Planning for MSc Studies in Canada: A January Action Plan


If I Wanted to Study for an MSc in Canada, These Are the Four Things I Will Do in January

As an international student seeking admission into a Canadian university to pursue a graduate degree (MSc), here are the basic steps I would take:

1. Gather Basic Information

Key information to gather includes:

  • Understanding that Canadian universities are strict with CGPA requirements for MSc and PhD admissions, typically requiring a minimum of 3.0/4.0.
  • Realizing that Canadian universities do not waive application fees.
  • Noting that certain programs are not open for Masters and PhDs if degrees were obtained from outside Canada.
  • Knowing the three types of Masters in Canada: Masters by Research (MRes), Non-thesis Masters (Coursework), and Non-thesis Masters (Project Work).
  • Being aware of the three admission windows in Canada: September Intake (Admission window – Dec to Mar, for all courses), January Intake (Sept to Nov, open for some courses), and May Intake (Oct to Feb, only for a few courses).

2. Make Academic Preparation

Steps for academic preparation include:

  • Searching through various universities in Canada and noting the ones offering your course.
  • For each university noted, browsing the department website to find specific requirements, admission windows, and fees.
  • For MRes and PhD, securing the acceptance of a professor within the department willing to supervise you.
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3. Get the Admission Requirement

To gain a postgraduate admission into any Canadian university, you need:

  • Academic Transcript.
  • Academic CV (different from the style in the US).
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency.
  • International Passport.

4. Understand the Application Process and Apply

Important aspects of the application process:

  • Canadian universities do not waive application fees, which vary from 75 CAD to 120 CAD.
  • Before applying, ensure you meet the admission requirements to avoid wasting resources.
  • Flywire is often the easiest means of paying application fees from foreign nations.
  • Email notifications are sent once you begin and conclude the application process.

Further Notes

  • For MBA programs in Canada, a GMAT score of around 660 is usually required.
  • To study Medicine or related courses in Canada, an MCAT score of 490-500 is often necessary.
  • Portfolios may be requested by programs in fields like art, architecture, or design.


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