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Applying for Admission in Canadian Universities

Obviously whether you want to get into 'grad studies' is a big decision to take since it involves a lot of money (for applying fees, for english tests, for sending admission packages, eventually airfare etc.). Then there are social and cultural costs: since going abroad for higher studies will probably mean long years apart from home, family and frinds, living in an almost alien environment, not speaking bangla for days. So, be careful what you wish for: your wish might just come true! Grad studies is basically a life choice, and think hard before you really choose it. If you chose it, but don't know your way around: this is a must read document for you, especially if you are planning to go for Canadian education system.
 
The Canadian education system encompasses both publicly-funded and private universities. Education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada, as all Canadian educational institutions offer high quality programs. Check the world Rankings instead!
 
As an international student, though, studying without university scholarship / funding is not a reality for most of the people. Throughout Canada, universities support the graduate international students in the form of Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant income. As most of them are fully funded (covers the whole period of study - which is self-sufficient in most of the cases), getting admission in such universities is very competitive.
 
Those who are interested, please join this workshop to know more about it in general.
 
Basic reasons for the special attraction of Canadian Education:
 
Bright students who prefers to stay in academia, seek to continue their higher studies abroad. They are very eager to get admission in an university in the north America / Canada. The reason is simple - education in north America is incomparable & unbeatable to any other places. People who comes here successfully, finds their inbox filled up once in a while from their country people asking for the information and help about admission process. This document is basically for them. Instead of repeating the same thing for each one of them, now you can just send them this link from now on!!!
 
North American universities are especially more attractive because the cost of living in north America is relatively less than Europe, finding job is easier with Canadian degree (that does not mean that you will find job in Canada easily - this simply means that the world is open wide for you once you get the degree from here. However, as Canada is filled up with all the competent people already with all their lucrative degrees, it might be harder / competitive to get a job here than any where else!) and overall it has a more achievable bright future. Canada is even easier than United States, because usually one can get a Canadian visa easier (especially after 9-11), can sooner become an immigrant and later a Canadian citizen which is a very valuable status to have. If one can get into north America, they are very close to open doors to anywhere in the world! That is a lot for Asian or African countries mostly, people who due to difficulties of living pursue a better life outside their countries. Comparing to people from European countries, the story is completely different. It is really easy for them to get out of their countries (no visa required, and even if required, its just a simple paper work), it’s pretty easy for them.
 
A few common things you will probably need to apply successfully:
 
Depending on the requirements of the universities, it varies a lot. But in general, you will be needing the followings at least-
  1. A very good Score (and I mean, very good score!). Keep this in mind for each and every exam - no matter how small it is (say, partial of any incourse, assignments etc) : because every single point counts. Don't let any get away!
  2. Good language proficiency score (TOEFL / IELTS / others). For example, if you have score less than 6.5 out of 9 in IELTS, probably you will be able to find 1 or 2 university only to apply all over Canada! Overall, 7 is a good score. Nobody requires more than 7.5. For TOEFT iBT, 93 out of 120 is a good score, nobody requires more than 100. Usually there is an university criteria for this, but sometimes there is an added department requirement (for example, an university might ask for at least 80 in toefl ibt, but a certain department in that university might ask for 90!). Check both requirements. Check whether you need GRE or not (usually its not - but in some cases its an added advantage). Also, if you are in a rush (might be because if your deadline is close), sending TOEFL score quickly can sometimes be very problematic. British Council or IDP in Bangladesh provides a DHL service for IELTS scores (they will charge you 1500 taka per address for score sending), which is very fast.
  3. Excellent reference letters from your teachers/employer (including your supervisors), probably three in total. Reference letters are critical to an application, yet they are probably the most overlooked part of the application process. All applicants being considered for a competitive program are already first class, so the letters can help to distinguish you from a pack of outstanding applicants by highlighting your uniqueness. The following tips will help guide you to solicit reference letters that stand out. The object is to convince the reader that the candidate is superior and to render the candidate unique and memorable.
      [I] Choose your referees wisely. You have more control over this part of the process than you think. Think of the reference letter as an integral part of the scholarship application package that will present an accurate and complete picture of your achievements and research potential. Your referees should be familiar not only with your academic abilities, but also with your personal interests and background and how those relate to and enhance your ability to carry out the proposed research.
      [II] Provide your referees all the information they need to write a strong letter. The more information a referee has to draw from, the better the case for support he/she can make for you. And as an added bonus, discussion around your research proposal can help you clarify your own goals and objectives for the project. Supply a referee with the following information: your CV; your proposed course of study and area of research; a comprehensive draft of your research proposal; your academic record; and a personal statement that includes career goals, interests, and extracurricular activities. Finally, it is vital that the referee knows the selection criteria and weighting (if applicable), the required format and length for the reference letter, where to send it, and the deadline for submission. Always follow up to ensure the letters have been submitted and acknowledge the referee’s support. The most effective reference letter is evidenced-based.
      [III] Ask that the adjudication criteria be specifically addressed in the reference letter. Relating your achievements, skills, and research directly to the adjudication criteria strengthens your case for support. Ideally, a reference letter should specifically address your academic excellence, research potential, publication record, oral and written communication skills, and your interpersonal and leadership abilities. A referee should be able to support his/her claims with specific, concrete evidence and comment on your academic achievements in order to indicate your research potential. A reference letter also provides an opportunity to emphasize extraordinary achievements in light of where you are in your program and your research career. To assist your referee, provide information to highlight these relationships.
      [IV] Ask the referee to highlight the strengths and explain any weaknesses pertaining to your experience and/or your research. It is helpful if a referee can explain any shortcomings openly and honestly and point out any associated improvements you have made. Mention to your referee that your application is to a competitive scholarship and that you will be judged against a high-caliber pool of applicants. The bottom line: What gives you the edge over others being considered? What makes you memorable? Adjudication committees look for the extra excellence of a student when considering their evaluations. Unique qualities and skills, such as communication and leadership abilities, can be demonstrated through participation in extracurricular and community activities, and volunteer service. Most committees look at what you have already accomplished, but even more so, your potential to accomplish more in the future. If you want best recommendation letters, let the faculties know who you are for a while, be ostentatious if necessary, but not in a negetive sense of course. Start volunteering in institute's various works, or get involved in research with them. Show them your potentiality.
    See some directions in the following pages: All About Recommendation Letters
    or Graduate School - Letters of Recommendation.
  4. Transcript from register building of results or B.Sc (and M.S. if available), most probably 2 copies for each degree, including the degree certificate sealed in the same envelop. Usually this takes a whie to get it all in your hand. Current price is Tk 500 for each transcript for each degree from DU registrar building, and additional 500 Tk will include you in emergency list. Although in emergency list, you might need more than one month to get it in your hand. Be very polite with the officials - there are lots of cases of fraustration due to delay you will probably hear - but all could be simply avoided just by being polite and having patience. Give them reasonable amount of time to do it, and don't go at the last moment and don't act like you went there to buy a candy from the store instantly. Somethimes they might even ask you to type it by yourself - and they will just check whether it is alright or not, and sign on it. This procedure is usually faster than letting them type the whole thing. Ask them to include the attached copy of relevant certificate along with the transcript. Otherwise you might need to get a attachted copy of your certificate (50 tk fee) and envelope it officially (another 400 tk fee) - which is not necessary if you just include the attached copy of relevant certificate along with the transcript in the same envelope (in that case, its free). If you need to include the syllabus (if your university asks for it), you can also get it attachted and include in the same envelop.
  5. Nicely and clearly written letter of intent. If you don't know what it is - check these out - Writing the Statement of Purpose or Writing a Successful Letter of Intent for Graduate School or| Guide to the Application Process or The Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent/Graduate School Essay
  6. Application fee (usually within 40\$ - 180\$, depending on the university) for online application
  7. You have to submit within a pre-specified time (deadline) in each year. Unually for the september term, they require to reach all the materials in their hand by January. After deadline, they don't accept anything. But end of december is vacation for the X-mas : therefore you probably need to send them all the documents before X-mas break to be safe.
  8. A Curriculum Vitae or CV (sometimes its good idea to send it - even if they don't mention it). Here is how you should write it: Curriculum Vitae and example Preparing the Curriculum Vitae Preparing a Curriculum Vitae: Proven Success Strategies
  9. Some universities expect the prospective graduate students to contact supervisors of their choice - while others prohibit this. Check the relevant website to get idea of their process. If it is not prohibited, then its highly recommended that you contact them. This part is very tricky. Browse through web pages of the faculty members of your department of interest. Make sure you carefully read all their background, projects and activities. You want to find a professor as your supervisor that has active projects which you really like to work on, professor’s field of work fits your knowledge and experience, professor is very likely to provide you with funding for your researches due to his latest grants and projects and finally also it is very important that the professor is active and working in latest technologies or fields of science so that the education you receive will be a great asset to you and your future job finding. After you find your professors (try to find more to increase your chance), it is time to contact them, usually via email. Send them emails about how interested you are in their projects and show them that you are a very good fit for their projects, you have all the proper knowledge and background and you are very hard-working and enthusiastic. Always attach your resume/cv and letter of intent to your email for their convenience. If they are interested to accept new students, they will refer to your documents that you have provided to the department. This is why it is very important that you complete your application documents in the department files first, but if you are in a hurry, sometimes you can approach with incomplete application. Follow up with your request. Try to contact the professors once a week to remind them of you application and show that you are interested. Just try not to be annoying. Remember that professors are usually busy people and if you contact them many times without getting an answer first, that may have negative effects on your application. Try to always maintain a very good attitude towards them and don’t act selfish or greedy, but it is actually good to be confident about your background. Also it is always good to show that you are a flexible and respectful person. When contacting professors, try to contact one or a maximum of two in one department. You don’t want them to find out you are interested in all of them!! It is better if they feel you are specifically interested in them. But contact as many professors in different universities or departments as you can. Usually you will have to apply separately to different departments of one university. When contacting professors, you could ask for their advise on knowledge in their field of work too, showing that you are also contacting them to gain more than just an admission, but science and information. If you are knowledgeable enough to maintain a professional conversation and they are interested in the subject, not only they can help you a lot, but what you gain is their attention and they will easier remember you and become interested in you. Remember that many people apply for admission and unless you stand out, you won’t have much chance to get admission unless you have a super background. So try to showcase yourself very well without being annoying. You can communicate with the department secretary as well for application related questions, don’t ask those things from your professor unless you have to.
    One very helpful point you may have is a friend or relative in the department, university or city you are applying for. They can sometimes do magic *** ! They can follow up for you and help you with your communications with the university. They are especially good because they already live there and know how to be more effective. You can also try and make friends there through the university student listings. I found students very helpful to people who like to apply. You may find a new friend that helps you out very well, especially if they are students of the same professor you are applying to.

Again, you might need to collect some more documents depending on where you are applying. Check the checklist first.
 
*** Its always a good idea to keep contact with the seniors or faculty memebers who had gone through this process, or had been studying in the university that you crave for. However, wretchedly, most of the students ask for so simple information that are already available in the relevant university websites. Do the google search at first and go through all the necessary pages to get to know about the program. If you can't find it, ask the graduate secretary the question (they are appointed to do so: just do not white your whole history to them - ask them in small emails in plain english). If they do not reply, or in other extreme circumstances, email to those seniors or faculty memebers (again in small enough emails which is clear about its question). Then you might get lucky. The point being - save the best for the last!
 
Selecting the University and/or Department:
 
This obviously does not have a clear-cut solution. There could be several angel by which you could approach this (the following list is not complete) -
  1. A department where you can find a supervisor who works on a topic which matches your interest
  2. An university which has higher rank: Selecting your university base on ranks is just one crude way. Please look for the major raking institute's sites for better understanding:
      [I] Academic Ranking of World Universities http://www.arwu.org/ARWU2010.jsp
      [II] Webometrics http://www.webometrics.info/top12000.asp
      [III] HEEACT – Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World http://ranking.heeact.edu.tw/en-us/2009/TOP/100
      [IV] Times higher education http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2010-2011/top-200.html
      [V] Top universities: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2009/results
  3. An university that gives a lot of fund: Usually, 'higher rank uni' = 'guaranteed or better fund' = 'more competitive' = 'better prospect in job after you finish'. From Bangladesh, funding is definitely a good motivation.
  4. A department where your seniors are in (who knows that your background is good enough to offer you an admission)
  5. A city where your relatives/friends live
  6. An university that requires quality which matches your criteria
  7. An university, where you think you have better chance of getting admission
  8. A department which is not very hard compared to your background
  9. An university where deadline is still there to apply
  10. An university where there is no application fee for Bangladeshi students! (For example, try UBC, UofA, etc)
On a personal note, this might sound funny, but I had chosen my current university based on this last criteria!
Obviously, from Bangladesh, when we first apply, we always tend to aim for top few world ranking universities. Unfortunately, this way, we loose a lot of money for nothing. My suggestion would be to select some universities which are good and you are sort of hoping to get admission there (based on say, last few year's intake). Select only those ranking universities where you absolutely want to apply. Its not a lottery that you buy a ticket and hope for the best. Choosing universities wisely will actually save you from spending a lot of money, trouble and heart breakings. From my experience, i have seen people from bangladeshi background to get admission in mediocar to good universities first, and then if they perform well there, they can move to better universities. This is just the way it works: step-by-step, for most international students.
 
List of Universities with Statistics Related Programs:
 
Only list for masters program is provided. Please google the name of the university and program to find the relevant site to know more about the program and their requirements. I could do it - but feeling a bit lazy (been there - done that a long time ago : now its your turn). Here is an example though.
Make sure you apply for more than one university to increase your chance of acceptance (my experience tells me that its not always straight forward even if you have all the desired criteria. For example, in some particular year, some particular program might run out of funds for an international student).
 
 
Name of the Program
Discipline
University of Calgary MSc in statistics Statistics, General
The University of British Columbia MSc in statistics Statistics, General
Simon Fraser University MSc in statistics and actuarial science Actuarial Science
Simon Fraser University MSc in statistics and actuarial science Statistics, General
University of Victoria MSc in statistics Statistics, General
University of Victoria MA in statistics Statistics, General
University of Manitoba MSc in statistics Statistics, General
University of New Brunswick MSc in mathematics/statistics Mathematics, General
University of New Brunswick MSc in mathematics/statistics Statistics, General
Memorial University of Newfoundland Master of Applied Statistics Statistics, General
Memorial University of Newfoundland MSc in statistics Statistics, General
Acadia University Master of Science in Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics, General
Acadia University Master of Science in Mathematics and Statistics Statistics, General
Dalhousie University MSc in Statistics Statistics, General
Brock University MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Carleton University MSc in applied mathematics with specialization in biostatistics Applied Mathematics, General
Carleton University MSc in applied mathematics with specialization in biostatistics Biostatistics
Carleton University MSc Mathematics (Probability and Statistics) Mathematical Statistics and Probability
University of Guelph MSc in mathematics and statistics Mathematics, General
University of Guelph MSc in mathematics and statistics Statistics, General
McMaster University MSc in statistics Statistics, General
University of Ottawa MSc with Biostatistics Specialization Biostatistics
University of Ottawa MSc in Mathematics with Specialization in Biostatistics Biostatistics
University of Ottawa MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics, General
University of Ottawa MSc in Mathematics with Specialization in Biostatistics Mathematics, General
University of Ottawa MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Statistics, General
Queen's University MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Algebra and Number Theory
Queen's University MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Analysis and Functional Analysis
Queen's University MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Applied Mathematics, General
Queen's University MSc in Mathematics and Statistics Mathematical Statistics and Probability
University of Toronto MSc in statistics Statistics, General
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics in statistics-biostatistics Biostatistics
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics in computer science (statistics-computing) Computer Science
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics in statistics-computing Statistics, General
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics in statistics-finance Statistics, General
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics in computer science (statistics-computing) Statistics, General
University of Waterloo Master of mathematics (MMAth) in statistics Statistics, General
The University of Western Ontario MSc in epidemiology and Biostatistics Biostatistics
The University of Western Ontario MSc in Biostatistics Biostatistics
The University of Western Ontario MSc in epidemiology and Biostatistics Epidemiology
The University of Western Ontario MSc in statistics Statistics, General
University of Windsor MSc in mathematics and statistics Mathematics, General
York University MA in Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics, General
York University MA in Mathematics and Statistics Statistics, General
McGill University MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics Biostatistics
McGill University MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics Epidemiology
McGill University MSc in mathematics and statistics Mathematics, General
McGill University MA in mathematics and statistics Mathematics, General
McGill University MA in mathematics and statistics Statistics, General
University of Regina MA in statistics Statistics, General
University of Regina MSc in statistics Statistics, General
 
 
Source of Money
 
There can be many sources of money for students here in Canada:

    • Normally with a student visa you are only able to work on campus. You can apply for jobs in library, campus restaurants and other university facilities that hire students. Recently students in Canada are allowed to apply for work visas along with their student visas so that they are able to work off campus. In this case students can find more jobs and are able to easier support themselves.

    • You can work as a Research Assistant (RA) for your professor or supervisor and receive money. The money can be somewhere around 1000\$ per months and more. This job usually lasts as long as the project needs researching.

    • You can work as Teacher Assistant (TA) and help teachers in their duties such as solving problems for students, correct their exams and etc. The payment for this position is dependent on how many units you receive as a TA, which normally depends on the number of units for that course. You may be paid about 200\$ per month per unit or some where around \$25 per hour which in that case they will assign you a fixed hours for your duty. You can apply for TA-ship of more than one course and get units as many as five.

    • There are fellowships and scholarships that you can apply for. Eligible students can receive these scholarships who are always students with high educational standing. There might be some other conditions for different scholarships. Like for some scholarships you have to be working on a project or in industry to receive it. Or some other require you to be a Canadian citizen. Scholarships are paid per semester and start from 500\$ to over 10000\$ Canadian. There is always a competition to receive these scholarships and they are limited. So one may not receive them so easily. Also another important thing is that universities always pay students a limited money per year, let’s say this limit is about 24000\$/year. If you get scholarships that increase your yearly salary over this limit, then they will cut your income from somewhere else, like your RA.

    • There are bursaries that students can apply for. Bursaries are usually paid to under paid students, those who don’t already have enough income. People must fill a form claiming their situation and lack of money and they may receive a money per semester of about 500\$ and more. It’s not much, but better than nothing. Don’t lie in your forms just to get more money than you need, there are students that really need it and the resources are limited. And obviously, there will be penalty if you get caught red-handed!

Cost of Living
  • One important thing that you should know when moving abroad is the cost of living, not for the admission but for yourself. Try to find out this researching in the web so that you are prepared for what you might face in the country you are moving to. I can give you some information about the cost of living in Canada, although it is very dependent on where you live and what school you go to:
  • For under-graduate studies, the tuition fees are usually pretty high, somewhere between 6000\$ to 8000\$ or more Canadian dollars per semester (4 months) and it is even worse for non-immigrant students. But for post-graduate programs it is much cheaper somewhere around 1500 CAD or more and usually doesn’t change if you are not an immigrant.
  • For a place to live, you can apply for a dorm room. That’s usually the cheapest option you can get. In Vancouver it can be about 500 CAD per month or higher. But then you will have to live in the university which some people may not like. The off-campus rental starts from 600 CAD to over 1000 CAD depending on where you live in the city and what you rent. You can always significantly reduce the rental cost by sharing the residence.
  • The cost of food usually starts from a minimum of 200 CAD per month, unless you really eat very little and always cook at home (Grocery probably bought from superstore and/or safeway in relatively cheap prices), which is no fun!
  • For transportation, you can use public transit services and if you get monthly passes, it could start from 65 CAD per month and over. The cost of owning a car beside its purchase price are its insurance which is over 120 CAD per month and fuel which nowadays is over 100\$ per month, plus the maintenance. Having a car is very desirable in a vast country like Canada. If your university provides free passes (like UBC provides U-pass), then you don't have to pay any thing - its a free ride to anywhere!
  • You should normally get services such as electricity for where you live, which would be about 60\$ per month.
  • At least 30 CAD if you prefer to maintain a cell phone (say, rogers or fido) and call in your home country once in a while. It might be a good place to suggest that long distant relationships will have your bill go way up!! However, use of pc-to-pc calls in those circumstances could save a lot! Land phone is also another option for local calls.
Considering all these, I can say that the cost of living in Vancouver starts from somewhere around 1500 CAD Canadian dollars for one person. If you are a family the cost will be less per person. In other cities, the cost might be a bit less (depends on which city you are in).
 
Useful Sites:
 
Please go througth the following sites to know details about this:
If you are looking for a more formal documentation on the above topic, please redirect yourself to the official page of CICIC; Admission to universities and colleges in Canada
 

[The subject material of this article is too general for any particular university - usually its wise to go through specific university official sites for more precise and specific information. This was written based on my personal experience when I went through the entire admission process (blended with some other blog materials relevant to this subject materials - thanks to all of those as well), yet I did not want it to be too restricted on a few universities only. However, on the other end, this is basically written for those who are trying to apply in canada for graduate admission from Dhaka university in the statistics related fields.] (LAST UPDATED ON Sept, 2010)

List of Canadian Universities

  • A list provided by University of Waterloo is here.
  • A list from Wikipedia.

Comments

I WOULD LIKE TO PURSUE Msc maser degree in biostatistics in Canadian universities for the year 2010 sept. in the same time i have sponsorship from my employer. if you kindly help me in this mater. time is running.

i wish i can archive my goal as soon as possible.

Best regards

Mohammed alzahrani

September 2010 is too near for you to apply as an international student (assuming that you are living outside Canada). Usually the deadlines for applications are Feb 1 or March 1 of the same year. Do you have any particular university in mind? For Biostatistics, I would suggest University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, McGill University and University of Western Ontario. But as I said, the deadline for Sept 2010 is probably over. Since you have a sponsor, you might still be eligible for September entry. If not, Winter 2011 (January) is still a good possibility.

Study in Canada and low tuition fees university?
i want to know the detail about study in Canada and which university that accept sat or toel and with low tuition.for an international student from Nigeria and that have neco(waec)result.

In general, tuition fees are not 'low' in Canada if you are international student. Tuition fees vary across provinces and the lowest tuition is probably in Quebec followed by Nova Scotia. Again, this is what I've heard about the tuition, not sure if this is correct.

As for your request, it is not possible to list universities which has lower tuition fees. You should shop around and see which suits best for you.

i want some information and advice about getting admission in canadian universities actually i am looking for admission in mba programe and it should be in fall 2010 semester and i m permanent resident having my previous qualification from pakistan . I m looking for such a university where i can surely get admission even having not good gmat score and the univerisy should not have strict policy if anyone can favour me it will be great for me

What steps did you take to search for such a university? I would suggest you to search first and then make a list of universities that you are eligible to apply. Usually, the MBA program is very difficult to get into. However, if you are good in English (since your first language is not English, I guess) then you can talk to the program director at any university. So far I know, MBA program requires job experience.

Best wishes.

Please...i'm nigerian and my family is rellocating to ontario early 2010 ....i also plan to gain entry into a university...i have a very good waec result....please when does the application date close and what are the chances i get accepted and please can i apply online,..thank you.

Usually the application dates close from early january to mid march - depending on the universities. The chance of getting admission depends on the university and the program. Most universities have online application option, but not all. Please check the department websites of your interest and consult with grad secs for more precise info. There is simply no generalized answer to these questions. Thanks :)

Please...i'm nigerian and my family is rellocating to ontario early 2011 ....i also plan to gain entry into a university...i have a very good waec result....please when does the application date close and what are the chances i get accepted and please can i apply online,. I plan on applying to university of Toronto or Waterloo i also plan to study Chemical Engineering.".How difficult is it to gain admission into a canadian varsity cause the competition is very high.thank you.

Yes, the competition is very high, particularly at those two universities you've mentioned. However, if you are a permanent resident (I am assuming that since your family is relocating), then you might have an advantage over other international students with same credentials as far as admission is concerned. The good thing will be to contact with the professors whose research area matches with your interest. Again, some universities prefer that you contact with the professors before getting admission while other don't.

i got ielts score 6 but I want to get admission into canadian university in M.S in CSE. Which university accept this score? Please give me the information.

We cannot help you with that. The general information for getting admission in Canadian universities has been presented very clearly in this article, and it is now up to you to search for a suitable university for pursuing higher study in Canada. All the best.

Please, am from Nigeria and wish to continue may education in one of canadian Universities and want to know if i need a Proof of English Proficiency/GRE before i apply for Masters in Computer Science as a international student to a canadian university

As you've mentioned about TA or RA, for this, do they require any eligibility criteria? Like, outstanding result in semester final or excellent academic performance? Is there any limitation for TA or RA availability? Like, each month, they'll only take few students or something like this? And most importantly, do they ensure any student about university funding after selection procedure? I heard, some universities ensure the students that they'll provide 70%-75% funding.

About the recommendation letter-is it important to get one from supervisor? What if the supervisor is a Lecturer?

Thank you.

It depends. If the department ensures guaranteed funding, the student need not worry about funding - it is smoothly at a minimum level throughout the year (does not matther whether it is ta / ra / both). In that case, it will be clearly mentioned in the offer letters. Usually the rich/ranking universities are like that. For some universities, the funding system is complex - sometimes depending on province! Even the same uni might have diff rules for diff depts. E.g., for UBC, stat dept masters is guaranteed funding once you are admitted, but economics dept masters gets funding depending on merit. Some might have some additional restrictions (can't to more than XX terms of ta / ra, etc.) as well! Please check the web-site of exact department where you are willing to apply. There it should be mentioned. If not - email grad sec.

If the sup is lecturer, my advice would be to get involved with some other research with some senior professor, and make a good impression - so that at the end of your voluntary work - he/she is willing to give a good rec letter. Asking politely can do wonders. HTH. Sorry for the short-cuts - really need to go back to studies :)

hi
i am a student in Cameroon i study computer engineering and will which to continue in Canada i already did two years today and obtain a diploma and a transcript please i will need somme additional infromation with respect to this

Please read this article carefully and patiently and you will find answers to all the questions you might have. If your questions are not answered here, we will be glad to provide you some direction.

But, please read the article first. Thank you.

can any one tell me which canadian university is better for me???
i am Graduate BSCS...and wana go to Canada For MS....

What does BSCS stand for? Is it Bachelor of Science in Computer Science?

If so, all the universities in Canada have MS degree in CS. You have to look for a university that is suitable for you (in terms of funding, admission possibility, getting a supervisor etc.).

Shop around.. here is a list of Canadian Universities.

Good luck.

i am student of english literature n i wana settle in canada by applying study visa plz giv me some guide lines abt universities. n hon can v take admission online in canadian universities?

There are many grants offered that could get you into Canadian Universities, just explore your options and do research how to go about the process. There are also help desk available for further questions.

I have completed my graduation in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. My IELTS score is 6.5.If score is 7/7.5,will it bring extra benefit for admission?Will it beneficial for me to seat for the IELTS again for better score? Which factors e.g.-CGPA,IELTS score,GRE Publication are important for admission in Canadian Universities.

Thanks
Sumanta Barman

I have completed my graduation in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. My IELTS score is 6.5.If score is 7/7.5,will it bring extra benefit for admission?Will it beneficial for me to seat for the IELTS again for better score? Which factors e.g.-CGPA,IELTS score,GRE Publication are important for admission in Canadian Universities.

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Sumanta Barman

I don't think there is any clearcut answer to this. In some cases being eligible in proficiency test is all that matters. However, if the admission committee has two students with same caliber, but one has 6.5 and another has 8.5, who do you think they would prefer? The "important factors" vary widely in different uni / program.

hi i am an international student in canada.basically i am from INDIA.i'v done b.tech in ECE from INDIA only.now applying for M.Eng in MCMaster university.my graduation aggregate is 70%.my IELTS score is 7.0.i almost fulfill all admission requirements.cud u plz tell me...what are my chances for acceptence?????????i'v applied for JAN2011 batch.cud u plz suggest me any odr universities wid JAN intake...

Being eligible doesn't guarantee you the admission anywhere. Taking in Jan session isn't very uncommon. You should talk to the grad secs of the departments where you are eligible and willing to apply.

I'm a student of anthropology department in sust (public uni of sylhet). I've just finished my honours level of education from this uni. Now i like to get a more advance uni and so i chosed canada as my dream country for mastars. I've given ielts exam and i got 6.0. Now my problem is, i'm having no uni which support 6. I read 1 or 2 uni who can accept this score. Please could you tell me the name of these uni. Thanks a lot

Hi i came to Canada 3 months ago.I am immigrant to Canada.
I did Bachelors of COmputer Engg. from Gujarat University,India.Now i want to do Masters in Computer sci/computer engg. in Canada.Can i get admission in January? in which university??Please mail me your answer....

If you are a qualified candidate you are certain to get admission. However, where and when that depends on your preparation. You need to contact with universities and apply for an admission. For January admission, its a bit late but probably not too late if you can directly talk to some professors or the department secretaries. However, funding might be an issue at this moment.

Please read through this post for a list of universities where you can appply. All the best.

Hi Dear, i want to ask that i have done Bachelors of science(2 years) and then post graduate diploma in IT(1 year). i want to ask that which level i am eligible to apply for for any of the university or college in Canada. am i eligible for the Masters?

hi. i'vr applied for grad studies at calgary. i'm an international student. graduated first class and had 109 as my toefl ibt score. i'm worriabout my applicatication because i think i didn't do that well in the toefl. do you think i have cause to worry? and how improtant is statement of purpose in the whole admission process?

Well, if you have not met their minimum TOEFl score requirements, then I'm afraid, your application might get rejected.

Whether or not the statement of purpose is needed depends on whether they need it or not. It should be mentioned in the list of documents that an applicant should submit. If they require one, you better send it as soon as possible.

I have completed my B.Sc. in Mechanical Engg. from BUET. My ielts score is 6.50

I have some journal & conference publications. Can anyone suggest whether publications are weighted by the admission committee?...Would I get advantage in admission due to my publications?

i"m a fresh graduate from one of Nigeria's federal polythechnic. my discipline i in electrial elctronics engineering technology, where i obtained higher national diploma and graduated with lower credit. please i will like to know which institution to apply to in order to obtain master in this field of study

I applied for MSc Stats at UoT and at UWaterloo and UBC for Fall 2011 and am conisidering. Could you comment on the student culture at each ie -- highly collaborative, competitive, etc...
Also could you comment on the degree of access to profs time for MSc students at these uni.
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Simon