Overview of the Application Process - MS in Canada

If you are an international student aspiring to pursue your Master’s in Canada, you would need to be aware of the application process in Canadian universities. You may need answers to questions like ‘where does everything start’ and ‘what to do next’. In this article, we have outlined the 15 steps that you would be required to follow to kick-start your application process for a master’s program in Canada successfully.
Application process

MS In Canada

Hello! Bonjour! We at MSInCanada want to help you have a smooth time with the application process for the Canadian Institutions by providing you right guidance at every phase of your application. But where does everything start and what to do next? Let us understand the main 15 steps that you need to follow to start your Masters in Canada successfully!

Application process

STEP 1: Get your Passport

If you have just begun with the documentation process, your first task is to get the passport. Your passport will serve as your identity proof when you go to Canada for your master’s program. Refer this part to learn the entire process of getting an Indian passport.

STEP 2​: Take an English Proficiency Test

If English is not your first language, you may need to demonstrate your English language proficiency for master’s programs in Canada. Taking an English language exam (IELTS/TOEFL) may be required. The IELTS is a popular test that is widely accepted by the Canadian Universities. This section will assist you with everything related to your IELTS preparation.

STEP 3​: Attempt the GRE Test

The GRE Exam is considered to be one of the most important criteria for prospective students applying for a Master’s degree in Canada. This test needs extensive preparation. This section will brief you more on the GRE Exam and its types.

STEP 4: Get your Bachelor's Transcript & Educational Certificates

The next step of your application process is to get your Bachelor’s Transcripts and educational certificates. Canadian universities get thousands of applications every semester. The members of the Admission Committee, thus, do not have ample time to go through each semester marks cards. Therefore, the Bachelor’s Transcripts and your educational certificates are a major prerequisite. Read this section to know more.

STEP 5: Prepare the Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your CV is another important prerequisite listed for Master’s admission. You need to create your CV based on the institution and update it with your most current work experience/academic accomplishments. This section will guide you in creating/updating your CV.

STEP 6: Prepare a Statement of Purpose (SOP)​

As it states, the Statement of Purpose mainly puts out the intention with which you are applying to the University. The SOP is perhaps one of the most essential documents for the application. You need to craft this document from scratch. It actually takes a lot of effort and time to write a good SOP. Check out this section for more information.

STEP 7: Collect the Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

A Letter of Recommendation is a positive statement given by your superior/ professor/employer. LORs play a vital role as it expresses your individuality from a third person’s point of view. You need to collect about 2-3 LORs from your supervisors (professors, project manager, etc.). Go through this section for more details.

STEP 8: Make a list of Target Universities to apply

It is now time to start shortlisting some institutions based on your profile & preferences. It might take some time to research all the Universities, analyse the program modules, curriculum and see available opportunities. Make sure you have a lot of choices in hand which match your profile and the desired program. Check this section for more details.

STEP 9: Submit Applications to University ​

You have your documents ready and Universities shortlisted. It is now time to start the application process. Most universities ask you to apply online on the admission portal and then send out the hard copies of the documents if chosen. Visit your target university’s website and check on the application procedures. Read further into this section to learn more about the process.

STEP 10: Apply for Education Loan

You may have to apply for a study loan to support your stay in Canada, i.e. for your education fee, travel and living expenditures. Once you get the offer letter, you need to apply for the Study Permit. However, for this, you need to submit either your bank statements/loan letter/scholarship offer. Applying for student loans could be a long and confusing process. This section describes the whole process.

STEP 11: Apply for the Canadian Study Permit

You need to apply for a Canadian Study Permit to be able to study in Canada. This is one of the most important procedures, and all documentation regarding this is crucial. This is really important, and proper guidance is required through the process. Read this section for more inputs.

STEP 12: Take the Travel Insurance

We consider this to be an important step. Your travel insurance covers you during your journey to Canada. Check this section for information on travel insurance.

STEP 13: Book your Flight Tickets

If you are not familiar with the flight booking process, check out this page for step-by-step guidance.

STEP 14: Get a Travel Money Card ​

Once you arrive in Canada, looking around for an ATM might be tiring, or it may take a while before you can withdraw money from your Canadian bank account. A Travel Money Card (Prepaid card) will be your friend in such situations. Learn more about Travel cards on this page.

STEP 15: Pack your bags

Pack smart and carry all the things that you may need during your stay in Canada. Make sure to say goodbye to your loved ones before you travel. You may not be able to meet them for a while. For help with packing, click on the links below.

Academic Certificates

  • All your academic grade cards are important when applying for Master’s.
  • Usually, you will be asked to submit your Class X marks card, Class XII marks card and Bachelor’s Degree certificate.
  • Your Class X Marks Card might be referred to as the Secondary School Certificate.
  • Your Class XII Marks Card might be known as High School Certificate.
  • Apart from these, you might also be asked to send your University Entrance Exam Certificates.
  • If you have not received the final Bachelor’s Degree, you can submit the Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • Sometimes, universities ask for all Semester cards as well.
  • If any of the documents are not in English, arrange for their certified translations. Universities will not be able to assess them if they are not in English.
  • Most universities will need you to scan and upload your documents for applications. Only a few require the traditional way of having all these documents sent by post.
  • If you are uploading Certificates online, make sure you make a single PDF of the certificate along with the translated version.
  • All the information on the scanned documents must be clearly visible.
  • If you are sending the certificates by postal services, NEVER send your original documents by post. There might be chances your mail might get misplaced. Always send notarized copies of your documents.
  • Sometimes, your bachelor’s curriculum might also be asked during the admission process.

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