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Admission Requirements


We are seeking exceptionally self-motivated people with a high level of creativity and the ability to execute. The following must be demonstrated in your application documents; a willingness to take calculated risks, involvement in interesting new projects, and a strong work ethic.

Above all else, the admissions committee is looking for you to demonstrate:

  • Great communication skills – Both verbal and written. An instrumental necessity for entrepreneurs and innovators is the ability to clearly articulate their ideas and persuade people in an engaging manner.
  • Proven ability to execute – Successful entrepreneurial people are able to do more with fewer resources. They are great problem solvers who drive momentum for their projects. They get things done.
  • Passion for change – Entrepreneurs and innovators don’t sit still. They seek opportunity, push the needle and revolutionize the future.

The above skills will be reviewed in your statement of purpose, video essay, reference and/or interview.

As well, the following will be considered:

  • Undergraduate Degree - Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in any discipline, from an accredited university with good academic standing.
  • Work Experience - The program welcomes applicants with any level of work experience from zero to several years. While prior full-time work experience is not required for the program, those interested in focusing on the corporate innovation stream should have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.
  • Language Requirements - Candidates whose native language is not English, and whose undergraduate university studies were taken in a language other than English must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the accepted tests of facility in English.
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in innovation or entrepreneurship with activities and projects that stand out from your peers.

Test of Facility in English The following tests are acceptable

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TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language. Learn more

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IELTS - Test of English as a Foreign Language. Learn more

Note: Examinee’s score records, faxes or photocopies are not acceptable. Each applicant is responsible for making arrangements to take any of these tests and for all costs that are incurred with the writing of any of the tests.


(Test of English as a Foreign Language)


  • Computer-Based Test: A minimum score of 250 and a minimum Essay Rating score of 5.0
  • Paper-Based Test: A minimum score of 600 and a Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 5.0
  • Internet-based test: A minimum score of 100 and a minimum score of 24 for writing

The test is administered by:
Educational Testing Service
Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey
USA v08541-6151

Candidates who plan to take TOEFL must obtain a copy of the Bulletin of Information form, and register through the agency responsible for the country or region in which they reside. To ensure that the results are forwarded directly to Queen’s, the code number 0949 (Dept. 02) must be inserted on the request for the Official Score Report.



(International English Language Testing System)

Requirements: A minimum score of 7.

The test is administered by:
University of Cambridge
Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge, UK

Candidates who plan to take IELTS can obtain a listing of testing centres from the above address and must register through the agency responsible for the country or region in which they reside. The test centre in Ontario is at:

Conestoga College
299 Don Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4