Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Industrial Relations (MIR)



  1. About the MIR Program
  2. Admission Qualifications
  3. Application Process
  4. Deferment and Reapplication
  5. Following Decisions
  6. Fees
  7. Financial Support
  8. International Students
  9. Other Questions


1. About the MIR Program

What is the MIR Program?

The MIR Program is a one-year, full-time Master of Industrial Relations program. The majority of applicants are recent university graduates who are looking to develop their skills and knowledge in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management.

May I begin my studies in January or May?

No.  The MIR program has just one intake period (each September). Core courses offered in the first term provide a foundation for winter and spring term courses.

Do you offer a PhD in Industrial Relations?

No.  At Queen's University we offer the academic program leading to the degree Master of Industrial Relations. [back to top]


2.  Admission Qualifications

(Additional information for International Students appears in a separate section at the end of this document)

I have some work experience. Will this positively affect my application?

If you have substantial and relevant employment experience, you may indicate this on your online application. Applicants with such a work profile should strongly consider the PMIR program designed for candidates with substantive work experience in this field. Admission to the MIR program is based on the criteria that is required and all applicants are measured on the same factors for admission.

Work experience can never be substituted for an academic standing that does not meet the University's minimum qualifications for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

I have a post graduate certificate/diploma (CHRP, HRPAO, college). Will you consider this education when reviewing my admissions file?  

While applicants who have completed diploma/certificate programs must include this information in the application, only the final two years of study in your undergraduate degree will be used to calculate your competitive placement in the applicant pool.

I am very interested in enrolling in the MIR program but do not have a "B+" standing in my last two years of study. How can I improve my eligibility for admission?

Candidates who do not have a minimum upper second class standing in their last two years of university study should not apply to the program. The size and strength of the applicant pool means that they will not qualify for admission.

Individuals who do not meet the minimum academic qualification for admission must complete at least one additional year of post-degree studies, at the senior undergraduate or graduate level, preferably with a minimum "A-" (or 80 percent or 3.6 GPA) average standing.

I meet the minimum admission requirement for the MIR program. Will I be accepted?

Meeting the minimum admission requirement does not guarantee admission the MIR program. As we receive many more application than we have places, we must refuse qualified, but less competitive, candidates.

I have a three-year general bachelor's degree. Can I enroll as a qualifying student to complete the MIR program?

Admission candidates who do not have a four-year degree must complete an additional year of full-time study at the senior undergraduate or graduate level, earning a minimum upper second class standing to be considered competitive for admission. Post-degree studies can be completed at any accredited post-secondary institution recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges and Canada (AUCC).

I am currently in my fourth year of an undergraduate program, therefore, my transcript shows grades for the first three years and some (or none) of my fourth-year courses. How will you calculate my average?

When submitting their application, most applicants are still enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. The Admissions Committee will then look at the candidate's last two years of full-time studies and their first term grades (when available)in their current year of study.

I have applied for admission to the MIR program and another graduate program at Queen's University. Do I need to submit two sets of transcripts and reference letters?

Yes. You must submit two copies of transcripts for each application that you submit to Queen's University. In addition, you must submit new letters of reference for each application. The Graduate School does not share application documents among departments.

I am a Queen’s undergraduate student. Will you get copies of my transcripts directly from the Registrar’s office or do I have to make arrangements to have transcripts sent to you?

Students who previously attended or currently attend Queen’s University will no longer be required to submit official transcripts from Queen’s University when applying for graduate study. When applicants indicate that previous study was undertaken at Queen’s University, a copy of their internal record and unofficial transcript will be printed and added to their application file by program staff.

Grades in my Master’s program are much better than at the undergraduate level. Can I be accepted to the program based on my Master’s degree grades only?

Grades in your Master’s degree program will be considered, in addition to your grades in your final two years of undergraduate study. The improvement in your grades will be noted positively. [back to top]



3. The Application Process

When is the deadline to apply?

In order to be considered for scholarships, applicants must apply by March 1st of the year they are hoping to begin the program. We do however, accept applications after March 1st.

I am not sure of my “Research Interests” at this time. Do I need to complete this section of the application form?

This section provides an opportunity for you to tell us about your specific interests. You do not need to complete this section, if you are interested in labour relations and human resources management more generally.
You may enter “To be determined” and proceed to the next question.

I have many labour relations and human resource management interests. How many should I list in this section?

Remember this is a professional, not research, graduate degree program. Sharing your general interests with us helps us to learn more about you and collectively may guide us in planning optional courses in future.

I am still completing my undergraduate degree program and do not have any professional work experience. How do I complete the section that asks for Professional Work Experience?

You may type “Not applicable” and proceed to the next question.

In the resume section, should I include all of my summer work experiences? I have had several jobs but none of them have been in relevant fields. Should I also include my volunteer experience?

In this section, you should provide us with information about your recent employment and volunteer experience (i.e. paid and unpaid work).  We are especially interested in knowing about summer or part-time employment, volunteer work and/or student leadership activities during the last three to four years (i.e. since university entrance).

How important is professional experience to winning a place in the program?

Academic standing is the primary criterion in our assessment of MIR candidates. Other activities, including work experience, volunteer roles and leadership activities, as well as the information provided by your referees help us to learn more about your strengths and capabilities. While not determinative to our admission, they are important as supportive documents.

When will my references be contacted?

The Graduate School will contact your references by email (if you provide this information on your on-line application) immediately following the formal submission of your application.

May I provide more than two references?

Yes. You may provide the contact information for a third reference but you only need two references.
Please advise your referees to check their email (“IN” and “JUNK” mailboxes) for the electronic reference form. They should receive this email soon after you submit your completed application.

By submitting your application early, your referees are more likely to submit their letters before the application deadline. This means that your application will receive earlier consideration.

My referees are having trouble completing the on-line reference form. Can you help?

For assistance in completing the reference form, please ask them to contact the Queen’s Graduate School by email at or by telephone at 613.533.6100.

What should I include in the statement of interest? How long should it be?

The statement of interest provides an opportunity for you to tell us more about yourself and in particular your reasons for wanting to enroll in the Queen’s MIR program. The statement should be approximately 250 words (and can be no more than 2000 characters).

What do I do if I have to submit more information than there is space provided in the on-line application?

Only in exceptional circumstances should you provide us with additional written information. In that case, you may send additional information to us at Please include your name or application number on each page.

Can I send my supporting documents before I submit my application?

Yes, you may send your transcripts and other supporting document prior to submitting the on-line application form. We will match them with your application when we receive your application. Please include your application number (if you have it) on all supporting documents.

What additional documents do I send and where do I send them?

In addition to the application form, you must submit:

1) two copies of your transcript from each university you have attended. You may, but are not required to, submit transcripts from diploma, certificate or other training programs.

2) two references, normally from professors with whom you have studied.

These documents should be mailed to: School of Graduate Studies, Gordon Hall, Room 425, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada K7L 3N6

I would like to apply online but my professors would like to send their reference in hard copy format. Do you accept references in letter format?

From the online application site, you may print off the standard reference form (as a .pdf) for your references to complete and submit to the address posted above. Referees may choose to include a letter with their reference form.

When can we expect notice of an admission decision?

Our goal is to provide notice of decision to MIR admission candidates (who have submitted a completed application) by April; however, we typically continue to consider applications beyond April and therefore notice of decisions may occur after April.

How will I know when you have received my transcripts and reference letters?

You may check the on-line application service to see what documents we have received, noting that it may take us a few days to update your status on-line at peak times in the winter months. If you do not see that your documents have been received after three weeks, contact us at [back to top]


4. Deferment and Reapplication

I have been accepted to the program but am unable to take your admission offer. Can I defer my admission to the next academic year?

The School of Graduate Studies does not defer admission offers. Candidates who do not accept an admission offer may reapply for admission at a future date.

We retain all applications on file for one year. If reapplying for admission within one year of their previous application, candidates may need only to submit a new application and application fee. On receipt of a new application, we will bring transcripts and letters of reference forward to the new application.

Candidates reapplying for admission after one year must submit new transcripts and letters of reference, and complete a new application and pay the application fee.

I declined your admission offer last year. If I reapply for admission, will I be accepted?

Candidates who receive an admission offer are normally competitive for admission in a subsequent year, although there can be no guarantee of admission in a future year. Some admission candidates may improve their competitive status, depending on how they spend the intervening period.

My application was refused last year, even though I met your admission requirement. Can I apply again this year? What are my chances of my being accepted this year?

You are welcome to reapply for admission. Before reapplying for admission, it is useful to consider whether you are able to provide new or additional information that will strengthen your application and improve your eligibility for admission. For example, if you previously applied while in your final year of another program and did very well in your final term, having your final grades for the first round review may be significant to improving your competitiveness for admission.

The size and strength of the applicant pool means that we must refuse many qualified candidates. If you just meet the minimum qualifications, were previously refused admission and have no new information to strengthen your candidacy for admission, it is less likely that we will make you an admission offer.

When making application, please try to include on the application form all the information that you think relevant to members of the Admissions Committee in considering your candidacy. [back to top]

5.  Following Decisions

I have previously taken courses that are replicated in the MIR program. Will I get credits for these?

If you accept our offer to join the MIR, we will review your transcript(s) in the summer prior to your enrolment to determine if you are eligible for an exemption from one or more of the required courses. You will be required to take a substitute course for any core course from which you have been exempted. More information on this will be provided with notice of your exemption status. [back to top]

6.  Program Fees

What is the tuition fee for the MIR program?

Full-time students pay tuition fees, student interest fees and the student assistance levy. Fees are due at the beginning of each term. MIR tuition fees for the academic year can be found on the Office of the University Registrar's website. [back to top]

7.  Financial Support

Am I eligible for financial support?

A limited number of entrance scholarships will be awarded to select applicants whom the Scholarship Committee deem to have the strongest overall application based on undergraduate marks, statement of interest, experience, and letters of reference. These scholarships vary in amount from $2,500 to $5,000.

How do I apply for financial support?

A separate application for scholarships is not required. All qualified candidates who submit a completed admissions application will be automatically considered for an entrance scholarship or other endowed awards held by the MIR program.

Are bursaries available from Queen’s University? How do I apply for bursary support?

Non-repayable grants are available to all Queen’s students who have a demonstrated financial need. This is based on, but not restricted to, the following factors: family income, number of dependents in the family, applicant’s assets (including savings), the full cost of the program of studies, books and supplies; and basic living costs.

Generally bursary recipients are also assessing other forms of assistance such as government loans or a personal student loan or line of credit. Further information and application form is available on the Office of the University Registrar's website.

Will indicating financial need on my application jeopardize my chances for admission to the MIR program?

No, not at all.

Are there special scholarships or other funding designated for International students? How do I apply? Are student loans available to International students?

International students are eligible for the same graduate fellowships and awards as are Canadian students. An application for admission to the full-time MIR program also constitutes an application for financial support from Queen’s University for International and Canadian students.

International students may also apply for bursary support and loans from Queen’s University on the same terms as others. [back to top]

8.  Of Special Interest to International Students

International Student Considerations for the MIR Program

Applicants are encouraged to read all the information on the School of Graduate Studies website, specific to International Students here, for more fulsome details on requirements and information.

Does the MIR program accept international students?
Every year, the Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) Program at Queen’s trains a modest group of students with a variety of academic backgrounds for careers in human resources and labour relations. The program focuses on providing an education on human resources, labour policy, and law in a Canadian context. We do welcome some international students into our full time program.

What are the eligibility requirements for international students in the program?
The academic requirement for admission is a 4 year Canadian honours bachelor degree with a minimum of a B+/GPA 3.3/77-80%, or equivalent. Competition for acceptance into the program can be quite high; there has historically been an average of 100 international applicants competing for the single available funded placement in the program. The academic averages of a successful applicant typically exceed the minimum eligibility requirement.  As such, BEFORE APPLYING, it is in an applicant’s best interest to make a well-considered decision regarding their competitive chances for acceptance into the program.

Can I send you my international educational transcripts for confirmation of eligibility, prior to applying?
The Master of Industrial Relations programs will not vet transcripts or convert grades prior to application. Your decision to apply should involve some research into how your own international academic credentials convert to the required 4 year Canadian honours bachelor degree, as outlined above. There are several internet resources that should be able to provide you with enough information on global academic conversions.

What are the English Language proficiency requirements for the program?
At Queen's University, English is the language of instruction and communication. Proficiency in English is, therefore, a prerequisite for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not recently studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to obtain satisfactory results in an English language proficiency test, as part of the application process, and before their application will be considered complete.
 The following English Language Proficiency tests are accepted by the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University:

For full details on score requirements and any other English language requirement questions, please read all the information here

Are there any special procedures to follow when applying as an international student?
While the application procedures for international students are no different than those for Canadian applicants, generally more time is required to receive the necessary documentation and to evaluate the academic record. Two letters of reference are required from professors under whom the applicant has recently studied. Official transcripts for all undergraduate programs and subsequent graduate work must also accompany the application. Given that many international students who apply to Queen's do so from a great distance, it is recommended that sufficient time be allowed for these materials to be received. January to March are heavy months for processing applications for admission in September. It is suggested that the application process begin as early as September of the year preceding the year in which you wish to enter the program. 

Can I study part time in the MIR program, as an international student?
Due to study status restrictions, Queen’s University only will only accept international students who are able to obtain a full time study visa permit in the Master of Industrial Relations program. Part time studies is not possible.

How do I go about arranging for a study permit, if successful in my application to the program?
International applicants who have been accepted into the School of Graduate Studies must obtain a Study Permit and visa (if required) and complete any required immigration procedures. Information about applying for Canadian immigration documents is available through the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC).

Will the Master of Industrial Relations lead me to a PhD eligibility?
No, the Master of Industrial Relations degree is a professional program that is course based. While the program does have the potential for research project work, the final paper does not meet a typical PhD preparatory thesis requirement.

What can I expect regarding the education modality, learning expectations and style of instruction in the MIR program?
The Master of Industrial Relations program involves a great deal of written papers, journals notations, examinations and submissions, as well as spoken presentations, mock arbitration and conflict resolution exercises. A strong grasp & comfort level in the daily use of the English language, in both written and verbal form is recommended to be successful in these key aspects of the program.
Furthermore, students will be regularly involved in team work assignments, where work is distributed equally among the members. It is recommended that applicants be prepared for this type of learning environment, when considering the program.
It is expected that students attend all classes in person, be on time, and conduct themselves in a professional manner in keeping with the program and Canadian employment paradigms.

Is there tuition assistance for all international students who are accepted into the full time MIR program?
As the program has limited capacity and funding, we are only able to offer ONE financially assisted international placement per academic year in our full-time 10 month MIR program. We may offer placement to other students of academic merit, but there will be no monetary assistance available to them to offset their tuition costs.

How much is the tuition for international students for the MIR program?
Students in the MIR program pay a flat fee for the program, as opposed to a per course rate. For complete information about tuition fees and ancillary fees information, please review the information on the website of the Office of the University Registrar. You will find details under Graduate & Professional Programs Fee Schedule tab here: Graduate Fee Information.

Am I covered for medical and dental costs, as an international student at Queen’s?
 International students must have health insurance coverage by enrolling in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). This mandatory health plan provides basic medical coverage for most doctor and hospital services in Ontario. The cost of the plan is available under the tuition link, above.
The following individuals are required to have UHIP coverage each year:
All international members (student or non-student) and their dependents.
All students, non-students and their dependents who do not have valid Canadian provincial/territorial health insurance (such as: Alberta Health, OHIP, etc.).

More information is available from the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC):
UHIP Website

Where can I go for support as I navigate the process of coming to Queen’s and Canada, as an international student?
The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) is an international education support service for students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Through its activities the Centre promotes an internationally informed and cross culturally sensitive university community.
QUIC has been working to promote cross-cultural understanding for more than 50 years through a wide range of services and programs. The Centre's history dates back to 1961, when the International Club was established at Queen's to help international students adjust to life at Queen's and in Kingston. QUIC provides support for international students and their families throughout their stay at Queen's. The International Student Advisor will provide guidance to students on issues including immigration, travel, housing, finances, academic and personal matters. During the academic year, services and programs offered include on-site orientation programs for the fall and winter terms, a host-family program, and practical information sessions on topics of interest to all students. QUIC is located in Mitchell Hall.
Telephone: 613-533-2604
Fax: 613-533-3159
QUIC Website

Further information for International students, is available on the School of Graduate Studies’ website[back to top]

9.  Other Questions

If you have other questions, please send them to us