Admission Requirements

There are two routes of entry into the DSc (RHL) program:

1. A Master’s degree with a minimum of one-year work experience in a setting that develops, implements or manages programs, services, policies or processes for people affected by or at risk of a disability and evidence of progressive involvement in leadership activities or roles as evidenced in a curriculum vitae and through letters of reference OR

2. A Bachelor’s degree (four-year undergraduate program or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years work experience in a setting that develops, implements or manages programs, services, policies or processes for people affected by or at risk of a disability and evidence of progressive involvement in leadership activities or roles as evidenced in a curriculum vitae and through letters of reference.

For both routes of entry, admission standards will be B+ average or above for previous degree(s).

Specific degrees for entry are not stipulated in recognition of the fact that many disciplines contribute to the fields of rehabilitation and health.

All applicants are required to submit the following supplementary documents:

1. Three References (submitted via this online application system):

            a.) One Professional Reference – a reference that addresses your work and/or volunteer experience and potential for leadership in rehabilitation and health.

Note: A professional referee is most likely a professional supervisor, or someone in a leadership position, and must address issues of particular relevance for graduate-level education (e.g., intellectual curiosity, initiative, self-direction, organization, ability to synthesize conflicting materials, written communication and oral presentation skills, etc.). An applicant's relationship to a professional referee could be collaborative in nature (e.g., having worked on a project or team together); however, the relationship should not be personal in nature (e.g., a family member, friend, or any other conflict of interest).

            b.) Two Academic References

Note: While academic references are strongly preferred, applicants who have graduated from their last degree more than five years prior to applying may provide scholarly references instead.   Scholarly references should be provided by an individual with a post-professional graduate degree, or a professional degree plus scholarly experience (e.g., grant holder, peer reviewed publications). The most likely candidates would be a professional supervisor, or a team leader for a professional or interprofessional team. The referee must be able to address issues of particular relevance for graduate level education (e.g., intellectual curiosity, initiative, self-direction, organization, ability to synthesize conflicting materials, written communication and oral presentation skills, etc.). In addition, referees should address the applicant’s scholarly aptitude and experience in and/or capacity for evidence-informed decision-making.

2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) or Resume - 4 pages maximum (submitted directly to the Graduate Assistant). As well as employment history, the CV or Resume should also include any leadership experience, continuing education, community involvement, scholarly publications and presentations, etc., as applicable.

3. Letter of Intent - maximum 2500 characters without spaces (submitted directly to the Graduate Assistant). This statement must address career goals, the match between the program and these goals, but primarily focuses on the applicant’s preliminary ideas for the applied dissertation project.

For more information on the program or to be added to the program email news list, contact:

Martina McAllister (Dupuis), Emerging Programs Graduate Assistant
Email: dupuism@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000 x 75302
Fax: 613-533-6776