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Sep 13 2014

Five Best Post Graduate Courses in Canada

Canada has long been considered as one of the most sought after study abroad destinations. Competitive entry requirements along with high quality of education make it one of the top destinations for international students. The cost of education in Canada is also a lot lesser than countries like the UK and the US. Moreover there are several undergraduate and post graduate programs that are highly recognised all over the world.

It’s important to know that Canadian universities are mostly funded by the public sector, which encourages higher quality of education and leads to greater autonomy. While getting into Canadian universities might be easier, you could face stiff competition when it comes to the best ones.

Here’s a list of top five post graduate courses in the country that have their appeal for Indian students.

Business Management

This is a program that is popular amongst both; domestic and international students. When it comes to management studies, Canada ranks only after the US and the UK. But the good news is that the management programs here cost international students a lot less than they would in the US.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality business in Canada is booming and it’s not difficult to understand since it’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world. For students who aspire to have a career in the hospitality industry; be it in airlines, hotels, travel companies or cruise liners, there are several reputed programs offered by top universities in the country.

Health Science

A wide range of healthcare subjects are covered under this stream and there are many top rung universities in Canada that offer Health Science and Technology programs. From Occupational Health and Safety to Radiation Therapy, Population Health and International Healthcare Initiatives; there are different programs one can choose from.

Science and Engineering

Engineering degrees from colleges in Canada are acknowledged all over the world and give you the edge if you are looking for a career in the field. Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), which is a working Board of the Engineers Canada (EC) does the accreditation for all engineering programs.

Information Technology

It’s revealed that IT professionals have the highest number of career opportunities in Canada and that is because the IT industry is growing at a rapid pace. Things are likely to get better in the next five years when there will be a further demand for ICT professionals in the country. If you want to pursue a post graduation degree in IT you can opt for one of the Canadian universities or community colleges.

Some of the top universities in Canada that offer renowned post graduate courses include Algonquin College, Sheridan College, University of Alberta, Niagara college and Durham College.

What is the eligibility and fee structure for these post graduate programs in Canada?

You can be eligible for the programs if:

  • You have at least 50% in Bachelors degree, with not more than two failures in a year
  • Minimum 6.5 bands overall in IELTS with no less than 6 bands in any module

What are the fees for these PG courses?

For SPP (Govt.) Colleges it could be anywhere between CAD$ 15,000 to CAD$ 17,000 per year.

What’s the percentage of Indian students that generally opts for these programs?

While there is no concrete number for percentage of Indian students, you need to know that about 90-95% of international students going to Canada for studies, opt for these programs.

Things you need to remember about these PG programs are:

1. They require 16 years of education while we only have 15 years of education in India (courses like B.Sc, B.Com and B.A).

2. Masters degree programs offered by universities are often research based.

3. There are only a few seats available for international students and those already studying in Canada get priority.

That’s the reason there are several students who opt for diploma courses from SSP colleges. These 1 to 2 year diplomas have several advantages for students:

  • It gives you 16 year education for your Master’s degree.
  • Gives you an opportunity to adapt to the teaching techniques in the country.
  • Fees are cheaper than university programs.
  • There’s the option of applying for work permit after completion of the program. The work permit is for one year if you have done a one year diploma or three years if you have done two year diploma.

What are the job prospects for these PG courses in India and internationally?

Things usually depend on the demand for a particular profession in the country. However you have the benefit of Open Work Visa for three years to not only gain experience but it can lead to permanent residency of the country. If you choose to come back to India after your foreign degree, you will have the edge and better chances of being absorbed in multinational companies.

What are my chances of getting a study visa to Canada?

Students who have a good academic background with few or no failures and no study gap have better chances of getting a visa to Canada for their studies if they fulfil their IELTS and finance requirements.