Studying Data Science in Canada

Studying Data Science in Canada: A Complete Guide

Data science encompasses a set of principles, problem definitions, algorithms, and processes for extracting non-obvious and useful patterns from large datasets. It is closely related to the fields of data mining and machine learning, but broader in scope. Studying Data Science in Canada is a great choice especially for international students coming to Canada for higher education.

Why to Choose Studying Data Science in Canada as Career?

The goal of data science is to improve decision making through the analysis of data. Today data science determines the ads we see online, the books and movies that are recommended to us online, which emails are filtered into our spam folders, and even how much we pay for health insurance.

This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a concise introduction to the emerging field of data science, explaining its evolution, current uses, data infrastructure issues, and ethical challenges.

Data scientists know how to use their skills in math, statistics, programming, and other related subjects to organize large data sets. Then, they apply their knowledge to uncover solutions hidden in the data to take on business challenges and goals.”

Data Science(The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) book  by John D. Kelleher

A graduate of Data Science has the following opportunities to work as a:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Architect
  • Big Data Engineer
  • Business Analytics Specialist
  • Data Visualization Developer
  • Business Intelligence (BI) Engineer
  • BI Solutions Architect
  • BI Specialist
  • Analytics Manager
  • Statistician


Also Read: What are the Requirements to Choose Data Science as Career?


Why people choose Canada for studying Data Science?

There are different choices of top universities in Canada for International students who wish to study Masters in Data Science. Here we listed some popular universities in Data Science in which you can have some information about. We’ll also inform you by tuition and programs of universities to choose the best one to apply.

University of British Colombia

Tuition for the University of Colombia Master of Data Science is comparable with other professional Masters programs at top universities.

Below information is based on UBC

  • $32,472.96 CAD for domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents)
  • $45,898.74 CAD for international students

In addition to tuition , all of  students have to pay:

  • UBC student fees, that include the compulsory transit U-Pass

AMS/GSS Extended Health Plan fees

All new international students must pay an annual i-Med fee too.


Ryerson University

2020-2021 Graduate Fees Schedule according to Ryerson University

MSc Data Science and Analytics

International Fees

Fall 2020 Total Fees+ Tuition Academic Support
Full fees 7,918.66 7,396.67 37.19
Winter 2021
Full fees 7,578.60 7,396.67 37.18
Spring 2021  
Full fees 7,578.55 7,396.66 37.18



University of Toronto

The tuition listed below are effective for the 2020–2021 academic year. They are based on a normal full-time course load of 5.0 credits.

2020–21 Tuition Fees

international students

1 year Upper Year
$57,020 $61,330


Carleton University

Every Fall, 40 students are accepted into the specialization across different departments and programs which includes: Biology, Business (Business Analytics), Computer Science, Communications, Cognitive, Economics, Engineering , Electronics, Health Sciences ,Geography, History, Information Technology and Psychology.


University of Waterloo

Tuition and fees of thesis and other courses according to University of Waterloo

MMath at Waterloo(thesis)

  • International students, full-time: $7,254.00 tuition and $703.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – MDSAI (coursework)

  • International students, full-time: $5,110.00 per course tuition and $703.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – MDSAI (Co-op) (coursework)

  • International students, full-time: $5,110.00 per course tuition and $703.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)

Health Informatics – MHI (Public Health and Health Systems) (coursework)

  • International students, full-time: $10,440.00 tuition and $42.80 incidental fees per term (as of January 2020)(Thesis, Master’s Research Paper, Coursework)

Statistics – PhD (Thesis)

  • International students, full-time: $7,182.00 tuition and $703.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)


HEC Montreal

Tuition and other fees (for first 4 terms) according to HEC Montreal

Student status Thesis Supervised project
Quebec students $5 800 $6 300
Canadian students, non-residents of Québec $14 200 $14 700
French and French Belgian students $5 800 $6 300
International students $28 800 $29 900


Thesis stream Supervised project stream
7 courses (21 credits) 12 courses (36 credits)
Research Workshop
Thesis (24 credits)Total: 45 credits
Supervised Project: Consulting mandate, Large-scale cas study, Specific research mandate, Expert opinion, Entrepreneurial project (9 credits)

Total: 45 credits

Program length: 16-24 months (excluding preparatory phase)



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