Top Universities for Masters (MS) in Biotechnology in Canada

MS in biotech in canada

Are you planning to study abroad?

Are you planning to study MS for biotech in Canada?

If you are a biotech student, then know that a Master’s degree is kind of mandatory for career progression in the core biotechnology & biosciences sector. Going abroad is one of the best options, and Canada is the second most popular education destination for Indian students looking at studying abroad.

The biotechnology and life sciences sector play a significant role in Canada’s innovation economy, and it is one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

If you are seeking a career in this leading-edge domain, you should opt for studies in Canada, one of the world’s leaders in biotechnology, with over 400 core biotechnology companies, research universities and laboratories across the nation, next to the United States.

Why Study Masters in Canada

The majority of Masters in Biotechnology programs in Canada are research-oriented, and Canadian universities are known for high-quality teaching.

The typical cost of studying Masters in Canada is also cheaper than in many other English-speaking countries.

Scholarship schemes also available for international students.

You will find a very high standard of living in Canada and it’s also a safe country.

You can easily live on just by speaking and communicating in English.

Eligibility Criteria for Studying Masters in Canada

For studying masters in Canada, a majority of the universities in Canada need the applicant to have 16 years of education, including a four-year Bachelor’s degree.

For academic requirements, you must have 65–70% or CGPA 7.0–7.5 in Indian standards.

Many universities also ask for GRE/GMAT requirement. So, you need to check the exact eligibility criteria at the university/department websites.

You should check the application form and submit the applications well before the deadlines. Usually, for the top universities, you need to apply between December and February for the next batch (Aug/Sep start).

Part-Time Job While Studying Masters in Canada

You can also work while studying, so you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada. A full-time international student in Canada can work up to 20 hours per week during university semesters and full-time during breaks such as the winter or summer holidays, without the need for a work permit.

Job Scenarios for International Students after Masters in Canada

You can work there After finish your Master’s program. Canada Govt. allowed to work for a period that equals the length of your program. So for working in Canada, you have to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) after finishing your Masters.

There are plenty of jobs in Canada. The average salary for entry-level jobs in Canada is around CAD $50,000 to CAD $60,000 per year.

According to, an average salary range of $38,000 to $75,000 per year for the biotechnology sector.

The best universities for Masters in biotechnology in Canada are given below:

1. University of British Columbia (UBC)


Mater of science in Bioinformatics

Master of Science in Medical Genetics

Master of Science in food science


Genome science and technology

Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Energy

Computational Approaches in Biochemistry

Chemical Biotechnology

Gene Biotechnology + many more

Fee Structure: Approx. $8,270 per year. (Tuition Fees)

UBC offers generous scholarships and a monthly stipend to deserving students. So, if you are looking for quality and affordable education, UBC is one of the best in Canada.

2. University of Toronto (UoT)

It Offers a 2 years program which include both science and business courses with 8-12 months of work experience in the industry, by the Institute for Management & Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga. It’s a great program if you want to combine biotechnology with business.


Business courses – Effective Management Practices

Biotechnology and Drug Manufacturing

Protein Chemistry Theory

Molecular Biology Lab; Protein Chemistry Lab

Biotechnology in Medicine.

Business – Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts; Society, Organizations and Technology.

Seminar – Bio partnering I & II

Work Term – Co-op placement in industry or university-based biotechnology laboratory, and continue initial placement or begin a new

Biotechnology in Agriculture & Natural Products.

Business – Management of Technological Innovation.

Fees: Approximate Total Annual Fees $47,109.95

3. McGill University

McGill offers a non-thesis program, which is both courses- and laboratory-based, and also includes an internship in a research laboratory.


Topics in Biotechnology


Biotechnology Management

Biotechnology Laboratory 1 & 2

Genetics and Bioethics

Complimentary Courses +Research project

4. McMaster University

The Masters in Biomedical Engineering at McMasters is a hardcore research-based and thesis-based program where students are required to complete courses in addition to writing and defending a thesis.


Special Topics in Proteins

Special Topics in Bacterial Cell Surfaces

Special Topics in Microscopy and Photonics

Colloquium – Scientific Communication

Topics in Molecular Biology

Computational Biochemistry

Fees- Approximate Course fee structure- $46,143.73

 5. Saskatchewan University

It offers Masters programs in Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Applied Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, and Biological Engineering.

The prevailing areas of research interest include:

Bio-Medical Science (biomechanics, bioinformatics, injury)

Bio-Engineering (tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery)

Medical Imaging & Diagnosis or Intervention (MRI, synchrotron imaging, imaging process)


Total Tuition fees per academic year – $6536.46 (International)

6. University of Calgary

The University of Calgary offers Masters around research track and a business track. The MBT program (Master of Biomedical Technology) exposes students to current technologies, providing them skills, knowledge, and experience that they need for successful careers in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries.

The Biological Sciences track is a thesis-based Master’s program that offers specializations in the following areas:

Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology

Environmental Microbiology, Evolutionary Biology, etc.


Total International fees is CAD $24,538 annually.

If you BSc degree holder then you can select this university.

7. University of Alberta

Alberta offers Masters programs in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, and Agricultural, Food, & Nutritional Science.

Fees: Approx. $9,019 per year – Tuition Fees.

Important Note: if you want to study Masters in Biotechnology/Biomedical subjects in Canada, then you must contact the potential supervisors according to your areas of interest, before submitting the formal applications to the Universities. At the Master’s level in Canada, students work closely with a supervisor and their research is supported by that supervisor.

I hope this article will help you find your desired university along with your interested specialization courses.

All the Best!

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