Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Studies FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


  1. What programs do we offer?
  2. Am I eligible to apply for admission?
  3. What are the research areas in the Department?
  4. Do I need to find a supervisor before I can apply?
  5. When can I start my graduate program?
  6. What is the application deadline?
  7. How do I apply for funding from Queen’s University?
  8. What types of financial support are available?
  9. How do I apply for admission?
  10. What do I need to provide with my application?
  11. When will I hear the results of my application?
  12. Who should I contact with questions about Graduate Studies in Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University?

  1. What programs do we offer?
    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers masters and doctoral degree programs through the faculties of Arts and Science and Engineering and Applied Science. The choice of degree program to which a student should apply will depend on their undergraduate degree (see 2 below) and on their research interests. The degrees offered are M.Sc. (Pattern I – Thesis or Pattern II – Project), M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. Details on these programs can be found in the School of Graduate Studies calendar.


  2. Am I eligible to apply for admission?
    Applicants to our M.Sc. programs will normally have a four year Bachelor's degree (preferably Honours) or equivalent with a minimum B+ standing*.
    Applicants to our M.A.Sc. program will normally have a four year undergraduate engineering degree with a minimum B+ standing* and a strong interest in mathematics.
    Applicants to our Ph.D. program should have a master's degree with a minimum B+ standing* and have demonstrated research potential and clear research interests. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral program through Engineering and Applied Science will normally have an undergraduate engineering degree as well.
    *Standing is based on the grading scale of the degree granting university. If you are uncertain whether your record meets this requirement you can forward a scanned copy of your transcript(s) along with the grading legend, to the graduate assistant Jennifer Read for assessment.


  3. What are the research areas in the Department?
    Our faculty can be grouped into five broad fields: Algebra and Number Theory; Analysis, Geometry and Topology; Applied Mathematics; Mathematics and Engineering; Probability and Statistics. For details on each group please refer to our list of faculty by research area

  4. Do I need to find a supervisor before I can apply?
    You are not required to secure supervision prior to submitting an application. However, applicants to our doctoral program are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors since admission to that program is always contingent upon the availability of supervision and financial support. Although a decision on admission cannot be made without first receiving a complete application faculty should be able to let you know whether or not they are recruiting students for the coming year and whether or not your research interests and background preparation make you a good candidate for admission to their research group. All applicants should, at the very least, review the research areas supported by the department prior to submitting an application.


  5. When can I start my graduate program?
    Normally a student will begin their graduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in September, the start of a new academic year. For M.Sc. students, this start date is quite inflexible. Although the start date for the doctoral program can be more flexible, applicants should consult the graduate assistant Jennifer Read prior to submitting an application for admission for January.


  6. What is the application deadline?
    Although we will continue to accept applications from qualified applicants until 31 July, applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible and by January 15th in order to receive full funding consideration.


  7. How do I apply for funding from Queen’s University?
    There is no separate application to complete in order to be considered for funding by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University. Applicants simply indicate in the appropriate section of the application form that they require financial support. As noted above, applications should be submitted by January 15th in order to receive full funding consideration.


  8. What types of financial support are available?
    Graduate student support can come from several internal sources including teaching assistantships and research fellowships from the department, and awards and fellowships from the School of Graduate Studies. Financial support is normally tied to supervision.
    International students are also considered for tuition assistance. Usually this funding covers the difference between the international and the domestic tuition fee.
    All applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from external sources. Information on some external opportunities can be found here. International applicants are encouraged to explore funding opportunities through their own governments as well.


  9. How do I apply for admission?
    Information on the online application process can be found here. Applicants who are unable to pay the application fee by credit card will need to request a hard copy of the application form from the graduate assistant Jennifer Read.


  10. What do I need to provide with my application?
    In addition to completing the application form you will need to provide:
    -Two current academic letters of recommendation. Note that if you request more than two reference letters your application will not be considered complete until all letters have been received.
    -Two official copies of transcripts from each university attended.
    -Your Curriculum Vita
    If you are unable to complete any section of the application form due to space or timing constraints please forward that information separately in an email or attached as a PDF to the graduate assistant Jennifer Read at your earliest convenience. Be sure to include your name and application number on all documentation.
    We do not require GRE scores but if you submit these we will take them into consideration.
    Applicants whose native languages do not include English may be required to submit a satisfactory score in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process. See English Language Requirements under Preparing for Graduate Studies for further details.
    Letters of recommendation NOT submitted electronically, official transcripts and official language scores, if applicable, must be submitted by mail to:
    School of Graduate Studies and Research
    Queen's University
    Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
    Canada


  11. When will I hear the results of my application?
    Applications will be reviewed as they become complete. We expect to complete our first round of offers by the end of March.


  12. Who should I contact with questions about Graduate Studies in Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University?
    For academic inquiries, e.g., information about courses, questions about research areas, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Serdar Yuksel.
    For administrative inquiries, e.g., eligibility to apply to Graduate Studies, application questions, financial assistance, contact the Graduate Assistant Jennifer Read.


Contact Info

Department of Math & Stats
Jeffery Hall, 48 University Ave.
Kingston, ON Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2390
Fax: (613) 533-2964
mathstat@mast.queensu.ca
Office Hours: 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm

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