Canada is one of the most popular destinations for students who are looking to get a degree overseas. It is ranked 5th in QS world ranking for the Education System Strength. This country has a wide range of higher education institutions. Some of the top-ranked universities are in Canada. They also have an incredible reputation when it comes to academic performance and a high employment rate.

Suraj Agarwal is pursuing his Master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary. When asked about his experience and the reason behind choosing Canada, he said, “Canada is an amazing destination for studying abroad. The Canadian government supports the international students here and makes it easier for people like us to stay in this country both during the course as well as after graduation. The affordable tuition fees, post-study work permit and permanent residency opportunities are some of the key factors for which I chose to pursue my higher education in this country. I believe that choosing Canada has been one of the best decisions of my life.”

The Masters degrees in this country (also known as ‘grad’ programs or ‘grad school’) usually come in the form of Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc). There are also specialist Master degrees such as Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Here are some of the popular courses sought by international students.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MBA has been one of the most popular courses among students. This course can be pursued in a number of cities including the country’s financial capital Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and others. A lot of students go to Canada to pursue a general MBA or a specialized degree in subjects such as marketing, finance or consulting. Countries like the US and the UK have always been popular among the MBA aspirants. But Canada has recently gained popularity among abroad students due to its good academic performance and education standards. Some of the top universities offering this course are – McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management, Queen’s University – The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC) – Sauder School of Business, York University – Schulich School of Business to name a few.

Engineering Management & Core Engineering
Canada offers a unique course option ‘Masters in Engineering Management (MEM)’. It is one of the best options for engineers who are interested in pursuing MBA degree. This is a focused course which helps students to develop skills around industrial engineering strategies. There are various types of MEM degrees offered by Canadian universities – Masters in Engineering Management (MEM), Masters in Engineering (MEng), Business Administration with Engineering Management Specialization (MBA in Engineering Management) and Applied Science Masters with Engineering Management (MASc Engineering Management). Some of the universities which offer these courses are – University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, University of Windsor, University of Regina and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering are also some of the popular study domains in this country.

Computer Science
This is a field that has witnessed an increasing interest among students. The popular courses that students opt for are Master of Computer Science, Graduate Certificate in Mobile Application Development, Master in Applied Computer Science, Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Computer and Information System – Emerging Technologies to name a few. Universities that offer these courses are University of Waterloo, Brock University, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of New Brunswick, Concordia University, University of Alberta and many more.

Finance & Banking
Students have realized the vast gamut of opportunities that a course on finance can offer. Economics is another subject with excellent career scope. There are a number of courses on finance and banking that universities of this country offers. The most popular job opportunities in this domain are asset management, broking, investment management, insurance, banking, accounting so on and so forth. Universities that offer courses in this field are York University, University of Calgary, Seneca College, Douglas College, Brock University, University of Lethbridge, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, University of Toronto.

Agricultural Science & Forestry
Canada is the 5th largest exporter of agricultural and agri-food products in the world. Agriculture colleges in Canada combine life sciences subjects like biology and botany with economic and social sciences to provide strong knowledge and understanding of this sector. Some of the popular courses are MSc Forestry, Master in Forest Conservation, MSc Agricultural Economics, MSc Animal Science, MSc Agricultural, Food & Nutrition Science, MSc Agroeconomy, etc. Top colleges offering a degree in this category are the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, University Of Alberta, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa to name a few.

Pharmacy Universities in Canada provide several specializations in this field such as drug and vaccine delivery, biotechnology, medicinal & pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical pharmacy, molecular biology, etc. Students get an opportunity to conduct research in well-furnished laboratories and hence, can learn both theoretical knowledge and practical application. Some of the colleges which offer courses in this domain are the University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, McGill University, Dalhousie University, Seneca College, Queen’s University, University of Manitoba and many more.

Human Resource Management
Canada as a country values its skilled labor force and the employers believe in promoting equal opportunities among all their employees. The courses in the universities focus on accounting & finance, law & ethics, business administration along with employee recruitment, training and retention strategies. Colleges that offer courses in this field are Douglas College, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Assiniboine Community College, Cambrian College, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Queen’s University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Regina and many more. Some of the other popular subjects pursued by students in Canada are Public Health, Psychology, International Relations, Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science & Analytics, Media & Journalism to name a few. Canadian Universities accept applications from January to April, and then from June to September. But each university has its own deadlines, hence, make sure to check with each one so that you do not miss out on any. Hope this article helps you identify some of the best courses offered in Canada. You can reach out to us for any queries or assistance. All the best!

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