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Admission Requirements


We are seeking exceptionally motivated people with a high level of creativity, a strong work ethic and a willingness to take calculated risks. Above all else, the admissions committee is looking for:

  • 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 people in this space are able to do more with less resources, think creatively, find solutions and drive momentum for their ideas. They get things done.
  • Passion for change – Entrepreneurs and innovators don’t sit still. They seek opportunity, push the needle and revolutionize.

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.

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

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MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery. Learn more

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PTE - Pearson Test of English Academic.
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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 4 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



(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

Requirements: A minimum score of 90.

The test is administered by:
English Language Institute
Testing and Certification Division
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA



(Pearson Test of English Academic)

Requirements: A minimum score of 70

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There is one multi-level test.
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