Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a degree from Queen’s University or Renmin University?
Graduates of the program earn a Master of Finance degree from Queen's University and a certificate from Renmin University of China.

Since I only receive a degree from Queen’s University, can I still benefit from Renmin’s reputation in China?
Yes, this partnership is a strong signal that Renmin University recognizes Queen’s University as being a top-ranked university, as Renmin is itself. You will also be receiving a certificate from Renmin University to further support your degree and to recognize your affiliation with Renmin University.

Do I need to have work experience to apply?
We will review your completed file and consider your education, work and volunteer experience and transcripts as a combined evaluation. If you do not have work experience, you are still encouraged to apply and we will review all other elements of your application.

I will not be receiving my TOEFL results or CFA results until the spring. Can I still apply now?
Yes, you are encouraged to begin your application now. Once you receive your results, you can submit them to us and we will review your file once it is complete. You will still be eligible to be considered for the class starting in September.

Is there a minimum GMAT score required for admission?
Your GMAT will be reviewed in combination with your transcript. There is not a specific score that needs to be achieved on your GMAT test as it will be reviewed in combination with your transcript and other supporting documents.

I am not a Chinese citizen. Can I still apply to this program?
Yes, citizens of China, Canada and other countries are equally eligible to apply for this program. If you are not a Chinese citizen, you will require a study visa to attend school in China. It will be your responsibility to obtain the visa, and our program office will assist you in learning how to do this.

When can I expect to hear back after I submit my application?
We will contact you after you have submitted your completed application and all associated documents in order to schedule an interview.

Where is the program located?
The program takes place in Beijing, China on the Renmin University campus. There is an option to complete one course in Kingston at Queen’s University or SmithToronto.

How long is the program and when are the term dates?
The program is 10 months long. The program runs from September - January and March - July. There is a break for Chinese New Year in February.

I work full-time in Beijing; am I able to work and go to school?
Yes! The program is designed for working professionals. Classes will be held on weekends, so you will be able to continue to work while going to school. All classes are held on weekends, so you can live and work in China while advancing your education and skills.

Are accommodations provided?
There is an option to apply for on-campus housing at Renmin University in Beijing for non-Chinese citizens, as a means for cultural and language assistance. Resources and recommendations can also be provided to all students if you would like to search for off-campus housing options in Beijing. Housing costs (both on-campus and off-campus) are the student’s expense and are not included in the program fees. Accommodations will not be provided in Kingston or Toronto (should you decide to pursue the option to study one course in Canada). However, the program office will provide you with resources to assist you in your search for accommodation in Kingston or Toronto.

Will the program help me obtain a job in China or Canada?
A Queen’s University degree is recognized globally and is now officially supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in China. With MOE approval, this program will be recognized by the government and any organization operating in China, allowing you to be competitive in the job market in either China or Canada.

In what language will the program be delivered?
Our International (Early Career) section is taught in English and our Executive-level section, designed for more senior professionals, is delivered in Chinese. Both options provide you with applied financial knowledge and skills that can be used anywhere in the world. You will be taught by professors both from Smith School of Business at Queen's University and Renmin University, and gain insight into current trends, practices and perspectives from both countries.

Will Smith School of Business or Renmin University assist me in finding a job in China or Canada?
There will be career resources available through both Renmin University and Smith School of Business. You will also be connected to a large network of alumni through both universities; something that will prove beneficial as you begin your job search and throughout your career.

What is MOE approval?
The Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) certifies education programs within China. The Master of Finance - Beijing program at Smith School of Business has been reviewed and approved by the MOE, meaning your degree will be recognized within China by both government and industry.