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Mature Students

Admissions requirements for full time & part time studies

A mature student is someone who is 21 years of age or older AND has not completed a high school diploma or stated equivalent. Submit your application through the Queen's Webapp. If you have been out of school for some time but:

  • You have completed high school and have the requirements: apply as a First Year Applicant
  • You have completed some college and have the requirements: apply as a First Year Applicant
  • You have completed some university and have the requirements: apply as an Upper Year Transfer Applicant
  • You have completed a university degree and have the requirements: apply as a Second Degree Applicant

If you are a mature student who has not completed a high school diploma, or do not have the admission requirements as outlined, you may still be able to earn the BHSc degree online! Our interest student stream is designed for students who are interested in getting an online degree, but don’t yet meet our admissions requirements.

Here’s how it works:

  • Apply as a "non-degree interest student" to the online BHSc program through the Queen's Webapp. You will NOT be asked to submit any transcripts.
  • Take up to 2 courses per semester. Start by taking these courses:
    • PHGY 170
    • ONE of ANAT 100 or PHAR 100
    • ONE of GLPH 171 or IDIS 173
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with a minimum GPA of 2.3 in each course, excluding repeated courses) in those first three courses to be eligible to enter the degree program.

Repeat courses cannot be used for the accelerated progression route, but can be used in the alternate progression route.

Still have questions? Contact us:

We offer Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program, known as the Indigenous Admission Policy. Indigenous candidates apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry. Candidates must meet the general admission requirements for each program and deadlines for undergraduate admission, including completion of the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE).

Candidates seeking admission consideration under this policy should submit a separate letter to the Indigenous Community Liaison stating that they wish to be considered under this policy along with proof of Indigenous ancestry (First Nation, Status/Non-Status, Métis or Inuit). Admission to Queen’s University will depend on the assessment of the student’s program pre-requisites (or equivalencies) as well as the student’s overall average and submission of the PSE and/or SE. The number of students admitted each year under this policy will be determined in the annual enrolment plan upon consultation with the faculties and schools.

For one-on-one advice and guidance about applying through the indigenous admission policy,
please contact our Indigenous Recruitment and Access Coordinator: 

Queen’s encourages participation in post-secondary education by First-Generation students. A first-generation student is a student who is within the first-generation of their family to pursue post-secondary education in Canada.

A student could be eligible for this pathway if:

  • Their parents did not pursue a post secondary education
  • Their parents pursued a post-secondary education outside of Canada
  • They have a sibling that has attended a post-secondary institution and their parents have either not pursued a post secondary education or have done so outside of Canada
  • For more information about who qualifies for this pathway, visit 

For more information, please contact to get in touch with our First-Generation Recruitment Representative. The first-generation Recruitment Representative is available to support you from the moment you consider applying to the summer before you start your first year.