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Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry (GDPI) is a part-time online program that addresses the inquiry skills fundamental to quality professional thinking and action. Specifically, the GDPI curriculum is designed to improve professional problem solving and decision-making processes at the individual, team, program, classroom and organizational levels.

Join our upcoming webinar on the courses being offered this summer (Self-Regulated Inquiry and Learning and Collaborative Inquiry), including an overview of content, activities and learning environment, and the array of tools available.

View the video of one of our previous webinars:


  • The GDPI provides a scholarly home for university graduates who seek to advance personal goals and those of their profession through the intentional synthesis of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills
  • part-time and fully online to provide students who are interested in earning a Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry from Queen’s University an opportunity to do so without having to leave their work environments
  • this program will appeal to pre-kindergarten to grade 12 classroom teachers and to professionals across sectors who have educational or leadership responsibilities (e.g., health sciences the military, community colleges, social services, business and commerce)
  • applicants who choose this program will be looking to become more effective self-regulated and collaborative learners, and skilled in using contextual knowledge and the skills of inquiry to improve professional practice
  • objectives will be achieved through the completion of coursework and participation in online discussions and group exercises
  • GDPI courses will provide students with 36 hours of instructor-supported learning, and normally for each hour of guided learning, students will be required to invest 2 to 3 hours into extended reading, thinking, collaboration, or the production of materials
  • the required courses, as set, will prepare professionals with the inquiry skills necessary to engage in independent, collaborative and organization inquiry in response to questions embedded in work and program contexts
  • the elective courses offer teachers and those working in medical and other public sector contexts with opportunities to conduct specific inquiry into themes that shape the quality and effectiveness of professional life
  • issues and approaches to learning in courses will reflect the needs of those enrolled and the expertise of the instructor
  • students will be supported throughout their program by program staff, their instructors, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
  • the total number of courses (weight 3.0) required for the GDPI is five
  • minimum time for degree completion is 12 months (summer, fall, winter, summer)
  • diploma requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial registration


All descriptions of the courses offered in the GDPI program are in the Academic Calendar.

The required courses:

  • Self-Regulated Inquiry and Learning helps you learn how to manage your learning through effective goal setting, resource allocation, self-assessment and goal revision as you design, enact and optimize a personal, professional learning plan.

  • Collaborative Inquiry focuses on creating collaborative learning communities and communities of practice.

  • Program Inquiry and Evaluation teaches you to conduct systematic program evaluation in support of the data-informed program decision-making.

The elective courses (you choose two):

  • Integrated Planning, Instruction, and Assessment focuses on orchestrating effective teaching and learning.

  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning considers the roots of innovation as you learn to critique the relationship between learning goals and methods.

  • Organizational Learning focuses on organizations in public service sectors and considers topics such as organizational theory, structure and bureaucracy, organizations and their environments, human resources, politics, decision-making, leadership and organizational change.

  • Knowledge Translation and Mobilization considers how to strengthen connections between research, policy and practice in public service sectors and efforts by practitioners to find, share, assess and apply evidence in their particular professional setting.

Application and 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 $1200.00 per course, and international students pay $2178.00 per course. Student activity fees are $16.67 per term. All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Degree Opportunities

  • Graduates of the GDPI who are interested in advanced inquiry and want to focus their studies in a particular concentration may have advanced standing for our Professional Master of Education Degree, which is currently going through the approval process. That means that students who successfully complete their five GDPI courses can earn a master's degree by completing five additional courses in a PMOE concentration. Watch for more details about that in the months to come.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Application Deadline and Program Start Dates

  • July 2014 (Application Deadline: April 30, 2014 )
  • September 2014 (Application Deadline: June 30, 2014)
  • January 2015 (Application Deadline: October 31, 2014)
  • July 2015 (Application Deadline: June 30, 2015)

If the application deadline falls on the weekend, the deadline will be moved ahead to the next business day.

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