[h2]University Systems in Canada (undergraduate Programmes , Research programmes, postgraduate programmes and MBA programmes)[/h2]
The country of Canada includes ten provinces and three territories. Territories acquire their authorization and rule from the federal government, while the ten provinces – which are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan – are basically areas of self-government that receive their authority from the Constitution Act. They are known in modern-day Canada to be co-sovereign divisions of Canada as an entity.
One of the great aspects of these self-governing co-sovereigns of Canada is that it does not have a federal ministry of education or a minister of higher education for Canada as a whole. Each province makes its own laws in relation to education. Canadian universities have more than 1.5 million students each year. There are many institutions in Canada located from its eastern shores to its western ones, and from the far north to the south. Its study programs are diverse and varied, and seem to include everything from the known and familiar to the bizarre and adventurous.
Canada has two distinct types of post-secondary institutions; universities and colleges. Universities are typically larger in scale and accommodate a bigger number of students and faculty members. Universities are also known for granting university degrees which can be bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. Colleges provide diplomas instead of full-blown degrees and are known to be quite smaller in scale and size.
There are websites that provide an extensive search database for all study programs, all fields, all universities and colleges with just the press of a button. One of the most important of these sites is the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (http://www.aucc.ca/). This fundamental site saves time and effort for students who wish to know what their choices are when choosing to study in Canada.
To start with, there are of course the undergraduate study programs which require a high school diploma with high school courses in the fields which correspond to the undergraduate program which the student wishes to pursue. International students require additional information and documents, like SAT scores if students are coming from the US, TOEFL/IELTS scores if students are from countries whose mother language is not English.
Then there are postgraduate programs in a broad range of fields and study areas. Even though Canada has prestigious and renowned universities all over the country which offer postgraduate programs, there are 13 main universities which are known in Canada as the Group of Thirteen. These universities boast of the most intensive research programs and also specialize in offering joint research programs to postgraduate students. The top leading 13 universities are:
• University of Alberta
• University of British Columbia
• University of Calgary
• Dalhousie University
• Laval University
• McGill University
• McMaster University
• University of Montreal
• University of Ottawa
• Queen’s University
• University of Toronto
• University of Waterloo
• University of Western Ontario
If you choose to study business, then opting for an MBA is the way to go. There are several top universities in Canada which offer an MBA degree, there are also online MBA programs which offer the same excellence and value of an MBA degree. Finding an online MBA program that is right for you is half the challenge because there are quite a few to choose from. For example, there is accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, global management, health care, human resources, marketing, and project management. http://www.mbaprograms.org/mbaprograms/canada