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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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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.

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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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Diploma courses in Canada

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. 

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