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Canada is a popular and welcoming destination for postgraduate study. But what are the best universities in Canada for Masters degrees? And which excel in your particular academic area?
We've pulled together four globally recognised university league tables to help reveal the top Canadian universities. We've also looked at Canada's own domestic league tables.
The following table gives the top 20 universities in Canada in 2020. Information is based on the current rankings published by Times Higher Education, QS, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and US News.
Each uses its own methodology. You can find out more in our guide to university rankings for postgraduate study.
|University||THE 2020||QS 2020||ARWU 2019||US News 2019|
|University of Toronto||18||=29||24||20|
|University of British Columbia||34||51||35||29|
|University of Montreal||85||137||151-200||136|
|University of Alberta||=136||113||101-150||137|
|University of Ottawa||=141||=281||151-200||=208|
|University of Calgary||201-250||233||151-200||178|
|University of Waterloo||201-250||=173||151-200||=215|
|Simon Fraser University||251-300||=314||301-400||288|
|University of Manitoba||351-400||601-650||301-400||=397|
|University of Saskatchewan||401-500||=439||301-400||=538|
|University of Victoria||401-500||=364||301-400||=272|
|University of Guelph||501-600||571-580||301-400||=423|
|Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and US News Best Global Universities. Visit their websites for more information.|
Canada does very well in global rankings, with several Canadian universities in the world top 100 for each ranking.
This performance is particularly impressive given the comparatively small size of the Canadian higher education system. Canada has around 100 universities, whereas the neighbouring USA has around 4,000.
International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.
Global league tables and subject rankings can give you an idea of how the best Canadian universities compare to institutions in other countries. This is useful if you're considering destinations for postgraduate study abroad.
But what if you've already settled on studying a Masters in Canada? In that case, you'll probably be more interested in domestic Canadian university rankings.
As their name suggests, these rank universities within Canada. This approach can offer more of a 'level playing field'. Instead of comparing universities across very different national higher education systems, a domestic ranking includes universities operating under similar circumstances.
One of the most widely recognised rankings of Canadian universities is produced by Maclean's, a news and education publisher. They produce annual Canadian university rankings, including a league focussing on postgraduate medicine and research.
Our database includes plenty of Canadian Masters degrees and our listings provide lots of helpful information about specific programmes. Why not take a look?
Last updated - 11/10/2019