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The top diploma courses in Canada

A diploma can be a good alternative to a full master’s degree. Canada has top universities offering a good range of diploma programmes in a range of subject areas.

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Diplomas are an excellent option for those who want to gain more knowledge of a particular subject, specialise in one area or even test whether a particular subject or field is the right one for you. First, we’ll tell you what they are and what institutions offer diploma courses in Canada. We’ll also look at why you should consider a diploma course in this country and explore the top-ranking universities offering such programmes. 

 

Types of diplomas

 

There are two types of diplomas in Canada: undergraduate diplomas and postgraduate ones. Undergraduate or general diplomas are taken straight after the end of secondary education. These are generally two years (four semesters) long. Postgraduate (Advanced) diplomas are three years in length (six semesters). 

 

You will often hear the terms ‘post-secondary diploma’ and ‘postgraduate diploma’ when referring to diplomas in Canada. International students tend to opt for three-year courses as they include an element of paid work. 

 

Diplomas can be taken at public, community, and vocational colleges across the country as well as at certain universities. Diplomas are more work-focused and teach more practical elements to make students ready for employment. 

 

 

Why Canada?

 

With its beautiful landscape, safe and diverse communities and high quality of living, Canada has always been a top study destination for international students. 

 

Added to this is the fact that 10 per cent of its universities rank in the top 200. In addition, qualifications are recognised globally, and courses are more affordable than in other top study destinations. Canada does have a lot of attractive qualities as a study destination. 

 

 

 

Top diploma courses

 

There are over 94 diploma courses on offer in Canada. These cover a wide range of subjects in many fields, all of which make finding a graduate career all the easier. There are too many to list, but here we will focus on four. 

 

 

Diploma courses in top-ranking Canadian university

University

Times Higher Education World Ranking

Diploma

Length

Fees – per year

(please check with each institution)

Entry Requirements

University of Toronto

18

Graduate Diploma Professional Accounting (GDipPA)

12 weeks full time

CAD 16,020.00 (US 12,471) per year

Open to students in Year 4 or graduates of certain University of Toronto programs.

 

IELTS: minimum band score 6.5

 

TOEFL: total score 100 + 22 Writing

 

 

What you will gain:

  • deeper knowledge of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, and assurance
  • complete 4 modules of the CPA Professional Education Programme
  • prepares you for the Common Final Examination (CFE)
  • allows you to go straight to the Capstone 1 module in the CPA PEP
  • teaching by prominent academics in the field
  • access to expert mentors
  • feedback from alumni
  • build your network of accounting professionals in Canada.

 

Careers

Accounting is one of the most in-demand professions in Canada.

Careers in accounting include: audit partner, accounting manager, revenue tax specialist, real estate analyst, and investment analyst.

 

Diploma courses in top-ranking Canadian university

University

Times Higher Education World Ranking

Diploma

Length

Fees – per year

(please check with each institution)

Entry Requirements

McGill University

44

Graduate Diploma in Surgical Innovation

30 credit hours full time

CAD 27,011.40 (USD 21,028) per year

BSc in Biological, Biomedical and Life Science; Physical Science; Computer Science;

M.D degree

Or

B.Eng.

 

IELTS: minimum band score 6.5

 

TOEFL iBT: 86 overall

 

 

 

What you will gain:

  • business-focused training in the surgical innovation process
  • credits in: Managing and Engaging Teamwork; The Hospital Environment; Surgical Innovations 1 & 2; Statistics for Practitioners; Bio-stats for Health Sciences; Statistics for Surgical Research; marketing, accounting, and communication
  • entry into the clinical technology sector
  • skills and knowledge in: team building; needs finding; engineering and clinical perspectives, prototype development, proof of concept, business plan
  • internship with industry partners
  • teaching by engineers, clinicians, experts, attorneys, and business faculty.

 

Careers

Careers in surgical innovation include: clinical specialists; medical program officer; research and design engineering and surgical robotics.

 

 

Diploma courses in top-ranking Canadian university

University

Times Higher Education World Ranking

Diploma

Length

Fees – per year

(please check with each institution)

Entry Requirements

University of Ottawa

162

Graduate Diploma in Internet Technologies

1-year full time

CAD 27,519.72 (USD 21,424) per year

BA honours degree – average of 70%

 

IELTS: minimum band score 6.5

 

TOEFL iBT: 79 overall

 

 

What you will gain:

  • deeper knowledge of internet standards, methods, techniques, and applications markets
  • main theories and applications of internet engineering, internet law and electronic commerce.

 

Careers

Careers in Internet Technologies include: computer systems analysts, computer security specialists, and programmers.

 

 

 

 

Some of these universities also rank in the top employability rankings according to the Global Employability University Ranking, published by Times Higher Education.

 

 

The examples above are just a snapshot of the vast array of diploma programmes in Canada. It’s important that you identify the perfect course for you. When you have found the right course, you can read about study visas in Canada. You can also visit the Canadian government website for more information.

 

 

 

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