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Online Graduate Diploma & Professional Master of Education

Our online, part-time programs are designed for educators who wish to improve their professional practice and/or take their career to the next level.

  • Enrol in the diploma program first or enrol in the master’s directly.

  • Our online programs are designed to improve professional practice.

  • The programs are part-time & flexible to accommodate professionals.

  • Students join a vibrant learning community & courses are collaborative.

  • Students use our online learning platform & tools such as social media.

  • Master's students choose concentrations such as Aboriginal Education.


  • The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry consists of 5 online courses.
  • The Professional Master of Education consists of 5 graduate diploma courses and 5 professional master's courses (3 courses in a field of study, a course in organizational leadership and an elective).
  • Option 1: enrol in the graduate diploma program & then decide whether to apply to the professional master's.
  • Option 2: enrol directly in the professional master’s degree program.
  • Courses are approximately 36 hours online with your professor & 70-100 hours independently.
  • To accommodate work schedules, the courses are 7 weeks in summer and 10 weeks in fall and winter.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry

Enroll in the graduate diploma program, complete 3 required courses and 2 elective courses, achieve your diploma and the opportunity to apply to our professional master’s.

Alternatively, enroll directly in the professional master's, complete the 5 graduate diploma courses and 5 professional master's courses, and achieve your degree.

All descriptions of the courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry program are in the Academic Calendar.

All students take the following required courses:

You can select elective courses such as:

Professional Master of Education Degree

After completing 5 Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry courses, all students specialize by choosing a field of study & completing the three courses within that field. Students also take the course in Organizational Leadership and they choose an elective from another field of study.

Aboriginal Education

Assessment and Evaluation

Classroom Specialist

Literacy Education

Teaching Abroad

Application & Tuition Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $105.00 payable to the School of Graduate Studies. There are no registration fees, as students pay per course. Canadian students pay $1242.00 per course, and international students pay $2286.90 per course. Student activity fees are $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be waived for Queen's employees.

Application Deadline & Start Dates

  • July 2016 (Application Deadline: May 13, 2016)
  • September 2016 (Application Deadline: July 29, 2016)
  • January 2017 (Application Deadline: October 31, 2016) 

Applications will be considered for admission as soon as all documentation has been received.

The Queen's Advantage


You can complete the programs from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection; you can take and pay for one diploma course, or you can complete all diploma requirements and move on to the professional master’s degree. Courses have start and end dates, but you aren’t required to be on your computer at a set time every day. All materials and assignments are designed for study anytime.

Professional Inquiry & Fields of Study

Queen’s is unique in offering a diploma in professional inquiry, which is the intentional examination of your practices or programs in order to understand more about them, solve problems or effect change. In both public and private education sectors, inquiry is critical for informing teaching practice and student learning. The master’s program offers fields of study in Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Literacy, and Teaching abroad.

Interactive Courses

Unlike online courses where students just read the textbook and hand in a few assignments, our courses are truly interactive and collaborative. There is ample opportunity to interact with professors and peers to help you put your new knowledge and skills into practice and perspective. You’ll be engaged with your professor and peers in our community in our learning management system and, if you choose, using external tools such as social media. You’ll get to know your classmates, discuss ideas and work on team projects, and forge bonds that cross age groups and stages of life.

Vibrant Learning Community

Our priority is to build a close-knit community and quality learning experience. Our faculty members offer both research and online teaching expertise, and they work with an experienced instructional designer to ensure a quality learning experience and continuous development of the programs. Queen’s online courses attract students from a variety of settings—other universities, professions, and career transitions—which enriches everyone's experience. Because there are start dates, you’ll have a real class and be with the same group of students until course ends, an experience you can’t get from courses with variable start dates.

Guidance & Support

Rather than just providing a grade on your assignments, you’ll get valuable guidance and feedback on your learning from professors. In addition, our Graduate Studies manager is available to offer administrative and academic guidance and is able to provide the unique supports that online students need. You can reach us on the phone as well as online. Our office will keep in contact with you over the term to make sure you have all the information you need to complete your course and advance your program. You have access to all of the same Queen’s services and events as our on-campus students, such as the library and being invited to attend convocation.


Queen’s is regularly listed by Maclean’s magazine as one of the top five universities in Canada. Queen’s is a leader in distance education, offering distance courses since 1889, making it the longest-running distance education program in the country. We have been awarded 13 of the 60 courses – or 21 per cent of the total – funded by the Ontario Online Initiative, which was created to help universities and colleges design and host online courses.


Queen’s programs have been approved by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized university
  • Graduation with a B- graduating average or higher (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available)
  • Under exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to highly motivated individuals with relevant field experience who do not meet the B- requirement
  • Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a minimum English language requirement of 580 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 237 Computer-based; 88 on the TOEFL iBT test or IELTS Band 7 or higher.

You may apply to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry first and then to the Professional Master of Education or you can apply to the Professional Master of Education directly. In most cases, applicants must apply for admission to the Professional Master of Education within five years after completing the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies and Research Office
Mallory Bishop, Graduate Assistant
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6206
Fax (613) 533-6057