's area of specialization. With more than 50 courses to choose from to complete the program, students will have flexibility in their degree to create a path that works for them, yet with a focus that will stand out in the marketplace.
  2. Major in Languages, Literatures and Cultures: A new major for the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the plan builds upon the breadth of the unit that covers Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Italian, Japanese, Mohawk, Portuguese and Spanish languages and cultures, as well as Linguistics and general/minor plans in Indigenous Studies and World Language Studies. The main aim of the new major is to develop students’ intercultural competency, providing them with an understanding and awareness of cultural diversity grounded in second language acquisition. Its strong interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, together with an international perspective and collaboration with the Queen’s University International Centre (students will concurrently earn an Intercultural Competence Certificate) means that it addresses the issues of today’s world in a unique way. The plan’s goal is to provide students with a set of diverse and flexible core competencies, supporting a solid and practical foundation for a remarkably wide range of post-undergraduate careers, graduate degree options and professional programs.

Admissions Updates

New for 2018-2019

Major Admission Award Application

The Major Admission Award (MAA) application is moving from a paper-based application to an online application. The MAA application must be submitted online through the Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre. Students are encouraged to submit their Queen’s admission application through the OUAC by November 15 to allow enough time to gain access to SOLUS and submit the online MAA application by the December 1 deadline. A practice MAA application is available on the Student Awards website to assist students in preparing their responses in advance of the deadline. 

Personal Statement of Experience and Supplementary Essay for Concurrent Education

For any of Queen's University's Concurrent Education programs, the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (SE) are recommended. Students who are applying to any of the Concurrent Education programs are encouraged to discuss a future in education on their PSE and SE for Con-Ed.

First Generation Student Admission Pathway

Queen's encourages participation in postsecondary education by first-generation students.  We offer first-generation candidates, including Pathways to Education students, Crown Wards, and members of the Boys and Girls Club Raising the Grade program an additional and alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Offers of admission will be made to first-generation candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students will be introduced to the contacts and services available at the Student Experience Office and the Student Awards Office during the application process, and upon admission. Queen's University encourages students to access these services throughout their time at Queen's. Students who are admitted through this pathway will be encouraged to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen's University. For more information, please visit Pathways and Policies.