How to Choose Course and Program for Studying in Canada – Full Guide

This post has been planned out with a thought that “I wish there was a guide like this when I was doing my course and program selection for my study in Canada career goal.”

Unfortunately, for me, it wasn’t as easy as searching best Masters in computer science programs in Canada. That led me nowhere and gave me no appropriate results.

That was a long time ago.

I remember meeting and reaching out to a different set of people including my professors, seniors already studying in Canada, consultants (I hate them!), friends and family members.

Some set of people gave me proper and genuine answers to my query while many ended up giving full biased opinion about which course would be best for me to study in Canada. This leads me to draft my first section which will get you moving further in this post.

Why people already studying in Canada would be giving biased opinion on choosing program for yourself to study in Canada?

Remember, the person you are communicating with has already invested tonne of money for their chosen program. They don’t want to speak or let’s say admit that they committed a big mistake or consultant messed everything up for their ambition to study in Canada.

I learned it hard way.

Out of the 10 people I used to reach out to, 8 would be saying the program they are studying and the university/college they are studying in would be best for me as well. While the reality is, the course they are studying and the university/college they are in suck.

No future prospects. No employment opportunities. No experienced professors. No city-vibe. No part-time jobs available while studying. Nothing.

After a while, I realized I need to vet out the biased people who are emotionally attached to their chosen program and university or college. The people who have no idea about different best universities and colleges other than the one they are already studying in.

I realized the fact that, it doesn’t mean if the person is in Canada means he knows everything about Canada.

Let me ask you this question. If you are living in North part of whatever is your country of residence and I ask you about reviews of a university/college in South part which you never heard of, would you be able to answer? No. Right?

It works the same way while asking your friends already studying in Canada. I am not saying you should completely ignore your friends studying in Canada, however, you should be taking whatever they are saying with a grain of salt. Don’t believe everything blatantly. That’s my point.

How to begin the process of searching best program to study in Canada?

I like to call it a “list and eliminate” method.

It’s as simple as the name suggests.

You follow the top bottom approach and start listing down the highly ambitious universities and highly ambitious course or program.

As I am a Computer Science person, I will consider that field in mind. You can apply the same logic for your own field and course.

For example, Bachelors in Computer Science at University of Waterloo would be considered king of all courses in whole Canada.

With that said, even if you have whole bunch of failures or KTs or backlogs or whatever you call in your country, very low CGPA or percentage, no work experience, no internship, no good letter of recommendation, no good statement of purpose, YOU LIST DOWN THAT COURSE!

Now, if you took pen and paper, your paper would something like this.

#1 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Waterloo

Then you search for second best course after that. Let’s say it’s Master’s of Computer Science at University of Toronto.

Now, your list would look something like this.

#1 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Waterloo
#2 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Toronto

And, you keep exploring courses and Universities from top best to worst bottom. Remember, at this point you don’t care about the CGPA or percentage you had in your bachelors or your overall profile. Regardless of it being good or bad, you list down all the best courses and universities and colleges.

Let’s say our ideal list looks something like this.

#1 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Waterloo
#2 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Toronto
#3 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Alberta
#4 – Masters of Computer Science at University of British Columbia
#5 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Regina
#6 – Masters of Computer Science at Carleton University
#7 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Windsor
#8 – Masters of Applied Computing at University of Windsor
#9 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Saskatchewan
#10 – Masters of Computer Science at McGill University
#11 – Masters of Computer Science at McMaster University
#12 – Masters of Computer Science at Concordia University
#13 – Masters of Software Engineering at Concordia University
#14 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Western Ontario
#15 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Ottawa
#16 – Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Application Development at Centennial College
#17 – Advanced Diploma in Computer Programming at Humber College
#18 – Diploma in Information Systems Security at Fanshawe College

Now, you have listed down quite a good number of options.

The list can be bigger than this one. When I chose my program and university, the list was more than 60. I wanted to explore all the available options. Not leaving a single one explored.

Next comes the sorting.

You sort your options in three categories: Ambitious, Moderate, Safe.

If you have high class academic profile, some research papers published, bit amount of work experience, internship experience, overall 7.5 bands or more in IELTS and your overall profile is pure gold, none of this courses can be ambitious for you to apply.

In fact, in that case, all the options are safe for you to apply and you can apply to first four, wait for the response from those universities and if you get admission in any single of them, you finalize it.

However, not all the people would be having such an awesome profile.

If you think your profile is average, I would classify and categorize the given list something like this.

Safe Options:

#1 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Windsor
#2 – Masters of Applied Computing at University of Windsor
#3 – Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Application Development at Centennial College
#4 – Advanced Diploma in Computer Programming at Humber College
#5 – Diploma in Information Systems Security at Fanshawe College

Moderate Options:

#6 – Masters of Computer Science at Concordia University
#7 – Masters of Software Engineering at Concordia University
#8 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Western Ontario
#9 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Regina
#10 – Masters of Computer Science at Carleton University

Ambitious Options:

#11 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Waterloo
#12 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Toronto
#13 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Alberta
#14 – Masters of Computer Science at University of British Columbia
#15 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Saskatchewan
#16 – Masters of Computer Science at McGill University
#17 – Masters of Computer Science at McMaster University
#18 – Masters of Computer Science at University of Ottawa

Now, what?

Mostly all the universities and colleges have application fees. Somewhere around 100$ to 200$.

Applying to all the universities and colleges in the list you have sorted wouldn’t be a wise choice.

It totally depends on your profile and how you personally evaluate it as well as the professional person evaluates it.

If you think your profile is weak, don’t even consider applying to ambitious universities and colleges. Just apply to safe colleges and wait for results.

I would also highly recommend to take your chances on moderate colleges and universities. Sometimes, people take admission and don’t pay required fees. Colleges and universities don’t want to let those seats get unused. You might get lucky and get into the university or college you didn’t imagine you will be able to get.

Some of our clients were really fortunate to get offer letters from what we would consider really ambitious university according to their academic profile. This happens usually in all intakes, however, it’s all about your chances.

We hope you found this article good enough to be helpful with your course or program selection at right university or college.

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For a nominal fee, we do everything from scratch for all of our clients. We do profile evaluation with a help of certain predefined criteria and provide you with full list of best programs and colleges and universities suitable to your profile. We help you sort out which would be your best option and which has higher chances of acceptance so you don’t end up spending application fees money unnecessarily for really highly ambitious university or college.

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