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MS in Canada: Top Universities and Fees

Studying in Canada is a dream for many. The world-class education system, multicultural and tolerant society, and immigration-friendly policies have made the maple leaf country a major player in higher education globally.

 Master's (MS) in Canada is a 1-2 year postgraduate course offered as an academic or a professional degree. A Master's in Canada is either a course-based program or a thesis-based program for higher studies in Canada. However, some universities offer it as a mixture of two. The average tuition fee for postgraduate studies in Canada ranges from INR 11.11 lakhs to 16.6 lakhs.  

 This article will walk you through the top 10 universities to pursue your Master's (MS) in Canada, their location, fees and eligibility criteria.

Why Study Masters in Canada?

There are multiple reasons why Canada is sought after by students.

The universities of Canada are well known for their excellent teaching and top-notch quality controls. What they are also famous for is their research-focused curriculum. Most universities offer on-field experience by providing industry-based projects or internships.

Secondly, the cost of studying in Canada is way more affordable than in other countries. They even have a few scholarship schemes for students searching for financial aid.

Apart from this, the rules and policies regarding student visas, post-study work permits, and PR are easy to obtain, making Canada one of the best places to study and live in.

Top 10 Universities of Canada to Study Master's (MS) in Canada

Here is a list of Top 10 universities of Canada where you can study for your Masters.

University

Times Higher Education 2021

QS World Rank 2021

 Tuition Fee ( 1st Year)

Location

University of Toronto

18

25

14.61L-36.01L

27 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada.

University of British Columbia

34

45

5.34L-35.24L

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

McGill University

40

31

10.51L-15.05L

845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4, Canada

 

McMaster University

69

144

6.67L-27.16L

4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 4X5, Canada

 

University of Montreal

73

118

15.12L-16.38L

2900 Edouard Montpetit Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1J4, Canada

University of Alberta

131

119

4.99L-14.5L

116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada

University of Ottawa

145

279

14.91L-17.51L

 75 Laurier Ave. E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada

University of Calgary

200

246

4.73L-15.07L

 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

University of Waterloo

201-250

166

12.74L-27.83L

200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada

Western University

201-250

203

8.52L-27.4L

1151 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada

Key Research Areas and Top Subjects to Pursue in Canada for MS

Computer Science/IT: Computer Science and IT graduates are always in demand everywhere across the globe, and Canada is not an exception.

The Canadian tech industry has around 4,88,000 IT professionals, ranging from analysts to management, software development, and information security.

The average salary of the IT industry in Canada is approximately $76,000 to $ 81,500 per annum.

Engineering/ Engineering Management: Core engineering and technology have always been a candidate-driven field. Mechanical, civil, EE, chemical, and engineering management are the top on-demand engineering fields.

The average salary of engineering graduates in Canada is about $81,700 per annum.

Medicine and Healthcare: Medicine, bioscience, and healthcare are fields that will never get out of demand until life is on our planet. In 2019 there were around 6,44,000 healthcare professionals in Canada ranging from physicians, dentists, nurses, and midwives.

Psychology and Human Resources: Employers are always eager to hire talented and skilled professionals, but hiring and remuneration such professionals may become a challenge.

Hence companies strive to upgrade the skills and training of their existing employees. This, in turn, puts HR professionals, industrial psychologists,  career advisors in huge demand globally.

Agricultural Science and Forestry: The increasing problems like climate change, global warming and food security may be solved by Agricultural Science. Hence countries like India and Canada have excellent job prospects for agricultural scientists, agronomists, forest consultants etc.

Top Scholarship Schemes in Canada

Below are a few scholarships that you can opt for while studying for your Masters in Canada.

Canada Asia-Pacific Awards (CAPA): This award will help you with direct costs related to the research project. In case of a research trip to Canada is warranted, this will assist with international air tickets and a flat rate allowance for almost five weeks. The value of the award lies from 5,000 to 10,000 CAD.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute: The value of this fellowship is 500-1,000 CAD. This will cover the expenses not provided by the applicant's institution. It will help with costs for internet connection, subscription of online meeting software, affiliation fee, telephone bills or registration fee to access library or lab facility.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was made to attract and retain the best doctoral students. This scholarship aims to establish Canada as a global hub of excellence in research and higher learning.  The scholarships are for postgraduate degrees (or combined MA/Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.).

Process of Application

Follow these steps to apply for MS in Canada:

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Step 1: Select your course

Select the best course according to your qualifications, depending upon your area of interest and field of study.

Step 2: Select a suitable university for your course

Research or consult an immigration expert to select an appropriate university to pursue your course.

Step 3: Start with your application process.

Get the university application form online and carefully fill in all the details. Pay the application fee and check the documents that are to be submitted.

Step 4:  Give your language proficiency test 

It is compulsory to have decent proficiency in English to be eligible for admission to Canadian Universities. Therefore, you need to give an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the CLB (Canada Language Benchmark) requirements. A minimum of 6.5 is mandatory in the IELTS.

Step 5: Gather all the documents and prerequisites

Ask your immigration case officer to give you a list of all the original documents you need to provide copies of. Write a convincing  Statement of Purpose (SOP) to the Dean of Admissions of the university you have chosen. 

Complete the criminal clearance processes and biometrics.

Step 6: Apply within the deadline

Submit the completed and attested application on time. Being late may result in the rejection of your application. 

Step 7: Get your acceptance letter and apply for the visa

You need an Offer Letter from the university to apply for the SDS Visa application. 

Jobs After Master's (MS) in Canada

Graduates from the best universities of Canada can secure a 3-year work permit, which then helps obtain a permanent residency. With a long history targeting highly skilled immigrants, about 70% of international candidates in Canada had a master's degree

The scope of landing a job in Canada after completing MS majorly depends on the program completed.

  • Computer Science graduates are among the highest-paid professionals in Canada.
  • Healthcare, bioscience, and medical industry are the 3rd largest industry with the most employment options.
  • People with a Master's degree can earn 29% more than bachelor graduates.
  • Employees in Canada receive a salary increase of about 9% every 15 months.

FAQs

1. What are the eligibility criteria for studying MS in Canada?

The eligibility criteria of each institute vary with stream and course you want to pursue, but the most common requirements include:

  • Minimum 16 years of education with at least a 3.0 GPA in Bachelors is required. Some universities accept a three-year bachelor's course and 15 years of education.
  • At least an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS.
  • A GRE score of 260 minimum is required.

2. What jobs are in demand in Canada?

Job

Average Salary

Primary Production Managers

C$69,653

Doctors and Dentists

C$142,000

HR Recruiters

C$44,000 to C$52,000.

Nurses

C$58,831.50

Information Security Analysis

C$68,411

Marketing Analysis

C$60,000

Engineers

C$60,200 to C$90,000

Financial Analysts

C$56,128

Education

C$55,477

Accountants

C$56,000

Office managers and administrative assistants

C$35,000 to $46,000

 

3. What are the eligibility criteria for PGWP?

  • Complete a full-time course in Canada (minimum 8 months)
  • Apply within 6 months of finishing the course.

4. Is SOP required for applying to Canadian Universities?

A compelling SOP can add value to your application and help it stand out from other applications. Find how to write a good SOP here.

5. What should be your minimum score in Bachelors to get admission for Masters in Canada?

A minimum of  65-75% percentile is required to get admission in Canada for Masters.

6. Which companies are the top recruiters in Canada?

Top Employers

Average salary

Golder Associate

52000-175000 CAD

WSP Global Inc.

49000-103000 CAD

Amazon .com Inc

84000-144000 CAD

Deloitte

61000-100000 CAD

StemCell Technology Inc

46000-86000 CAD

IBM Canada Ltd.

79000 CAD

Ericsson Inc.

73000 CAD

 

Conclusion

Canada is among the safest countries for immigrants and is home to nearly 6 lac international students. Its world-class universities, practical-based curriculum and easy obtain postgraduate work permit has made it a student magnet.

However, thinking of completing your Master's (MS) in Canada may be easy, but it is easier said than done. For ensuring that you successfully get admission to your dream college, it is best to consult an immigration consultant.

We help you through all the application process steps at Kansas, right from choosing the college to getting your student visa. Contact us today to eliminate the chance of your application getting rejected otherwise.

Topics: Study, Canada

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