MS Deadlines Winter & Fall 2021 Canada and Application Tips

MS in Canada has been one of the hottest trends in the international education arena for the past few years. Canada’s long term demographic trends will not change after COVID-19 since the worker-to-retiree ratio is declining, and the country needs immigrants as a factor of economic growth. Previously, we have discussed the advantages of pursuing MS during the pandemic. In this article, we will look at the winter/summer and fall 2021 deadlines for MS in Canada. Additionally, we will also look at some of the key application strategies and tips.

2021 Application Deadlines for MS in Canada

Unlike in other countries, there are no central application deadlines in Canada. The deadlines vary extensively from university to university and program to program.

One of the major reasons is that the majority of MS programs in Canada require identifying potential supervisors and getting approvals from them.

Here are the some of application deadlines for some of the most popular graduate (MS) STEM programs in Canada.

MS Deadlines for 2021: University of British Columbia (UBC)

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MS Deadlines for 2021: University of Toronto

ProgramFall 2021 Deadlines
Biomaterials and Biomedical EngineeringMar 15, 2021
Electrical & Computer EngineeringJan 7 / Mar 15
Mechnical EngineeringJan 15 / Apr 1
Applied ComputingNov 29, 2020
Computer ScienceDec 2, 2020

MS Deadlines for 2021: McGill University

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MS Deadlines for 2021: McMaster Univesrity

canadian universities deadlines for spring 2021

MS Deadlines 2021: University of Calgary

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MS Deadlines 2021: University of Ottawa

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MS Deadlines for 2021 intake: Carleton University

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Winter/Summer/Fall 2021 Deadlines for MS in Canada: Other Universities

UniversityFall 2021 DeadlinesOther Intakes
University of AlbertaJan 15 / Mar 31NA
University of WaterlooDec 15 / Feb 1Oct 1 deadline for Summer intake
Queen’s UniversityApr 30Sep deadline for Winter intake
Ryerson UniversityFeb 1Nov 1 for Summer intake
Simon Fraser UniversityJan 31NA
University of ManitobaJun 1Feb 1 for Summer intake and Oct 1 for Winter intake

Application Tips for MS in Canada

With increasing popularity, it has also become extremely competitive to get into top universities in Canada, especially for the technical (STEM) subjects. If you are applying to a top tier university, you are not the only top-performing student applying to that university.

It’s very normal that the applicant pool will have very high grades and high GRE scores. Of course, you can stand out by showing off research projects; internships at top MNCs, graduating from a top brand (say IIT, NIT, BIT or IISER).

So, you really need to put serious effort into standing out from the crowd. Besides, you also need to gather information to find out the right universities. So, it’s only wise to reach out to the universities and engage.

Contacting Supervisors and Getting Approval is Mandatory for Majority of MS Programs in Canada

Seveal graduate (MS) programs require that you have a supervisor and some programs ask that you contact potential supervisors before applying to identify individuals with whom you share common research interests. Some graduate programs, primarily professional Master’s programs do not require students to have a supervisor.

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Potential applicants can directly contact a potential supervisor to see if opportunities exist in his/her research group. A detailed and informed inquiry is more likely to elicit a response than a form letter or generic inquiry. You should include your academic and research record, contact information for references, and an explanation of why your research interests are a good match with the potential Supervisor.

Once a potential Supervisor reaches an informal agreement to accept you, only then you should complete the formal application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies or the University. Submitting an application without an approval would lead to straight rejection despite high grades, GRE score and strong essays & recommendation letters.

If you need to identify a supervisor on your application, visit the program website to learn about faculty members’ research. When you find a faculty member with similar research interests to yours, contact him/her and tell them about your interest in graduate work, area of research interest and related experience.  The email correspondence is also an opportunity for you to find out if the faculty member is accepting new graduate students to supervise.

MS in Canada - How to Contact Potential Supervisors
Screenshot taken from UBC’s website

As you can see from the above screenshot, UBC is also organizing an online info session on August 31 to provide guidance on reaching out strategies – how to contact potential supervisors and also referees (for LORs).

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Have you got any doubts or queries? Please share them in the comments section (below). You can also book a 30/60 minute counselling session with me (Skype, Google Meet, WhatsApp or Phone)

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One comment

  1. Dear Sir,
    I got three offer letters from Canadian colleges, namely Durham, Loyalist and Georgian, for Artificial Intelligence program, but I want to do Master from Canadian university. I have done my in Electronics and Communication Engg. from Kurukshetra University with 70%. Also, I have 19 months experience of ECIL as an electronics Engineer. But now I want to change my field and I have done a lot of courses and projects ,on Coursera, LinkedIn, udemy,etc., related to machine learning and deep learning.
    Could you please guide me that to which universities I can apply?

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