Confusion - Canada colleges

Which college is best for Project Management among these - Fanshawe, Humber, Conestoga, Seneca, and Algonquin? I have an IELTS score of band 7.

The best colleges in this list for Project Management are Fanshawe College, Humber College and Seneca College. For your IELTS score, you are eligible for all three. Here are the minimum IELTS band requirements (academic) for all these colleges:

Humber College: 6

Seneca College: 6.5

Fanshawe College: 6.5

However, each college has other requirements as well. Such as a GPA of 2.5 or above. Seneca requires a 2-year experience in an IT-related field. But Fanshawe requires you to have five years of work experience in the project management field as judged by the College to be equivalent.

Project managers in Canada had an average median income of $82,978 in 2018, and all three universities have good scope. Humber and Seneca are also good options because of a lot of job opportunities being available in Toronto.

Heyy. I want to get into Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia. But they have two courses - Masters in Applied Science and Masters in Engineering?
What is the difference between the two courses and which one is better?

The course which is better for you will depend on your career needs. However, there is a basic difference between the two degrees, that is MEng and MASc. MASc is a research and thesis-based program. If you want to pursue Ph.D. later in life, then MASc is the program for you.
MEng is more industry oriented, that is it is a course-based program. It will help you get a good job. Obviously, you can pursue a Ph.D. after MEng but you will form a more solid base for research with MASc.
I’d advise you to think about whether you want a job after graduation or you want to get into research. That will help you decide the program you should choose.

I agree with the person above. Even the MEng and MASc courses offered by the university reflect this difference.
Though the university does give an option in MEng to work on a project in lieu of 6 credits of conventional coursework. So, if you haven’t decided yet about whether you want to get into research or not, you can simply go with MEng in ECE and opt for project work. It won’t give you the complete research thesis experience but it will still prepare you for the field.

Concordia is also offering MEng and MASc in ECE. If you are not sure about research then go for UBC MEng. But if you do want to get into Ph.D. then I think Concordia’s MASc is also worth looking into. They offer the option to continue on to Ph.D. after the course.

I wonder if Concordia is better UBC for ECE. Can you tell a little bit about it?

If you go by ranking then definitely UBC ranks above Concordia for engineering. UBC ranks 2nd in Canada after the University of Toronto. On the other hand, Concordia ranks 8th, though the college did move above in the list (in the year 2019, they ranked 13th). The curriculum of the universities seems almost similar. UBC offers areas for specialization -

  • Communications
  • Computer Systems
  • Energy Production
  • Energy Utilization
  • Micro/Nano Electronic Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Software Engineering

Concordia offers different electives.

I cannot really comment on which university is better specifically for ECE but UBC is tougher to get into and ranks better than Concordia. While selecting the college, you can also look at the living cost. That will help you make a better decision.

UBC is definitely better than Concordia on the whole. But I also agree about living costs. Concordia is in Montreal and living in Montreal is cheaper than Vancouver. Plus, Montreal is one of the best places to be in for students - Universities in Montréal - QS Best Student Cities Ranking. Vancouver has its own benefits but definitely more expensive for an international student.

Would you recommend University of Windsor for ECE? Or is it better for CS? What about job opportunities?

There are definitely better colleges than Windsor for CS and ECE. If you cannot get into University of Toronto or Waterloo then Windsor might be a good option. But do try for University of Toronto or Waterloo. The college also has a Co-op program but again, not better than U of Toronto or Waterloo. You will have to apply for the program in the first study term. Another reason why I would recommend U of Toronto or Waterloo over Windsor is because you’re not really exposed to the job market. You’ll have to move to Toronto for it as there aren’t many IT companies nearby.
Go for the university only if you can’t get into any of the better ones.

I agree. Windsor should be your backup option. Some of the best colleges for CS in Canada are -

University of British Columbia

University of Waterloo

University of Toronto

McGill University

McMaster University

Queen’s University

These are some of the top universities in Canada. Entry is equally tough but with the right profile and credentials, you can be in the best program.

Can you tell me a little about UBC’s CS program? What are the admission requirements? Fee and if any scholarship is provided by the college?

UBC has one of the best Computer Science departments in Canada. It is very competitive to get into the university but totally worth it. The best part about the program is that it is interdisciplinary and offers both research-based approach and course-based. The department also has many contacts with the computing industry. This will be helpful for graduates as they would have the right exposure to help them in their career.

Courses that you would have to study -

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Architecture and Control in Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Management
  • Topics in Computer Graphics
  • Information Visualization

Admission requirements -

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or other related fields.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or it’s equivalent on other scales.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from reputable sources.
  • Resume.
  • Unofficial transcript of previous tertiary institutions attended.
  • Statement of academic purpose.
  • Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores

Fee - CA$ 8,952 for the first year. The college does have scholarships, both merit-based and need-based. There are also TAships and RAships to help students financially.

Check out this page - Computer Science - Master of Science - Postgraduate / Graduate Degree Program

Do keep in mind while applying for the college that UBC has two campuses - Vancouver and Okanagan. The main difference between the two campuses is that Vancouver is much bigger in size and Okanagan is a little cozy and small. I can’t really say if there will be any difference in teaching or the subject but since both the campuses are part of the same institute, they will try to maintain the same level across board.

Heyy, can you please also tell me about the Neuroscience course of UBC?

The course overview is great and obviously it has the stamp of UBC. From the above thread, it is quite evident that UBC is a great university. Coming to the course - it will help you build a broad knowledge base of neuroscience with one area of specialization. That is to say, you will get intensive experience in at least one area of research. The program is research oriented and the core courses of the program are -

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurochemistry
  • Psychobiology
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neuropharmacology

Rest, the department can offer other courses as well so talk to your supervisory committee about it. Program components are coursework and thesis.

Thank you for your response. What about the fee structure and admission requirements?

The fee for the course is CA$ 8,952.

Admission requirements -

  • A Bachelor’s degree with First class honors

  • Transcripts

  • English Language proficiency test taken in the last 24 months

  • TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement 100

  • ibT Reading 22

  • ibT Writing 21

  • ibT Listening 22

  • ibT Speaking 21

  • IELTS Overall Score Requirement 7.0

  • IELTS Reading 6.5

  • IELTS Writing 6.5

  • IELTS Listening 6.5

  • IELTS Speaking 6.5

  • GRE required - scores more than 80th percentile

  • 3 letters of reference

  • Statement of purpose

Any other good colleges in Canada offering the same course? The acceptance rate for the UBC course is quite low.