MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

We start our MS in Canada: A complete guide with a simple conversation. Let us know if you resonate with it. 

You: Dad, I want to study abroad.

Dad: What? Abroad? Do you have any idea how expensive that is?


Dad: It’s very expensive. Finish your school first, then we’ll talk about it.

Fast forward to your high school graduation and this conversation never takes place. Your study abroad dreams are left incomplete. If only you had the resource to convince your parents that studying abroad is not as expensive as it once was and that it comes with a host of benefits. 

Well, feast your eyes on today’s blog MS in Canada: A complete guide. This guide will give you detailed insights on what it is like to study in Canada, while also providing you with numbers and costs associated with studying MS in Canada. So, let’s get started.

MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

Best Canadian Universities For MS | MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

Canadian universities mean business. There are about 96 public universities in Canada and 15,000+ study programmes, including top MS programmes. The table below shows the list of universities for MS in Canada according to QS and THE – 

Top Universities For MS In CanadaQS World University Rankings 2021 – Canada Rank QS World University Rankings 2021 – Global RankTHE Rankings 2020 – Global Rank
University of Toronto1=2518
McGill University2=3142
University of British Columbia34524
Université de Montréal411885
University of Alberta5119136
McMaster University614472
University of Waterloo7=166201-250
Western University8=203201-250
Queen’s University=9=246201-250
University of Calgary=9=246201-250

Top Reasons To Study MS In Canada | MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

World-Class Universities 

By now you must have realised from the table above that Canadian universities are some of the best in the world. In fact, there are seven Canadian universities that are among the top 200 universities in the world, including the University of Toronto and McGill University.

Specialization Opportunities

Candian universities offer MS aspirants many opportunities to pursue specialized MS courses. This includes MS programmes in the fields of medicine, IT, engineering and technology, nursing, business administration, finance, management, architecture, design etc. 


One of the main reasons Canada is such a popular higher education destination is because of its affordability. Tuition fee in Canada is the lowest among the English-speaking countries. On an average, the cost of MS in Canada (30,000 CAD-55,000 CAD) is comparatively lower than pursuing MS in the USA (35,000 CAD- 82,000 CAD annually) or Australia. 

Funding Options

Apart from being an affordable country to study in, Canada offers a plethora of funding options for international students. Approximately 70% more funds and scholarships are offered to students in the form of scholarships, fellowships, etc. as compared to the USA. 

However, in order to crack this, you need to be wise while selecting the right channels for funding. Our top picks for scholarships and education loans are UniScholars and UniCreds, respectively. These high-tech companies are backed by the same management – UniAcco – that won the prestigious Best Cross-Border Student Housing Provider 2020 award at the 4th annual Greater London Enterprise Awards, hosted by SME News.

Immigration and Visa Process

The immigration and visa process in Canada is as easy as getting a student permit. Canada has a reputation for being more welcoming than other studies abroad destinations. International students looking for a Permanent Resident card can apply for a post-graduation work permit.

Work-while Studying

We are all aware that practical learning is as important as theoretical learning. Universities in Canada acknowledge this credo and hence provide students with a variety of work experience opportunities. Therefore, students can gain valuable work experience in their area of interest, all while studying in Canada.

Applying for MS in Canada | MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

We’re sure that by now, you are relishing the opportunity to study in Canada. But wait! Admissions into MS courses in Canada can be competitive as the number of applicants far exceeds the actual number of accepted admissions. The admission process starts in September, however, there are a few universities that might have different start dates. We recommend students to apply early and preferably submit their admission applications by the month of January. 

However, because think about applying to Canadian universities for MS, you need to meet the eligibility criteria – 

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA often 3.0/4.0 (equivalent to 65- 70%) or its equivalent international UG degree in a related field of study.
  • Applicants must provide test scores such as GMAT or GRE, depending on the program of choice.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GMAT score of 550.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GRE score of 140 in verbal and 150 in quantitative aptitude. 
  • Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency through TOEFL or IELTS, or other equivalent exams.
  • Few MS programs, applicants must have at least 1-3 years of work experience.

If you’ve cleared the eligibility requirements, congratulations! You are one step closer to studying MS in Canada. The next step is to ensure that you have the following documents –

  • A completed admission application form.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all educational institutions attended.
  • CV/Resume.
  • References or Letters of Recommendation.
  • Personal statements/writing samples.
  • Scores of standardized tests to study in Canada include.
  • GRE/GMAT scores.
  • Language proficiency (English/French).
  • Payments of non-refundable application fee.
  • Copy of Passport.
  • Proof of scholarship or funding.

Cost Of MS In Canada | MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

Studying MS in Canada requires a lot of financial planning and expert budgeting. However, this can be a task for you if you are not aware of the costs associated with studying MS in Canada. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog – MS In Canada: A Complete Guide, we will list down all the costs you need to cover, right from one-time payable pre-arrival costs to tuition fee and living expenses.

Pre Arrival Costs For MS In Canada 

These costs include fees for admission application, registration for standardized exams, airfare, study permit to Canada, etc. Here are the estimated expenses – 

ExpensesCost (in CAD)
TOEFL 220 – 345
PTE 250
GRE 280 – 320
GMAT 345
Admission ApplicationVaries
Student Visa (Study Permit Application + Biometric Fee) 150 + 85
AirfareVaries between 450 – 1400

Tuition Fees for MS in Canada for Indian Students

There is a lot of variation in the fee structure for MS in Canada. The 2 main factors that determines the tuition fee are – 

  • University.
  • MS specialization. 

Let’s take a look at the top universities in Canada and the tuition fees for their MS programmes – 

UniversityCourse Name1st Year Total Fees
University of TorontoMSc Computer ScienceRs 20.20 Lakhs
University of British ColumbiaMSc Computer ScienceRs 5.17 Lakhs
University of AlbertaMSc Computer ScienceRs 5.38 Lakhs
University of VictoriaMSc Computer ScienceRs 2.87 Lakhs

Cost Of Living In Canada

MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

Most students thwart the idea of studying abroad because of the huge costs associated with studying abroad. A little research on their part would have made them aware that studying abroad can be affordable with prudent financial planning and discipline. Organisations like UniAcco, UniCreds and UniScholars have made the work of prospective international students even easier by giving them end-to-end assistance in their study abroad journey, all while not charging them a single penny. 

Students interested in pursuing MS in Canada can take solace in the fact that studying here  is around 2% lower than the USA. Moreover, a few states might have even lower expenses. Here is a snapshot of the most important expenses you will need to cover while in Canada – 

Expenses Monthly Costs (in CAD)
Student Accommodation 850 – 1,000
Books and Supplies327
Food and Groceries250- 300
Transportation100- 250
Other Miscellaneous Expenses150- 300


With an excellent student quality of life, a highly diverse population and a multitude of magnificent landscapes, Canada is truly a student’s paradise. If you wish to pursue MS in Canada, we promise you that you will not regret it and immediately fall in love with everything ‘Canada’… especially hockey. 

MS In Canada: A Complete Guide

So share this blog with your parents and start convincing them that studying abroad is totally awesome! 

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