Master's Degree in Canada- A guide for International students

Canada is one of the most sought-after countries for higher studies for aspiring students. It is known for its quality education, internationally recognised degrees, peaceful, politically sound environment, and excellent healthcare. It is a multicultural country which gives students an opportunity to work in Canada after their graduation is over. So in this article you will learn about the various aspects of studying in Canada which students should know about.

Why go to Canada for a Master's degree?

Canada is known for its friendliness, beautiful countryside, and internationally renowned universities. Over the last few years, Canada has become the preferred destination for Indian students intending to study abroad- especially for Master's degree. The number of international students in Canada in 1995 was about 25000 which grew up to 100,000 in 2011. The students come from more than 200 different countries. The universities of Canada educate more than 1.5 million students per year. Canada is famous for its diversity associated with its programs, history and so on.

Structure of Master's degree

Master's degrees are generally called grad programs or simply grad schools. They are also called M.A (Masters of Arts), or MSc (Masters of Science). The title MA is for arts, humanities, and social science whereas MSc is for life sciences and chemistry. Masters are generally 12 months in duration. This might include site visits, group work, project, and placements. A large portion of the program's credits are dedicated for thesis or consultancy project (depending on the subject area).

Masters In CANADA

Application process for study in Canada

  1. Eligibility: Your GPA should be a minimum of 3 out of 4 in your undergraduate degree. According to your subject area, you might be required to provide a test score of exams such as GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

  2. English Proficiency: You have to provide evidence of your English proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS. For the international students, English language proficiency is a must as the courses are fully English-taught and so the students need to have a good hold of the language.

  3. Application: Student needs to submit an application either online or by mail. You need to submit a copy of your qualification and transcripts. You need to also submit the Curriculum Vitae and references or any kind of recommendation letter. Letter of motivation or personal statement is also needed.

Your application is generally assessed by a central office to ensure that you meet all the entry requirements etc. This again is forwarded to the academy of your choice who assess the suitability of your application according to the program of your choice.

Visa and immigration

In order to study in Canada, you need to have a study permit. This serves as your student visa. The requirements of a study visa are given below:

Acceptance letter from the Canadian University for your Master's course. Documents supporting your funds like bank statements or award letters which prove that you will be able to bear the cost of your tuition fees, tickets, living expenses. Other documents might require you're a clear criminal record and evidence of your good health. If you want to know more about this then you should contact the nearby Canadian Consulate Office.

Fees and expenses

The tuition fees in Canada is usually less than the other famous countries for studies abroad like US, UK, and Australia. The tuition fee cost varies from university to university and ranges from C$ 3,000 to C$40,000 per year. Apart from tuition fees the student is supposed to spend for administration fees of around C$ 100, international student application fees are around C$250, student services fee of C$500 to C$1000 and processing fees for C$150 with another C$85 for the biometric processing fee.

The living expenses vary according to the place that you chose but range from C$7000 to C$12,700 including accommodation, food and compulsory health insurance.

So, if someone is planning to study in Canada, then you must know the above aspects pertaining to your stay in Canada which will give you a rough idea about your expenses, formalities and other important things which you need to plan beforehand. All the Best!


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