The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences is a course-based program. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program within 6 month.
The Professional Master of Medical Sciences requires both coursework and a project. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program in a year.
Students in the Graduate Diploma program may elect to apply for the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, and they may also ladder into other thesis-based MSc programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences. For students who complete the Professional Master and wish to pursue further training in research, they may opt to apply for one of the thesis-based Masters or PhD programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Credits obtained from both the Graduate Diploma and Professional Master's will be carried forward and credited towards other graduate programs at Queen's University.
The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences requires, at minimum, the completion of 12 credit units, including a Research Methodology course (MSCI 800, 3 credit units), one elective graduate course (3 credit units) chosen from the approved list, and a clinical skills training course (MSCI 801, 6 credit units).
The Professional Master of Medical Sciences requires, at minimum, the completion of 24 credit units. In addition to the three courses required for the Graduate Diploma, the Professional Master also requires another clinical skills training course (MSCI 802, 6 credit units), and a research project in medical sciences (MSCI 898, 6 credit units).
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in our programs! Please note that you MUST hold an MD in order to be considered for admission to our programs. Please also note that we do NOT accept international application for the academic year of 2017-2018.
In order to be considered for admission to both the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences and the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, applicants need to hold an MD or equivalent from a medical school on the International Medical Education Directory (IMED: https://imed.faimer.org), and have a B+ graduating average or higher in all postsecondary education. For those who are eligible to apply, students are required to submit:
- Official Transcripts from all postsecondary education;
- A Personal Statement indicating the alignment of the applicant’s background and career aspirations with the objectives of the program;
- A Curriculum Vitae;
- Two references from individuals familiar with the candidates academic and/or clinical performance;
- Medical Student Performance Record or Dean’s Letter;
Applicants, who hold an MD from a Canadian or U.S. university, will need to submit their score reports on Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.
Applicants, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and hold an MD from a country other than Canada or the U.S., will need to submit their score reports on both Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination.
International applicants, who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, will need to submit their score reports on Medical Council of Canadian Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). Please note that we do NOT accept international application for the academic year of 2017-2018.
After review of the complete application, competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.
For those who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and wish to apply for the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, applicants must obtain at least a B+ in all courses in their Graduate Diploma program and apply for the Professional Master within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma.
The online application is now open. The deadlines for application and receipt of all supporting documents are:
- April 15th 2017 for a July 1st, 2017 start
- September 15th, 2017 for January 2018 start
Language Requirements (International Applicants only)
In cases where English is not the first language, nor was the language of instruction in medical school, international applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Those applicants will need to provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:
- International English Language Testing System (Academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each component, or
- TOEFL iBT with a passing score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section.
Please note that these requirements are higher than the minimum standards set by the School of Graduate Studies (http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/prospective-students/preparing-graduate-studies). As these students will be involved in observing the clinical care of patients, and participating in the clinical team discussion about the investigation and management of their clinical problems and in the clinical assessment of standardized patients, a thorough understanding and ability to communicate in English is essential.
However, if in the 12 month period prior to the month of application, an applicant has studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement may be made to the Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies.
The test scores must be received by the School of Graduate Studies (Queen’s University, 74 Union Street, Gordon Hall, Room 425, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6) directly from the Testing Agency. Notorized copies of the originals are not accepted.
NOTE: 'International Applicant' refers to someone who is neither a Canadian citizen nor permanent resident. A test of facilty in English is not required from Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. International applicantions are not being accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|Graduate Diploma (six months)||$12,500|
|Professional Master's (twelve months)||$25,000|
|Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada||International applicants who are NOT Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada|
|and who hold an MD from a Canadian or U.S. university||and who hold an MD from a country other than Canada or the U.S.|
|Medical Student Performance Record or Dean's Letter||YES||YES||YES|
|MCCQE Part I||YES|
|Language Requirements||Depending on applicants' first language and the language of instruction in medical school|
If you are eligible and interested in our programs, please submit your online application via the School of Graduate Studies:
And then send all your postsecondary official transcripts, Medical Student Performance Record or Dean’s Letter, official score reports of required exams (including both medical exams and language requirements), and two references (if choose not to submit electronically) to:
School of Graduate Studies
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Canada K7L 3N6