All You Need to Know About 2021 Postgraduate Programme (M.Sc./M.A.) in Canada: Application Process, Tuition Fee, Health Insurance, Scholarship and Immigration.

It is no longer news that Canadian higher education has grown to become one of the enviably major players in the education sector across the globe. It also goes without saying that the country has recorded high reputation in accommodation of foreign students, friendliness and pristine. This simply clarifies why the country has become one of the most popular destinations for international post graduate students, with numbers increasing every year.

Process and Requirements for Application

Below are the requirements and processes for a masters application in Canada.

> For applicants who are not English by birth, they are required to give evidence of proficiency in the English language via an English language test like TOEFL or IELTS. Similar test also applies in French if one applies for, especially, a course that is entirely delivered in French.

> Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or its international equivalent.

> Certified copies of credentials and transcripts.

> A completed application form, usually submitted online.

> A copy of curriculum vitae

> Personal statement

> Recommendation/Reference letters

 Fees and Funding

It is pertinent to note that the reason why there are many international students' applications to study for their Masters in Canada is not only because of the country's impressive records and performances in higher education but more importantly for the fact that running the programme in Canada is relatively less expensive when compared to what is obtainable in many other English-speaking countries across the globe.

It is important to point out here that domestic students always have lesser tuition fees to cater for than their international counterparts. In other words, domestic students and international students do not pay the same amount of tuition fees for Master's programme. Canadian government has huge investment in higher education where domestic students can benefit from. The point here is that fees for students who are of Canadian origin are far lower than those of international students.

The current cost for a Master's programme in Canada is between USD $2,500 to USD $5,000 for domestic students and between USD $5000 to USD $10,000 for international students.

Note: professional courses like Medicine, Law, Engineering and others, are usually more expensive. For a domestic student aspiring to run a Master's programme on any professional course, such candidate should budget between USD $4000 to USD $6000, and for international students: USD $8,000 - 13,000.



Overstayed Student's Fee

Master's degree programme in Canada is for the duration of one or two years. Continuing fee is charged when a student exceeds the stipulated duration for the programme, perhaps for one reason or the other. Overstayed student's fee charge is usually placed between USD $1000 to $1500.

 Supplementary Fee

Aside tuition fee, universities in Canada also levy students for services, resources and administrative costs. The charge is usually placed at USD $75 or even more.

 Insurance for Health

For some universities in Canada, health insurance fee is compulsory but for some others, it is optional. Information on this is usually made available at the point of application for admission. However, for domestic students, there is a publicly funded Medicare System for most health-related expenses. There are also other health insurance covers which universities provide. Be it as it may, insurance fee is usually placed between USD $157 - 235.

Immigration and Study Permit

To embark on a Master's degree programme in Canada, one requires a study permit as far as one wishes to live and study in Canada for the duration of the programme. Application for a Canadian study permit is done at any visa application centre.

However, before one commences the process of application, one needs to, first of all, ensure that one has an authentic offer of admission at a university of one's choice in Canada. Also, one will be required to prove that one will be able to fund one's tuition fees by providing bank statements or sponsorship channel.

Post Graduate Scholarship Awards for International Students

Universities and foundations that offer scholarship awards for international students in Canada include but not limited to the following: University of Calgary Graduate Awards, University of Waterloo Master's Awards of Excellence, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships, and University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships.

University of Calgary Graduate Awards

The scholarship awards of this institution are valued at the range of between USD $5000 - $50,000. The offer is for international students from across all the fields of human endeavour. The scholarship can be full or partial.

University of Waterloo Masters of Excellence

The university awards to its international Master's students what is called International Master's Award of Excellence (IMAE). Per semester, the award is valued at USD $2,500 for a minimum of five semesters.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The foundation awards USD $60,000 per annum for a minimum of three years per scholar. Its major focus is on post graduate applicants from developing countries, especially those who are inclined in social sciences and humanities, or registered full-time in the first or second year of such programme at a Canadian university.



University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

This scholarship award is open to post graduate students from all nationalities. Students can only secure this award on merit. Annually, the fellowship awards USD $18,000 for Ph.D. students and $14,000 for Master's students.


  1. Every country has different criteria for admissions in universities and works permits for foreign students. IELTS, TOFEL, and many other certifications are there that need to be clear for many places. Post-graduation work permits are open work permits given to international students who graduate from a Canadian program of study. It allows the holder to work for any employer, for as many hours they wish, anywhere in Canada. PGWPs are valid for between eight months to three years and are a great way to obtain valuable Canadian work experience. Also, Singapore's universities, colleges, medical schools, engineering schools, and law schools are highly respected and well-known in the education and academic communities. There is a different guideline for admissions in top-ranking universities in Singapore. Thanks for sharing such a helpful post.


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