Last Updated: May 20, 2020

Information for Students on Program Delivery
Fall, 2020

Overview

Queen’s University is anticipating that we will still be under some physical distancing restrictions from public health authorities come September. As a result we are having to adjust our program delivery plans for the term.

The COVID-19 situation has required us to carefully balance the ability to return to regular program delivery with our responsibility to the safety of our community through compliance with public health requirements.

Under this plan, all Smith undergraduate Commerce students will be participating via remote delivery for the fall term, with a planned return to the Kingston campus in January 2021. See below for more information.

MBA and Professional Master’s programs such as Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, etc. will align their deliveries as required to follow public health requirements regarding social distancing, gathering sizes and other safety measures. As the programs vary in timing and format, the details of delivery for fall will be communicated on a program-by-program basis. See below for more information.

MSc and PhD activities will be able to occur on campus as long as public health guidelines are strictly followed including physical distancing and group size limitations. Smith’s Research/PhD-MSc Office is undertaking detailed planning for the fall graduate program offerings and will communicate directly with students in the weeks to come.

Smith's Commitment

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

The entire Smith family is committed to your success.

Ready for You

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. 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.

Smith’s Centre for Course Development is supporting faculty members in transitioning in-person classes and activities to remote participation, following best practices in instructional design.

Smith’s Career Advancement Centre has introduced fully remote career planning, training, coaching, corporate networking and recruiting events, and more.

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.

For returning students, please consult the Commerce program portal for regular updates.

For the incoming class of 2024, the Commerce team together with Queen’s Undergraduate Admissions will ensure you’re fully ready to start your four-year business immersion come September.

Smith’s faculty and staff are already well underway in building a remote experience that reflects all the great hallmarks of the Commerce program — a deep understanding of business strategies and concepts, a tight sense of community, personal capacity building for leadership and teamwork, resilience, and more. We will maintain the highest quality of teaching and course content, and community experience.

It will not be necessary to come to Kingston to fully experience the remote program. If you have or will have accommodation in Kingston for the fall term, 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.

With continued input from Public Health, we are assessing how physical distancing requirements can be implemented in our residence buildings. We know you have a lot of questions about residence availability and operations. We do not have all the answers yet, but will share information as soon as we have it. We ask for your patience as we continue to plan for the fall term. Please check the Queen’s residence information page.

In addition, 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 regrettably has been cancelled.

For more information visit the Commerce website or contact the team via email at commerce@queensu.ca.

Professional graduate programs such as MBAs, Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, etc. will align 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 will be provided to students on a program-by-program basis. Current students should consult their program portals.

Also since 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.

At this time no date has been set for the re-opening of SmithToronto or the remote boardroom learning locations. We will keep you advised as those plans evolve.

We expect MSc and PhD activities to be able to occur on campus in Kingston as long as public health guidelines are strictly 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 will communicate directly with students in the weeks to come.

Please bear with us as these plans come into place. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at mscm@queensu.ca or phdm@queensu.ca.

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 smithexchange@queensu.ca.