Degrees

Queen's Accredited Online Bachelor's DegreePicture of Queen's Continuing and Distance Studies alum Brian Woodman who completed a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Queen's online bachelor's degree is a general (three-year) degree. It is the equivalent of an on-campus degree in every way. If you're interested in an online degree with one of Canada’s leading universities, then consider taking your degree here.

Although our online bachelor's degree is a three-year program, you don't have to complete your degree in three years. You can take as much time as you like. Courses are offered in all three terms (Fall, Winter, and Summer) so that you can fit your studies into your work and family life.

Here are some of the advantages of a Queen's online degree:

  • Be able to include a Queen's University degree on your resume.
  • Study with real professors and students in an interactive, engaging program.
  • Choose from five General Bachelor's degrees in English, History, Psychology, Global Development Studies, or Life Sciences.
  • Select courses from over 15 disciplines, ranging from Art History to Chemistry, Drama to Statistics.
  • Balance your career and your studies by taking courses in the fall, winter and summer terms.
  • Keep your job and avoid the costs of living on campus while gaining a reputable degree.
Courses and Credits

To earn an online bachelor's degree, you need to complete courses to accumulate 90 units and maintain good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 1.6 (approximately C-) or higher.

Queen's online degree students are permitted to take some online courses from other universities and apply them to their Queen's degree. To take non-Queen's courses, you would need to request a letter of permission in advance of registering for the course.

Queen's online degree requires you to complete a set minimum number of Queen's credits. See Academic Regulation 16 of the Arts and Science Calendar for information on how many courses must be taken through Queen's.

Paths to a Degree

There are two main paths to a degree:

Picture of female student at Queen's convocation ceremony embracing her father outside of Grant Hall building.Distance Degree Student Path

A distance degree student who has a basis of admission upon application may take up to a full course load (15 units per term). You can choose how many courses you want to take each term and how long it will take you to complete your degree.

To become a distance degree student, apply with your basis of admission, then register for your courses.

Interest Student Path

An interest student does not apply to a degree program before taking a course. If you don't have a basis of admission, or if you want to try out a few courses before deciding to pursue a degree, then you'll start out as an interest student.

Interest students are limited in the number of courses they can take per term:

  • First term: one course only and up to 6.0 units (although many courses are 3.0 unit courses).
  • Second term: up to 9.0 units upon successful completion of 6.0 units in the previous term with a minimum GPA of 1.60 (approximately C-); otherwise one course only and up to 6.0 units.
  • Third term: up to 9.0 units upon successful completion of 6.0 units in the previous term(s) with a minimum GPA of 1.60 (approximately C-).

Once you have completed 18.0 units in total with a minimum GPA of 1.60, you can apply to a distance degree program. Your accumulated units will be applied toward the degree.

Transitioning to On-Campus

Queen's Distance Degree program is not set up to transition students to on-campus studies. Students who do transition must enter second year instead of first year. Due to enrollment pressure, not all departments are able to accept transfer students. As well, some plans have admission criteria that require a high GPA.

As a result, transitioning students may find their choices of concentration very limited. Please view a list of currently open plans. For this reason, we encourage Distance Degree students to complete their studies online.

Since all on-campus programs start in September, depending when you start your online degree, the transition process can take up to two years. To transition to on-campus studies, you need a minimum of 24 units with a minimum GPA of 1.6.

If you are a current Distance Degree or Interest student interested in learning more about transitioning to on-campus studies, please call our office (613-533-3322) for guidance or read the directions for applying.

Sample Timelines: Online to On-Campus

Summer Start - 15 months

Date(s)

Activity

Summer

Complete one 6.0-unit course (1.6 GPA)

Fall

Compete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Winter

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Winter term.)

March 1 – June 1

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

June 15

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

July-August

Admission decision made

Fall Start – 24 months

Date(s)

Activity

Fall

Complete one 3.0-unit course (1.6 GPA) or the A section of a 6.0-unit course Complete one 6.0 unit course  (1.6 GPA)

Winter

Complete a second  3.0-unit course (1.6 GPA) or the B section of a 6.0-unit course (1.6 GPA)

Summer

Complete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Fall

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Fall term.)

Winter

May continue with no limits on enrolment (up to 18.0 units per term) 

March 1 – June 1

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

June 15

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

July - August

Admission decision made

Winter  Start – 15 months

Date(s)

Activity

Winter

Complete one 3.0-unit course a(1.6 GPA)

Summer

Complete a second  3.0 unit course(GPA 1.6)

Fall

Complete 9.0 units (9.0 is maximum student can take)

Winter

Complete 9.0 units (24.0 units completed at end of Winter term.)

March 1 – June 1

Apply for Admission to on campus in an open program. 

Summer

May continue with no limits on enrollment (up to 18.0 units per term)

June 15

Application considered with other cross-faculty transfers

July - August

Admission decision made