Requirements to get admission in a Canadian University for Masters

November 26, 2017


Getting into Canada for Master's course





Canada is known for its wealth of cultural diversity and is one of the safest place for the international students to pursue their master's. Many universities are ranked under the QS World University Rankings, featuring their best ones.


Click on the university's (images) to follows up with the admission requirements and process, courses offered, academic faculties, course fee and its funding options.


In most of the universities classes are conducted in either French or English. So, it is important to keep in mind, that language of the course should be selected during admission process.


Tuition fees


The fee requirements for pursuing Masters in Canada varies considerably depending on the kind of Institute you choose.The range can be as high as CAD$ 25, 000 ($22,485 / £15,000). But on an average it takes usually around CAD$4,000 ( $3000 / £2,500) and CAD$6,000 ($4,500 / £3,600). More can be found here


Apply for Masters in Canada


For getting admission in a Canadian University, you will be need to have TOEFL or IELTS or MELAB scores (for students coming from non-English speaking nations). Yet, there are few universities and certain courses in some top universities that may even ask for GRE scores too.



Need of GRE or TOEFL or IELTS:


Writing GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS examinations: Only the top ranked Public universities may ask for GRE score. Else usually the lower ranked universities may not ask or even waive the GRE score criteria. The colleges like George Brown College, Seneca - Toronto, Canada do not ask for GRE and amy waive of the IELTS or TOEFL too at times.


GRE(Graduate Record Examination) 






This has to be taken by the students who are applying for MS. It is developed to test the candidate's verbal, analytical and mathematical skills.There is GRE subject tests which opt the student's profile highlighted compared to other applicants.


Eligibility:There is not a specific eligibility criteria for taking up GRE exams but the students are required to produce their original passport as proof of identity.


Exam fee:For the general GRE exams the application fee is $205 and for GRE subject tests the fee is $205 (except for Australians and Chinese). For registration, you can visit here:

Checkout the Registration Checklist given by the Official Website of GRE- Here


The materials to prepare for GRE can be accessed here: 

  1. Verbal Reasoning : Download Link 1; Download Link 2  ; GRE Intro Verbal

  2. Quantitative Reasoning : Practice Book ; Math Review ; GRE Intro Quant (18 point book)GRE Intro Quant (18 page Book with illustrations) ; GRE Intro Quant ; FREE Preparation for GRE (by Khan Academy)

  3. Analytical Writing

Online Writing Practice Service for the GRE- Here

Practice Tests: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE General Test- Here


Test pattern:
In analytical part, there is only one section. There are two tasks (for each of which 30 minutes are given)-

  • Analyze an argument and

  • Analyze an issues.

In verbal reasoning, there are two sections with 20 questions each and 30 minutes were allotted per section.

In quantitative reasoning, there are2 sections with 20 questions per section and the time limit is 35 minutes per section.

Score pattern:
The verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections are measured on a scale of 130-170 in 1-point increments and the analytical section is measured on a scale of 0-6 with half-point increments.

Usually the test results are published on the GRE website and the scores are sent to the requested universities within six weeks of the test date.

The GRE test scores are valid for five years after the year in which exam was undertaken.


Also you may subscribe to the FREE GRE Search Service where in by just registering via ETS and having an account. You will be able to receive information about the university programs, admission requirements — even about scholarships and fellowships to help pay tuition. And best part is that, it’s FREE — and it’s easy to subscribe by just signing up when you create your ETS Account. More can be found here.


TOEFL(Test of English as Foreign Language)


This is used to test the student's English proficiency skills both written and oral. This test scores are widely accepted in North American Universities. It is developed and administered by Educational Testing Services. The TOEFL test can be retaken as many times but with a 12day gap from the previous test attempt.


Exam fee:

The registration fee is $180 (for India). The test fee varies with countries and you can check the applicable fees, based on which country you are giving the TOEFL Exam, here.

Test pattern:

There are 4 sections in the test and there is a 10mins of break in between two sections. The sections are as follows (with respective number of questions and allotted time):

  • Reading- 36-56 questions and allotted time is 60-80 minutes.

  • Listening- 34-51 questions and allotted time is 60-90 minutes.

  • Speaking- 6 tasks and allotted time is 20 minutes.

  • Writing- 2 tasks and allotted time is 50 minutes.

Score pattern:

Each sections are scored in the scale of 0-30.



The results are published in the TOEFL registration site and the scores are also mailed to the candidates.



The scores are valid for 2 years from the year during which the examination was undertaken.


You can download the TOEFL iBT test questions as a PDF
Prepare for the TOEFL iBT Test (Link)
EdX course for TOEFL test preparation.

TOEFL Practice Online

TOEFL iBT Quick Prep- A free practice tool with real TOEFL iBT questions from past tests.

TOEFL iBT Test Prep Planner



IELTS(International English Language Testing System)


IELTS is the reputed and valid English test for study, migration or work in Australia, Canada and UK.

IELTS is conducted by The British council and IDP global. IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. There are 3 million IELTS tests taken in each year in India.

It is widely accepted for university admissions in Canada, Australia, UK and New Zealand. The IELTS test scores are mainly used during the immigration process. IELTS test scores are required for international students to test their reading, speaking, writing and listening skills, where English is considered as a major language for communication.


Type of IELTS:

There are two types: Academic and General.

Academic (