USA or Canada? Which is better for Pursuing MS

By Neha Kumari Sept. 15, 2020, 4:32 p.m.

If you are planning to pursue MS from abroad and confused between Canada or the US then check this article to decide which is a better destination for you.

The United States and Canada are two of the most popular study-abroad destinations, especially for Indians looking forward to pursuing MS. With that being the case, it becomes important to consider a number of factors, check their pros and cons before settling on a country between the two,

The degree programme MS is opted by Indian students to study abroad usually after the completion of B.Tech degree programme. Some also go abroad to pursue the MS degree after certain years of experience in the industry. 

It is a postgraduate degree programme that is offered in multi-disciplinary subject areas like Science, Technology and  Medicine. Some of the popular MS degree programmes are MS in Computer Science, MS in Mathematics, MS in Chemistry, MS in Physics and MS in Data Science. MS is more of a research-based course than a classroom-based course. The course includes a master’s thesis and a research-based project. 

In this article, we have covered some important factors in detail to determine which is the best choice for an individual to pursue an MS course. 

Which is a better place to Pursue MS from Abroad? USA or Canada?  

Both US and Canada are famous destinations to pursue MS from abroad. Choosing one of the two destinations may be a difficult task for students. However, the following important factors will help students decide whether to pursue MS from Canada or from the United States:

Quality of Education 

Both US and Canada have renowned MS institutes that offer the best course. With the US being home to the most number of top-ranked universities in the world, the quality of education in both the countries are incomparable. Having said that, Canada has not been lagging behind in terms of quality of education. Many top Canadian universities such as McGill University, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia have certainly made it to the top over the years. 

Students who prefer research are more likely to choose the US over Canada. Nonetheless, a report from OECD, short for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, revealed that the Canadian education system is constantly rising up in the rankings due to its constant innovation.

Cost of Study 

In the US, the tuition fee for an MS degree programme is charged on the basis of the credit hour of the course. The minimum credit hours of an MS degree programme is 30 hours. Also, the tuition fee varies for a public university and a private university. 

Tuition fee for MS programmes for international students in Canada is relatively affordable compared to the United States. Tuition fees may vary depending on the university and the city. 

Job Options

The US offers one of the highest-paid jobs to people. The country has a large number of corporate giants that provide ample job opportunities to graduates. The job opportunity in Canada is also high. However, the pay scale in Canada is relatively low. However, there is flexibility of job in Canada. A person can choose to work at a medium-sized company or they can set up a business after the competition of studies.  

Immigration 

Immigration in Canada is easier compared to the United States. The population of Canada is less and so they easily accept immigration requests. Canada is a good option for long term settlement. You can apply for PR and later on apply for citizenship in Canada. In the US, the percentage of immigrants has increased in the last few years but the country is trying to restrict it. 

Quality of Life 

Both Canada and the US have a good quality of life. These two are the developed countries of the world. So, one can expect all possible comfort and ease in life. The climatic condition in the US varies throughout the country. It is a large country and people can experience various climatic conditions in different states, east to west and north to south. 

In Canada, the weather conditions are extreme. In winters, the country is bitterly cold. 

Also Read: Top Countries to Study MS in Computer Science

MS in Canada vs MS in US

The following table demonstrates a comparison between MS in US and MS in Canada based on various parameters: 

Parameter 

MS in Canada 

MS in the United States 

Duration 

1 to 2 years 

1 to 2 years 

Average Tuition Fees 

CAD 30,000

45,000 USD 

Cost of Living

CAD 1,500 to CAD 2,000

 

3,000 to 3,500 USD

Salary

CAD 40,000 to CAD 90,000

US$ 70,000 

Eligibility 

The candidate must hold a  bachelor's degree. He/ She must have scored a GPA of 3 on a scale of  4 which is 65% to 70% or CGPA of 7.0 to 7.5 for Indian students. 

The candidate must hold a  bachelor's degree. Most universities analyse the academic records, extracurricular activities, previous works and recommendations to enrol students in the course. 

Exams 

GRE, TOEFL, IELTS

GRE, TOEFL, IELTS

Scholarships*

  • International Research Linkages funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  • Canada Asia-Pacific Awards (CAPA)

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

  • Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships (Government-funded)

  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

  • #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

  • AAUW International Fellowships

  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarships

  • Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants

Popular Fields

Media, Engineering, Business & Management, Nursing, Computer Science, Hospitality

Engineering, Business & Management, IT, Sports, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, Hospitality

Post-study Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) lets graduates from eligible Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to get an open work permit to find work in the country.

Graduates can apply for an OPT- a 12-month temporary work permit.

Permanent Residency Opportunities

Easy process: Students can apply for permanent residency during their PGWP.

Long and slow process including at least five years of employment, after which Green Card will be granted.

Employment Opportunities

Some of the high-paying job positions in the country include Architecture, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism

IT, and Marketing.

Top MS programmes with high salary potential include Nursing, Business and Management, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

*The lists of scholarships offered by both the countries are not exhaustive.

Also Read: Top Universities in Canada offering MS Business Analytics

Popular MS Universities in Canada 

Following is the list of some popular universities in Canada to pursue an MS course along with the specialisation:

Name of the University

MS Course Offered 

University of Toronto

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in Applied Computing 

  • MS Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of British Columbia

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering 

  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • MS in Nursing

University of Waterloo

 

  • MS in Mathematics- Computer Science

McMaster University

 

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in Nursing 

Dalhousie University

  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Western University 

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Nursing 

  • MS in Psychology 

 

McGill University 

  • MS in Civil Engineering 

  • MS in Computer Science

  • Ms in Mechanical Engineering

University of Windsor

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in Physics

Dalhousie University

  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

  • MS in Agriculture 

Popular MS Universities in the US 

Following is the list of some popular universities in the US to pursue an MS course along with specialisation:

University 

MS Course Offered 

University of Illinois, Chicago

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Business Analytics 

  • MS Civil Engineering

  • MS Industrial Engineering 

  • MS Mechanical Engineering

  • MS in Finance

  • MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management 

  • MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • MS in Management Information System

Florida International University

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Civil Engineering

  • MS in Construction Management 

  • MS in Biomedical Engineering 

  • MS in Electrical Engineering

  • MS in Biology

  •  MS in Physics

  • MS in Information Science 

Auburn University

  • MS in Computer Science and Software Engineering

  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • MS in Cybersecurity Engineering

  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • MS  in Finance

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering

  • MS in Civil Engineering 

  • MS Chemical Engineering

  • MS Statistics 

  • MS Aerospace Engineering 

  • MS in Economics  

University of Massachusetts, Boston

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Business Analytics 

  • MS in Information Technology 

  • MS in Finance 

  • MS in Chemistry 

  • MS in Accounting 

St. Louis University

  • MS in Engineering 

  • MS in Supply Chain Management 

  • MS Cyber Security 

  • MS in Aviation 

  • MS in Chemistry 

  • MS in Software Engineering 

  • MS in Applied Analytics 

University of Dayton, Ohio

  • MS in Engineering Management

  • MS in Electrical Engineering 

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering

  • MS in Civil Engineering

  • MS in Computer Science

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering 

  • MS in Bioengineering

  • MS in Chemical Engineering 

University of Central Florida

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in Data Analytics

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering 

  • MS in Electrical Engineering 

  • MS in Industrial Engineering 

  • MS in Chemistry 

University of South Carolina

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in International Business 

  • MS in Engineering Management 

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering 

  • MS in Electrical Engineering 

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering 

  • MS in Biomedical Sciences 

Adelphi University

  • MS in Computer Science 

  • MS in Business Analytics

  • MS in Supply Chain Management 

  • MS in Sports Management


Considering all the parameters mentioned above, both Canada and the USA stand out among all other countries in the world in terms of quality of education, tuition, programmes, scholarships and post-study work permit. However, MS from Canada would cost you way less than MS from the USA. 

Write to us at abroad@collegedekho.com or call us at 785 9990 990 and let us know which country you would prefer for your MS and get all your doubts cleared regarding MS admissions in the US and Canada.

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