All graduate students begin their studies by taking some graduate-level courses. After that, it depends on the program:
A supervisor is a professor who is essentially a graduate student's boss. Supervisors should offer guidance and assistance to their students throughout their studies; they also offer financial support to students in research-based programs. For more information, please check out the "Finding a Supervisor" section of this website.
A graduate course is much like an undergraduate course, but more challenging and time-consuming.
There are many benefits to completing a graduate degree including, but not limited to:
You should have the following:
You can apply if:
No. When you apply you become part of a pool of potential applicants from which a potential supervisor may choose, at which point you must then be accepted by the university. After you apply, it is important to then find a supervisor. Before contacting a potential supervisor, please read the dos and don'ts to help your introduction go smoothly.
The Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) has excellent information regarding estimated living and educational expenses; look under the heading "Graduate Students".
There are a number of options available for paying fees such as Debit Memo, which allows students to have their tuition deducted from their bank accounts at the end of each month. The Office of the University Registrar has a complete list of fee payment methods.
Award funds are deposited into your bank account after registration and the School of Graduate Studies sends all the related information to you. Income from a teaching assistantship is deposited in your account at the end of each month as outlined in the TA contract; the same goes for research assistantship (RA) contracts.
The Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) has information on both merit-based and need-based financial assistance. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships outside of Queen's such as NSERC and OGS. The School of Computing typically offers a workshop in September to provide information and encourage students to apply for these scholarships; please contact Debby Robertson for more information.
Both Career Services and Queens' University (Campus Life - Employment & Volunteering) offer a wealth of information regarding student employment. Many other jobs become available throughout the year and are usually circulated through email or posted on the bulletin board in the coffee room (Goodwin Hall, Room 620).
According to the School of Graduate Studies, graduate students may not spend more than an average of 10 hours per week on work unrelated to research or the student risks losing their scholarships. It is essential for graduate students to bear this in mind when seeking employment.
You should receive or print tax slips from Queen's such as your T2202A (Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate) and T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) to include with your tax return.
The Queen's University International Centre has excellent information about income tax for graduate students and also offers one-on-one assistance if you have further questions.
The Queen's University International Centre offers several suggestions for temporary accommodations.
There are a number of sources for permanent accommodation in Kingston:
Unfortunately, Queen's University Residences is no longer accepting applications from graduate students.
According to Student Wellness Services:
Students who are permanent residents of Ontario will have provincial health insurance coverage called Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
Students from other provinces are usually covered under their own provincial plans, but be aware that regulations vary from province to province.
If you are an out-of-province student, be sure you are aware of the coverage you will have while in Ontario.
Students who are not covered under provincial health insurance plans, including international students, exchange students, and returning Canadians in their three-month waiting period for OHIP, are required to have UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) coverage.
The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) provides a health and dental plan for all members. Their website states that:
If you are registered as a full-time, on-campus student you are automatically assessed Health and Dental for yourself in September. You do not need to opt yourself in.
If this is not the case for you, or if you want to enrol your spouse and dependents, then you can opt-in.
Enrolment in UHIP and supplemental coverage may be done automatically for some international students, but it depends on a number of variables (e.g., registration status) and it is your responsibility to obtain proof of UHIP coverage regardless. You should ensure that your health coverage is in place and the Queen's University International Centre can help.
A School of Computing email account is created for all new students on the mail server
mail.cs.queensu.ca. Faculty, staff and other students in the School will contact you through this email account for everything
related to your graduate studies (e.g., employment contracts, course information, School events). It is very important that you ensure this email account is working properly and check it frequently.
Queen's University will also create an email account for you using your NetID. All communications with the University (outside of the School of Computing) will be done via this account. Please ensure that this account is working properly; the first step is to activate your NetID.
Please note that maintaining at least one of these accounts may prove useful (e.g., as a TA, you may not wish to communicate with students via a personal email account).
Typically, your supervisor will provide you with facilities such as a desk in a research lab and an account on a computer with Internet access. You may speak to your supervisor about any other equipment you might need (e.g., specialized computer components) or making alternate work arrangements (e.g., working from home).