Masters in Chemistry in Canada for International Students: Top Universities, Admission Eligibility, Cost, Scholarships, and Job Prospects

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    Masters (MS) in Chemistry in Canada is a full-time 2-year long program, offered by around 30 universities in Canada. MS in Chemistry is both a course-based and research-based degree program which requires a thesis or research paper at the end of the program. Various specializations are offered in the second year of Masters in Chemistry in Canada, which can be further pursued in Ph.D. if applicants are interested in research.

    • The total tuition for studying Masters in Chemistry in Canada for 2 years ranges from 14,000 USD to 49,300 USD (excluding living costs, books cost and one-time costs).
    • At Canadian Universities, very few scholarships are available for students pursuing MSc in Chemistry.
    • Stipends are offered to students for working as Teaching or Research Assistants.
    • Starting salary for a student holding a master's degree in Chemistry in Canada is 33,000 USD annually.

    MS in Chemistry in Canada Course Highlights

    Universities offering MS in Chemistry in Canada 28
    Total Tuition of Program 14,000 USD - 49,300 USD
    Duration of Course Full-time: 2 years
    Part-time: 4 years
    Eligibility  10+2+4 years of education*
    Admission Process Online
    Admission Session Begins Fall/Winter
    GRE Requirement Most universities recommend submission
    Specializations Offered 10
    Scope post-MSc in Chemistry Work as a Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Professor/Teacher, Laboratory Technician, etc.
    Type of Funding Offered Scholarships, loans, stipend, etc.

    * If the applicant has a 3-years bachelor’s degree then, he/she might have to enroll in a certificate or diploma course to be eligible for admission.

    Top Universities Offering Masters in Chemistry in Canada

    Out of 28 universities offering MSc in Chemistry in Canada, 7 universities rank within the top 200, according to QS Universities global ranking 2019. The following table also shows Macleans (national) University rankings along with the total program fee

    University  QS Universities Ranking Macleans University Ranking Total Program Cost (in USD)
    University of Toronto #21 #1 39,522
    University of British Columbia (UBC) #37 #3 13,628
    McGill University #44 #4 13,784
    McMaster University #77 #5 49,280
    Western University #190 #8 26,640

    MSc in Chemistry in Canada Specializations

    Different types of specializations are offered by the universities to students pursuing a Masters in Chemistry. They are chosen by the students according to his/her interests. Also, these specializations help the students prepare for Ph.D. if at all they are willing to pursue post-MSc. The following is a list of specializations offered:

    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biological & Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Polymer & Materials Chemistry

    Cost of Studying Masters in Chemistry in Canada

    The total tuition for pursuing MSc Chemistry in Canada varies from 14,000 USD to 49,300 USD for 2 years. Which further includes living costs, cost of books, one-time expenses and personal expenses as well. The following estimation gives a basic understanding of the amount that may be incurred.

    One-Time Expenses

    When applying for a Masters in Chemistry in Canada, the international applicants will have to pay various types of fees for application, standardized and/or English language test fees and other fees for health insurance, visa application, airfare, etc.

    The following table shows a rough calculation of one-time costs to be paid by the applicants during their first year of study only while pursuing a Masters in Chemistry:

    Expenses Cost (in USD)
    Application Fee 91.27*
    Health Insurance 401-607
    Visa Application Fee 235
    Airfare  400-1,400
    Hotel Accommodation 200-800
    Meals  135
    GRE Fee 205
    TOEFL Fee 250
    IELTS Fee 190

    * Varies with each university. Also, UBC does not charge any application fee for admission to MSc in Chemistry.

    Annual Expenses

    The total amount for attending Masters in Chemistry includes tuition, living costs and the cost of books varies from 15,150 USD to 31,000 USD (excluding one-time payments) annually in Canada for international students. The following table lists the university wise costs in USD, that are to be incurred on a yearly basis:

    University Tuition Living Cost Books & Materials
    University of Toronto 19,761 5,704 760
    University of British Columbia 6,814 7,910 418
    McGill University 6,892 5,200 920
    Western University 13,320 8,466 2,270
    McMaster University 24,640 5,175 924

    Scholarships & Funding for Masters in Chemistry in Canada

    Various university and government-funded scholarships are offered to students who get admission in Canadian Universities for Masters in Chemistry. Some of the scholarships offered university-wide are given below:

    • MSc Chemistry students at UBC receive a minimum annual funding package of 17,703 USD. The funding may be in the form of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships or graduate academic assistantships. These are renewable for a span of 2 years depending upon satisfactory teaching and performance.
    • Students admitted to a graduate program and not holding any scholarship, receive a graduate stipend covering tuition and living costs at McMaster University. For graduate students pursuing a full-time course receive:
      • Teaching Assistantship: 8,750 USD for 260 hours.
      • Research Scholarship: 10,085 USD for MSc students.
    • Christian Sivertz Scholarship: At Western University, students with an outstanding performance in Physical Chemistry are eligible to receive a scholarship of 2,664 USD.

    MSc in Chemistry in Canada Admission Process

    The admission process for MSc in Chemistry in Canada includes the fulfillment of basic eligibility and additional requirements from international students. The following section throws light on the eligibility criteria and the admission requirements for an international student.

    Masters in Chemistry Eligibility

    • 4 years bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a related field, from a recognized university to be eligible for admission.
    • GRE scores not older than 5 years are required directly from ETS- the conducting authority.
    • Proof of 10+2+4 years of education is mandatory. If the bachelors are of 3 years then applicants may be permitted to get enrolled in a Certificate/Diploma course to fulfill the eligibility.
    • International students would be eligible for admission to MSc in Chemistry only after they submit English Language Proficiency test scores of either TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB, etc.

    MSc in Chemistry Admission Requirements

    For international students, some of the admission requirements are common like submission of the following supporting documents:

    • Transcripts: Official mark sheets and transcripts of high school and college.
    • CV/Resume: An updated CV or resume is mandatory to prove educational and professional background.
    • Statement of Purpose/Intent: Mentioning the applicant’s goals, career expectations and reasons for opting MSc in Chemistry from Canada.

    There are other additional admission requirements, that have been tabulated below, university wise:

    University GPA LORs Thesis  GRE TOEFL IELTS
    University of Toronto B+ N/A Required  Required  pBT: 580; iBT: 93 7.0
    University of British Columbia N/A 3 Required Required iBT: 92 6.5
    McGill University 3.0 2 Required Required pBT: 567; iBT: 86 6.5
    McMaster University B+ 2 - Not Required pBT: 580; iBT: 92; CBT: 237 6.5
    Western University - Required Required Not Required pBT: 570; iBT: 90; CBT: 230 7.0

    Jobs post-MSc in Chemistry in Canada

    Postgraduates of Chemistry are recruited in both government and private sectors. There are different companies that have vacancies for students with an MSc in Chemistry in Canada. Some of these companies are as follows:

    • Pharmaceutical
    • Agrochemical
    • Petrochemical
    • Plastic Manufacturing Units
    • Chemical Manufacturers
    • Food Processing
    • Space Exploration Agencies
    • Military Systems Department

    These companies, in turn, hire students who hold different job profiles having different starting salaries given in the following table, post-MSc in Chemistry in Canada:

    Job Profile Starting Salary (USD)
    Chemist  39,670 
    Research Technician 34,490
    Laboratory Technician 32,990
    Biochemist  45,680
    Analytical Chemist 37,581

    Overall seats for admissions are limited for MSc Chemistry in Canada, this is why not a lot of international students are offered admissions. The international students must show good academic record and high English language proficiency scores. Most of the universities in Canada require GRE (subject) test which is mandatory for international students to prove their academic knowledge. Thus, international students must show a good level of competency in order to get admitted to one of the top Canadian Universities offering MSc in Chemistry.