& Areas of Study

Which Program Should I Choose?

There are hundreds of programs offered by universities and colleges in Canada.  Each program will offer a different academic focus and have different admission requirements and course load.  Some programs will offer co-operative (co-op) programs or internships, some will have research requirements and others will only be coursework and exams – you will need to research the program you would like to study and then review what each university or college is offering for such program.

The general areas of interest for the programs offered by Canadian universities and colleges are as follows:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Management
  • Computer Sciences
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences


Which university is best for which program?

This can be very confusing!  We keep up to date on the rankings of Canadian universities each year.  Below are some of the results for 2016 as determined by the national news magazine in Canada, Maclean’s:


Top 10 Universities for Biology

  1. University of British Columbia/ University of Toronto
  2. N/A
  3. McGill University
  4. University of Alberta
  5. McMaster University
  6. University of Guelph
  7. Dalhousie University
  8. University of Calgary
  9. Queen’s University
  10. Western University/ Simon Fraser


Top 10 Universities for Engineering

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. University of British Columbia
  4. University of Alberta
  5. McGill University
  6. Queen’s University
  7. University of Calgary
  8. McMaster University
  9. Ryerson University
  10. University of Victoria


Top 10 Universities for Computer Science

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. University of Waterloo
  4. University of Alberta
  5. Simon Fraser University
  6. McGill University
  7. University of Montreal
  8. University of Victoria
  9. Queen’s University
  10. University of Calgary


Top 10 Universities for Mathematics

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. University of Waterloo
  4. McGill University
  5. University of Alberta
  6. University of Montreal
  7. University of Victoria
  8. Simon Fraser University/ University of McMaster
  9. N/A
  10. Queen’s University


Top 10 Environmental Science

  1. University of British Columbia
  2. McGill University
  3. University of Waterloo
  4. University of Toronto
  5. Dalhousie University/University of Alberta
  6. N/A
  7. University of Guelph
  8. Simon Fraser University/University of Saskatchewan
  9. N/A
  10. Queen’s University


Top 10 Universities for Business

  1. University of British Columbia/University of Toronto
  2. N/A
  3. York University
  4. Western University/University of Alberta
  5. N/A
  6. Queen’s University
  7. McGill University
  8. University of Waterloo
  9. Simon Fraser University
  10. Ryerson University


Top Universities for Medical Doctor

  1. McGill
  2. Toronto
  3. UBC
  4. Queen’s
  5. Alberta
  6. McMaster
  7. Western
  8. Dalhousie
  9. Calgary
  10. Ottawa
  11. Montréal
  12. Laval
  13. Saskatchewan
  14. Manitoba
  15. Sherbrooke


Top Universities for Law School

  1. University of Toronto
  2. Osgoode
  3. McGill
  4. Queen’s
  5. UBC
  6. Dalhousie
  7. Victoria
  8. Alberta
  9. Western
  10. Ottawa

Source: Maclean’s Magazine



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