– by Adnan Kamal

Canada is one of the top countries for international students to complete their post graduation in Finance. You can pursue Finance in Canada at the graduation level, postgraduate and doctorate level. A finance course in Canada can take anywhere between 12-18 months to complete. In this article we will be covering what Canada has to offer international students who are looking to pursue a career in Finance?

Canada has many great institutions that offer postgraduate courses in Finance and some of the top college/universities are as follows:

  • Toronto School of Management
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • York University
  • McGill University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Calgary
  • Western University

As a country that relies on immigration, and a place where opportunities are growing in numbers. Some of the career opportunities once you complete your post-graduation in Canada are as follows:

  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Banking

You may also choose to add the coveted certification as CPA to further broaden your career choices.

After understanding the prospective colleges and career opportunities that are available in Canada for Finance graduates we will now understand the admission process and what are the requirements of universities/colleges?

Universities and Colleges have their own set of requirements that will vary from each university. However there are some common prerequisites that will help us understand the basic overall admission process.

What makes you an eligible applicant?

  • You must have an undergraduate degree in the same field as your post graduation or in Business, Economics, Financial theory etc. Your undergraduate degree must be from an accredited university.
  • To qualify you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • You will need to submit test scores for GMAT & GRE. Top schools in Canada have competitive scores starting  at 600+.
  • You will also need to provide proof of English Proficiency if you are a Non-English Native speaker. You can take any of the tests offered such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE.

* IELTS Academic Test is the most widely used English proficiency test and the same is recommended by the Government and Student Direct Stream (a faster processing stream that is available to students from 7 countries. Eg. India).

What are the admission requirements? 

  • International students will need to submit official transcripts and verified copies of all previous qualifications. If your transcripts are in a language other than English/French, you will need to provide a translation for the same.
  • You will need to submit a professional resume or CV which should explain in detail your past work and academic history.
  • Most Finance related programs require a minimum of 2 years work experience. Some colleges could require less or more depending on their requirements.
  • You will need to submit a statement of purpose or personal statement. In this document you can explain your academic history and achievements, work history and achievements etc. You can also use this document to explain any gap periods that you may have taken during your college or post your graduation.
  • Lastly, you will need to provide a minimum of 2-3 recommendation letters. You will need to provide one from your school/college and the other letter should come from your place of work or from a professional setting.

Summarizing, Canada is one of the top places in the world to pursue a career in Finance. However, as a global hot-spot and thousands of applicants flowing in every year makes it very competitive. If you are a prospective international student who is looking to pursue Finance in Canada, please do make use of our study abroad partner options and make use of the expert guidance and support we are offering.
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