Canada needs a younger working force and skilled professionals to keep up with its aging population. Hence, the country has been coming up with relaxed norms for immigration may it be education or permanent residency. The country has been welcoming people from all over the globe which has increasingly attracted several Indian students to consider pursuing a post-graduate degree in this foreign land. Studying in Canada has, therefore, been a promising prospect and undoubtedly, leaping the number of students applying to Canada each year. 

What is Post Graduate (PG) Diploma?

A PG Diploma is a short-term course that offers the student an opportunity to learn from a range of industries of his/her choice through an experiential learning process. Most of these courses comprise of work-integrated learning or an internship making it a co-op program which provides the student a real-time practical experience. This program aids the student hone his/her skillset to tackle challenges in the demanding work environment. Among the rapidly rising number of international students landing in Canada, almost 70% of the students enroll for a postgraduate diploma.

Difference between PG Diploma and PG Certificate:

PG Diploma and PG Certificates are usually less expensive as compared to a Master’s program in Canada. The PG Certificate acts as an educational credential by providing students with advanced skills in a particular specialization. This certification gives an individual the eligibility to pursue a profession in Canada without completing a two-year long Master’s program. Similar to PG Diploma, the student must hold a Bachelor’s degree to enroll for a PG Certificate. Moreover, this certification is much easier on your pocket as compared to a full-fledged Master’s program. A PG Certificate equips you with the necessary skillset to explore different career options by focusing on helping students build their practical skills in a particular domain.

Comparison between PG Diploma and Master’s:

Master’s programs in Canada are generally classified into two types: Thesis-based and Course-based. A thesis-based master’s program trains a student to conduct independent research wherein the theory course work is followed by a thesis. This program is stretched out for a duration of two years. A course-based master’s program is packed with courses and is usually completed between 1.5 to 2 years. For the PG Diploma program, the student is expected to complete around 120 credits over a period of one or two years. The tuition fees for PG Diploma program is in the range of 10,000 to 30,000 CAD depending on the program and the institution. This is far more economical as compared to the Master’s program.

Entry Requirements for a PG Diploma Course:

1. Transcripts from your University (Bachelor’s degree) along with the copy of your degree certificate. A student with an average grade in the undergraduate program can surely choose to pursue PG Diploma in Canada.

2. Proof of English Proficiency:

  • IELTS Academic
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)

3. Complete online application

Are you eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after pursuing PG Diploma?  

PG Diploma not only offers value to your Curriculum Vitae but also aligns your skills to get a decent job along with building your points for Permanent Residency in Canada. The students who complete a PG Diploma can either take up a job in the relevant field or may pursue a Master’s degree after completion of the diploma. The Post-study work permit depends solely on the duration of your PG Diploma program. If the PG Diploma is for a duration of one year, the student gets a PGWP up to 1-year whereas if the PG Diploma is for two years, the student is eligible for a PGWP up to 3-years. 

If you wish to start your journey to a Canadian education and eventually Permanent Residency, please get in touch with us to get more clarity on the same.

Ms. Sanjana Sanzgiri

Senior Counsellor

Imperial Overseas Education Consultants

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