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Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Canada

Consider opting for a postgraduate diploma course in Canada. PG diplomas are affordable, allow progression to masters degrees and include work-placements.

| 08 Jun 2015 | Updated on 14 Aug 2015 | 124.9K Views
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If your aim is to find a job in Canada and settle there with a PR then nothing works as good as a PG Diploma from a reputed Canadian institution.

What is a Postgraduate Diploma?

A postgraduate diploma is also known as a graduate diploma and offers people with a relevant undergraduate degree a chance to improve their employability skills. The postgraduate diploma is usually offered as a12-monthcourse and requires students to complete a specific number of learning credits for the institution to grant the diploma to the student. Additionally, a number of postgraduate diplomas offered by leading Canadian institutions include a short work component, which allows students to hone their skills in a real industry environment.

Popular PG Diplomas:

In Canada, the most popular PG Diplomas are in the following subjects:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering (Electronics and Mechanical)
  • Networking & Information Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery
  • Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Early Childhood Studies

Leading Institutions:

Some of the leading institutions in Canada, which offer a PG Diploma are:

  • Durham College
  • George Brown College
  • Sheridan College
  • Algonquin College
  • Humber College
  • Seneca College
  • Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology

Entry Requirements:

To join a PG Diploma in Canada an applicant should have completed a relevant undergraduate degree with an overall score of at least 60%. Specific diplomas, especially the ones related to Project Management or Business Administration; may require applicants to have one to two years of work experience. The basic English requirement is a score of 6.5 on the IELTS; Nursing diplomas require an IELTS score of 7.0.


Among the steadily rising number of international students landing in Canada every year, nearly 70% of the students enrol on a postgraduate diploma.

The Benefits:

Here are some reasons why you should consider opting for a Postgraduate Diploma in Canada:

  • Affordable tuition fees.
  • One-year of study only; hence less expensive.
  • Part-time work options available - Students can work up to 20 hours a week during classes and 40 hours a week during vacations.
  • A number of diplomas include a work-internship also known as a co-op program. Co-op programs offer students real-time industry experience.
  • Option to transition to a full-fledged masters degree at a Canadian university
  • Successful completion of the diploma can help you land a job. Then you can apply for residency to live in Canada.

The Path Ahead:

The reasons listed above clearly prove that opting for a postgraduate diploma is definitely a good idea. For starters, it gives you a clearer picture of your area of specialisation, be it further studies or a job; a PG Diploma adds value to your CV. If your aim is to find a job in Canada and settle there with a PR then nothing works as good as a PG Diploma from a reputed Canadian institution.

In Canada, there is a high demand for skilled workers in the following industries/professions - Construction Engineering, Medical Care and Nursing, Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality and Creative Design. If you can focus on a clear cut academic and career plan; then a postgraduate diploma in Canada is the best option for you to fulfil your dreams!

We hope that you found this article on postgraduate diplomas in Canada useful. If you have studied a PG Diploma in Canada, then please share your experiences in the ‘Comments’ section below.

Important News:

Universities in Nova Scotia offering ‘study and stay programmes’specifically for Indian students. The programme was promoted in Pune, India, by the International Student Recruitment Officer, Michael Hennigar who said that students will receive customised support throughout their studies and will receive help to establish their careers too in Nova Scotia.

Students who are willing to pursue university, college or postgraduate levels are welcome to apply to this venture.  

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