What is Post Graduate Diploma in Canada?

Post Graduate Diploma Programs in Canada – Advantages and Disadvantages

Since 2015, approx. 60% to 70% of Indian students pursuing postgraduate Education have chosen to study Post-Graduate Diploma/Certificate programs in Canada. The reasons are many-fold and reach into the ethos of the Indian student who is looking for world-class Education in a G7 country that has been ranked to have the highest quality of life in the world by the world by U.S. News and World Report and has student-friendly immigration policies that allow easy Permanent Residency pathway in Canada.

What is a Postgraduate Diploma?

Ontario Colleges offer Postgraduate Diploma Programs to students who have already earned an undergraduate degree or Diploma from a university or college (in Canada or abroad. These are primarily skills-based job-ready programs, usually 1-2 years of full-time study. In addition to offering intensive training in specific career fields, Post-Grad Programs also provide practical experience.

What is the equivalency level of a Postgraduate diploma?

According to the National Qualification Framework (NQF), Postgraduate diplomas are considered to be at a comparable level to a master’s degree; however, when compared to a complete master’s degree (180 credits), they require fewer study credits (120 credits).

How is P.G. Diploma different from a Master’s degree?

PG Diploma Masters Degree
A program that leads to Diploma upon successful completion and is more focused on job-ready Education. A PG Diploma program is 120 credit hours.
A program that leads to a postgraduate Master's degree is more focused on foundational courses, and in the 2nd year, you get to specialize. A Master’s degree program is 10 credit hours.
1 -2-year study program
Most Master's degrees are 2 years (there are some 1yr Master's degrees also).
3 yr. Undergraduate is acceptable
Most universities have a requirement of 4 yrs. undergraduate (exceptions are there where some universities will accept 3yrs undergraduate degrees with 2.3 to 3 years of relevant work experience or an outstanding resume).
Tuition Fees
Avg CAD 16,000 Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs
CAD 20,000 to CAD 50,000 and higher Rs. 12 lakhs to Rs. 31 lakhs and higher.
More affordable
More expensive
Academic background
If you are someone with average grades, you can get admission in the Post Graduate Diploma Programs, pursue a life in Canada, and get P.R.
You can only pursue a Master's degree if you have an excellent academic background, and you can pursue either a thesis-based master's degree or a course-based master’s degree.
Post-Graduate Work Permit
With a 1yr Program, you get a 1yr PGWP, and with a 2yr program, you get a 3yr PGWP.
With a 1yr Program, you get a 1yr PGWP, and with a 2yr program, you get a 3yr PGWP.
Part-time work
IRCC allows students to work 20hrs/wk. And full-time during scheduled school breaks.
IRCC allows students to work 20hrs/wk. And full-time during scheduled school breaks.
Pathway to P.R.
Upon successful completion of Education and at least 1 year of work experience in NOC 0, A, or NOC B jobs, a student may be eligible to apply for P.R. in the CEC class.
Upon successful completion of Education and at least 1 year of work experience in NOC 0, A, or NOC B jobs, a student may be eligible to apply for P.R. in the CEC class.

What are the reasons for pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma over a Master’s Degree?

International students from all over the world are flocking to Canadian Colleges to pursue Post Graduate Diploma or Post Graduate Certificate programs because of the below-mentioned reasons:

1. Affordability: P.G. Diploma Programs are way more affordable than a Master’s degree. Most P.G. Diploma programs cost, on average, CAD 16,000 p.a. compared to the average tuition of CAD 22,000 p.a. for a Master’s degree in a university.

2. Eligibility 3yr Bachelors: P.G. Diploma programs in Canada accept a 3yr undergraduate degree from India to meet their minimum eligibility requirements as compared to 90% of the Master’s degree programs that require a 4yr undergraduate degree (exceptions are always there).

3. Easier to get Admissions:

a. Low Academic Grades: It is easier for students to get admission in the Post Graduate Diploma programs as most Colleges will accept students with grades in the range of 60 to 80%; compared to Masters degrees that are hyper-competitive and require excellent academic standing.

b. Gap Years: Most Colleges will accept students in Undergraduate Programs with a gap of 2 to 5 years and Post Graduate Programs between 5 to 10 years (some colleges will also accept Gap years of more than 10 years depending on your age, previous Education, work experience and your program of choice in Canada.

c. Backlogs: Most Colleges in Canada accept backlogs between 1 to 8 during the entire degree (But some colleges will also accept backlogs of up to 21 backlogs depending on the Province and college you choose to apply to).

d. Age: The College system accepts applicants in the age groups of 18 to 35 years (in some cases up to 42 years depending on your education background, work experience, and program of study).

e. Economic Backgrounds: Students from lower income groups can also get admission to the college system in Canada and study in world-class institutions because Post Graduate Diploma programs are way more affordable than Masters degrees.

Can a postgraduate diploma be equated to a master's degree in Canada?

It is important to note that a P.G. diploma is not equivalent to a master’s degree. Master’s degrees are two-year programs in which one can achieve a master’s degree in one subject. For the high school students and bachelor’s degree holders, P.G. Diplomas provide an additional qualification that may help them get a job faster.

What is the difference between PGDM and MBA in Canada?

As far as Canadian Education is concerned, a PGDM and an MBA are relatively different.

There are two types of programs: diplomas and degrees. A PGDM focuses only on one management area, such as Supply Chain Management or Data Analytics, while an MBA covers all facets of management.

In Canada, a PGDM will generally provide slower career advancement (exceptions may exist). There may also be fewer job opportunities in senior Management roles. If you are looking for a quick, cost-effective, and short-study program, you should consider a PGDM.

Is it possible to do a Master's after a P.G. diploma in Canada?

Yes, you can absolutely pursue a Master’s degree after a P.G. Diploma program. And it is also a recommended pathway, especially for Indian students with a 3years bachelor’s degree. This is because, upon successfully completing your P.G. Diploma program and one year of full-time work experience in Canada, a student can apply for their Permanent residency. The most significant advantage is that as a P.R. student, you can pursue a Master’s degree. You will pay tuition as a Domestic student compared to an International Student, and the savings can be as high as a total of CAD 20-25,000 dollars. In addition, universities generally announce it as a prerequisite for Master’s degree preparation. Simply put, if you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree later in life, this would be a great program.

Few of the leading educational institutions in Canada which offer a P.G. Diploma are:

Entry Requirements

The minimum cumulative grade point average required to enroll in a P.G. Diploma in Canada is 60% (some colleges may accept 55%). In some cases, diplomas related to Project Management or Business Administration require that candidates hold a minimum of one or two years of work experience. The primary English proficiency requirement is a score of 6.5 on the IELTS, while some diplomas like Nursing may require an IELTS score of 7.0. Some top Colleges will only accept students in their P.G. Programs with an IELTS of 7.0.

Does PGDM offer jobs in Canada?

Degrees and certificates do not guarantee employment. Work experience is necessary. The value of Canadian experience is high among Canadian companies. So, internships with Canadian companies while you are studying in college will give you more employability skills and a chance to gain Canadian work experience.

Earning's potential of a PGDM holder vs. a Master’s degree holder

A PG Diploma in Canada is associated with a wide range of salaries, according to Payscale.com. And the salary of a recent postgraduate diploma student can range from CAD 54K to CAD 70K. There are many cities with high employability rates and higher salary ranges with high postgraduate diploma salaries, including Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

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