It’s been a long time since I wrote any blog post. Small update about me – I completed my masters in University of Waterloo and now working at Capital One as a software engineer.
In this blog post, I would like to touch on one of the most commonly asked questions – Masters in Canada vs Masters in USA. I faced similar confusion when choosing universities for my graduate program. I will describe the factors I considered when I was choosing the country and general observations from my experience.
Pros of doing your Masters in Canada
- Tuition is cheap. Very cheap compared to USA ! (Biggest motivation factor for me).
- If you are into research then you can do real solid work here. Unlike in US, masters students are not treated as cash cows.
- Immigration is very easy compared to USA. You can get Permanent residentship within couple of years after graduating. Now compare this to USA, Green card backlog for Indians is more than 10 years .
- You won’t face any visa issues. I didn’t hear about anybody getting rejected for student visa and after graduation you can get an open work permit (called as post graduate work permit) which allows you to work up to 3 years after graduation. You don’t need a job to apply for post graduate work permit, just apply as soon as you are done with school. Open work permit allows you to work for any employer. If I remember it correctly, in USA if you don’t get job within 3 months, you need to leave the country.
- It’s really safe. No gun violence, very less crime rate.
Cons of doing your Masters in Canada
- Number of jobs are slightly less compared to US. (This includes tech jobs too, although they are in good number when compared to other engineering jobs).
- It’s damn cold here. In Waterloo, there are instances when the real feel (real feel is different from actual temperature, this is considering wind and other factors into account) is -45C.
- Less number of tech companies which means less competition to bid high for devs, so salaries are little less when compared to US counterparts. For the same role, in similar kind of company, the salaries in US are at least 20% higher than in Canada.
According to me, pros outweigh cons. I wasn’t ready to have huge student debt, UWaterloo reputation and co-op program is awesome, so I made up my mind to go for Canada instead of US.
I didn’t regret even for a moment on my decision to come here. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.