Admission Requirements

For a detailed breakdown of admission requirements, please review the Handbook of Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Application Deadlines & Start Dates

•    September 2021 start – Application deadline: May 31, 2021
•    January 2022 start -  Application deadline:  August 1, 2021 (Spaces will be limited)
•    September 2022 start - Application deadline: April 1, 2022

1. A Bachelor's degree from a recognized university (or equivalent institution*).

A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study you have listed in the Academic Background section of the application. Transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, then uploaded to the online application. Please see the “Tips for Transcript Upload” document HERE. You can also consult the School of Graduate Studies website for more information, HERE.

 *Applicants with a degree from a post-secondary institution that is not a recognized university will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

2. A minimum of a B average.

Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies is committed to enhancing diversity in graduate education, which includes ensuring mechanisms for applications from prospective students who may not have had opportunity and advantage equal to others to be considered.

On an individual basis, consideration may be given to highly motivated individuals with some post-secondary degree studies at the university level, as well as professional experience who do not have a minimum of a B average or a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Applicants wishing to apply as an “access” candidate should apply through the regular admissions portal and are requested to identify the life circumstances that may have prohibited, presented barriers, and/or discouraged access to advanced degree studies, in their Statement of Interest (see #5 below). Applicants must also send a detailed resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience to by the application deadline.

The Admissions Committee retains the discretion to require a personal interview.

3.  Language test scores

February 12, 2021 update: The Graduate Diploma has revised its language test score requirements. Please ensure you have reviewed the new required language test scores prior to submitting your application. To learn more please visit our FAQ page.

Proficiency in English is a mandatory admission requirement for all Graduate Diploma applicants, regardless of your country of origin. Below are the only exemptions to English language testing. You may be exempted from English language testing, if:  

  1. English is your native language; or

  2. Within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, you have studied full-time for at least two academic terms at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction. Proof will be required that it has not been more than one year since you were a student at the post-secondary institution and also that English is the language of instruction there. Acceptable proof of this is the original, official transcript, received from the issuing post-secondary institution or uploaded as part of the application for admission. If it is not stated on or evident from the transcript that English is the language of instruction, you must make arrangements for a separate, official letter that confirms this to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies from the issuing post-secondary institution.

  3. You have successfully completed ESLA 150 (University Preparation Level) in the Queen's School of English, English for Academic Purposes program, with an "A" grade.

Applicants who do not meet one of the requirements listed above will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process. 

Minimum requirements for the four English language proficiency tests which are accepted for applications to this program are as follows:

IELTS (Academic) minimum overall score 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component

TOEFL-PBT Paper-based test minimum overall score of 607

TOEFLiBT Internet-based test minimum overall score of 101 with a minimum score in each component test as follows:

Writing test: 25/30
Speaking test: 25/30
Reading test: 25/30
Listening test: 26/30

CAEL CE: Canadian Academic English Language Test, Computer Edition minimum overall score 70

The Admissions Committee retains the discretion to require a personal interview and/or submission of a language proficiency test score as part of the admissions process for applicants whose native languages include English.

Successful applicants whose native language is not English may be offered admission conditional upon receipt of a language proficiency test score that meets the above noted minimum requirements. Test scores must be received by the deadline for completing the Graduate Diploma program application process.

To support students in meeting their requirements, English language upgrading and support opportunities are offered by Queen’s School of English, in particular the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. This 12-week intensive English language program develops knowledge, skills, and strategies for academic success. It is offered three times per year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.

Please Note:

To become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), applicants are required to write the ICCRC’s RCIC Entry-to-Practice Exam and meet all of the mandatory requirements outlined in the ICCRC’s registration guide.

As you will see in the ICCRC’s Registration Guide, the requirement for a language proficiency test has no exceptions regardless of your place of birth, how long you have lived in Canada or some other English/French speaking country, ancestry, mother tongue, or instructional language in which you have completed any prior education how many college or university degrees or diplomas you have earned, or any exemption you may have received from another organization. Everyone must prove their superior language ability by providing language test results.

Recognized English language proficiency tests are valid for two years so your test score used for the purpose of admission to the Graduate Diploma may suffice for the purpose of the RCIC registration process. This requires that your test scores meet the ICCRC’s language proficiency requirements.

4. References

References are an important part of your application to the Graduate Diploma.

Your referees will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies via email, and asked to provide their reference using an online reference form. The referees listed will not be contacted until your application has been successfully submitted and the application fee has been received.

At least one academic reference is required for students who have graduated from their bachelor’s degree less than five years prior to application. Applicants who have graduated more than five years prior to application are not required to submit an academic reference, and may instead provide two professional references. A professional reference should be an employer or workplace supervisor. The reference cannot be from a colleague, but should be someone whom you report to.

Choose referees who know your skills and experience, and who can communicate your ability to succeed in an academic program. We recommend that you contact your referees with a minimum of four weeks’ notice before the application deadline. Ensure that your referees are available and have ample time to complete the reference form before the application deadline.

Note that all reference forms are verified for authenticity.

5. A Statement of Interest

Applicants must complete a 250 word (1450 characters) Statement of Interest in the online application system. Please explain your career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law. This is an important document that will be considered as part of the application review process. Please note the maximum 4000 characters in the online application system does not apply.

Other Factors Governing Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant eligibility

Language Scores

Applicants wishing to register for the Entry-to-Practice Exam with the federal regulator are required to demonstrate the equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 9 for English based on a test completed within the past two years. Language test equivalency charts are available here.

If you are applying with test scores below the CLB Level 9 required for the EPE exam, you might consider completing the Queen's English for Academic Purposes program prior to applying for the Graduate Diploma.

Exam Eligibility

Please note that while the Graduate Diploma accepts students of any nationality and residency status, the Entry-to-Practice (EPE) exam administered by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) can only be written by Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

ICCRC’s federal mandate stems from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Citizenship Act, which require anyone providing Canadian immigration or citizenship advice or representation for a fee or other consideration to be a member in good standing of ICCRC.

Exceptions are members in good standing of a law society in Canada or the Chambre des notaires du Québec. To qualify to write the ICCRC’s EPE Exam, and subsequently become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, you must be:

     · at least 18 years of age;

     · be a Canadian Citizen, Canadian Permanent Resident, or a Canadian Citizen who is a registered Indian within the meaning of the Indian act (Canada).

For more information, see: ICCRC’s “Become a RCIC” and The Entry-to-Practice Exam Application Form.

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