Please review the information below prior to beginning your application.

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Supporting documents: After submission of the online application, we expect supporting documents (transcripts and references) to follow as soon as possible, preferably by March 31, 2018.  We begin evaluating applications as they are completed, so you should make sure that your application and supporting documents are completed in a timely manner.


The courses offered as part of the graduate RPRD will normally assume knowledge from MA/MFE coursework. The minimum standard of admission will be a B+ (77%-79% or 3.3 GPA) in a MA in Economics, Masters of Financial Economics (MFE) or equivalent qualification. Students are expected to have completed graduate level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and basic finance, as well as to have basic knowledge of derivatives pricing through course work or an appropriate reading program.  Relevant work experience will be taken into consideration, but is not a substitute for these qualifications.

Note:  All supporting documentation, including transcripts and required test scores, are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at the address below:

School of Graduate Studies
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6


Along with your application, you will be required to submit two official transcripts from each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended.  All transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing university to the School of Graduate Studies at the address above. If your transcript is written in a language besides English or French, it must be accompanied by a translation completed by the issuing university. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.  Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted unless they are properly notarized.  If your transcript does not indicate the degree you were granted and the date you received it, you will need to submit an official letter from the issuing university providing this information.

Please note:  If you are a current or former student of Queen’s University, you will not be required to submit your Queen’s transcript.

Fall term marks:

If you have not already completed your degree (MA), we will require fall term marks before evaluating your application.  We will access this information through SOLUS if you are a Queen’s student.  For those outside of Queen’s, please contact your university for your present transcript.  This would include fall term marks.


Reference letters are submitted through the online application portal.  Once an application is submitted, referees are notified via email and are provided with a specific link to complete the necessary form.  If your referee did not receive this email, please have him/her check their “junk mail” as often this is where they end up.  If this is not the case, please email us and we will arrange to have the email re-sent.

The RPRD program requires two academic reference letters in order to consider an application complete.  Incomplete applications will not be adjudicated.  If you are currently employed, please use your current employer as one of your two referees.  Please note your employer reference can be mailed in however it must be received directly from the source and it must be in a sealed and signed envelope. Reference letters sent through any other means will not be accepted.


At Queen’s, the official language of instruction is English.  As such, non-native English speakers will be required to submit an English Language Proficiency test.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency.  If English is your first language or you have recently attended an academic institution for at least one complete year where English is the official language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption.  To request an exemption, please submit your request in writing along with your application and address it to the Director, Admissions and Student Services at the School of Graduate Studies.  English Proficiency scores must also be sent directly from the issuing agency.  Below you will find the necessary information to do so:

TOEFL Institution Code:  0949        TOEFL Department Code:  84

In order to be considered for admission, you must meet or exceed the following English Language Proficiency test score:
TOEFL  – 600 paper based, 250 computer based, 88 iBT
IELTS    – 7

MELAB  – 80

For more information regarding the application process, please visit the following link:  Prospective Students


The tuition fees for the RPRD program for 2017 were $10,726.11 for domestic students, and $20,676.30 for international students.

Tuition does not include mandatory student fees.  There are also optional fees, and a health/dental plan the student can opt out of, if they have appropriate coverage of their own.

Details about fees and fee payment can be found on the website of the Office of the University Registrar, here:

Fees for the upcoming academic session (2018) are normally published to the above website in May (2018).


Successful applicants will be considered for a GRI Tuition Award

The RPRD also qualifies for OSAP funding.

Thank-you for your interest in the RPRD program offered by the Department of Economics at Queen’s University.
Should, after reviewing the above information, you have any questions or concerns, please email rprd at  We can be located at the following address:
Graduate Assistant, Risk Policy and Regulation Diploma
Queen’s University, Department of Economics
Dunning Hall, Room 209
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6
(613) 533-2259