The reasons why many international students want to study in Canada are many. It is because its people are very friendly. The country is used to welcoming foreign nationals. A lot of North Indians, especially from the Sikh community can be found staying in Canada for many generations. It is believed that many streets have Indian and Punjabi names.The universities are known for their high standards and international repute. Just like universities in the United States, in Canada too, the classrooms are not far removed from what is happening in the real world.
The country is known for its diversity and breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Pursuing a Masters in Canada may not be as expensive as studying in the United States. There is a steady increase in the number of international students opting to study in Canada and pursue a Master’s Degree or a Doctoral Program.
A Master’s Degree program is generally a 2-year course and comes under a Graduate School. Each course has its own Graduate School. For example, if you wish to study for a Master’s Degree in Journalism, you will have to contact the Graduate School of Journalism in any university in Canada.
As mentioned earlier, studying in a university in Canada is not far removed from the real world. The system of education is not limited to classrooms and lectures only. Students are exposed to various forms of studying such as guest lectures, projects, site visits and group study. At the end of the program, the students have to prepare a dissertation (also called thesis). The students work with their professor on deciding the area of study for thesis, the format and the complete project.
International students are accepted in August/September of each year for a Master’s Degree program. You will have to check with the universities that you wish to apply to, if you could choose to enroll at any other semester.
A Master’s Degree program requires several entrance exams to qualify for admission and for scholarships/fellowships. You will have to check with the Graduate School of your choice and at the Admissions Office of each university that you choose to apply to, for the list of exams that you are expected to take. Some of the common tests that are undertaken by international students are Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
For a Masters in Canada, you have to submit the following documents, as a part of your application process.
- A completed application form. This is sent to the university either by email or submitted online
- You will have to submit either the originals or attested copies (photocopies of all your certificates, stamped and signed by the issuing authorities)
- Application Fee (This is usually paid online through a credit card)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Proof of English and/or French proficiency, depending on the program that you are applying for
- References/recommendation letters from your professors/lecturers
- Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Personal Statement (This is an essay outlining your reasons for studying for a Master’s Degree and for choosing that particular university)
The Admissions Office will first assess your application to make sure that you have met all the minimum criteria for admission. Your admission package is then sent to the Graduate School of your choice of subject, to make sure that you are capable and suitable for a Master’s Degree study at that university.
If you are accepted by the university, you will receive a letter of acceptance, which you can use for applying for a visa and scholarships/fellowships. You will also have to complete the formalities for admission and registration.
Work after a Master’s Degree
A Masters in Canada prepares a student to develop skills and employability at the work place. Canada has a stable market place and most universities host career fairs that are attended by companies to recruit fresh talent.