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Mahesh Ramani

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


06 Jan 2016 3.7K Book icon 3 mins Share

Studying for an MS Degree in Canada

Canada offers a world-class education for students looking at an alternative to studying in the USA or the UK.

06 Jan 2016 3.7K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

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


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Studying for an MS Degree in Canada

The Charm of the MS Degree

Traditionally the USA has been the number one choice for Indian students looking to get an MS degree in Science or Engineering. Over the years the rising cost of higher education in the USA, stricter immigration rules and the high amount of competition for entry into premier institutions have forced Indian students to look at other options.

The MS is a highly coveted degree that opens up many avenues for those looking to find employment or those aspiring to enter the world of research. An MS degree from a recognised international university with a good academic score, improves the student’s career prospects in the eyes of potential employers.

Typically, the MS is offered as a full-time one year programme and applicants need to have a relevant undergraduate degree with a good academic score. IELTS scores of 6.5 and above are considered optimal and based on the university and the programme the student plans to study GRE scores have to be submitted as well.

Why Study in Canada

The top reasons why you should consider studying in Canada are:

  • Fees and living costs are lesser when compared to the USA
  • Globally recognised degrees
  • Entry requirements are comparatively less stringent
  • Faster processing of student visas
  • The chances of securing a job within Canada are higher
  • Qualified graduates can secure work permits and transition to secure a residency permit with ease
  • Strong community of Indians and a nation of law-abiding citizens

Top-ranked Universities in Canada

As per the U.S. News & World Report, the top five universities in Canada are:


University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is popularly known as U of T was established in 1827 and is based out of Toronto in Ontario. One of the largest universities in Canada, the University is known for its high-quality research output.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is based out of Vancouver. Its Sauder School of Business is known globally for its top-notch management and business programmes. “The Financial Times” consistently ranks the Sauder School of Business among the world’s top 25 B-Schools.


McGill University

McGill University is based out of Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and offers over 250 masters programmes including a wide selection of doctoral programmes. The University is recognised as a premier centre of higher education in North America and attracts students from around the world.

University of Montreal

A dual language university with the primary focus on programmes taught in French, The University of Montreal attracts a lot of students from Europe every year. The University is known for its programmes in the Humanities and Arts.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta popularly known as U of A receives a lot of funding for research and fellowships and offers top-quality programmes in Engineering, Science and Medicine. The National Institute of Nanotechnology is one of the best institutions of its kind in North America and is at the forefront of academic research in the fascinating world of Nanotechnology.

Read more about the top universities in Canada.

Popular MS Programmes

The MS in Computer Science and the MS in Electronic Engineering continue to remain among the most popular programmes among Indian students looking to study for an MS degree abroad. Other subjects that are generating interest are Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering.

The MS or the MBA Conundrum

One big confusion that students have is – “Should I do an MS or an MBA?” This is a tricky question as both programmes require dedicated time and are quite expensive when studying abroad. The answer lies within the student’s interests and career plans.

An MBA following a degree in engineering will help a student find roles in management in engineering firms and technical business consulting. An MS in a specified engineering field on the other hand is more suited for those looking to get into actual production and designing of products. It is also the perfect launch pad for those looking at a future in scientific research.

Read our detailed take on the MS vs MBA debate.

Canada offers Indian students a great opportunity to secure an internationally recognised MS degree. You can browse through the various institutions and speak to our team of dedicated study abroad experts for advice on joining a Canadian university. Call us now on – 1-800-103-2581 for personalised admission guidance.

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