Professional Master of Industrial Relations
Frequently Asked Questions
PMIR Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the timeline for completion of the Professional Master of Industrial Relations degree?
There are two “semesters” in the PMIR program; fall/winter and spring. Students are required to complete a total of 33 credits, in the usual form of 11 three credit weighted courses for degree completion. The normal course load per “semester” is two courses. Students attend classes, for 4 long weekends during September, November, January and February, and for 2 non-consecutive weeks in May and June. Queen’s campus is in Kingston, but during the Fall/Winter of 2019, the long weekend classes will take place in downtown Toronto. The summer term classes will take place in Kingston. The PMIR program will normally take about 30-36 months to complete. Scheduling of courses may vary each year, depending on student requirements.
2. Can I choose which location to take my courses?
No. The courses are offered in either Toronto OR Kingston in any given term. There is not an option to choose between learning locations.
3. Is there a deadline for applications?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year; however, the suggested deadline for the fall/winter semester is July 1st, and March 1st for the spring semester.
4. How do I apply?
Applications for the PMIR should be completed online, through the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies at the following link: https://eservices.queensu.ca/apps/sgsapp/ .
5. Are what are the eligibility requirements for the program?
In addition to a four-year undergraduate degree with upper second-class standing (B+), or equivalent, from a recognized university, applicants to the PMIR program must also have three years of work experience, preferably in the field of HR/LR. In some cases, an applicant may not meet the standard requirements. The Admissions Committee will consider a strong candidate whose combined background of education and work experience would be considered as equivalent to the criteria. Please note the program will not vet application required documentation prior to submission of an application. GMAT or CHRP designation are NOT required.
6. What is the tuition for the program?
PMIR students pay on a “per course” fee basis. The current Graduate & Professional Program Fees are available at the University Registrar’s website at: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees
7. I have been away from academic study for some time. Is it acceptable to have both letters of reference come from professional sources?
While the preference is that all applicants have one professional and one academic reference, we also recognize that some applicants are not able to provide academic references Professional references will be accepted, when an applicant is unable to obtain academic references. It is important to note that references must come from a direct supervisor, in either case. Personal or co-worker references are not acceptable.
8. I don’t have a 4 year honours degree. Can I still apply?
The normal minimum academic qualification for admission to the PMIR program is a four-year bachelor’s degree with upper second-class standing (B+), or equivalent, from a recognized university. In some cases, an applicant may not meet the standard requirements. The Admissions Committee will consider a strong candidate whose combined background of education and work experience would be considered as equivalent to the criteria. For example, where an applicant has a three-year degree and superior academic achievement, the case can sometimes be made that his/her work experience or other post graduate certification be viewed as the equivalent of the fourth year of university. Please note the program will not vet application required documentation prior to submission of an application. Admission to the program is based on an applicant’s academic background, prior work experience, and references.
9. I am an international student. Can I apply to this program?
We are happy to accept applications from international professionals into our program. However, it is a requirement that all students have the appropriate student visa in order to study graduate level programs with Queen’s. Before applying to the program, we strongly advise you to confirm with Immigration Canada that you would be eligible for the appropriate VISA for studies in Canada or with our Student Advisors at the Queen’s International Centre (http://www.queensu.ca/international/quic)
10. Is there any funding available for PMIR students?
Because the PMIR is a professional graduate program, funding through the university is not available. In the past, some of our students have found that funding is available through their employer. There are some bursaries and grants available to mature students through private funding agencies and the Canadian government. These can be found easily through an internet search. You would apply for these directly.
11. What are the housing options when attending classes?
Individuals are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. There are many hotels and B&B’s that are close to the Toronto learning facilities and Queen’s campus. The program tries to make arrangements for group rates, where possible and will advise students accordingly. During May and June, accommodations in the university residences are usually available and are quite affordable.
12. Are there online options for completing the program?
The very nature of the field of studies is such that we believe that the program and students are best served with a hands-on, face to face approach. As such, the online opportunities for course completion are limited. While some elective offerings might be available through technology, all core courses will require student attendance in person.
We look forward to your application. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613-533-6000 x.79319.
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