Source: Canadian Immigration Channel
Canada is often cited as one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, especially among Indians. One is mainly because of the kind of life that an Indian can enjoy in a developed country like Canada. The country provides wide opportunities in terms of education. The highly advanced infrastructure of the country supports the academia of the country, thus paving way for research and development.
It is in fact ranked among the top best places to live in the world by the UN. An amazing fact is that there are 18 Canadian universities in the top 500 of the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds – QS World University Ranking! When it comes to the fee structure and financial aspects of studying in Canada, it is found to be less expensive than similar universities in the UK, the US, and Australia. Also, the recent improved India-Canada relations comes as an aid or relief to Indian students given the visa-conservative policies of the Trump-administration in the US.
Hence Canada is always worth being considered one of the best options for a Master’s degree. According to the Times Higher Education, there has been a rise of 11% in the number of international students at Canadian Universities in the year 2017.
What is the Masters in Canada requirements for international students?
There are a couple of steps to be followed by every Indian student who wishes to make it to his dream university in Canada. These steps are elaborated as follows:
Determine and focus on your choice of study
This is a very important step at the beginning of student life. As a matter of fact, it is vital to have a clear vision and objectives to make an effective decision. So it is important to set your goals and then proceed towards attaining that particular goal by learning the specific required courses.
Some popular courses in Canada opted by Indian students are the following:
- MS in Computer science
- MS in Psychology, Environmental science, Architecture, etc.
- Specialized short-duration courses
Selecting the right university for your profile
Some of the top universities have been mentioned previously that are suitable for Masters in Canada. The candidate must analyze his or her requirements, the fees structures, scholarships provided, job prospects, etc. before zeroing down on a university.
Language requirements eligibility
English, as well as French courses, are available in Canada for various Master’s domains. It is important for Indian students visiting Canada for education to possess scores in tests for the English language capability. Some common and widely accepted tests include IELTS, TOEFL, C1-Advanced, etc.
Some other tests accepted by Canadian universities include:
- CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)
- CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
The following are some French tests accepted by Canadian universities:
Required Documents for application
- A completed application form
- Graduation certificate/diploma
- A Letter of Intent
- Proof of English language proficiency or French (in Francophone territories)
- Evidence that you can support yourself financially during your study programme in Canada
- Two letters of academic reference that attest the preparation for Master/Ph.D. studies (including letters from employers) – Letters of Recommendation
The file should also contain the original versions of the documents and the translations should be notarized by a certified translator or letterhead stationery.
Following up on the University intake-deadlines
There are basically 2 intake sessions for students opting to study in Canada. One is the winter session which has a deadline by the first week of September month of any year and the second is the first week of March, especially for the Postgraduate students.
The student must keep in mind that it takes around 6-8 months for the entire application process to end. Hence one must start the process early to be on the safer side.
Steps after receiving the offer letter
A few necessary steps are to be taken upon receiving the offer letter from the Canadian university. One is covering your health insurance depending upon the province that you are planning to reside in.
Next, students must ensure that they register officially with the University before reaching the place and beginning their course.
Applying for a Canadian Visa early might be helpful for the students especially when there could be chances of not clearing the criteria in the first attempt.
Which are the best/top universities in Canada for masters?
To name a few highly placed Universities in Canada, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, etc. find their seats in great demand by Indian students. According to the QS-World University Rankings, given below is the list of some of the top best universities in the country (ordered by ranking).
|Universities||Times Higher Education Ranking (2019)||QS Rankings (2019)|
|University of Toronto||21||28|
|University of British Columbia||37||47|
|University of Alberta||132||109|
|University of Montreal||90||149|
|University of Waterloo||201||163|
|University of Western Ontario||190||214|
|University of Calgary||199||229|
|Simon Fraser University||251||264|
|University of Ottawa||176||289|
|University of Victoria, British Columbia||301||359|
|University of Saskatchewan||401||461|
|Concordia University Montréal||601||464|
|University of Quebec||601||541|
|University of Guelph||501||581|
|University of Manitoba||401||601|
|University of Windsor||601||651|
|University of Sherbrooke||601||651|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland||501||651|
How to do Masters in Canada with GRE/GMAT?
GRE and GMAT are very popular tests taken by international students to pursue their education abroad. Though many Canadian universities prefer the test score, it would be incorrect to say that a student is eligible only if he possesses a GRE/GMAT score.
GRE is basically accepted for all kinds of Engineering and Science field study programs. On the other hand, the GMAT is often the entry level criteria for various Management programs.
All the top universities in Canada accept students having pretty good scores in the tests for admission. This is, in fact, in significance with the daily increase in competition among students opting for foreign education.
How to do Masters in Canada without GRE/GMAT?
As mentioned previously, there are certain universities in Canada that accept students without GRE/GMAT scores. It is the fact that not only the test scores but several other factors such as your profile, Letters of Recommendation (LOR), Statement of Purpose (SOP), etc. that can decide your admission that holds true.
Some common and popular Canadian universities that accept students without GRE/GMAT scores are as follows:
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- Concordia University
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Lakehead University
- Laurentian University
- Laval University
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
How to do Masters in Canada with low GPA / backlogs?
There are certain universities that measure not the academic capabilities of the candidate alone, but their practical skill to perform the task at hand. It is recognized that such universities are a bit hard to graduate from, but it is not a difficult one for hardworking and talented students even with low test scores and GPA.
An academic score of above 70% is definitely a comfortable score to apply with but there are universities that accept scores above 60% or in the close ranges. Another key aspect to understand is that there differences in the conversion standards for each university. For example, the University of Manitoba accepts from 55% whereas UBC will have a higher requirement. A Lot depends on the university reputation and rankings too.
Moreover, from what has been discussed earlier, the academic performance of the candidate may not matter much when it comes to having an excellent SOP and sufficiently good LORs.
IELTS/PTE for Masters in Canada – Which is better? What is the required score?
IELTS, as well as PTE, are the tests to measure the English language proficiency of the non-native candidate. Comparing the two, we get to understand certain differences between them.
IELTS comes in 2 forms – IELTS Academic and IELTS General. IELTS-Academic is specifically conducted for students of undergraduate as well as post-graduate and doctoral level programs to pursue their education in an English speaking country. IELTS-General, on the other hand, is for any international candidate to go abroad to an English speaking country for work on a work-permit Visa.
On the contrary, PTE is fairly new in inception – PTE has three versions: PTE Academic, PTE General, and PTE Young Learners. PTE Academic evaluates the English language skills of the candidates. It is also accepted for work visa purposes. PTE General – PTE General is being accepted by universities, national education authorities, employers, as evidence of a required standard of English.
Some of the test score cut-offs for the best Canadian universities are as follows:
University of Toronto – An overall IELTS Academic Score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each section)
McGill University – Graduate studies require a 6.5 IELTS score but don’t have the additional requirement of 6.0 per individual section.
The University of British Columbia – A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
The University of Alberta – For graduate studies at the University of Alberta total IELTS Academic score of at least 6.5 is required, with no section less than 5.0
How to do MS/Masters in Engineering in Canada – Total cost and Requirements?
Popular universities in Canada for MS are The University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Alberta, McGill University, etc.
The average tuition fee comes to around Rs. 10.46 Lakhs
The average Living expense rounds to about Rs.4.75 Lakhs
The eligibility for admission is mainly based on test scores such as GRE and IELTS.
The average exam score are – 6.5 for IELTS and 309 for GRE (2018)
How to do MBA/Management in Canada – Total cost and Requirements?
The top MBA universities in Canada include the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Humber College, University of Toronto, Thompson Rivers University, etc.
The average 1-year cost comes to about 18.4 Lakhs with around 13.64 Lakhs for tuition fees and 4.75 lakhs for living expenses on an average.
The eligibility exams are often the GMAT and IELTS scores with an average requirement of 550 in GMAT.
How to do a Masters in Medicine in Canada?
Similar to the Universities offering courses in Engineering, some of the top Universities in Canada that offer Post-graduate courses in Medicine are the University of Toronto, The University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMaster University, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, etc.
The courses in medicine are pretty high similar to our home country and this is taken up only by those who can really afford to go for it. The tuition fee in itself comes to about Rs.40-45 Lakhs.
The course duration is often about 2-4 years, depending upon the type of course taken up.
It is generally the basic educational background in Medicine with good academic performance in undergraduate level in the field that is required. Apart from this, the IELTS and TOEFL scores are also accounted for.
What are the available scholarships for Masters in Canada?
Some popular scholarships available for International students opting for post-graduation in Canada include the following:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- Provincial government funded for Master and doctoral level program graduate studies.
- Valued at $15,000 per year
- Minimum duration the scholarship can be held is for 2 consecutive terms
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Key features :
- Its purpose is to mainly attract and retain global highly qualified and talented Ph.D. students.
- The students need to portray good leadership skills and a high standard of academic achievement in Masters’ programs.
- The student must first be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at some Canadian university.
- Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian Institution at which they want to study
- Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Awards
- Valued at $2,045 per term for 2 years (Master’s) or $4,090 per term for 3 years (Ph.D.)
- Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in research-based graduate degree programs at the University of Waterloo and hold a valid Canadian study permit
The above are just a few examples as a guidance to international students to carry out their studies with a financial support. There are numerous other scholarships as well that Indian students can avail for Master’s degree. Some are listed below:
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships
- University of Calgary Graduate Awards
- Trudeau Foundation Scholarships
- UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships
- Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program
- NSERC Postgraduate scholarships
- Dalhousie University Scholarships
- McGill University Scholarships and Student Aid
Thus, we see that a great ocean of opportunities lie ahead of Indian students preferring to go to Canada for their higher studies. One needs to carefully assess and make a good decision having clear objectives in mind.
All the best!