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Diploma courses after graduation in Canada

Courses designed to offer specialised knowledge and better career prospects

Canada is an international education hub which offers courses in every field and level. Be it architecture, business, engineering or sustainable technologies, there are institutions offering these subjects with promising career options. At a post-graduate (PG) level, the country provides ample learning opportunities and if you wish to pursue a study program provides you with hands-on knowledge of the field, then a PG diploma might interest you.

What is a Post-Graduate Diploma (PG Diploma)?

PG Diploma is a graduate diploma opted for after the completion of an undergraduate course to further your knowledge and employability prospects. These courses include a variety of disciplines and could range from vocational subjects to academic.

Difference between PG Diploma courses and Masters in Canada


PG Diploma



Majorly 1-2 years

Majorly 1.5-2 years

Tuition fees

Approx. $20,000* per year

Approx. $30,000* per year

Post-study work visa

A one-year of a PG Diploma course leads to one year of work visa

A two-year masters degree leads to three years of work visa


These courses are more specific to the field

A degree program is structured to cover a wide spectrum of the field


The colleges require three to four-year undergraduate degree

Most universities require a four - year undergraduate degree



All PG diploma courses in Canada offer high quality of education and are quite affordable in comparison to other countries or a full-fledged degree. Most Canadian institutions have tie-ups with local companies to provide for ample internships and promising post-study work opportunities to their students. As a student in Canada, you have an advantage to pursue co-op programs, which imply a work-internship provision in your course. This helps to equip you with real-time industry experience while studying.

Popular PG Diploma courses in Canada

Biological Sciences

Engineering (Electronics and Mechanical)

Health Sciences

Networking & Information Technology

Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Pharmacy, Nursing, and Midwifery

Early Childhood Studies


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for PG Diploma programmes, you must have:

  • Undergraduate degree in the relevant field with a cumulative score of at least 60%
  • Some diploma courses like Project Management or Business Administration, may require you to have one-two years of work experience
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. (depends from diploma to diploma)
  • Letters of recommendation (LOR)
  • Letter of intent which includes academic and career objectives in line with the program structure

Please note that eligibility requirements for every diploma may differ from institution to institution, so it’s best to consult an expert for the same. Feel free to reach out to the international education experts at IDP who can guide you make the best choice.

Do you know?

  • These courses are designed as a one-year program, but they can be extended to two years
  • These include career-oriented subjects and some of them also include part-time work options
  • These are designed as per National Qualification Framework (NQF) to match the same level as a master’s degree; however, study credits in PGDM are limited i.e. 120 credits, whereas full master’s degree has 180 credits
  • Unlike PG Diploma courses, advance diploma programs are designed in line with regular diplomas i.e. as a three-year degree course instead of a 2-year regular diploma

The Canadian economy has an all-round demand for skilled professionals in Medical Care and Nursing, Construction Engineering, Tourism, Agriculture, Hospitality, and Creative Design. If your focus is clear cut on academic and career goals; then a postgraduate diploma is a viable option to accomplish your dreams in Canada!

If you are still confused, then let our counsellors help you assess which degree will make your ‘study in Canada‘ dreams come true.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/21 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates.

Updated on October 23, 2020

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