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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission & Application FAQs
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Admission & Application

We are no longer receving applications for fall 2021 entry. Thank you for your interest. 

Applications for admission must be completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website (https://eservices.queensu.ca/apps/sgsapp/). There is a non-refundable application fee of $105, payable to the School of Graduate Studies.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants for the MSc in Translational Medicine program need to hold an 4 year undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of a B+ average (3.3 GPA) in the last two years of their program, and applicants for the PhD program need to hold a master’s degree with a minimum of an A- average (3.7 GPA).

You are required to complete the online application via the School of Graduate Studies website, which includes demographic information, a Statement of Interest, transcripts, and two references. You are also required to submit an electronic resumé/curriculum vitae to tmed@queensu.ca.     

No.  We do not have a preference or requirement for undergraduate majors as we believe translational medicine is in nature interdisciplinary.  We encourage you to consider your background when considering potential supervisors and projects.

No.  The 3 core courses (TMED 800, 801, 802) are required for all students enrolled in our programs. For PhD students who hold a master’s degree in an area related to their current research, the elective course requirement could be waived. The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, and approval needs to be sought through the Graduate Program Committee.

It is not required to contact a Faculty member BEFORE you apply. We recommend that you do so as soon as possible so that you could learn more about the alignment of Faculty member’s expertise and your research interests. You can use the “Contact Faculty Member/Researcher” function via our website.  Please note that you must be accepted by a specific supervisor in order to be in the program; the responsibility to find a supervisor lies with the student.

At Queen’s, a B+ is equivalent to a percentage conversion of 77-79.9% and a Grade Point Average of 3.3 (out of 4.3), and an A- is equivalent to a percentage conversion of 80-84.9% and a Grade Point Average of 3.7 (out of 4.3).

While it is not essential to commit to a research area before applying, it is important to consider your background when approaching supervisors about potential projects. Please note that you must be accepted by a specific supervisor in order to be in the program; the responsibility to find a supervisor lies with the student.

Yes, you are certainly expected to work with our program faculty to obtain a degree from the programs.

Yes, we are are accepting international students for the 2021/22 academic year. The tuition for international students is $12,927.45 or  $4,309.15 per term.

Program Details

Please refer to our homepage in terms of how we define Translational Medicine in our programs. You can also browse our TMED Faculty page to learn our Faculty’s research areas. The uniqueness of our programs is a curriculum interweaving graduate level research with authentic clinical experiences.

Our programs are research-based, and students are expected to complete and defend a thesis to fulfill the degree requirement. PhD students are also required to complete a comprehensive exam by the end of their second year in the program. 

There is NO course-based option for the programs.

Our programs are offered only on a full-time basis.

No. All courses and training are offered on-campus at Queen’s University at Kingston.

Yes.   Students registered in the MSc in Translational Medicine with first-class standing (a minimum A- average, equivalent to 3.7 GPA or 80%), and who show exceptional promise in their research may be considered for promotion to the PhD in Translational Medicine, without completion of the MSc. The process is the same as other graduate programs and guided by the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Council Manual.

Yes, there are MSc-MD, and PhD-MD routes available. Applicants need to meet the credentials for the graduate programs and the medical school. These routes are extremely competitive.

The tuition of our MSc and PhD in Translational Medicine is the same as other research graduate programs at Queen’s, which is set at $5,772.99 (domestic rate) for the 2020-21 academic year. For international students tuition is $12,927.45. Please visit the Office of the University Registrar for more details on tuition and fees: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees

Students enrolled in the programs will receive funding packages to assist with living expenses and coverage of tuition: MSc – minimum $21,000 per year for 2 years; PhD – minimum $23,000 per year for 4 years.