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Grad School Planning Guide (Winter 2011) by jobpostings Magazine (Canada's largest career lifestyle magazine for students and recent grads)


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Grad school can be a rough ride, so before you pack your bags, know where you’re going.

8 wherefore art thou, post-grad? Before you spend copious amounts of time and money, it’s best to make sure grad school is what you want.

12 college vs. university By strategically planning, you’ll avoid major reversals down the road.

22 grad school abroad We bust some grad school abroad myths (it’s not as impossible as you think).

24 oh the places you’ll go! From courses on horses to becoming a brewmaster, Canada’s schools offer something for everyone.

28 law school lane It doesn’t matter whether you have a fine arts, music or engineering degree, law school could be for you. But read this first.

32 accepted by more than one school? Well, aren’t you the popular one. It’s not about the prettiest school, but the whole package.

36 hitting it outta the park How to turn your love of the game into an all-star career.

40 school directory A list of schools and their new programs, conveniently alphabetized with start dates. Enjoy!

42 dude, i need a car. A few tips on buying your first set of wheels.

46 fast track Worried about spending your 20’s locked up studying? Here’s how you can save time.

48 graduate debt-free Well, almost. While you’ve already determined that your post-grad will pay off in the end, it doesn’t hurt to start managing your money now.

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jobpostings publishes the Grad School Planning Guide annually. 50,000 copies are distributed to over 145 universities and colleges. Contents of this publication are protected by copyright and may not be reprinted in whole or part without permission of the publishers.

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jobpostingsschoolshowcases 4 Queens University, Graduate Studies 6 Ross University, School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine 10 Dalhousie University, MBA 14 Concordia University, John Molson School of Business 16 Humber, The Business School, Postgraduate 26 University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business 34 Niagara College, Graduate Programs

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Sponsored by Queen’s University, School of Graduate Studies

With more than 50 graduate programs, small class sizes, and opportu-nities to work closely with peers and faculty, Queen’s is a place where world-class students put their ideas to the test.

Graduates of Queen’s post-grad programs make an impact every day in boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, laboratories, libraries, galleries, governments and workplaces across Canada and around the globe. From part-time studies to traditional programs and professional degrees, grad-uate studies at Queen’s prepare students to make a difference in society.

Queen’s now offers a Masters of Public Health program. Students of this new program develop the skills needed to organize, analyze, inter-pret, and communicate public health knowledge and how to apply this knowledge to the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and programs.

Professional Programs:

Programs that suit a working professional include the Professional Master of Industrial Relations and Professional Master of Public Ad-ministration. These unique programs are primarily completed through weekend classes, and are targeted to working professionals.

Interdisciplinary Programs:

In the fall of 2009, a number of new graduate programs were introduced at Queen’s, including Global Development Studies, Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, these programs allow stu-dents to explore a variety of topics and offer the opportunity to collabo-rate with faculty across different departments.

Collaborative Programs:

Queen’s offers a number of collaborative programs. These are degrees offered jointly by two or more programs. They provide the opportunity for students to explore an area of study broadly and from the specialized perspective of different disciplines and approaches.

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RossUniversitySchoolofMedicineisproudtobeaffiliatedwithmorethan 70 teaching hospitals in the United States. This extensive net-work of affiliations makes it possible for our students to receive superior educationwhilecompletingtheirclinicalrotationsintheUnitedStates.Recruited from leading medical institutions around the world, the Ross University School of Medicine faculty has outstanding credentials inteachingandresearch.StudentschooseRossUniversitySchoolofMedi-cine because of our faculty, curriculum, technologically advanced cam-pus and because of our well-earned reputation for providing the educa-tionthatenablesourstudentstopasstheirCanadianandUSlicensingexams and obtain excellent residencies.

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RUSVMoffersavarietyofopportunitiesandexperiencesforstudentsto broaden their education through externships, preceptorships, and hands-on research opportunities. Students who enroll in the program have the opportunity to work with and learn from basic science and clinical faculty recognized for their commitment to student education andadvancingveterinaryknowledge.RossUniversitySchoolofVeteri-naryMedicineisaccreditedbytheSt.Christopher&NevisAccredita-tionBoard,MinistryofEducation.

Ross University operates on a three-semester schedule, allowing stu-dents to start in September, January or May, and has administrative of-ficesinNorthBrunswick,NewJersey.Canadianstudentshavevariousoptions available to them in order to finance their education, and may applyforprovincialloans,privateloanswithUSco-signers,andeduca-tionallinesofcredittofundtheirstudies.AllRossUniversitygraduatescanobtainlicensureinCanadaandtheUS.

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After years of theory-based learning in undergrad,

post-graduate education of any kind allows you to learn how to apply your broad knowledge in a particular field of interest by teaching you to specialize and develop skills specific to the job or field of study you’re interested in.

William Hanna, dean of media studies and information technology at Humber College in Toronto, ON, explains that post-grad programs at colleges are all about hands-on work. “Pho-tography students show their pictures, film stu-dents go out to film and editing. We’re getting students to go from a pampered environment to an environment where you’re producing.”

Post-graduate programs are also good places to make connections. There are many

professors, course directors, and alumni you can meet who are already working in fields that might interest you. These people can also mentor you or even connect you to job oppor-tunities. Some programs require students to complete an internship in order to graduate. Whether you’re at a job for six weeks or three

months, it’s a good way for students to see first-hand what the environment is like while gaining valuable experience.

It could even lead to a job offer. Hanna says that more than 90 percent of the students at Humber get job offers after their internships. “University gives you a general idea about a field and when you have that, plus the skill set that you get at the post-grad level, it gives you the opportunity to come in the door functioning,” Hanna says. And if an internship doesn’t get you a job right away, at least you still have a good reference or a gatekeeper who can connect you to another opportunity.

There’s no mistaking that graduate school really does require a lot of commitment. There’s a lot of extra work and a lot less time socializing but it does pay off when it comes time to enter the working world.

“By doing a grad degree, whatever you do, you are likely to be more advanced since you can always apply your education,” encourages professor Susan Pfeiffer, PhD, dean of graduate studies at the University of Toronto.

Higher level positions in fields like engineering and business management usually re-quire post-graduate education. Not only are you going to have access to higher posi-tions, there’s also the possibility of moving upwards in the company. And the higher the position, the better the salary.

Still, Pfeiffer encourages students to pursue something they’re passionate about. “A per-son might undertake this program as a means to a higher salary, but if you don’t like what you do, don’t do it,” professor Pfeiffer says. “It’s so important that you do what you love. If you do that then going to grad school is definitely worth it.”

Wherefore Art Thou,


Undergrad is almost over, and if you’re reading this guide you’re probably wondering whether you should continue your education, how – or maybe that you should just get a job. Whether it’s grad school at a university, or a post-grad program at a college, keep your desired result in mind when you make your choice.

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Sponsored by Dalhousie University

You’ve followed your passion and earned a degree in engineering, sci-ences, thehumanities,socialsciences, thearts,orbusiness.Nowyouwant to launch your career and make a difference in the world. There is a better way to accelerate your career. It’s a smarter, faster way to buildonthestrengthsofyourundergraddegree(Honoursdegreenotre-quired).DalhousieUniversity’sCorporateResidencyMBAcanbeyourroute to success.

Canada’sfirstCorporateResidencyMBAprogramoffersyouawaytofast-track your career by combining the best of your undergrad poten-tial with access to the best employers, the best faculty, and the best classmates. This is a program that is designed to meet the needs of students and employer partners. Students, faculty, and employers col-laborate within this model to develop the next generation of leaders.

Top Five Reasons to be a student inthe Corporate Residency MBA

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where do you want to go to school?The first thing you need to figure out is where you want to live while you study. Factor in fam-ily obligations, cost, and the sacrifices you’re willing to make to pursue your area of interest. Narrowing down the geographical areas you’re willing and able to live in will reduce the num-ber of programs you’ll have to choose from.

what interests you the most?Unlike undergrads, post-graduate students aim to specialize. Business undergrads may want to focus on marketing in grad school, for example; political science majors might want to study the Middle East in depth. Determine your area of specific interest, then compile a list of programs within your chosen geographical areas that fit the bill. By looking at program specifics, as well as the experts available on faculty, your choice should be narrowed down even more.

what degree do you want to earn?When it comes to post-graduate degrees, there are a lot of options. Universities usually offer both master’s and doctorates. A mas-ter’s degree is often more practical in nature, often research-based. A doctorate is more intellectual in nature, and allows students to delve into the theory and philosophy behind their field of study. These two types of de-grees also provide different career opportuni-

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YOU’vE DECIDED TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AFTER YOU GRADUATE, BUT YOU’RE NOT SURE WHERE. No wonder – the number of programs out there is enough to make anyone lose focus. If your chosen field requires you to obtain a graduate degree in order to continue, your decision is fairly straightforward and comes down to comparing university programs. But if you don’t necessarily need to have a post-graduate education to get work in your field, you should be asking yourself some tough questions before starting your application process.

ties, depending on the field of study and your desired end-result career. When it comes to deciding which degree to earn, knowing what you want to do with it makes all the differ-ence. Researching your options takes time, but it’s better to do it now than find out later you’ve made decisions that don’t take your fundamental needs and goals into account. By strategically planning your education, you’ll avoid major reversals down the road.

college or university learning?University can help you get master’s and doc-torates essential for fields like law, engineer-ing, medicine, science, and even business management. Programs generally range in length from three to five years, but medi-cal studies can last a decade. Universities provide theory-based learning, so students should be prepared to write research papers, exams, and possibly complete a thesis.

Colleges offer one and two year programs and tend to be more hands-on in learning style. Many college programs will expose you to a work environment immediately via an intern-ship or co-op placement, or by reproduc-ing the work environment in the classroom. Courses range in length from two months to two years, resulting in certificates or diplomas. At some industry-specific schools, however, you may be able to earn a master’s degree.

Consider carefully…

College (or)College (or)

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Sponsored by Concordia University, the John Molson School of Business

Located in Montreal’s downtown core, and neighbored by dozens ofotherhighrisestructures,standstheMolsonBuilding—15storiestallandhome toConcordiaUniversity’saffiliate school, the JohnMolsonSchoolofBusiness(JMSB).Pridingitselfonworldclassbusinessaca-demia,JMSBisdedicatedtoempoweringstudentsandsculptingthemintostrong,decisive,andglobally-mindedbusinessleaders.JMSB’sfac-ultyhailsfrom31differentcountries,andits300-plusmemberseachpossess unique academic genealogies. By combining their disciplinesthey have created a multi-faceted and well-rounded learning experience.

AlongwithJMSB’sexpansivebusinesscurriculum,ithostsaspectrumof degree programs, from undergraduate to graduate accreditation. In-cluded in the roster is a specialized Masters degree dedicated to the science of Administration (MSc). Like a Masters degree in BusinessAdministration (MBA), the program is valuable to students commit-ted to a career in business; by comparison however, the curriculum is muchmore tailored, explainsDr.HarjeetBhabra,AssociateDeanofResearchandDirectoroftheMScandPhDprogramsatJMSB.

“Students must pursue one of three specialty areas: Finance, Manage-ment, or Marketing,” a feature intentionally incorporated to refine ave-nuesofstudy,saysBhabra.Withamarketingfocus,forexample,studentsmight choose to analyze consumer behaviors and environmental stimuli, while those in management or finance may critically examine leadership orbecomeexpertsinMergers&Acquisitions.“TheMScprogramaimsto provide [students] with the skills to work in a very specific area of busi-ness,unliketheMBAwhichimpartsexpertiseforgeneralmanagement.”

In contrast to other masters programs, which are often limited to one year of study, the MSc is two years long. The longer duration enables studentstolendgreaterfocustotheirresearchandthesis.“Bywritingathesis, I’m becoming an expert in my field,” says Jameson Jones-Doyle, second year MSc student, and president of the Commerce Graduate Student Association at Concordia University. The thesis component,he explains, is where students can explore the science and philosophy behindtheirdiscipline(s).Thisnovelperspective“iswhatwillmakeusextremely qualified consultants in our area of study.”

The program also features an exclusive conference — the AnnualGraduateResearchExposition,acolloquyheldexclusivelyforJMSB’s

John Molson school of Business

MastersofScience inAdministration (MSc) andDoctoral (PhD) stu-dents. The exposition gives graduates the unique opportunity to show-case their academic research and demonstrate their thesis findings. The conferenceisfrequentedbyJMSBstudentsandfaculty,aswellasthosebelonging to the surrounding Montreal universities. It’s an opportune time for students to network, and establish new and meaningful con-nections for that will last throughout their careers.

For students who are unable to study full time, the curriculum can be distributed over four years. Courses are offered midday and in the eve-ning to accommodate part time applicants. There is also plenty of fund-ing made available to distinguishable students. Says Bhabra, “Manyscholarships and grants are accessible to our students,” and impressive applicants “can be awarded up to two thousand dollars from the faculty toward their research and analysis.”

In addition to its elite faculty and course content, the business school has made international headlines for its revolutionary faculty building. TheMBBuilding,whichopeneditsdoorsin2009,isanengineeringfeatboasting state of the art design and technology. The structure uses low flow,recycledplumbingwater(oftenreferredtoas“greywater”),biode-gradable supplies, and a motion sensitive lighting system, in an effort to reduce energy expenditures and maximize efficiency. Its crowning feature isa300squaremetersolarpanelwhichgeneratesupto100KWofenergy,and is used to source the building’s thermal and electrical systems.

The distinct facility is also a popular meeting place for students, explains JMSB’s communications officerMai-GeeHum. “It enables students tofeel at home which makes a huge difference in their learning experience.”

“StudyingattheJohnMolsonSchoolofBusiness,especiallyinitsnewbuilding, has been an exceptionally positive experience” says Jones-Doyle. “I’m confident that my degree will set me apart from other ap-plicants.”Andwhile JSMBstudents are adequatelyprepared for anyfuture business endeavors, they have not severed any alternative routes. “The other door which has been left wide open,” explains Jones-Doyle, “is the option to pursue a PhD.”

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Sponsored by The Business School at Humber

Thethoughtofpostgraduatebusinessstudiescanbedaunting.AnMBAwill require years of schooling. And it may still lack exposure to the skillsthatarerequiredforaspecificcareer.TheSchoolofBusinessatHumber offers you the chance to develop a professional specialty in a fraction of the time.

Humber’s Postgraduate Certificates have all been created to build upon the academic foundation of an existing undergraduate degree. Most of the programs are delivered in less than a year, and all emphasize the value of applied learning. It means that Humber can make you “job ready”assoonaspossible.PostgraduatestudiesatTheBusinessSchoolatHumberinclude:

International Marketing. The International Marketing Program devel-ops professionals who will focus on international business opportuni-ties. And it incorporates a three-week work placement program that gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with international companies that are located throughout the Greater To-ronto area.

Marketing Management. The Marketing Management Program pro-vides the practical tools that will make marketing strategies a reality. Students will prepare for management positions in the roles of assis-tant brand manager, account executive, or marketing manager that are found in the exciting world of advertising, promotion, public relations and international distribution.

Public Administration.Humber’s Public Admin-istration Program offers advanced training for those who want to pursue careers in the challenging and re-warding environment of the public service. Students will learn the practical skills that are required to work in a government ministry, mu-nicipality or an organization such as a hospital, in roles as diverse as policy advi-sors and managers. These studies are anchored by an eight-week work place-ment program.

International Development. This program is designed for people who want to see the world and make a dif-ference within it. Interna-tional Development will give students the skills that are required to coordinate and manage international development projects and disaster relief initiatives –

JoB reADyThe Business School at Humber helps develop your professional specialty in less than a year.

and the eight-week work placement often takes place overseas. This initiative has also earned an award for international excellence from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, as well as an honour forinternationalprogrammanagementfromtheCanadianBureauforInternationalEducation(CBIE).

Human Resources Management. Humber introduced the first Human Resources Management program to be fully accredited by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). And it prepares gradu-ates for careers that link organizations to their most important assets —theirpeople.Thistrainingopportunity includesexposuretosomeof the largest Human Resources departments in the country, through a massive HRPA trade show. Many of the program’s instructors hold postgraduate degrees in industrial relations, and many of the faculty’s experts are recognized as Certified Human Resources Professionals.

Financial Planning. This program provides a pathway to the lucrative careers of financial planning, as it prepares students for the exam that is required for accreditation as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).Becomelicensedtosellstocks,bonds,mutualfunds,andavarietyofinsurance products, and connect with the financial heart of Canada through four-week work placements.

New - 2-Year Global Business Management. Besidesprovidingyouwithknowledge and skills in many of the major functional areas of busi-ness,thisprogramcoversskillseverybusinesswantsineverymanager:leadership, communications, numeracy, creativity, analytic ability, problem-solving, teamwork, and strategic planning. The first year cov-ers a breadth of fundamental business knowledge and skill areas; the second year expands on that base with a variety of more sophisticated and strategic courses that have equal application in both domestic and international businesses. Plus, two flexible work placements - one in each year - give you the hands-on practical experience employers desire.

Humber’s postgraduate programs are offered in the intimate setting of the LakeshoreCampus,whichisastudyincontrasts.ThesurroundingshaveretainedtheOldWorldcharmof19thCenturybuildings,buttheyhavealso been updated to boast the latest advances in electronic classrooms and computer labs. There are also a fitness centre, student centre, cafete-ria, coffee shops and performance spaces that will further enhance your experience. In addition to holding postgraduate degrees, The BusinessSchool’s instructors are actively working in the fields that are associated with their classes, bringing a real-world relevance to your studies. They all know the business skills that graduates will require in the workplace. Humber graduates know the value of the skills that are developed through TheBusinessSchool.Afterall,theyusethemeveryday.

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by Darlene Morales

You came to a crossroads, but there was no Good Witch of the North to point you in the right direction and you couldn’t see yellow bricks leading anywhere. Still, you held your head high and made your choice: follow the post-graduate education road. Now while most of your undergrad classmates are off working jobs, earning money, and starting families, you’re up until the wee hours of the morning clutching an espresso and a research paper.

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ThaT’s okay. EvEryonE’s choicEs arE different and you’ve ultimately decided to take the path and program that’s best for you. and now that you’ve made your choice, you’ll be spending the next few years here, so you’ll need to learn to cope with a notoriously intense rite of passage.

know what to expectBefore you go off to battle you have to know what you’re dealing with. Make sure you re-view your program requirements and cur-riculum. is your program research, project, or course-based? all three have at least one thing in common – they require your time, dedication, and patience.

William Tays, a PhD student at Brock Uni-versity, suspected his graduate education experience was going to be different from undergrad, but that’s what he wanted. “i knew grad studies would be challenging, especially since my field of specialty was in-ter-disciplinary. i assumed that i would have more autonomy in my own work, which is a very welcome change to merely taking class-es as an undergraduate,” Tays says. “overall, i was hoping that it would be a very different experience from my undergrad career, and that turned out to be exactly the case.”

you won’t necessarily live under a rock (at least not all the time), but more focus on school work equals less friends and family time, says Marilyn rose, dean of graduate studies at Brock. “Graduate programs ex-pect their students to work hard and spend a great deal of time mastering the discipline they have chosen to study,” rose says. “stu-dents have to be prepared to have little time left over for idleness or play.”

Expect to deliver better quality. since gradu-ate education programs are more specialized and you’ll be focused on a particular area, supervisors are going to ask that you deliver in-depth reports, says Jenny Phelps, assis-tant dean and director of graduate enrollment services at the University of British columbia. “The expectations are higher here. students are expected to be more connected with the faculty since there are less lectures here and course sizes are smaller,” Phelps says. “The nature of the work at the graduate level is more focused, it’s somewhat more independent, and there’s more responsibility for [students] to choose their career paths. They become man-agers of their own learning experiences.”

Get involved Graduate studies can mean more alone time for you and your work, so get ready to sharp-en your time management skills, because you shouldn’t be alone all the time.

“We know that students can learn how to manage their time and thereby make sufficient time for socializing, exercising, and otherwise taking care of themselves. and we encourage this, we even offer workshops on time man-agement and related skills,” rose says.

socializing (or networking) can play an im-portant role in your career, adds Phelps. “research shows that the more engaged students are in their programs, the better their outcomes are—the better the connec-tions and the more experience they’ll have. if you know and impress a lot of people, that’ll just widen the opportunities for you to meet people who could help connect you to other people or a job later on.”

Tays got involved by becoming a teaching as-sistant, joining the school senate and helping out on several conferences and committees. “My regular grad work takes up a great deal of my time, but i’ve benefited from working outside my microcosm,” Tays says. “I have a unique relationship with many academic and administrative personnel around the university and I feel like I’m part of a real community rather than just a student in a program.”

keep your eye on the prizeGrad school may require extra effort up front, but rest assured your effort will pay off in the end. “survey research shows that the higher the degree level you have, the higher your earnings are,” Phelps says. “This higher de-gree will even give you better job opportunities and this credential really puts you at an advan-tage over other people who don’t have it.”

Earnings aside, grad school also prepares you for the working world by teaching you discipline, says Demetres Tryphonopou-los, acting associate dean for the school of graduate studies at the University of new Brunswick. “Graduate students are not only better prepared for the market place but they also possess the kind of independence and discipline that employers value.”

The contacts you make can also help you land a job. “There is no doubt that graduate studies offer many benefits in the area of so-cial contacts that will pay off in the future,” rose says. “Professors themselves are well-connected and can provide introductions or letters of reference (in fact it is part of their jobs to do so) for students who do well in their courses.”

Grad students also learn professionalism, adds Tays. “I think that grad school offers a consid-erable opportunity for personal and profes-sional development. I’ve learned dedication, engagement, ambition, creativity, critical think-ing, ingenuity and professional citizenship,” he says. “I believe post-graduate programs are an incubator for generating the people that will make the next breakthroughs in industry, sci-ence, health, social justice and the arts.”

So Yellow Brick Road or no, there’s no tiny wiz-ard making false promises at the end of your grad school journey. Instead, you’ll develop the genuine professionalism, contacts and knowl-edge to help you achieve your career goals.


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Post-grad abroad myths:

Thinking about getting your MA, PhD, or other graduate degree while living abroad? Always wanted to spend a semester overseas but never got around to it? Think that graduate degrees are only for people smarter or richer than you? A little investigation may change your mind. We bust the top five myths about educating yourself in a foreign country.

MYTH ONE: “I HAvE TO lEARN A FOREIGN lANGUAGE IN ORDER TO STUDY ABROAD.”Nothing could be further from the truth! English is the world’s lan-guage for the 21st century, not to mention the first language of our neighbors to the south. In fact, foreign schools now offer graduate degrees designed so their local students can compete in a global economy. Many European business schools, for example, have entire programs taught in English. Expand your search beyond the obvious destinations like England or Australia. Many countries speak English as a strong and popular second language, including India, Singa-pore, Sweden, laos, and Ghana. And don’t forget about the rest of Europe. France, for one, has several international schools that teach entirely in English.

MYTH TWO: “I CAN’T AFFORD TO STUDY ABROAD.”Many graduate programs abroad are actually inexpensive, by North American standards at least. Education is sometimes even free to foreigners. As a result, many public and private schools have tuition structures that are equivalent to half the price North American students are used to paying for the same education, often with no residency requirement. In addition, many foreign schools, including American institutions, are approved for Canadian financial aid.

MYTH THREE: “I’M NOT SMART ENOUGH TO COMPETE.”North America has some of the best higher education in the world. If you have a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian school, you’re most likely at just the same level as the students in your host country.

Interestingly enough, many foreign students believe that they actually have an inferior education to that of Canadian grads. Check out each individual school’s website for entrance requirements, accreditation, and more details.

MYTH FOUR: “IT WIll TAkE TOO lONG IF I SPEND TIME ABROAD.”In reality, many graduate programs abroad are shorter and more concentrated than the ones here at home. One reason is that their undergraduate programs are often longer. Master’s-level programs are frequently condensed to one year. For example, in France the first degree may take five years but will be followed by a one year graduate degree. So you can join a degree program for the last year and receive your master’s degree in just a year. In the Uk, many research PhD pro-grams do not require an MA and can be completed in three years.

MYTH FIvE: “MY FOREIGN DEGREE WON’T BE RECOGNIzED AT HOME.”You will need to investigate the school’s accreditation to put this fear to rest. Many countries have multiple accrediting levels. In most cases the highest foreign level will be recognized by North American standards. In Europe, the common accreditation bodies include the EQUIS and AACSB. Review the international rankings as published by the london Financial Times for more information about global accreditations.


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OFF THE bEATEN CAREER pATH by Emily Minthorn

You finish high school, you go to university or college for a while, you try to find a job in your field. New grads these days have been there, done that, and want more — so Ca-nadian colleges are offering it. There’s an amazing array of courses and post-grad programs available across the country, and we’ve picked a few favorites for your perusal. Go out and explore, and don’t forget to send us a postcard when you get there!

wORDS AND LETTERSCreative class clowns might be interested in the comedy writing and performance diploma program at Humber College in Toronto, ON, where your coursework includes weekly stu-dent shows and instruction from established comics. Font geeks will be looking closely at the Advanced Typography continuing education program at langara College in vancouver, BC – the only one of its kind in North America. Or, bring your love of language into step with your team spirit at loyalist College in Belleville, ON or Centennial College in Toronto, ON, where they offer a graduate certificate in sports journalism.

wINE, bEER, AND SONGNiagara College, located in Ontario’s very own wine country, offers two programs to tempt the tipsiest of us. Wine lovers can enroll in the winery and viticulture technician program and earn either a diploma or certificate with courses like ‘Sensory Evaluation of Wines’ and ‘History of Wine’, along with lots of biology, chemistry, and horticultural education. The program is conducted at the school’s own teaching winery. Beer barons find their own place at Niagara Col-lege in the two-year brewmaster and brewery

operations manager diploma program, which is backed by the Ontario Craft Brewers Industry and taught at Canada’s only teaching brewery. The program covers everything from beer mak-ing to marketing to brew pub operations.

With the drinks taken care of, we’ll need some live music. keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB offers a truly unique diploma program in musical instrument repair — the only one of its kind in all of North America. Which is good, because between the wine and the beer, some guitars are bound to get smashed.

pLANES, TRAINS, AND…Ever wanted to yell out “All aboard!” and really mean it? Railway conductor certificate pro-grams are available at both SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, AB and Red River College in Win-nepeg, MA, and run only 15 weeks. Not bad, considering the amazing hat you’ll get to wear. Councilman Doug would be proud.

If the sky is your limit, look east to Moncton Flight College in Moncton, NB. While tons of colleges coast to coast offer courses in aircraft maintenance and repair, this school is com-pletely dedicated to getting you in the air.

Your days of living vicariously through Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper could finally come to an end at Grande Prairie Regional College in Fairview, AB. Their Harley-Davidson technician certificate program is the only authorized train-ing centre in Canada for the iconic choppers.

UNDER THE SEA!Swim with the fishes as an aquaculture techni-cian at New Brunswick Community College’s one-year certificate program in St. Andrews.

Not as Piscean but no less wet and wild, the underwater skills certificate at Seneca College in Toronto, ON and Holland College’s commer-cial diving program in Summerside, PEI both equip you for construction and salvage opera-tions, offshore drilling, search and rescue op-erations, and more.

GREEN IS THE wORDThe urban arboriculture certificate from Hum-ber College in Toronto, ON prepares you for a life in the treetops, with emphasis placed on climbing, aerial rescue, rigging, and other squirrely arts. And if you’re not so good with heights, the urban forestry certificate program at Fleming College in lindsay, ON focuses on all the “non-climbing” aspects of tree-hugging.

The sustainable energy sector is poised to explode (in a totally carbon-neutral manner of course) so get gone with the wind sooner rather than later. Wind turbine technician programs are newly available at lethbridge College in le-thbridge, AB, St. lawrence College in kingston, ON, and Holland College in Summerside, PEI.

COURSES ON HORSESIf you’d like your home to be on the range, consider cowboy training at lakeland College in vermilion, AB. At their Western ranch and cow horse program you’ll spend part of every day working on your horsemanship skills; once you earn your certificate, strut your stuff at the school’s annual working cowboy competition. More horseplay is afoot (ahoof?) at Olds College in Olds, AB, where you can train to become a racetrack groom or exercise rider, a jockey, or a ferrier — that’s the guy who shoes horses, FYI.


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Sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business


Its intensive and highly integrated format will develop your manage-ment ability in an applied and useful way. More than that, you will learnthepeopleskillsofmanagement:howtomanageyourself;howtocommunicate effectively; how to lead.

AdecidedlyuniqueaspectofthisinnovativeMBAprogramisthefocusedlearningandintegrationofbusinessconcepts.Eachcourseisofferedcon-secutively in a modular format. Courses are scheduled for one, two, or three weeks, creating an intensive learning environment that immerses students inthesubjectarea,whileallowingflexibilityinschedulingyourMBAedu-cation. As well, our students learn how business concepts are integrated to make business decisions through a combination of applied courses, exercis-es, case studies and projects, incorporating each functional business area.

Key Features Professional Development Program. This program introduces students to various aspects of business processes and professional skill areas. It will also link students with the business community through utilizing guest speakers currently practicing and faculty members researching within the respective areas.

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cusstopicsofinteresttoourMBAstudentsaswellasdiscussingtheircareerpathandhowanMBAhascontributedtotheirprofessionaland/or personal endeavours.

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Management Consulting Project. Partnering with industry, this project will lead students through the management consulting process, includ-ing developing the proposal, carrying out the work plan, analyzing the results, drawing conclusions, formulating recommendations, draft-ing the final consulting report, and liaising with the business client throughout each stage ensures students gain experience in project man-agement and developing and cultivating a business relationship.

Career Services AcriticalcomponentofanMBAprogramistheattentiontocareeropportunities.TheEdwardsMBAisproudofourGoodspeedCareerServices,whichworkswithourMBAstudents,graduates,andalumniin their career development and management processes. We provide advice, resources, information, counselling, recruiting services and ac-cess to employment opportunities - all designed to empower students to manage their career and to assist employers through the process of hiringandemployingEdwardsMBAgraduatesandalumni.

Deadlines for Application: Candidates commence studies at the end of August each year. Applica-tions for August 2011 program are now being accepted. Space permit-ting,applicationswillbeaccepteduntilMay31,2011.

International Applicants: The deadline to submit completed applica-tionsfortheAugust2011programisMarch31,2011.Internationalap-plicants must apply by this date to accommodate the visa process. If you already have your visa documents in order, International Applicants willstillbeaccepteduntilMay31,2011.

Gary Mearns: Vice President of Human Resources, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL)

After earning his MBA designation in 1995, Mearns is now the Vice-President of Human Resources at FCL. “I have the responsibility for providing leadership in the development and implementation of HR programs that will con-tribute to the overall success of both FCL and the 250+ retail co-operatives that are part of the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.”

Mearns says one benefit of achieving an Ed-wards MBA is that it prepares you for the busi-ness world. “The broad nature of the program

is great for providing students with a good grasp of the various aspects of business operations. For those with aspirations of employment in the business field, it is invaluable. The Edwards MBA has helped me achieve my career goals and provided me with an opportunity to meet people with whom I have maintained friendships and who have also assisted me in solving business problems over the years.”

The Edwards MBA has provided Mearns with the useful background to as-sist in the knowledge needed for business decisions. “It has also opened up various career opportunities that would likely not have been available to me if I did not have an MBA. I believe my MBA has assisted me in moving from functional roles in the HR field to positions in senior management”

When asked what the future holds for him, Mearns says, “Due to the com-plexity and diversity of my organization, there will be more than enough challenges to keep me busy and interested for the foreseeable future.”

Mearns recommends the Edwards MBA program to prospective students, saying, “It was a great learning experience - not just what I learned in the classroom, but what I learned about myself. It is a difficult program but by completing it, you realize that, through hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish almost anything.”

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The most important question on many stu-dent’s minds: What does it actually take to get into law school? “Don’t be intimidated about not having a traditional law background,” af-

firms kaila Mikkelsen, assistant dean to students at the University of British Columbia law School student ser background, including music, fine arts and engineering. There is not a single category of (particular) student situ-ated for law school, but there are many similar charac-teristics students that enter have,” she says. “Students attracted to law school want to see both sides of an ar-gument and are fascinated on why laws are governed.”

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of going, instead focus on why you want to go, seriously study the ap-plications process for each school you are considering says Hoang. “School’s vary their weightings on every-thing from the personal essay to grade point average and the lSAT,” she says of the standardized test law schools require candidates to take to complete the application process. “You need to show you’re interested and need to be honest about why you’re applying.”

“It isn’t just about the numbers,” says David Townsend, interim Dean of law at the University of New Brunswick about the ratio of applicants to admitted students. “Many law schools require a person-al statement and they have a discretionary category. There is a quite a bit of discretion in the admissions committee as to whether they make an offer [of acceptance].”

“Do your homework and accept this as a serious challenge,” says Townsend about the application pro-cess. “We still see lots of students whose application arrives on the last day of deadline and the application appears hurried. To have a competitive package of ma-

terial, start early, investigate the law school programs and especially the admissions policies,” he says which differ markedly across Canada. The value of extracur-

ricular activities, grades, and even “false starts” because of poor grades during your undergraduate career, can impact your acceptance as well, explains Townsend. The challenge of getting in, he says, is often reliant on the ap-plication package and the presentation of a candidate’s material. “Approach somebody early and think if they are a good candidate that will write a worthy reference…there are very small differences between the numbers in files of those admitted or on the waiting list.”

reality versus fiction

“I didn’t know what to expect going in,” says vivien Hoang, a law student at York University’s Osgoode Hall law School. She says the reality of law school is far different from what you picture in the mov-

ies. “You see horror stories of sabotage and overzealous competitive students, but it’s not like that at all,” she says. “In fact it’s the opposite. There is a very strong sense of mentorship.” There is always someone available for guid-ance, explains Hoang who notes first-year students at Osgoode are placed with a mentor and also sorted into groups of classmates which they continue to work and study with throughout the year. However, “there is a lot of reading…it can be a lot to take in,” she says about the rig-orous homework which includes reading the equivalent of a John Grisham novel nightly and mandatory extracur-ricular activities. “There is a big emphasis on participat-ing in social events. You want to maintain a good balance between your personal life and the classroom,” she says of the varied public interest courses and volunteering hours Osgoode requires students take to graduate.

“The workload is heavier than an undergraduate de-gree, but not unmanageable,” says Mikkelsen. “Students become immersed in the experience and are in class almost daily, but there are many opportunities to par-ticipate in social activities.” However, there are times of stress. “It can be very difficult and stressful and you need something to sustain you,” notes Townsend. “I remember what I didn’t know and what I needed to know as a stu-dent,” says Townsend. “I had to adjust to the amount of work and the difficulty…[now] as a teacher I try to get my students to think and bring some levity into my teaching.”

From the admissions process to your first year, law school can be an exciting challenge. Deciding to attend is not an easy decision to make, but the chance to succeed is there says Mikkelsen. “No matter what your background you have the opportunity for success in law school.”

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Having nearly completed her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Marissa Daniels was determined to stay in academia after her spring convocation. She planned on pursuing a master’s program, but was faced with too many options. “I’d been accepted by several schools in Canada, as well as in England, and I didn’t know which one to choose.”

When it comes to decision time, sorting through your options can get pretty stressful. A good ‘ol game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe could work, but you wouldn’t be doing yourself any justice.

FOR STARTERS…One aspect that should play a role in your decision is education diversity, explains linda Cicuta, a career advisor at McGill University. “It’s recom-mended to change schools so you can diversify your learning experience. Our professors tell undergrads to go to another school to get their next degree(s) because each student has different goals and there are pro-grams that could match them better at other institutions,” says Cicuta.

leaving familiar soils is exactly what Daniels decided to do. She opted for a Master’s of Women’s Studies at York University, embracing the new surroundings and change of pace.

“I am really happy to be in the new environment. I think for people in women’s studies, or the arts in general, it’s really important to gain a new perspective, and going to York has done that.”

PROGRAM AND PROFESSOR COMPATIBIlITYSince master’s programs are more tapered in focus, you should deter-mine whether a program’s particular direction is compatible with your area of interest. karen Carrel Rice, team facilitator and career counsellor at the University of Toronto, says it’s important to analyze before you

come to a conclusion.

“I tell students to create some sort of criteria as to what they are looking for from their graduate program,” she says. “They

need to decide if the particular program is speaking to what their looking for and make sure they’re finding the best fit.”

In addition to researching program curriculum, you have to research its professors. In most cases, master’s students will be working one-on-one with their thesis/research advisor, and so identifying a professor whose area of expertise compliments yours is pivotal. This doesn’t just mean attending the interview; you need to do a little more investigating.

“You can’t know if you’re truly compatible with an advi-sor until you actually start working with him/her so speak to

grad students who have already,” Rice ad-vises “to get a better sense of his/her style.” This, she stresses, could not be more cru-cial, since a poor student-advisor relation-ship could stand to hinder your research, and your experience as a graduate student.

CAMP GROUNDSCampus environment should also be carefully considered dur-

ing the decision making process. If you’re tempted to stay up late partying instead of doing work, then you should probably veer away from those schools known for their reckless social scenes.

Class size is also key, since some people respond better to intimate settings and smaller numbers, while others will prefer the bigger lec-ture halls. “I am really happy with the smaller class sizes,” says Daniels. “They are discussion based, rather than lecture based, which gave me a better opportunity to learn from my peers, and to really be noticed by my professors.”

WHEN IN DOUBT…If the decision isn’t clear enough, don’t hesitate to seek the help of cam-pus career advisors. “If for no other reason,” Rice says,“students can see an advisor because they are an objective perspective, which is great when students are really feeling the opinions and pressures of their fam-ily, and people with vested interests.”

Since going to York, Daniels has been able to further refine her focus, and develop relationships with various faculty members. “Ultimately it was the right decision. I really enjoy the people, and my professors, and that is key for me in completing this degree.”

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Sponsored by Niagara College

niAgArA collegeInthelast40years,NiagaraCollegehasbecomealeaderineducationand training and is widely regarded as one of the most enterprising col-leges inCanada.Aleader instudentsatisfaction,NiagaraCollegehasrankednumberoneamongallOntariocollegesinstudentsatisfactionfor an unprecedented six consecutive years.

NiagaraCollegeoffersmorethan90post-secondarydiplomaandpost-graduate certificate programs, skills and apprenticeship training pro-grams and two bachelor’s degree programs: International CommerceandGlobalDevelopmentandHospitalityOperationsManagement.

Niagara College is undergoing a massive $90 million campus redevelop-ment, expanding capacity and providing new and renovated state-of-the-art learningenvironments.Newfacilitiesandtechnologywillcreateover2,000new spaces in existing and new programs where labour is in high demand in Niagara:skilledtradesandtechnology,appliedhealth,communityservices,hospitality, culinary and tourism. The project is set for completion in 2011.

NiagaraCollegeoperatesfromtwomaincampuses:WellandandNiag-ara-on-the-Lake.TheWellandCampus,seton100acresofgreenspace,is home to programs in technology, skilled trades, automotive, media, healthandcommunity,policingandpublicsafety.TheNiagara-on-the-Lake Campus is located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment — aUNESCO-designatedWorldBiosphereReserve–andfeaturesecologicallagoons,wetlands,landscapedgardensanda40-acreteachingvineyard.This environment serves as a “living lab” for the environmental, horticul-ture,food&wine,hospitality&tourism,andbusinessprograms.

Niagara College Graduate Certificate ProgramsCollege and university graduates from across Canada, and around the world,areenrollingatNiagaraCollegeinitsshortandintensivegraduatecertificate programs, designed to add practical and hands-on skills neces-sary to compete in today’s tough job market. These advanced studies pro-grams narrow an educational focus, building a portfolio that emphasises marketableskills—someprogramsalsoofferaninternshiporworkplace-ment component. The programs are condensed into one year, allowing the maximum educational experience in a timeframe that will not interfere with theultimategoalofbeginninga career.Bursariesareavailable toeligible students who enrol in a full-time graduate certificate program.

Public RelationsNiagara College’s Public Relations Graduate Certificate is an eight-month intensive course that focuses on industry relevant writing, pre-senting, research, and strategy. A four-week internship at the end of second term arranged by program’s internship development officers will enhance the in-class learning with relevant job experience.

Students who graduate from this program have career opportunities in areassuchasLiaison,communications,communityrelations,informa-tion,development,newslettereditor/writer,specialeventsandpromo-tions co-ordinator, media relations assistant and publicity officer.

International Business ManagementInternationalBusinessManagementoffersacurriculumthatisdesignedtogive students the applied knowledge and skills for key international busi-ness functions. Students will find the internship very beneficial when tying together both in class concepts and their pertinent field relevant experience.

Niagara’sborderfrontierisoneofthebusiestinternationalcrossingpointsin the world. Niagara is dynamic player in the international commercearena. Incoming students will find that the faculty members have a diverse academic background and professional expertise in international business.

Wine Business Management Wine Business Management provides students’ with expertise in thebusiness, retail, marketing and export aspects of the growing wine in-dustry, while studying in Canada’s leading wine region. Students benefit from 40-acres of campus vineyards, and gain valuable applied expe-riencethroughtheNiagaraCollegeTeachingWinery–Canada’s firstcommercial teaching winery.

The program is 8 months in length with a major focus on a thesis project that students are given the entire year to complete. The thesis is based on issues presented by industry partners. Some of these partners include; TheWineCouncilofOntario,NiagaraResearch,theDepartmentofEx-ternalAffairsandtheVinelandResearchandInnovationCentre.

Students who have graduated from this program are equipped with the skills necessary to be successful in job areas such as wine operations, agri-cultural tourism development, marketing and public relations, event man-agementandexportoperations.WineBusinessManagementisgreatforthestudent looking to work in a dynamic industry and has a passion for wine.

Advanced LasersAdvancedlasersisthestudyphotonics—thescienceofgeneratingandharnessing light. This eight-month certificate program is one of only twoinOntario,andthejob-placementrateis100percent.

Photonics touches almost every sector of business and industry, and studentswillhavetheopportunitytoworkinareassuchasBiotechandmedical research, Entertainment, Fibre optics, Holographic technology,Imaging,Lasertechnology,Opticalcoatings,OpticalhardwaredesignandSpace technology. Photonics students are heavily involved in many major appliedprojectsthroughouttheyearintheNiagaraResearchDepartment.

Environmental StudiesExperiencealltheNiagaraRegionhastoofferbystudyingEnvironmen-talManagementandAssessmentorEcosystemRestorationatNiagaraCollege. These 8 month intensive programs are designed to give the students many opportunities to study both in and out of the classroom. The Programs are located on our unique ecological campus, which in-cludestheWetlandRidgeTrailandpartoftheNiagaraEscarpment.

Students will have the opportunity to gain employment in a variety ofdifferent fieldswhich include;Ecologist,Habitatbiologist,Naturalheritage specialist, Restoration technician, Watershed stewardship co-ordinator,Corporategreening,Environmentalmanagement,protectionandwastereduction,Environmentalresearchandsiteassessment,Pol-lution prevention and control Recycling co-ordination.

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Sport is business, and business is booming. With a range of undergraduate and graduate programs available at colleges and universities all over the country, continuing your education with a degree in sport administration or sports management could easily become your ticket to the big leagues.

Batter Up!Ann Pegoraro, director of the school of sports administration at lauren-tian University in Sudbury, ON, calls hers “the best job in the world.” She describes her students in two categories: people like her, who started out as athletes and got interested in the business side of sport; and peo-ple who loved sport but who were always more interested in manage-ment, administration, or marketing. As an ex-athlete and lifelong sport enthusiast, working within sports administration allows her to combine her passion with her career – and her students feel the same way. With participation in a number of hands-on programs, co-ops, internships, and yearly field trips, they graduate with a skill-set that’s in demand, knowledge of multiple disciplines, and direct industry experience, all of which allow them to work at what they love.

These jobs are definitely out there, Pegoraro says. “In Canada in par-ticular, this enthusiasm and spirit we’re seeing will transfer into more consumption of sport by regular, everyday consumers. The industry as a whole is ready for an upswing,” she forecasts, citing the coming PanAm games in Toronto in 2015 as just one of the many opportunities her students are looking forward to.

There are three main career paths a grad can take in sports admin and management. Perhaps the most obvious, and the most popular, is the management of sports teams and organizations, and of individual ath-letes. Or, you could apply your skills to support amateur sport and sport-

ing events, within organizations like Athletes Canada. Pegoraro tells me that one grad she knows is currently the head of marketing for the Cana-dian Olympic Committee. Then there’s the money side of things; Sidney Crosby didn’t sign himself to Nike, and he isn’t the only one making money off the deal. Matching a product with an athlete, team, or event

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is exciting work that takes both a good head for business and an un-derstanding and passion for sport. And of course, like in any academic field, you might choose to continue on to a PhD, in which case there are always opportunities to research and teach within one of the many extremely popular programs at institutions all around Canada.

kwame Agyemang, a doctoral student and North American Society for Sport Management student president, thinks that the future is bright for sports administration and management grads, not just because the in-dustry is ready for a boom, but because of the necessary passion of the people it attracts. “Students who absolutely know they want to work in this field are going to be the most successful. These students are usually the ones who have something to contribute to the field. They are critical thinkers… This will separate them from the others,” he says of fellow students who might find success in his field of choice.

The Switch HitterSo where does your love of sport end and the business begin? “Work-ing in the sports industry is business,” says Agyemang. But both he and Pegoraro agree that being a fan, or an athlete yourself, is definitely part of the game. When you’re doing what you love, you’re driven to excel – a truism in both business and sport. “A degree in business is the leg up into the sport industry,” Pegoraro agrees. Simply put, the two are inextricable, and a healthy balance of both sides of the field is necessary for success.

Sport is universal and ever-present, with another playoff season or in-ternational tournament always looming, across Canada and around the world. The same fans willing to paint their faces (or chests) red and white out of national pride are the ones who are poised to excel, because the work demands the same passion they already have. If you’ve won your

fantasy football pool four years running, or if managing your kid sister’s little league team is the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done, maybe it’s time to join in the game for real. To find out more about a day in the life of a sports admin student, you can visit the Laurentian students’ blog, at


“students who absolutely know they want to work in this field are going to be the most successful.” //

How do you translate your love of tHe game into an all-star career?

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While we would love to provide you with a gloriously fat book detailing every new grad program in North America, we can’t justify pulping an entire forest to make your grad school planning easier. Sorry.

But we did decide to devote a few pages to a list of schools and programs you may not have considered. And don’t be mistaken: these schools are looking for bright, unique students like you to fill their programs, graduate, land wicked jobs then change the world.

We’ve given you the school, the program, and contact information (where available). Call or email them. Ask questions. It’s your future and these people are willing to help (Psst! Try to get a scholarship out of it!).

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Academy of Applied Science and Technology Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Pharmaceutical Science Acadia University BA Environmental and Sustainability Studies 2-yr MA in Social and Political Thought [email protected] Fall 2010 Antioch University New England Weekend MS in Resource Management & Conservation Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Athabasca University Grad Certificate in Legislative Drafting gdld.athabascau.caBrandeis University Graduate School of MA in Science in Biotechnology Arts and Sciences Graduate School of MA in Arts in Computer Science and IT Entrepreneurship Arts and Sciences Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies PhD in Physics [email protected] Canisius College Graduate Business Programs MS in Forensic Accounting MS in International Business Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design Master of Infrastructure Protection and International Security and Faculty of Public Affairs Centennial College School of Business Sales and Account Management School of Business Research and Analytics Chestnut Hill College M.S. in International Business, Language, and Culture [email protected] Clark University Graduate School of Management MBA in Social Change Graduate School of Management MBA/MA in Community Development & Planning Graduate School of Management MBA/MA in Environmental Science & PolicyClarkson University School of Business One-Year Global MBA School of Business Online MBA in Supply Chain Management Concordia University John Molson School of Business Graduate Diploma in Business Administration Fall 2009 John Molson School of Business Graduate Certificate in Business Administration Fall 2009Concordia University Wisconsin Professional level courses in pharmacy [email protected] Fall 2010 Franklin Pierce Law Center LLM in Intellectual Property Fall 2010 LLM in Commerce and Technology Fall 2010 LLM in International Criminal Law and Justice Fall 2010 Master in Intellectual Property Fall 2010 Master in Commerce and Technology Fall 2010 Master in International Criminal Law and Justice Fall 2010Frostburg State University Master of Recreation and Parks Management (online program) Fall 2010 Master of Science Recreation and Parks Management Laurentian University Part time MBA program Marine Institute of Memorial School of Ocean Technology Diploma of Technology/Bachelor of Technology – Ocean Mapping University of Newfoundland Master of Technology Management School of Maritime Studies Master of Maritime Management

Marquette University College of Professional Studies Certificate in Sports Leadership College of Education Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Memorial University Faculty of Engineering and Master of Engineering Management and [email protected] of Newfoundland Applied Science Master of Applied Science in Oil and Gas EngineeringMohawk College School of Engineering Technology Energy Systems Engineering Technology Fall 2010 – Clean and Renewable Energy School of Engineering Technology Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance Fall 2010Moncton Flight College Bachelor in Science of Aviation Niagara College Canada Food and Wine Sciences Professional Chef Management [email protected] Fall 2010North Dakota State University Transportation and Urban Systems Software Engineering OnlineNorthern Michigan University Masters of Business Administration Fall 2010 Master’s of Business Administration Program [email protected] for international graduate studentsQueen’s University Queen’s School of Business Master of Management - Global Management Royal Roads University Centre for Applied Leadership Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management and Management Centre for Applied Leadership Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Management and Management Ryerson University Philosophy (MA) Fall 2010 Economics (PhD) Fashion (MA) Professional Communication (MPC) Sacred Heart University MS in Applied Psychology Saint Michael’s College Peace Corps Master’s International Program (MIP) [email protected] SAIT School of construction BSc in Construction Management [email protected] Fall 2012Seneca College of Applied School of Accounting Accounting Techniques Ontario College Certificate Arts & Technology & Financial Services School of Accounting Financial Services - Client Services Ontario College Diploma & Financial Services

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Simmons College MBA with concentrations in Marketing, Business Analytics, Financial Fall 2010 Analytics, Principled Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit Management & Healthcare Administration St. John’s University Peter J. Tobin College of Business M.S. in Enterprise Risk Management School of Risk Management M.S. in Investment Management The College of Saint Rose School of Arts & Humanities MA in Art Computer Information Graduate Certificate in Internet Programming Systems Department School of Math & Science Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Thomas M. Cooley Law School Self-Directed LL.M. program US Legal Studies for Foreign Lawyers JD/MBA in Insurance Law Joint Degree program Tax Concentration for JD students Intellectual Property Law Concentration for JD students Touro College Jacob D. Bankruptcy and Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic Fuchsberg Law Center Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic Court Collaboration Program Trent University School of Graduate Studies MSc in Materials Sciences Fall 2010 Business Administration Program Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies [email protected] Fall 2010 Department of Psychology MA MSc Psychology [email protected] Fall 2010Union Graduate College School of Management MBA with a concentration in Accounting Center for Clinical MS in Bioethics Research Track (on-line program) Leadership and BioethicsUniversity of Baltimore School of Law Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M. in Taxation) School of Law Certificate in Estate Planning School of Law MA of Laws program in the Law of the United States (LL.M. LOTUS) University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry Master of Science in Craniofacial Sciences Faculty of Dentistry PhD in Craniofacial Sciences College for Interdisciplinary Studies MSc / PhD in Genome Science and Technology Faculty of Land and Food Systems Master of Food and Resource Economics University of Guelph Office of Graduate Studies Food Safety and Quality Assurance Fall 2010University of Toronto School of Global Affairs Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Faculty of Law and Combined Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs School of Global Affairs Department of Computer Science MSc in Applied Computing University of Waterloo Master of Arts in English – Experimental Digital Media Fall 2010 Master of Public Service Fall 2010 Master of Mathematics for Teachers Fall 2010University of Windsor Faculty of Graduate Studies MA in Social Data Analysis Fall 2011University of Winnipeg Global College Joint Master’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies [email protected] Fall 2010 Faculty of Arts Master of Arts in Cultural Studies [email protected] Fall 2009UOIT School of Justice Mediation – Alternative Dispute Resolution [email protected] Fall 2010 & Emergency Services Faculty of Education Master of Arts in Education [email protected] Fall 2010Vancouver School of Theology Graduate diploma in Theological Studies /graduate-diploma-ts Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Master of Arts in Theology: concentration in Spiritual Care and Counselling Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Master of Arts in Theology: concentration in Christian Studies Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership William Paterson University M.A. Professional Communications: Fall 2010 College of Arts & Communication M.S. Exercise and Sports Studies: College of Science & Health Fall 2010 M.B.A. Business Administration: concentrations in accounting, Fall 2010 entrepreneurship, finance, marketing or music managementYork University Faculty of Graduate Studies Information Systems & Technology (MA) /programs/information_technology Faculty of Graduate Studies Socio-Legal Studies (PhD) /programs/socio_legal_studies Faculty of Graduate Studies Health (MA, PhD) /programs/health Faculty of Graduate Studies Development Studies (MA) /programs/development_studies Faculty of Graduate Studies Science & Technology Studies (MA, PhD) /programs/science_and_technology_studies Faculty of Graduate Studies Financial Accountability (MFAc) /programs/financial_accountability

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Your first car will be ranked up there with your first job, your first home and first love. But like many firsts, there can be a degree of disillusion-ment that you may not be prepared for, which is why it is important to study and research before you fall head over heels for that shiny new convertible.

know what you needThere are essentially seven categories of vehicles: economy cars, family sedans, coupes, minivans, pickups, sport/utility and sports cars. Each one has variations within that category so it’s important to know what you need. Understand how you’ll be using the vehicle and where you’ll be taking it. If you’re doing some off-roading, then you’ll want to look at a sport/utility ve-hicle, or perhaps a pickup. If you are only going to be booting around the city, then a simple economy car may do the trick.

By this point, you should already know what you want to spend. Hopefully you have taken into ac-count all the taxes, main-tenance, fuel, insurance and depreciation costs. If you’re really good at numbers, you can break all the costs down to find out what the pocketbook damage will be on a day-to-day basis.

When you have picked out a few rides that fit your budget, compare the specs on the various types and models. There are plenty of sources out there, like Car Guide Cana-da, Consumer Reports,

a few tips on buying your first car

and Canadian Driver to name a few. These sites and magazines are an invaluable resource, and many have calculators to help figure out costs. Read and study these reports like it’s your major. If you’re buying used, then make sure you check out the ve-hicles history. For a price, can give you a detailed account.

talk to me, optimusAfter you have set your budget, done your re-search and have narrowed down your vehicle choices, it’s time to test drive. “A lot of people don’t test drive their cars,” says David Menzies, editor of Cana-dian Technician magazine. Test driving the vehicle is critical. You’ll understand how the car handles, how much head room you have, and get a feel for the engine and power.

While it’s important to ap-proach buying a car from a practical point of view, keeping emotions out of it, we all know how a cool car make you seem that much cooler. “I’m an emotional buyer,” admits kelly Wil-liams, Be Car Care Aware spokesperson, and the first woman to win CAS-CAR. She recommends

asking yourself if the car “talks to you or not.” (I tried it out: my girlfriend’s Mazda doesn’t say ‘boo,’ but an old Chevy S10 truck I used to drive would whisper sweet nothings any time we hit the road.)

lease or financeThis is tricky, and de-pends on your personal preferences and tastes. If you think that you’ll want a new vehicle every three to four years, then leasing might be the option for you. It’s often cheaper to lease in the short term but be aware that leasing means you can’t modify the vehicle, like installing a new stereo system. leas-ing also comes with a set amount of kilometers, and, when you return the vehicle, there is the cost of any wear and tear on the vehicle. And it’s not just a visible chip in the paint. Menzies once saw a car salesmen lay on his back to look under the bumper to see if there were any scratches.

Financing, on the other hand, is a little more costly up front, but you will be the sole owner of the vehicle. Menzies is an ad-vocate for financing, and is a big believer that with proper maintenance, your car can last a gloriously long time. “I drive a 1992 Prius,” he proudly admits.

As it turns out, knowledge of proper maintenance is something our gen-eration lacks. Market research done by Be Car Care Aware found that 22 percent of youth didn’t know when to change the oil or only did it when the oil light came on. When it came to bringing the vehicle in for maintenance, another 22 percent never brought it in, or just waited until it broke down. Maintenance makes all the difference to the lifespan of your car, your safety and the environment.

Don’t take this purchase lightly. Understand your own needs and what you can afford. Research like it’s a final exam and you’re sure to come out with a sweet set of wheels.

sources we used and so should you:TD Canada Trust

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Canadian Driver

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Consumer Reports

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Investigate joint programsIt used to take up to seven years to earn both a college diploma and a university honours de-gree, but by entering a collaborative or joint pro-gram you can earn both in five years or less, and save money on tuition as well. That’s because students who opt for joint programs get to carry over credits from their ‘sending’ institution to the institution that will be receiving them.

“University students who transfer over to col-lege (or vice-versa) in pursuit of a degree or diploma are saving time by having their credits transferred,” says Susan Thomas, coordinator of degree and credit transfers at Seneca Col-lege inToronto. “They’re also saving money, and that’s a real advantage.”

There are two ways to enter joint programs, explains Thomas. “Some students start out in university and transfer over to college for a diploma. Others start out in a college diploma program and transfer over to university.”

Students transferring from college into univer-sity should keep in mind, however, that they will have to meet minimum grade require-ments. Most universities require at least a B average from students coming out of college.

Rest assured your hard work will pay off, says Thomas. That’s because getting both a diploma and a university degree will give you the best of both worlds: a sound education in both practice (college) and theory (univer-sity). You won’t just have in-depth knowledge about your area of interest – you’ll also learn the skills you need to rise in your field fast.

Online educationThe upside of distance, or online, education is that you don’t have to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn to attend class, and you don’t have to worry about the commute. Instead, you can sit yourself down in your PJs at your computer in the dead of night, if you so choose. Just make sure you have the will-power and the self-discipline required to make this kind of learning work for you. After all, the online programs offered by many institutions still require that you meet deadlines in order to accumulate the credits your need to gradu-ate. And even though tests are online, you still have to pass them. Assignments are sent to you by profes-sors and certain schools even have live chats, where everyone can log on and discuss a potential project.

Online learning is a great way for students with other responsibilities to stay competi-tive, says Anne-Marie vaughan, director of distance education and learning technologies (DElT) at Memorial University in St. John’s. “As careers change, labour markets grow and evolve, and individuals seek advance-ment, there is a growing need for people to be provided opportunities to learn while they earn and live,” says vaughan. “The end result is providing a supportive environment for our learners so that they can balance their busy schedules with the opportunity to learn and grow academically.”



Work while you specializeSome school programs give you credit for your work experience, which means you may be able to work and earn credits at the same time. For example, a person with work experience in business management can quite literally cash in on his or her experi-ence by pursuing an MBA in an accelerated program. The pay off can range from a promotion to a major raise.

“Most business schools prefer that you’ve been working in the field for at least two years,

since it really gives students a perspective of the business and what it takes to manage a successful one before pursuing an MBA,” says Michael Darling, program director for the accel-erated MBA program at Queen’s University.

As for employers: “They’re just happy the student is pursuing a higher education that can ultimately help their company as well. It’s really a win-win situation,” says Darling. “After the program, our students are pro-moted sooner and they move into higher-than-expected positions.” Which means that after all that school, your career will be on the fast-track too.

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Graduate debt-free

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Post-graduate education can be pricey but you’ve already determined it will pay off down the road. now it’s up to you to minimize the debt you accrue while you’re studying. here’s how:

HEy, LOOk! FREE mONEy!once you know where you’re going it’s time to look at how your school can help you get there. some might be enough to cover one year’s tuition and others could be good for longer depending on your grades and other factors. There are two categories of scholarships: internal and external.

Post-graduate institutions offer a variety of internal scholarships. requirements for eligibility vary, but most consider your grades, positive contributions you’ve made to your community, experience or talent, and your financial need.

External scholarships, ones not offered by the school which you’ll be attending are also available. Many of these, offered by the government, or by companies and/or non-profit organizations, are listed online, along with eligibility requirements. For example, if you’re a student with a disability, you may be eligible for a schol-arship specifically created for students with disabilities entering the broadcasting field. a great place to browse for both external and internal awards is

bECOmE A TEACHING ASSISTANT (TA)research or teaching assistant positions are sometimes avail-able to students who need help financing their studies. Work may include anything from supervising class exams to helping out with demonstrations. some assistants even help with marking. Eligibil-ity criteria for these positions vary, as do the time commit-ments required. The advantage of being a Ta isn’t just that you’re getting paid – you’re also getting valuable experience in your field of choice.

GET A STUDENT LOAN (AGAIN)if you do opt to apply for a student loan, plan to pay off the debt as soon as possible. student loans can help you establish personal credit, says Michael Lofquist, marketing and communi-cations manager at Equifax canada in Toronto, but they can also damage it if you can’t make your payments. “if you manage your finances properly you’ll get established credit,” Lofquist advises.

ROLL Up yOUR SLEEVESWorking can help you pay your loan off sooner or even avoid getting a loan in the first place.

D’arcy Pascal worked full time at a petting zoo in summer and part-time as a bartender throughout her

business marketing studies at algonquin college in ottawa, on, and still managed to graduate on the dean’s

list. “i worked a lot over the summer and saved for the upcoming year in order to avoid loans,” Pascal says.

“it is a huge relief graduating without any debt.”

Just make sure your job allows you time to write papers

and prepare for exams, advises

Jeanette Gascho a counsellor and

teacher of individual and group study

skills at Waterloo University. The last thing you’d want to do is let your grades slip.

“if you can get a job on campus it’s better because it’s close and because most people at school are

flexible and accommodating. also, students can study while working if there’s any down time,” Gascho explains.

Prioritize: Make note of deadlines and complete the most pressing assignments first.

Use an agenda: Usually available in paper format from your career centre, these are also available online, with the added benefit of alarms. Sticky notes are good too.

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