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Course Guide for International Students Project Management Courses in Canada

Sonal Vaid Sonal Vaid
Study Abroad Expert

Project Management Courses in Canada are usually a 1-2 year program offered at Canadian Universities as a graduate certificate, diploma or a master’s degree. A project management course trains a person to lead a project through initiation, planning, execution and controlling in a complex environment.

  • The tuition fees for masters in project management in Canada range from 17,904 CAD to 42,113 CAD for the full program of study.
  • A project manager can earn an average salary of 89,400- 108,820 CAD per year.
  • To be eligible for admissions in project management courses in Canada an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university or college.

Why Study Project Management in Canada?

Higher Education in Canada is popular among international students because of a number of reasons. A few of the reasons to study project management courses in Canada are mentioned below:

  • According to the Project Management Institute, there will be an estimated 15.7 million new project management jobs globally in the next few years.
  • According to The Anderson Economic Group (AEG) report named Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027, the project management labor force in key sectors is expected to grow by 33%.
Jobs in Project-oriented industries
  • Canada is one of the most popular study abroad destinations among international students with around 572,415 international students in Canada in 2018 according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.
  • Because of the quality of education offered at Canadian universities, there has been a 154% increase in international student enrollment since 2010.
  • Students can work in Canada for up to three years post-graduation after getting a work permit to Canada.

Project Management Courses in Canada: Course and Curriculum

Project Management refers to the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to meet the goals and objectives in a specified time. Project Managers work towards the application of knowledge and skills, tools and techniques to meet the project requirements.

Project management courses in Canada cover topics such as quality management, risk management, operations management, finance, etc. apart from their main group of courses. There are different types of project management courses offered in Canada based on the program of study, such as:

  • Construction Project Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Project management in Environmental Studies
  • Engineering Project Management

Top Universities for Project Management Courses in Canada

There are a number of colleges and universities offering various levels of courses for project management in Canada. There are a limited number of universities or colleges that offer degree programs in project management in Canada.

The table below shows some of the top universities in Canada offering masters of project management according to THE Rankings 2020. This section focuses on the degree programs in project managament only. 

THE Rankings 2020UniversityProgram NameDurationTotal Program Fee (in CAD)
34University of British ColumbiaMEng Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management2 years42,113.40
Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management
201-250University of CalgaryMaster of Science Civil Engineering- Project Management2 years17,904
Master of Engineering Civil Engineering- Project Management12- 16 months21,056- 28,075
MBA in Project Management20 months29, 027.22
--Northeastern UniversityMaster of Science in Project Management15- 24 months37,571
--University of New BrunswickMBA in Project Management1 year35,329

    Masters in Project Management in Canada: Admission

    Admission applications to top universities in Canada are usually accepted until September. However, international students are advised to complete their admissions as early as possible to be able to complete their admissions and visa process on time.

    Applicants must make sure to fulfill all the admission requirements. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college. Scores of standardized exams to study in Canada such as GMAT are also required by a few universities along with work experience.

    UBC: Masters in project management

    At the University of British Columbia, project management is offered as a specialization. The programs offered include MEng Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management and Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management.

    The admission requirements for UBC are as follows:

    • Completed online admission application form
    • Payment of non-refundable admission application form of 168.25 CAD
    • An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of 65% or equivalent
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Statement of Purpose (for MASc program)
    • Letters of Recommendations- three for MASc program and one for MEng program.
    • Resume

    University of Calgary: Masters in project management

    The University of Calgary offers a Master of Science Civil Engineering- Project Management, Master of Engineering Civil Engineering- Project Management and MBA in Project Management to students.

    The table below shows the required admission criteria for the two programs:

    • Online Admission Application;
    • A four-year bachelor’s degree in science or engineering with 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent;
    • Resume;
    • Statement of Purpose;
    • 2 References;
    • Application Fee of 145 CAD;
    • Research Proposal (for MEng)

    Apart from the above-mentioned admission requirements, applicants for MBA in Project Management at Calgary require a minimum of 2-year work experience and a minimum GMAT score of 550.

    Northeastern University: Masters in project management

    Northeastern University offers a flexible Master of Science in Project Management program. The students enrolled in the program complete the course from 15-24 months. Admission requirements for Master of Science in Project Management are:

    • Completed free online admission application form
    • An undergraduate degree from a recognized university or college in any discipline
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation

    University of New Brunswick: Masters in project management

    The University of New Brunswick offers an MBA in Project Management. To be eligible for the program, students are required to fulfill the following admission requirements:

    • Completed online admission application form
    • Payment of non-refundable admission fee of 125 CAD
    • An equivalent of a three-year honors degree or a four-year Canadian undergraduate degree
    • A minimum GMAT scores of 550
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resume
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • 2 years of minimum professional work experience
    • A valid passport

    Minimum Required Scores of English Proficiency Tests

    International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency through one of the English proficiency scores such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent. The table below shows the minimum required English proficiency scores for admissions to project management courses in Canada.

    University NameProgram NameMinimum Required Scores for TOEFL (iBT)Minimum Required Scores for IELTS
    University of British ColumbiaMEng Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management;
    MASc in Civil Engineering- Project and Construction Management
    1007.0
    University of CalgaryMSc Civil Engineering- Project Management;
    MEng Civil Engineering- Project Management
    866.5
    MBA in Project Management977.0
    Northeastern UniversityMaster of Science in Project Management796.5
    University of New BrunswickMBA in Project Management93--

    Graduate Certificate & Diploma in Project Management in Canada

    Apart from these degree programs, there are graduate certificates and diploma project management courses in Canada. The diploma or certificate is short term courses in Canada usually for a year duration.

    The table below shows a few of the universities offering these graduate diploma and certificate programs in project management:

    University/ CollegeStudy LevelProgram Fee (in CAD)
    Centennial CollegeCertificate21,014.00
    Fanshawe CollegeCertificate16,727.30
    Humber CollegeCertificate17,027
    Sault CollegeCertificate17,476.40
    Loyalist College of Applied Arts and TechnologyCertificate16,468.03
    University of WinnipegDiploma19,315
    University of OttawaDiploma (Technology Project Management)18,723.42
    Sheridan CollegeCertificate20,648
    Vancouver Island UniversityDiploma 22,513.64
    Durham CollegeCertificate15,209

    Graduate Certificate & Diploma in Project Management: Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for admissions in a graduate certificate or diploma in project management in Canada, applicants must make sure to fulfill the following admission requirements:

    • An undergraduate degree from a recognized university abroad or in Canada with a minimum of 60% aggregate scores.
    • Proof of English proficiency with a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

    NOTE: Students who are not able to meet the minimum eligibility requirements but have a professional experience of 2-5 years can also be eligible for admissions to graduate certificate or diploma in project management.

    For admissions into a Graduate Diploma in Technology Project Management at the University of Ottawa, an applicant must have a minimum of 70% in a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science.

    Apart from these, there are certificate courses in project management offered to professionals who want to continue their education. These graduate certificates in project management for working professionals are offered at top universities such as University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, etc.

    Project Management Courses in Canada: Costs

    Studying abroad includes a number of expenses that are to be paid by a student. These expenses include pre-arrival expenses, tuition fees, and living expenses. The major estimated expenses have been discussed below in detail.

    Pre-arrival Expenses

    Pre-arrival expenses to Canada includes the admission application fee, registration fees for the various exams, application fee for a student visa to Canada, airfare, health insurance, etc.

    Expenses Cost (in CAD)
    GMAT Test Fee355
    University Application FeeVaries
    Visa Application Fee334
    Health Insurance862
    Airfare1988

    Tuition Fee for Project Management Courses in Canada

    The tuition fees for masters in project management courses in Canada range from 17,904 CAD to 42,113 CAD for the full program of study. While the fee for the graduate certificate and diplomas in project management in Canada ranges from 15,209- 22514 CAD. The choice of PGD and PG-certificate project management courses in Canada is higher amongst the international students. This is not only because of the lesser tuition but also because the duration of the program is shorter. These short-term programs in Canada are an international easy access to Canadian PR.  

    Cost of Living in Canada

    The expenses for the accommodation, books & material, transport, food & beverages, etc. makeup to living expenses in Canada. The cost of living in Canada varies with the university and the program. Below mentioned are a few of the estimated expenses for living in Canada.

    ExpensesCosts per month (in CAD)
    Accommodation270-810
    Books & Supplies327
    Food 250-300
    Transportation100
    Other Related Expenses78-163

    Scholarships for Project Management Courses in Canada

    As one of the most popular study destinations among international students, Canada offers students a number of financial aid options to finance their studies. Students can apply for various scholarships to study in Canada. A few of the scholarship options for students enrolled in a project management course in Canada are mentioned below:

    Scholarship NameUniversityDetails
    Student of Graduate Studies Merit AwardUniversity of New BrunswickAwarded to outstanding graduate students; Amount varies; awarded based on merit and need
    Academic Achievement ScholarshipsUniversity of Calgary Amount of 36,000 CAD; Awarded to students enrolled in MBA program; Based on GPA and GMAT scores
    Vanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipUniversity of CalgaryAmount of 50,000 CAD per year to international student in a postgraduate program
    Affiliated Fellowships ProgramUniversity of British Columbia16,000 CAD/ year for international students in MASc program
    International Student Tuition Fee AwardUniversity of British ColumbiaAwarded to full-time international student; Covers tuition fee for MASc program

    Apart from the above-mentioned scholarships, students can apply for various external international scholarships to study in Canada. These scholarships are awarded by external agencies or organizations or even the government.

    Students enrolled in a certificate program in project management can also apply for scholarships for certificate programs in Canada.

    Project Management Courses in Canada: Jobs

    According to the Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027, by 2027, employers will need around 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles. This makes project management a very popular program among students.

    According to the 2012 analysis by The Anderson Economic Group (AEG), there was an estimate that project-related jobs would number 52.4 million by 2020. By early 2017, the number of project management jobs had already reached almost 66 million, exceeding the original projection.

    The table below shows the average new annual project management jobs in Canada and other countries.

    CountryAverage Annual Number 2017–2027
    India706,682
    USA213,974
    UK16,820
    Australia9,990
    Canada8,964

    Since there is a huge demand for project management professionals in India as well, Indian students can always come back after their studies in Canada. Graduates can earn an average annual salary of 20,000- 25,000 CAD as a fresher in India.

    There are a number of industries that intend to hire project management graduates not only in Canada but all over the world. Some of the industries include Banking and Insurance, Automobile, Information Technology, Health Care, Telecommunications, etc.

    A master in project management graduate can find a number of jobs in Canada post their program. The initial pay scale ranges between 38,000 CAD to 56,000 CAD per year. With experience, a project manager can earn an average salary of 89,400- 108,820 CAD per year.

    Median Salaries of Project Management Professionals in Canada

    Some of the common project management jobs in Canada and other countries include:

    • Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
    • Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)
    • Senior Project Manager, IT
    • Project Manager, Construction
    • Operations Manager
    • Project Engineer
    • Program Manager
    • Project Coordinator

    The chart below shows the average annual salary for project management graduates in Canada.

    Project Management jobs in Canada

    The demand for leaders and team members with project management skills and competencies is growing. There is a widening gap between employers’ need for skilled project management workers and the availability of professionals to fill those roles across the globe. This has made project management courses in Canada popular among students.

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