Masters (MS) in Canada


Course Overview

A master’s degree is earned after completion of an undergraduate degree (BA or BS). Master of Science is a master’s degree typically awarded in the field of sciences, engineering, and medicine. Some universities offer the degree for postgraduate studies in social sciences and management as well in subjects like finance, marketing, economics, Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and more.

Students who want to pursue research to gain in-depth knowledge in the field of their interest can apply for Ph.D. programs. A full-time Ph.D. program in Canada will take five or more years to complete with thesis and projects.


Eligibility Criteria for MS Program in Canada:

Before applying for MS courses in Canada aspirants have to take certain standardised entrance exams/tests to qualify. The tests are designed to gauge the aptitude of applicants for their chosen programs based on subject knowledge and language skills.

TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language/ IELTS- International English Language Testing System

GRE- Graduate Record Examination

Both TOEFL and IELTS, test English language skills based on Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The score validity period for TOEFL and IELTS is of 2 years. TOEFL iBT scores>90-100 and IELTS score of 7.5 is preferred by top universities to be considered for admission.

There are some universities in Canada that may not require a GRE score, however, it is advisable to take the test as it will enhance the applicant’s profile while applying to the reputed universities.

GRE general tests students on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing and GRE subject test gauges knowledge of a particular field of study like Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. If an applicant has her/his bachelor’s degree outside Canada it is recommended to take the GRE.

Some universities in Canada specify a minimum GRE score to qualify for a program, while others don’t. They take a more holistic approach while deciding on applications. The admission panel in such cases gives academic and non-academic parameters equal weightage.

Apart from these entrance exam scores, to apply for MS courses academic transcripts, letters of reference, and an essay or statement of purpose stating why you want to pursue the degree, will have to be submitted.

Intake & Application Deadlines

Autumn and winter intakes are most popular among international students. Universities have:

Autumn intake in September
Winter intake in January
Some universities may have a spring intake in May.

The deadlines are set by the universities and are typically 6-9 months before the commencement of a program. It is advisable to apply as early as possible to have enough time for all the preparations required and proper submissions of documents.


Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for MS will primarily vary on the course type, its duration, college type, and location. Generally, the MS course duration is of 2 years. Some courses may be completed in 1.5 years.

On an average tuition fee per annum for:
Full-time program can range from 16,000-50,000
Some courses like medicine-related can be more expensive than others.

Scholarships on merit basis are available to support students with their studies in Canada. A few of them are Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, McGill University Scholarships, and Student Aid, Ontario Graduate Scholarship and President’s Scholarship for World Leaders. Each one of them has its own eligibility criteria. Students are advised to understand the requirements carefully before applying.

Quick Facts to Know

Student Partner Program

The Canadian government made special provisions for Indian students under the Student Partners Program in 2009.  The Student Partners Program (SPP) is an administrative framework developed between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to streamline the visa application process for international students studying in Canada from India and now China as well.

Selecting the Right University

Generally, aspirants go by a few parameters only to decide on universities to apply. However, there are a number of points to be considered before making the decision. Apart from university rankings, other factors such as eligibility criteria, one’s own academic performance, and professional records, location, placement record of the universities, support for international students, tuition fees, scholarships, faculty, and many more factors count. With the right information, students find it easy to choose the universities that best suit their needs.

Submitting a well-written Essay

Students find an essay part in the application most challenging. It is meant for the admission panel to understand more about the students applying to the university, for them to make a decision on their suitability for a particular program. Essay submitted with grammatical mistakes, in poor English and incomplete information will most likely get rejected. To avoid taking the risk, it is recommended to share a professionally written essay making it easier for the admission officers to comprehend it.

Why choose to study MS in Canada?

Internationally Recognized Degrees

Canadian colleges and universities have and continue to receive international recognition in the annual rankings of top universities across the world. MS degrees from Canadian universities are recognised world-over. Students completing their Master’s degrees from top-ranking Canadian universities find easy placements with big multinational companies.

High Quality of Education

Canadian higher education system is known for its high academic standards and research-oriented programs. The programs taught here are designed according to the future needs of the industries and economy. Canadian professional-regulatory bodies like that of in the fields of Nursing, Architecture, and Engineering participate in the establishment and review of post-secondary curriculum standards at the provincial and national levels

Advanced Technology

The Canadian government is extensively focused on Innovation and research. Canada is known to be one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. It is known for a high rate of technology adaption and has a strong cyber security industry with expertise in cryptography and artificial intelligence. Canada is quickly becoming a global hub for blockchain technology. Universities in Canada have some of the best research-oriented master’s programs in the world.

Post Study Opportunities

Canada is known to be one of the most immigration friendly nations in the world. Students after completing their studies can stay up to three years to find employment in Canada. Applying for PR in Canada with local education and work experience increases the chances of acceptance manifold.


Popular Fields of Study in MS

  • Mathematics & Computer Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Physical & Life Sciences
  • Civil Engineering & Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Engineering
  • Psychology


Top Institutes for MS in Canada

According to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings following are the top institutes for MS programs in Canada:

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (UofT), offers over 200 postgraduate degree programs. With a longstanding reputation for innovation and research, it counts five Canadian prime ministers among its former students and associations with 10 Nobel laureates.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global center for teaching, learning, and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC has two campuses — one in Vancouver and the other in Kelowna. UBC researchers work with industry, university, and government partners to advance knowledge and create countless new products, treatments, and services.

McGill University

McGill is the oldest university in Montreal with 11 faculties and schools. McGill has an alumni network of roughly 250,000 that consists of 12 Nobel Prize winners and 140 Rhodes Scholars, more than any other university in the country.

McMaster University

One of four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the world’s top 100, McMaster has a proud tradition of academic and research excellence, evidenced by the achievements of the best and brightest whose ranks include three Nobel Prize winners, global business leaders, technological innovators, prominent politicians, public intellectuals, philanthropists and performers.

University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is a leading research university with its affiliated schools, Polytechnique Montreal (engineering), and HEC Montreal (business), it also one of the largest universities in North America. Many renowned laboratories were born at the University of Montreal, including MILA, the world’s leading university research center in deep learning; the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), one of the most productive in its domain; and the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP), the most comprehensive public-law research center in Canada.

Average Median Salaries for MS Graduates

Information Technology-$80,543
Construction & Maintenance-$56,004
Childcare & Education-$51,149
Accounting, Administration -$50,147
Sales & Marketing-$63,716
Healthcare & Social Services -$66,636

Top Industries to Choose

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Finance
  • Blockchain
  • Banking and insurance
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Scientific and technical services
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction


Top Canadian Employers

According to Forbes following are the top employers in 2020

  • Google: Toronto
  • Hydro-Québec: Montreal
  • Cisco Systems: Toronto
  • Costco Wholesale: Ottawa
  • Ubisoft: Montreal
  • Microsoft: Mississauga
  • Boeing: Winnipeg
  • Air Transat: Montreal
  • FedEx: Mississauga
  • University of Toronto: Toronto


Student Visa Requirement to Study in Canada

A study permit is required for all international students who wish to study in Canada for more than 6 months.

A Study Permit is valid for the duration of a student’s program. Additionally, a student may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for the duration of their studies.

In addition to admission to a Canadian university, applicants are required to prove their financial ability to pay for tuition, living expenses, and return transportation at the end of their program. Applicants should have no health issues and no criminal record.

Post Study Stay Back Options

International students who complete their post-secondary education in Canada may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, or PGWP, in order to gain Canadian work experience.

The PGWP allows eligible international graduates to work in Canada after their studies for a period of up to three years.

The Government of Canada provides the Post-Graduation Work Permit to international students to retain them as skilled workers. The program provides an open work permit, which allows international graduates to work for any Canadian employer in any industry. Government policies are geared towards making it easy for students to apply for PR in Canada, when applicable.