Information for Students on Program Delivery
Fall, 2020


Queen’s University expects to be under physical distancing restrictions as per public health authorities come September. As a result Smith School of Business is adjusting program delivery plans for the fall with most programs to be delivered remotely. See below for more information by program categories.

This is an extraordinary time and the need for a high-quality business education is more profound than ever. Smith School of Business is committed to deliver our strong combination of expert teaching, personal development, career preparation, and networking no matter the platform or circumstance.

Smith is well-prepared for remote delivery. We have run our own remote teaching studio and platform for more than a decade in our executive MBA programs, and we already offer blended format programs — mixtures of in-person, remote, and small group work. Since the implementation of social distancing protocols, we have enhanced our remote capacity to ensure a fully engaging experience for networking, teamwork and other activities.

The entire Smith family is committed to your success.

For the fall 2020 term all Commerce programming will be delivered remotely. We will maintain the highest quality of teaching and course content, and community experience.

Returning students, please consult the Commerce program portal for updates. For the incoming Class of 2024, information is being sent on a regular basis about preparation for the year including how to access the Commerce portal.

It will not be necessary to come to Kingston to fully experience the fall term. If you have or will have accommodation in Kingston, you can choose to come but you will be expected to abide by local public health guidelines, which may differ from your home community. So it will be important to monitor the latest information.

Due to ongoing uncertainty about public health restrictions, travel restrictions, immigration and health insurance issues, and the ability of host (partner) universities to welcome students, the fall international exchange program has been cancelled.

Some key fall 2020 term dates:

  • September 8 – classes begin
  • October 26-30 – Fall mid-term break (no classes)
  • December 7 – classes end
  • December 10-23 – assessment for fall term classes, or mid-year assessment for multi-term classes
  • December 31 – Fall term ends
  • January 10 – Winter term classes begin

For more information visit the Commerce website or contact the team via email at

Other updates and resources from Queen's University:

  • The Registrar’s office has posted information about changes to processes, tuition deadlines, bursaries and awards, course drop dates, and more on its website;
  • Space in Queen’s residences will be limited. For more information, refer to the Queen’s residence information page;
  • Information on athletics and recreation can be found here;
  • Library services information can be found here.

Professional graduate programs such as MBAs, Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, etc. are aligning their delivery as required to follow stipulations from public health regarding social distancing, gathering sizes and other safety measures.

As the programs vary in format and timing, information is being provided to students on a program-by-program basis. Current students should consult their program portals or contact their program team.

Also as Smith delivers professional graduate programs in locations other than Kingston, we will need to be compliant with local public health advisories and measures which may differ from those in Kingston. No date has been set for the re-opening of SmithToronto or the remote boardroom learning locations.

We expect MSc and PhD activities to occur on campus in Kingston as long as public health guidelines are followed including physical distancing and group size limitations.

Smith’s Research/PhD-MSc Office is undertaking detailed planning of the fall graduate program offerings and is communicating directly with students. To contact them use, or

Smith’s Centre for International Management team will work with students who planned to undertake exchange studies at Smith to help manage adjustments to their programs. You can contact them at