If you want to continue your education after undergraduate studies, there are excellent learning and research opportunities in Canada. University Canada member institutions offer thousands of graduate programs (leading to a certificate, diploma, master’s or doctorate) in a variety of disciplines.
Dalhousie University-students in labCanada is recognized as a world leader in many areas of research: clinical medicine, information and communications technology, and psychology and cognitive science, to name a few.
Canadian universities are critical to Canada’s success in international research. More than 40 percent of Canada’s research and development takes place at universities – one of the highest rates of university research among OECD and G8 countries.
As an international graduate student at a Canadian university, you could be part of research teams with professors. You could also work on hands-on projects with partner companies, or conduct research independently under the supervision of an experienced supervisor. The choice is yours.
Graduate programs in Canada fall into two categories: professional and research-based.
Professional programs prepare students for a specific career or profession, such as business or management, dentistry, law or medicine. They generally focus on practical skills and applied knowledge.
Students take a well-structured series of courses and participate in internships. In addition to university degree studies, students in professional programs are often required to study for professional certification.
While many professional degrees are offered at the master’s level, some (in medicine, for example) are strictly speaking undergraduate degrees. Students wishing to enroll in these degrees must have already taken some courses at the university.
Research-based programs focus on the in-depth study of a particular discipline, such as chemistry, English or French studies, geography or sociology. They are generally theory- and research-based. Students may be required to take a number of courses and write a thesis or dissertation under the guidance of a supervising professor.
Research-based master’s programs are often a preparatory step for the doctorate, the highest specialized research degree. D. programs are designed to train researchers and often future academics, although graduates are increasingly working in a variety of sectors.