2-Year Postgraduate Diploma Courses in Canada


Surviving in this competitive world is an ordeal by itself and if you want to make a career in the field of your choice, then you better assimilate the right gear.

Of the most obvious options for skill and knowledge enhancement is a Master’s programme with an appropriate specialisation. Then, there is a rather underrated option called the Post Graduate Diploma, more so, a two-year Post Graduate Diploma.

I hear you! You say most PGDs are year-long programmes; so how is this 2-year course going to be different? While some universities in some countries offer 6, 12, and 18-month Diploma courses, most North American universities offer 1 and 2-year Diploma courses. The main difference between a 1-year and a 2-year Diploma (apart from the duration of course!) lies in the curriculum and course structure.

Why a Postgraduate Diploma instead of an MS?

Now, you may wonder – if a PGD is going to be a 2-year long course and yet not as celebrated as a Master’s degree, then why go for a PGD in the first place? Let us draw a little comparison between an MS and a PGD.

  1. The skills and knowledge enhancement in a PGD is comparable to a Master’s, however, the incurred costs would just be a fraction of it
  2. In addition to the cost, even the number of study credits required for a Diploma is lesser: while an MS requires 180 credits, a PGD requires only 120
  3. The diploma courses are more practically oriented than an MS which involves extensive theoretical learning to do
  4. The Postgraduate Diploma programmes offer several internship opportunities which are called co-op programs and provide considerable industrial exposure
  5. PG Diplomas also come with part-time work options wherein you can work from 20 to 40 hours a week during your vacations which will help you ease off your financial burden
  6. You may follow up a Postgraduate Diploma with an MS or MBA, however, a PGD is not sufficient qualification for a PhD


Why pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Canada?

There are numerous reasons to choose Canada as your destination for higher studies. Globally recognised and revered degrees, greater employability of the degree holder, momentous augmentation of the knowledge and skills in the area of specialization, cold climate but warm and friendly people, safe environment, higher standards of living, attractive stay back options, etc.; the list is long.

However, if you ask why a postgraduate diploma in Canada, then to the above list we can also add that the PGDs from Canadian Universities help the students lay a broader platform for extensive studies while providing internship opportunities on par with a Master’s programme, but at a relatively low cost. To add on, the internship and industrial exposure offered with these courses will add on to your professional experience which is highly valued when it comes to the job markets. A recent survey shows that the average salary of a postgraduate diploma holder is around CAD54K.

List of popular 2-year Post Graduate Diplomas and the Canadian universities that offer them:


No. Programme Name University
1 Marketing Management University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg
2 Resort Experience Management Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
3 Financial Management University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg
4 Tourism Experience Management Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
5 Tourism Destination Development Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
6 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
7 Adventure Studies Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
8 Managing Festivals and Events Thompson Rivers Universities, Kamloops
9 Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automation and Robotics (Fast–Track) Centennial College, Toronto
10 Business Administration Simon Fraser University, Online
11 Clinical Behavioural Sciences McMaster University, Hamilton
12 Computer System Technology – Networking Centennial College, Toronto
13 Energy Systems Engineering Technology Centennial College, Toronto
14 Biotechnology – Advanced (Fast Track) Centennial College


Then there are other popular courses such as:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Global Business Management
  2. Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology
  3. Post Diploma in Information Technology
  4. Post Diploma in Tourism Management
  5. Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician

Some other colleges that offer 2-year Postgraduate Diplomas:

  1. North Island College, British Columbia
  2. College of New Caledonia, British Columbia
  3. Fleming College, Ontario
  4. Humber College, Ontario
  5. Lambton College, Ontario
  6. Fanshawe College, Ontario
  7. Lawrence College, Ontario

Eligibility criteria for a Postgraduate Diploma in Canada:

  1. A relevant undergraduate degree with an aggregate of at least 60%
  2. For Postgraduate Diplomas in Project Management, Business Administration, and other such courses, a minimum of 2 years of work experience is required
  3. English language proficiency is also required and you must have a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS. For Nursing Diplomas, one needs a minimum score of 7 on IELTS

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