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168 Top Masters Programs in Canada 2023

Canada has one of the highest living standards in the world and is consistently ranked in the top 10 on the UN’s Human Development Index. Being a member of both the Commonwealth and the Francophonie, a grouping of French-speaking countries, Canada offers a rich cultural heritage and many ties to its European founders. In addition to providing outstanding educational opportunities in both Eng… Read more

Canada has one of the highest living standards in the world and is consistently ranked in the top 10 on the UN’s Human Development Index. Being a member of both the Commonwealth and the Francophonie, a grouping of French-speaking countries, Canada offers a rich cultural heritage and many ties to its European founders. In addition to providing outstanding educational opportunities in both English and French, Canada is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Canada boasts beautiful landscapes, low crime rates, clean cities, excellent health care and a tech savvy population. Despite its small population, Canada has some of the finest institutions of higher education in the world and master’s degrees from Canada are widely recognized for their high quality.

Canadians realize the importance of a good education, and this is why public education in Canada is funded by federal, provincial and local governments. Canada has one of the highest enrollment rates in the world for students who have graduated from secondary school continuing on to post-secondary education, that is, university-level education. There are plenty of Masters degrees in Canada to choose from for students from all over the world, creating a diverse educational environment.

Although Canada has several types of higher education institutes, only universities offer masters degree programs. Hundreds of master’s programs are available, from the arts to engineering to MBAs. General requirements for students applying for a masters degree program include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, reference letters, a written application regarding the student’s interest in the degree program, and a standardized test such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). International students who are not native English speakers may also need to take the TOEFL.

Tuition is very low for Canadian citizens. For international students, tuition varies widely depending upon the school and program, from a low of around $2,000 per year up to about $35,000 per year at the high end. Schools in the smaller provinces (e.g., Newfoundland) are generally less expensive than schools in the larger provinces (e.g., British Columbia). Individual institutions award scholarships to international students who have demonstrated high academic achievement; interested students should apply directly to the specific institution and Masters Program they want to attend.

The length of a masters degree in Canada depends upon the university, the academic discipline, and whether the student attends full time or part time. Programs range from one to two years and usually include a mixture of coursework and research. Some programs require a full thesis, while others require a project or even an internship.

Canada loves international students, as demonstrated by the more than 200,000 of them studying there! In addition to providing a bi-lingual, multi-cultural environment with great winter sports, Canadian schools provide excellent value for all students, with relatively low tuition rates and high quality schools – four universities in the 2012 Shanghai World University Rankings top 100 and five MBA schools in the 2012 Financial Times Rankings top 100. Graduates of programs will find many opportunities to work in Canada whether or not they are Canadian residents. Major Canadian industries include banking, petroleum, forestry, fishing, agriculture and aerospace.

Canadian universities offer masters degrees in just about everything you can imagine.

Take the next step toward your future education by browsing the different masters degrees below. Once you’ve found a program that’s right for you, contact the specific university if you have additional questions.

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The Presbyterian College - Montreal
Montreal, Canada

We welcome students from many denominations and global contexts. Our Master of Divinity equips you for transformational leadership in the church. Offered in collaboration with ... +

We welcome students from many denominations and global contexts. Our Master of Divinity equips you for transformational leadership in the church. Offered in collaboration with McGill University, a top North American University. Our tuition fees are among the most competitive in North America. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 7 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Dalhousie University
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

The public sector is made up of governments and their agencies, from the international level to the local level. It includes other publicly funded bodies, such as hospitals, s ... +

The public sector is made up of governments and their agencies, from the international level to the local level. It includes other publicly funded bodies, such as hospitals, schools, government corporations (CBC, Canada Post, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, etc.) and many not-for-profit organizations. The MPA degree will prepare you for the realities of working in the public sector, where the internal environment (visioning and goal-setting, decision-making, managing, accountability and conduct) is distinct from the for-profit sector. -
Master
Full-time
20 months
English
Sep 2023
01 Apr 2023
Campus
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Canada

The Master of Science in International Management is designed to develop the conceptual and analytical skills needed to formulate effective international management strategies ... +

The Master of Science in International Management is designed to develop the conceptual and analytical skills needed to formulate effective international management strategies and policies to benefit all of an organization’s constituents in today’s globally competitive environment. It is also designed to familiarize students with the cultures and comparative business practices of countries in which multinational firms actively trade and invest. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
24 - 48 months
English
Sep 2023
15 Feb 2023
Campus
 

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McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management
Montreal, Canada

Developing management and leadership skills for health care around the globe, the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) is an 18-month program of five 12-day modu ... +

Developing management and leadership skills for health care around the globe, the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) is an 18-month program of five 12-day modules, followed by a master's degree paper, leading to the degree of Master of Management at McGill University. Each module focuses on a particular leadership mindset. Between modules, participants return to the workplace where they apply the pedagogy and insights of the program and bring their challenges back to the classroom. Following the five modules, there is a period in which the final paper is written under the guidance of an advisor. This last phase can be done from anywhere in the world. -
Master Master
Part-time
18 months
English
12 Feb 2023
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Université de Saint-Boniface
Winnipeg, Canada

Our Master of Education allows you to deepen your knowledge in one of the four specializations listed below. It is a perfect marriage of theory, practice and research. Pedagog ... +

Our Master of Education allows you to deepen your knowledge in one of the four specializations listed below. It is a perfect marriage of theory, practice and research. Pedagogy specific to education in a minority context occupies a prominent place. -
Master
Part-time
4 - 6 years
French
Jan 2023
Campus
Online
 
Queen's University
Kingston, Canada

This is a thesis/research-based Master's program. The minimum requirements are a research thesis, ELEC 891 seminar course, and 4 term-length graduate-level courses, of which t ... +

This is a thesis/research-based Master's program. The minimum requirements are a research thesis, ELEC 891 seminar course, and 4 term-length graduate-level courses, of which two courses must be selected from graduate courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
McMaster University Faculty of Humanities
Hamilton, Canada

The MCM is Canada’s leading professional master’s degree for communications managers, executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, and researchers in the many fields related to public ... +

The MCM is Canada’s leading professional master’s degree for communications managers, executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, and researchers in the many fields related to public relations, marketing, fund-raising, digital and social media, public affairs, investor relations, and many others. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English (Canada)
Campus
 
Royal Roads University
Victoria, Canada

The MA in Professional Communication program consists of two years of study with an annual on-campus residency at the beginning of each year. Faculty who have expert, real-wor ... +

The MA in Professional Communication program consists of two years of study with an annual on-campus residency at the beginning of each year. Faculty who have expert, real-world experience provide a solid foundation of advanced professional and technical skills that underpin effective leadership in an increasingly communication-driven world. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The Presbyterian College - Montreal
Montreal, Canada

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) is a 45-credit, non-thesis degree ideal for those who want to engage in further research and theological study. The program includes two si ... +

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) is a 45-credit, non-thesis degree ideal for those who want to engage in further research and theological study. The program includes two significant projects (6 credits each) that can involve academic research or engagement with some feature of the church’s life and mission. This program is usually completed over two years of full-time study (two terms per year) and can also, with permission, be taken on a part-time basis. The STM is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. The STM is a degree program at McGill University, but you register for the program through The Presbyterian College. This means you pay your tuition fees through the College and participate in the community/worship life of the College. You will have all of the advantages of studying at a premier North American University, and also the support of the Christian community and friendship as you pursue your degree. International students registering through the College pay tuition fees that are in line with those paid by Canadian students. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Dalhousie University
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Our degree, initially as an MLS, then MLIS and now MI has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1971.

Our degree, initially as an MLS, then MLIS and now MI has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1971. -
Master
Full-time
20 months
English
Sep 2023
31 Jan 2023
Campus
 
Dalhousie University
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

The Master of Science in Business at Dalhousie's Rowe School of Business is a research-oriented graduate thesis program. It is a rigorous program that runs for four full-time ... +

The Master of Science in Business at Dalhousie's Rowe School of Business is a research-oriented graduate thesis program. It is a rigorous program that runs for four full-time semesters and provides you with enhanced opportunities to enter a PhD program in business administration or boost your career in industry with skills in academic research. Students develop their skills through courses in their area of specialization and by writing a thesis. -
MSc
Full-time