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2019 Canadian University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

Canada is a popular and welcoming destination for postgraduate study. But what are the top universities for Masters degrees in Canada? And which excel in your particular academic area?

We've pulled together all three globally recognised university league tables to help reveal the top Canadian universities. We've also looked at Canada's own domestic league tables.

Canadian universities in global rankings

The following table gives the top 20 universities in Canada in 2019. Information is based on the current rankings published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Each uses its own methodology. You can find out more in our guide to university rankings for postgraduate study.


Top 20 Canadian Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
University of Toronto 21 28 23
University of British Columbia 27 47 43
McGill University =44 33 70
McMaster University 77 146 86
University of Montreal =90 =149 -
University of Alberta =132 109 101-150
University of Ottawa =176 =289 151-200
Western University =190 =214 201-300
University of Calgary =199 229 151-200
University of Waterloo 201-250 =163 151-200
Dalhousie University 251-300 =279 301-400
Laval University 251-300 =402 201-300
Queen's University 251-300 =239 201-300
Simon Fraser University 251-300 =264 301-400
University of Victoria 301-350 =359 301-400
University of Manitoba 401-500 601-650 301-400
University of Saskatchewan 401-500 =461 301-400
Carleton University 501-600 651-700 -
University of Guelph 501-600 581-590 301-400
Memorial University of Newfoundland 501-600 651-700 -
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Canadian universities for Masters study?

Canada does very well in global rankings, with a clutch of institutions taking spots 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.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

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.

Domestic rankings

Global league tables and subject rankings can give you an idea of how 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 rankings of Canadian universities.

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.

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Last updated - 02/10/2018

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