Canada

WHY CANADA?

  1. http://www.canadian-universities.net/Campus/Graduate-Studies.html
  2. http://www.livingin-canada.com/why-canada.html

MIND SET UP The first thing you need to do is set up your mind about higher studies in Canada (or any other place). REMEMBER don’t take any decision out of frustration. NOT everyone needs to go for higher studies. If you have potential in doing other stuff, you should do that. And never confuse immigration with higher studies. When you want to pursue a M.Sc. or Ph.D., you should consider the after study-job/immigration opportunities, but NEVER go for higher studies just to leave the country.

So how to set up your mind? (a) Check your academic qualifications and typical qualification of an applicant [you can get idea about this after reading the document].

(b) Discuss with senior graduate students about the responsibilities of a graduate student. Check if those things seem interesting to you.

(c) Determine your aim in life depending on your academic qualification, financial status, family issues and overall your own desire.

Web resources:

  1. http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/are-you-ready-for-graduate-school.aspx
  2. http://www.uleth.ca/education/programs-degrees/graduate-studies/m-counselling/resources/self-assessment
  3. http://www.american.edu/sis/undergradadvising/bamafaq.cfm

 

Subject Selection

Obviously, you may want to pursue your higher studies on your undergraduate subject. However, not everyone may feel like that. Some may want to switch or go to different but relevant subjects. In those cases, you have to a lot of research on the criteria for admission on those subjects. However, in life, you may not always get what you like, so sometimes second best is the best option.

Web resources:

  1. http://gradschool.about.com/od/choosingaprogram/f/choose2.htm
  2. http://www.seekingsources.com/choosing_graduate_programs.htm
  3. http://www.grad.ubc.ca/handbook-graduate-supervision/choosing-subject-study

 

Program Selection

M.Sc. or Ph.D. or MBA? It’s a tough question. For some engineering subjects, you can get a good job after M.Sc. And this also applies when you want to work in the company. If you want to be in academia, you have to a PhD. However, now-a-days, companies prefer PhD graduates if that involves drug research and development. However, in most of the Canadian Universities, Professors try to take international students as M.Sc. Because if you are good, then they can let you to convert to PhD (very easy), but if you turn out to be bad (not suitable for working in a Lab), they can give you a M.Sc. and POLITELY ask you to leave. My advice, don’t try for PhD unless you are overqualified. Try for M.Sc. which will increase your probability of getting an easy admission.

Goals for Academia-bound Grad Students in Research-oriented Psychology: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSAAC/418751428163433 https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSAAC/418751428163433

Web resources:

  1. http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/graduate-degree-masters-phd.aspx
  2. http://scientopia.org/blogs/science-professor/2010/12/07/msc-en-route-to-phd
  3. http://www.findaphd.com/student/study/study-16.asp
  4. http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/ragibhasanblog/29279262
  5. http://www.sachalayatan.com/mahbub/39267

 

University Selection

University selection is very important. You have to decide which University you best fit. During choosing a University, several factors must be considered:

(a) Is it Public or Private?

(b) What’s the world ranking?

(c) Geographical location and its financial status

Web resources:

  1. http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2011
  2. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2011-2012/top-400.html
  3. http://www.webometrics.info/top12000.asp
  4. http://www.aucc.ca/canadian-universities/our-universities
  5. http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/ragibhasanblog/29237266

 

Application process There are two types of application processes: (A) Through Professor managing (B) by central processing

WHAT PROFESSORS ARE LOOKING FOR?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSAAC/432036790168230

(A) Through Professor managing: Initial Professor knocking E-Mail:

Knocking Period: Usually Canadian Universities open their admission for fall about 12 months earlier. Most universities open admission activity at the month of September. For this reason the best time for approaching to professors is the month of August continuing to final deadline which is mid December to mid-February

Email ID Preference: Normally Canadian professors receive more than hundreds of mails every day. It is better to mail them from an email ID which is associated with one’s university. Because this looks rather authentic than mailing from other mail services like – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. If it turns out to be impossible then always send emails from an ID which resembles your name like – if your name is YYY and you are from BUET then try to go for Yyy.buet@gmail.com.

Web resources-1:

  1. http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/ragibhasanblog/29355304
  2. http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/advice/prospective.html
  3. http://theprofessorisin.com/2011/07/25/how-to-write-an-email-to-a-potential-ph-d-advisor
  4. http://projectgraduateschool.wordpress.com/tag/how-to-write-to-professors-2
  5. http://ask.metafilter.com/100275/Advice-on-Emailing-Professors-When-Applying-to-Grad-School
  6. http://gradschool.about.com/od/admissionsadvice/a/contact.htm
  7. http://gradschool.about.com/od/admissionsadvice/a/contact.htmredbus2us.com/sample-email-template-to-professors-in-usa-for-graduate-school-research
  8. http://chrisblattman.com/2010/11/08/students-how-to-email-to-your-professor-employer-and-professional-peers
  9. http://mcnaircsueb.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/guide-how-to-contact-faculty-at-the-graduate-school-of-your-choice
  10. http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/agep/advsopstem.pdf

 

(B) Central processing: It’s easy, but all departments do not go through this process. Go to their website. There you will get proper instructions. Usually, the steps are: pre-application, Final Application, Approved by admission committee and final admission. This process usually takes 6 months.

GRE OR GMAT OR IELTS? https://www.facebook.com/notes/prospective-bangladeshi-students-in-canadian-universities/misconception-about-gre-and-admission-in-canadian-universities/375518992486677

IELTS PREPARATION: http://bit.ly/2dw13WL

SOP Format: https://www.facebook.com/notes/prospective-bangladeshi-students-in-canadian-universities/sop-general-guidelines/393356340702942 

 

Life in Canada

How to survive winter in Canada: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSAAC/481663061872269

Job prospectus after graduation: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/intro-eng.aspx

What to do what not to do: http://www.sachalayatan.com/udash/44026