Top 20 Universities In Canada 2021: Courses, Ranking & More
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  • Last Modified 10-06-2022
  • Written By Gautam_K
  • Last Modified 10-06-2022

Best Universities in Canada 2021: Top Universities In Canada

Best Universities in Canada 2021 – Canada has a highly structured progressive and precise education system for higher education. Universities in Canada have gained a wide reputation for good teaching & research. Canadian universities have ranked among international schools and institutions worldwide. Canadian Universities offer various undergraduate and master’s level courses. In the last few years, Canada has witnessed an increase in the number of international candidates making it one of the top five countries of the world which provides quality education. To know about the best universities in Canada, read the complete article below.  

The Best 20 Universities of Canada 2021

Canadian universities are highly ranked among international schools and worldwide. The universities have been arranged rank-wise according to the data of QS ranking 2021. Read on as we count down the top 20 highest ranked universities in Canada along with its Global Rank.

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UK RankGlobal RankUniversity 
129University of Toronto
235McGill University
351University of British Columbia
4113University of Alberta
5137University of Montreal
6140McMaster University
7173University of Waterloo 
8211Western University
9233University of Calgary 
10239Queen’s University
11280Dalhousie University 
12281University of Ottawa 
13314Simon Fraser University 
14364University of Victoria 
15416Laval University 
16439University of Saskatchewan 
17462Concordia University 
18511-520York University 
19561-570University of Quebec
20571-580University of Guelph 

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Courses Offered in Best 10 Universities of Canada 2021

(1) University of Toronto

Civil Engineering Advanced Water Technologies 
Computer Engineering Aerial Robotics 
Electrical & Computer Engineering Analytics 
Management Bachelor of Kinesiology 
Materials Engineering Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education (EngEd) 
NursingCommerce 
Mineral Engineering Economics for Management Studies 
Chemical Engineering Engineering Science 
Industrial Engineering Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation & Technology in Engineering (ELITE) 
Strategic Management Finance and Economics
Bachelor of EducationManagement 
Music In performanceManagement 
Bachelor of InformationManagement and Accounting
Master of InformationManagement and Finance
Master of Museum StudyManagement and Human Resources
Combined Degree ProgramManagement and Information Technology
PhD in InformationManagement and International Business
Diploma of Advanced Study in Information StudiesManagement and Marketing
Mechanical Engineering Specialization in Psychology and Engineering (PsychEng)
AccountingEconomics

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(2) McGill University

Bioresource EngineeringArchitecture
Art HistoryChemical Engineering
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesChemistry
BiochemistryCivil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
BioethicsClassics
Bioinformatics (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)Communication Sciences and Disorders
Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BBME)Communication Studies
BiologyComputer Science
BiotechnologyGeography
Integrated Studies in EducationFamily Medicine
Institute for the Study of International DevelopmentExperimental Medicine
Chemical Biology (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)History and Classical Studies
BiostatisticsGender and Women’s Studies (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
AnthropologyFrench Language and Literature
Animal ScienceFood Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Information StudiesEuropean Studies (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
Human NutritionEpidemiology
Quantitative Life SciencesPhilosophy
Public HealthPharmacology and Therapeutics
Psychosocial Oncology (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)Pathology
PsychologyParasitology
PsychiatryOtolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Political ScienceOncology
Plant ScienceM.D.,C.M./M.B.A. (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
PhysiologyM.S.W./B.C.L./LL.B. (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
PhysicsManagement
Physical and Occupational TherapyManagement (doctoral programs)
Microbiology and ImmunologyNeuroscience (Integrated Program in)
Medical PhysicsNeotropical Environment (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
Mechanical EngineeringNatural Resource Sciences
Max Bell School of Public PolicyMathematics and Statistics
M.B.A.Quebec Studies/Études sur le Québec
LinguisticsRedpath Museum
LawReligious Studies
Languages, Literatures, and CulturesSurgery, Experimental
Language Acquisition (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)Sociology
Kinesiology and Physical EducationSocial Work
Joint PhD/CotutellesSocial Studies of Medicine
Jewish StudiesSocial Statistics (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
Islamic StudiesM.B.A./B.C.L./LL.B. (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
Human GeneticsEnvironmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
EnvironmentEast Asian Studies
EnglishEarth and Planetary Sciences
Electrical and Computer EngineeringDevelopment Studies Option (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
Educational and Counselling PsychologyDentistry
EconomicsAnatomy and Cell Biology
Agricultural EconomicsM.B.A. (Executive)
Mining and Materials EngineeringNursing
Music (Schulich School of Music)Occupational Health
Urban Planning
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(3) University of British Columbia

Wood Products ProcessingGeneral Studies
AstronomyForest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology
Combined Majors in StatisticsGlobal Resource Systems
Earth and Environmental SciencesNatural Resources Conservation
Earth and Ocean SciencesInterdisciplinary Studies
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyIntegrated Sciences
Economics (BA)Geophysics
Economics (BSc)Geology
Environmental ChemistryGeography: Human Geography
Environmental EngineeringGeography
Integrated SciencesGeography: Environment and Sustainability
Interdisciplinary StudiesEnvironmental Sciences
International EconomicsBiochemistry
ManagementFood and Resource Economics
Manufacturing EngineeringForest Sciences
Mathematics and EconomicsForestry
Philosophy, Politics, and EconomicsFreshwater Science
General StudiesMathematics (BA)
General ScienceMathematics (BSc)
CommerceVantage One: Science
Combined Major in ScienceSustainable Agriculture and Environment
ChemistryUrban Forestry
Business and Computer ScienceStatistics
Bachelor + Master of Management Dual DegreePhysics
Atmospheric ScienceOceanography
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and UrbanismMathematics and Economics
ArchaeologyMathematical Sciences
Geographical SciencesEngineering Physics

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(4) University of Alberta

Ancient and Medieval HistoryEuropean Business Studies
AccountingManagement Information Systems
AnthropologyHuman Resources Management
Art and DesignInternational Business
Biomedical EngineeringMaterial Engineering
Business Economics and LawMarketing
Business StudiesNatural Resources, Energy and the Environment
Chemical EngineeringNanoengineering
Civil EngineeringPetroleum Engineering
Mining EngineeringRadiation Therapy
Mechanical EngineeringDental Surgery
FinanceRetailing and Services
Engineering PhysicsMedicine
Electrical EngineeringDental Hygiene 
East Asian Business StudiesOperations Management
Computer Engineering – SoftwareEnvironmental Engineering
Computer EngineeringNano-Scale System Design
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(5) University of Montreal

TranslationAdvertising and creative communication
Quality of work-life managementPolicy and secure management
Public RelationsProfessional Writing
Project managementInformation systems management and security
Political ScienceFinance
LawEconomy Sciences
ActuarialLayout 
Applied CommunicationVideo Game   
ArchitectureLandscape Architecture
Communication DesignCommunication and Politics
Community actionSocial administration
Creativity, Innovation and EntrepreneurshipJournalism
Direction ad leadershipManagement of health and social sciences 
Economy and PoliticsMathematics and Politics
Education AdministrationPublic and international affairs
Garden DesignUrbanism 
Health services administrationDevelopment, option city, territory, landscape
Interior designIndustrial Design
International management Philanthropic management

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(6) McMaster University

FrenchBachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences
Geography and Environmental SciencesBachelor of Science Kinesiology
HistoryBiochemistry
Honours Economics (Specialist Option)Biology
Justice, Political Philosophy and LawBiophysics
LinguisticsBiotechnology
Mathematics & StatisticsChemical Biology
Medical PhysicsChemical Engineering
MultimediaChemistry
Peace StudiesClassics
PhilosophyCognitive Science of Language
PhysicsCombined Honours Economics and Another Subject
Psychology, Neuroscience & BehaviourCombined Honours Economics and Computer Science
Radiation TherapyCombined Honours Economics and Mathematics
RadiographyCommunication Studies
Software EngineeringComputer Engineering
Theatre & Film StudiesEarth and Environmental Sciences
UltrasonographyElectrical Engineering
English and Cultural StudiesAutomotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology
Engineering PhysicsAutomation Engineering Technology

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(7) University of Waterloo 

BiochemistryBiology
Earth SciencesChemistry
Gender and Social Justice (formerly Women’s Studies)Kinesiology
Korean Language and CultureFine Arts
Materials and NanosciencesBiotechnology/Economics
PhysicsMedical Chemistry
Science and BusinessMohawk Language
Political SciencePure Mathematics
Planning (School of)Public Health and Health Systems (School of)
Physics and AstronomyHonours Sciences
Jewish StudiesPhysics and Astronomy
Italian StudiesPhilosophy
International Affairs (Balsillie School of)Music
Global Business and Digital ArtsMechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Germanic and Slavic StudiesManagement Sciences
Geography and Environmental Managementknowledge integration
English Language and LiteratureStudies in Islamic and Arab Cultures
Biotechnology Environmental Sciences
Applied Language StudiesFrench Studies
HistoryMedieval Studies
East Asian StudiesReligious Studies
PsychologyRecreation and Leisure Studies

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(8) Western University

Geology  Neuroscience  
Environment and Sustainability  Management of Applied Science  
Epidemiology and Biostatistics  Mathematics  
Family Medicine  Mechanical and Materials Engineering  
Financial Economics  Media Studies  
Foods and Nutrition  Medical Biophysics  
Geography  Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability  
French Studies  Microbiology and Immunology  
English  Management  
Electrical and Computer Engineering  Linguistics
Education – Professional  Library & Information Science  
AccountingApplied statistics
Advanced chemistryArt history and museum studies
Advanced physicsActuarial science
Analytics and decision sciencesArt history
Animal behaviour (BSc)Archaeology and biological anthropology
AnthropologyApplied financial modelling
Applied mathematical methodsAmerican cultural studies
Applied mathematicsArt history and studio art
Comparative LiteratureHistory  
Computer Science Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
Data Analytics  Journalism and Communication  
Economics  Kinesiology 
Education  Law  
Geophysics  Nuclear Engineering  
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences  Nursing  
Health Information Science  Occupational Therapy  
Hispanic Studies  Orthodontics 
Pathologists’ Assistant  Public Health  
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine  Research for Policy and Evaluation  
Philosophy  Social Work  
Physical Therapy  Sociology  
Physics  Statistics  
Physiology and Pharmacology  Surgery  
Political Science  Theology 
Popular Music and Culture  Theory and Criticism  
Psychology  Visual Arts  

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(9) University of Calgary

AccountingGeneral Commerce
Actuarial ScienceGeneral Mathematics
Ancient and Medieval HistoryGeography (Bachelor of Arts)
Anthropology (Biological)Geography (Bachelor of Science)
Anthropology (Social and Cultural)Geology
Archaeology (Bachelor of Arts)Geomatics Engineering
Archaeology (Bachelor of Science)Geophysics
ArchitectureGerman
Art HistoryGreek and Roman Studies
AstrophysicsHealth and Society
BiochemistryHistory
BioinformaticsInternational Business Strategy
Biological SciencesInternational Indigenous Studies
BiomechanicsInternational Relations
Communication and Media StudiesLinguistics and Language
Civil EngineeringLinguistics
ChemistryLeadership in Pedagogy and Coaching
Chemical EngineeringLaw and Society
Cellular, Molecular and Microbial BiologyLaw
Canadian StudiesLatin American Studies
Business Technology ManagementLandscape Architecture
Business AnalyticsKinesiology
Biomedical SciencesItalian Studies
FrenchRussian
FinanceRisk Management: Insurance and Finance
Film StudiesRisk Management and Insurance
Exercise and Health PhysiologyReligious Studies
Environmental ScienceReal Estate Studies
Environmental DesignPsychology (Bachelor of Science)
Entrepreneurship and InnovationPsychology (Bachelor of Arts)
EnglishPolitical Science
Energy EngineeringPlant Biology
Energy and Professional Land ManagementPlanning
Electrical EngineeringPhysics
Earth ScienceMultidisciplinary Studies
East Asian Language StudiesMusic (Bachelor of Arts)
East Asian StudiesMusic (Bachelor of Music)
EcologyNatural Sciences
EconomicNeuroscience
Education (Early Childhood Education)Nursing
Education (English Language Learners, French, Second Languages)Oil and Gas Engineering
Education (Fine Arts, English)Operations Management
Education (Inclusive Education, Physical Education)Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Education (Math, Science)Personal Financial Planning
Education (Social Studies)Philosophy
DramaMind Sciences in Kinesiology
Development StudiesMedicine
DanceMechanical Engineering
Computer ScienceMathematics
Community RehabilitationMarketing

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(10) Queen’s University

Ageing and Health   German
Anatomic PathologyGerman Studies
Chemical EngineeringInternal Medicine (Core Program)
CardiologyIndustrial Relations and Law combined
Cancer ResearchIndustrial Relations
Biomedical EngineeringIndigenous Studies
Biomedical ComputingHistory
Biomedical and Molecular SciencesHispanic Studies
Biology and PsychologyHaematology
Biology and MathematicsHebrew Language and Literature
BiologyHebrew
BiochemistryHealthcare Quality
Astronomy and AstrophysicsHealth Studies
Arts ManagementHealth Sciences
AnesthesiologyGreek
Anatomical SciencesGlobal Development Studies
ChemistryInternational Business
English Language and LiteratureMathematical Physics
Engineering PhysicsManagement in Artificial Intelligence
Economics and Law combinedManagement Analytics
EconomicsLinguistics
Family Medicine: Rural SkillsMining Engineering Technology
GastroenterologyMining Technologies
Gender StudiesMusic Theatre
General Internal MedicineNephrology
General SurgeryNeurology
Geo-EngineeringPhysical Therapy
Geographic Information SciencePhysics
GeographyPolitical and Legal Thought
Geological EngineeringPolitical Studies
Geological SciencesStatistics
Family Medicine: Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesMining Engineering
Environmental StudiesMedicine
Environmental Life SciencesMedical Oncology
Environmental GeologyMedia Studies
Environmental Geography (Earth Systems Sciences)Media and Performance Production (formerly Stage and Screen Studies)
Environmental ChemistryMechanical and Materials Engineering
Environmental BiologyMathematics and Statistics
Entrepreneurship and InnovationMathematics and Engineering
Earth and Energy Resources LeadershipLife Sciences
DramaLiberal Studies
Diagnostic RadiologyLaw
Cultural StudiesLatin
Critical CareLanguages, Literature and Cultures
Concurrent EducationKinesiology
Computing and the Creative ArtsJewish Studies
Cognitive ScienceJapanese
Classical StudiesItalian
Civil EngineeringInuktitut
ChineseInternational Studies

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Top Universities of Canada in Brief

  1. University of Toronto: This University has gained the number one position among all other universities of Canada. According to the QS Ranking, the University of Toronto has landed on the first position. According to the data present on the official website of the University of Toronto, in 2019 the university provided admission to 20,296 undergrad candidates and 72,785 graduate candidates. The tuition fee is different for natives and non-natives. The amount is around $6,100 to $14,180 and $35,890 to $58,680 respectively depending on the program.
  2. McGill University: The second position according to QS ranking has been achieved by Canada’s oldest university. It also ranks 35th worldwide among all other prestigious universities of the world. The university offers various courses which boost the skills of candidates in their field of interest. The academic cost of international candidate is around $22,271 – $48,747, for Quebec candidates the cost ranges from $5,181 – $7,130 and for Canadian candidates, the fee ranges are around $10,557 – $12,526. 
  3. University of British Columbia: One of the prestigious universities of Canada is the University of British Columbia. According to the data mentioned on the official website of 2018-2019, the university had attracted 54,863 Vancouver candidates, 9,935 Okanagan candidates, and 17,225 International candidates from 160+ countries around the world. The tuition fee for international candidates is around $39,573.60 – $51,635.92, based on the program. The academic fees for domestic students range from $5,506.80 – $8,810.40 based on the program candidate selects. 
  4. University of Alberta: It is one of the top 5 universities of Canada according to the QS ranking. The University of Alberta offers 500+ graduate and 200+ undergraduate programs for candidates to pursue their dream courses. The university also ranks 3rd worldwide in the field of Paleontology. The university is known for attracting around 40,061 candidates from 156 countries around the world. Alberta University has a definite fee structure for domestic and international candidates. The tuition fee for domestic candidates is around $5,645 and for international candidates, the fees are around $9,465 – $10,500. 
  5. University of Montreal: This University has gained number one position in Quebec and 5th in Canada according to the QS ranking. The university has a prominent image on a worldwide scale for providing quality education to candidates from all over the world. The University of Montreal has a record of attracting 10,000 international candidates and total of 67,389 candidates for both graduation and post-graduation. The university has a set structure of fees for domestic and international candidates. The international candidates will have to pay around $8710.53, domestic candidates have to pay around $1272.00, and Non-Quebec candidates will have to pay around $3970.05.
  6. McMaster University: According to the information on the official website of McMaster University, it has entertained 28,290 undergraduates and 4,857 graduate students. The McMaster University grabbed 6th position in the top 10 universities of Canada according to the QS ranking of 2020. The university has seen a significant increase in the number of international candidates getting admission in McMaster University in the past few years. It offers numerous courses in almost every field for candidates to study according to their interest. The tuition fee for domestic students is much less than the fees for an international candidate as they have to pay around $43,454.30 – $62,621.49. 
  7. University of Waterloo: The University has proved itself as one of the innovative universities for the last 28 years. According to the QS Graduate Employability Rank 2019, University of Waterloo landed in the first position. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 across the country, the university has not changed the fees from last year. The tuition fee for international candidates is around $35,300 – $54,600 and + $2,290 and for domestic candidates the fees is $7,200 – $15,640 and + $2,290. 
  8. Western University: According to the QS ranking, this University has grabbed 8th position in the top ten universities in Canada. Western University attracts around 6 thousand international candidates from all over the world. According to the information present on the official website of Western University, in 2018-2019, it had entertained 30,235 as full-time enrollment by Canadian candidates and around 4,438 non-native candidates from all over the world. The fee for international candidates in Western University is around $49,047 to $64,907 and $3,384.79 – $3,208.66. 
  9. University of Calgary: The University started functioning in 1966 making it one of the oldest universities of Canada. As per the latest information present on the official website of University of Calgary, it offered admission to 26000+ undergraduate candidates and 6000+ graduate candidates. University of Calgary is counted as one of the best universities of Canada. The tuition fees of the University of Calgary are much less than other top universities of Canada.  The tuition fee for international candidates is $17,111.12 – $ 17,925.93. On the other hand the fees for domestic candidates is around $5,703.70– $5,812.35 depending upon the course, the candidate selects. 
  10. Queen’s University: This University is counted as one of the famous and recognized universities of Canada. There is no reason to doubt why it is an attraction for many international candidates seeking admission in Queen’s University. The university offers around 125 courses. Out of all around 26% of total candidates studying at Queen’s University are international candidates from 80 countries of the world. In 2019, a total of 25,260 candidates have been provided admission at Queen’s University. The fee structure has been set different for both domestic and international candidates. The fees to be paid differ as per the course chosen by the candidate. The fees for domestic candidates range from $3091.55 – $11,806.70 and for domestic candidates it is around $15,060.91 – $30,544.31. 

Best Universities in Canada 2021: FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What are the top 10 universities in Canada?
Ans: Some of the top 10 universities in Canada include Western University, University of waterloo, McMaster University, University of Alberta, Universite de Montreal, University of British Columbia, McGill University, University of Toronto.
Q: What is the hardest university to get into in Canada?
Ans: Smith Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University offers the hardest university. With an admission average of 87% and an acceptance rate of approximately 7%, this university is one of the hardest universities for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Q: Is Canadian university hard to get into?
Ans: Canadian universities is relatively easy to get into compared to universities in USA. One of the reason is that there is much fewer people in Canada compared to USA and Candian universities are easy to get in but hard to get out.
Q: What are the courses in demand in Canada?
Ans: Some of the courses which are in demand include Project management, Computer programmer, practical elements of mechanical engineering, logistics & supply chain management, information technology solutions, sports business management, Advanced manufacturing management, International business management.
Q: Is it easy to study in Canada?
Ans: Studying abroad is a costly affair. Even with scholarships and student loans, little extra cash goes a long way in providing experience pleasant. Here, working while you study is an option that interests all international students.
Q: Are International Students welcomed in Canada?
Ans: The answer to this question is yes. The universities welcome candidates from all over the world.

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