The Ultimate Guide to Masters in Canada (Updated 2018)

Study Masters in Canada


Canada is quite popular among Indian students and it is not surprising that it is the second most popular education destination for Indian students who are eager to expand their knowledge in a global setting. There are 263,855 international students in Canada. A major portion of that number constitutes the Indian student population. Canada is now the second most popular degree hub spot, right after the US that has nearly 45,000 Indian students and more than 3.5% (~ 1.17 million) Canadian population with Indian origin. A masters program is a course that is pursued once you complete your graduation. Canada can make the best place for studies if you wish to pursue higher studies abroad. To your advantage, the degrees that you get for Masters in Canada are recognized all over the world.

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Masters in Canada – The Basics

We will look at the basics of getting into an MS or Masters degree program in Canada in this article. The particulars of related information related to the programs, universities, and the finer details will depend on your personal research and investigation.

Basically, there are 13 provinces in Canada which harbors some of the best Universities in the world. Each of these universities has excellent teaching staffs, best facilities and all the other necessary resources needed for the best training for all students from all over the world. Canada also has a comparatively straightforward means of transitioning from a student status to that of employment. It is also a reason as to why many students prefer to choose Canada to study. Many students flee to Canada from all over the world.

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Let us have a quick look at the number of international students in the various fields:

FieldNo. students
Business, management, and public administration




Personal improvement and leisure








Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies








Social and behavioral sciences and law




Physical and life sciences and technologies




Mathematics, computer and information sciences




Architecture, engineering , and related technologies




Agriculture, natural resources and conservation




Health and related fields




Personal, protective and transportation services




Other instructional and leisure




The Best Ranking Universities in Canada

Canada is a home some of the best Universities in the world. Though the rankings may differ from field to field, the overall impact of research, alumni, faculty, resources, etc can be understood with the rankings

Let us have a quick look at Canada’s rankings:

Name of the UniversityRanking in CanadaRanking in the world
McGill University130
University of Toronto232
University of British Columbia345
University of Alberta494
University de Montreal5126
McMaster University6149
University of Waterloo7152
University of Calgary8196
The University of Western Ontario9198
Queen’s University at Kingston10223

Application Requirements

Now as you are aware of the top universities in Canada and its rankings in the world let us now see the requirements to get there. The very basic and the most important requirement is, ya, you guessed it right  – an excellent academic record. A Canadian University may require you to qualify an English or a French language proficiency test. The language of instruction in Canada is mostly English. Even though most courses in Canada are taught in English, some French may just be thrown your way. It all depends on the province you are, in Quebec for instance. So you might have qualify either one of these standardized tests – TOEFL with an average in the vicinity of 90 for Internet-based test among the top rankers, The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test (CAEL), CanTest or IELTS.

Good news for the Indian students who wish to study masters in Canada is that with an Indian undergraduate degree you may be exempt from providing proof of the knowledge of A, B, Cs as per the proficiency exemptions of McGill University. However, for French, you may have to clear certain tests like Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) or Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF). But don’t worry about having to study French as most STEM or non-language specific degrees will be imparted in English.

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Apart from testing your communicative prowess, Canada immigration may also have other requirements like the Study Permit. The Student Permit is based on your selection to a Canadian University. This permit will only be required if the study duration is greater than 6 months. If your course duration is less than 6 months you can get away with just a temporary visa such as a tourist visa. The application requirements, costs, tuition, and deadlines are all factors that may have various requirements. Though we have it covered then in a nutshell listing each requirement in detail is not possible within the scope of this article. However, we have gathered some relevant data for you regarding the average of tuition fees, by field, for all international graduate students in all Canadian Universities so that you can evaluate properly considering the finance too.

Have a look at the average of the application fees and a general sense of the cost of living for each of the listed top ranking universities.

UniversityApplication Fees (Approx.)Average living cost (Rent + Food) per month
McGill UniversityC$ 110
INR 5,500
C$ 1300 + C$ 430
INR 65,000 + INR 21,500
University of TorontoC$ 90
INR 4,500
C$ 750 – 1000 + C$ 350
INR 37,500 – 50,000 + INR 17,500
University of British ColumbiaC$ 162
INR 8,100
C$ 750 + C$ 400
INR 37,500 + INR 20,000
University of AlbertaC$ 100
INR 5,000
C$ 500 – 700 + C$ 400
INR 25,000 – 35,000 + INR 20,000
Universite´ de MontrealC$ 94
INR 4,700
C$ 400 + C$ 430
INR 20,000 + INR 21,500
McMaster UniversityC$ 85
INR 4,250
C$ 600 – 800 + C$ 300
INR 30,000 – 40,000 + INR 15,000
University of WaterlooC$ 100
INR 5,000
C$ 500 – 1300 + C$ 450
INR 25,000 – 65,000 + INR 22,500
University of CalgaryC$ 150
INR 7,500
C$ 600 + C$ 400
INR 30,000 + INR 20,000
The University of Western OntarioC$ 100
INR 5,000
C$ 600 + C$ 420
INR 30,000 + INR 21,000
Queen’s University at KingstonC$ 105
INR 5,250
C$ 750-1,300 + C$ 370
INR 37,500 – 65,000 + INR 18,500

Scholarships and Funding

Canada also offers financial support to its students through scholarships and other aids. Studying costs and living costs in Canada are comparatively lower than the US but still Studying in Canada becomes a steep venture for most Indian students I case of finances. But don’t you worry you can have your financial aid through scholarships. Canada offers numerous scholarships for its international students. Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development of the Government of Canada does this job of granting scholarships and other financial aids. Read here about the scholarships available in Canada.

Given below is a table containing the fellowship programs meant for assisting students in Canada.

Fellowship ProgramFunded By
Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee ScholarshipGovernment of Canada
IDRC Research AwardsInternational Development Research Center
Mitacs ElevateMitacs
Mitacs Globalink Research InternshipMitacs
Mitacs StepMitacs
Sauvé Scholars ProgramJeanne Sauve Youth


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Other than the fellowships granted by the Canadian Government even the individual universities provide funding opportunities. The universities in Canada are student friendly and are always open to providing them with opportunities. The International Tuition Award granted by the University of British Columbia and the tuition fee waiver by the Universite´ de Montreal to the foreign students are all an evidence of the fact that Canadian universities encourage foreign students with financial aids. Managing your finances will become easy if you manage to get any of these scholarships or maybe an education loan

Canada is blessed with a multicultural society with ample resources and is a country that supports both the intellectual and social education of young talents. If you have decided that you want to pursue masters in Canada then you will have your way clear. You just have to have a proper research before you join your university, Get all the required information and there you are ready to go.

So go ahead and make your MS dream come true.

Good luck!

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