HND Top Up Degree in Canada

By CanadaWiz Team | Updated: November 18, 2020

This “HND Top Up Degree in Canada” article was done based on requests by our Nigerian readers. However, if you have an HND degree from any other country e.g. Ghana, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, etc… The information provided here also applies to you too.

READ ALSO: HND “Top-Up” Degree in Canada Universities


Do you have a Higher National Diploma (HND) from an educational institution outside Canada (including a Nigerian educational institution), and you want to know your study options in Canada? Read on!

What is a Higher National Diploma (HND)

In Nigeria, an HND is a continuation of a National Diploma – ND (equivalent to an Associate Degree in Canada) program. ND/HND are offered by polytechnics, monotechnics, and colleges of agriculture accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

What is a “Top Up” Degree?

A “Top Up” degree program allows holders/graduates of the Higher National Diploma (HND) to ‘top-up’ their knowledge and skills and gain a bachelor’s degree from a University in one academic year.  Students with a relevant Higher National Diploma can expect to accomplish the required courses within 1 year and be awarded with a bachelor degree upon satisfactory performance.

Is there HND Top Up Degree in Canada?

There is no “top-up” degree in Canada. Top up degree programs are mostly associated with educational institutions in the United Kingdom (UK).

Is it possible for a Nigerian student with an HND to gain admission to a Canadian school?

Yes, it is possible to gain admission to a Canadian school with a Higher National Diploma (HND), depending on what level of study you are interested in.

What is an HND degree equivalent to in Canada?

According to the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS), an HND generally compares to the completion of a three-year postsecondary Diploma.

READ MORE: HND “Top-Up” Degree in Canada Universities


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This eBook is a Comprehensive and Simple Do-It-Your (DIY) Resource for anyone who has an HND degree from outside Canada and is looking to immigrate to Canada through studying in Canada.


MASTERS IN CANADA WITH HND?

Can an HND holder apply for a Master’s degree in Canada?

At this time, Canadian educational institutions do not accept HND graduates directly into their Master’s program. Therefore, HND holders do not have direct access to Canadian master’s degree programs.

If you are a Higher National Diploma (HND) graduate and you are interested in studying in Canada, you have two (2) options:

OPTION 1 – Convert your HND to BSc degree in Canada:

You may use your HND to pursue an undergraduate degree in Canada. This may be referred to as the UK equivalent of HND “Top Up” in Canada.

In this case, you apply to an undergraduate program at a Canadian educational institution. In order for you to get transfer credit (that is, have the university/college waive some courses that you have done in the past), your intended program of study in Canada has to be in the same or related discipline as your previous HND studies, and there is an expectation that you meet a minimum grade for each course that you want to be waived.

You will be given up to a maximum of two (2) years’ advanced standing. So, depending on how many courses that were waived for you, and therefore how many additional courses that you will have to take at the Canadian educational institution, you will spend between two (2) to three (3) years to obtain an undergraduate degree in Canada.

Want to learn more about how to secure an undergraduate admission in Canada with an HND? Check out: The Ultimate Guide to Study in Canada with HND ->


THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STUDY IN CANADA WITH HND (HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA), EBOOK

A LOOK AT WHAT’S INSIDE:

  • How to secure admission into Canadian educational institutions (Colleges/Universities/Institutes) as an HND graduate.
  • Simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) steps for conversion of HND to BSc degree and HND to PGD in Canada.
  • Comprehensive list of colleges to apply for PGD in Canada, with high acceptance rate and work permit.
  • Detailed list of school/course options for PGD in Canada, based on your HND program of study.
  • How to increase your chances of being offered admission at Canadian schools, even with HND lower credit or pass.
  • Scholarship at Canadian schools for HND applicants.
  • How to make extra income by working in Canada as an international student.
  • How to increase your chances of approval for Canada study visa/permit.
  • How to legally remain in Canada after your studies and become a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) and citizen.

Comprehensive information on the above topics and many more are contained in
“THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STUDY IN CANADA WITH HND” eBook


OPTION 2 – Pursue a post-HND degree in Canada:

As a HND graduate, although you are not eligible to seek admission directly into a Masters program in Canada. You can apply for any of the following programs at a Canadian College:

  • Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD), or
  • Post-Degree Certificate/Diploma, or
  • Advanced Certificate in Canada.

Some Canadian Universities have PGD programs, however, most of these universities do not accept HND holders into their PGD programs. Instead, they reserve the spot for bachelor degree holders who do not meet the requirements for direct entry into the university masters program. For example, those with Second Class Lower (2:2).

So, as an HND graduate who wants to pursue a PGD in Canada, in order to increase your chances of getting admission into a PGD program, you should consider seeking admission into a Canadian College PGD program instead of that at a university. Also, depending on the intended course of study, some of these programs require HND candidates to have at least upper credit in their HND and a period of post qualification work experience.

Wondering what the difference is between a Canadian College and University? Learn more {Coming Soon}.

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Can I secure admission into a Master’s program in Canada with an HND certificate?

HND + Canadian PGD (with good grades) = Canadian Masters!

HND plus a postgraduate diploma (PGD) from a Canadian College or University gives access to Master’s degree programs afterwards.

An HND graduate who gets a Canadian post-degree diploma/certificate program, along with good grades (usually a minimum of B average), should be able to secure an admission into a masters program afterwards.

It should be noted that most Canadian educational institutions do not accept HND plus a foreign PGD (that is, PGD from any Country outside Canada) for acceptance into their master’s program, it must be a Canadian PGD in order for it to be considered.

For example, say you have an HND from a Nigerian polytechnic and you later went to the United Kingdom (UK) and did a top-up degree, you will still not be able to secure direct masters to a Canadian educational institution because Canadian educational institutions require an HND graduate to have a PGD degree from Canada to be considered for admission into a masters program in Canada.


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Now you know your Canada Study Options as an HND Graduate!

  • Do you need personalized one-on-one help to secure admission into a Canadian college? Feel free to Contact Us!
  • Are you an HND graduate and have been successful in securing admission at a Canadian educational institution (college/university)? Comment below with any tips or suggestions, so that others can learn from your experience.

NOTE: As a courtesy, we have provided school/course options to the first few commenters. We will NOT respond to other comments seeking school/course options recommendation as that and many more is available in the HND eBook. Get it -> here.

READ MORE: HND “Top-Up” Degree in Canada Universities

123 thoughts on “HND Top Up Degree in Canada”

      1. Thank you very much for this platform Canadawiz.
        I will like to secure admission for PGD from any Canadian college. I have HND in Microbiology from a polytechnic in Nigeria and also would like you to kindly suggest some colleges for me in Canada and how to go about it. Thanks and God bless

        1. CanadaWiz Team

          Olaniyi,
          You’re welcome. Our goal is for everyone to have free access to all the necessary information they need to make their Canadian dream a reality.
          Now to answer your question: In order for us to suggest Canadian colleges for you where you can pursue a PGD program, we will have to know your top 3 choices (1st choice, 2nd choice, and 3rd choice) of the program/course you intend to study in Canada. So, comment below with this info.
          Keep in mind that in order to increase the likelihood that your Canada study visa/permit will be approved by the Canadian visa officer, your intended program/course of study in Canada MUST be related to your previous education (i.e. Microbiology) and/or your employment history.

          1. Below are the courses are intend to study,
            1. Public health and sanitary microbiology
            2. Pharmaceutical microbiology
            3. Industrial microbiology.

            Thanks.

        2. Please list of school for PGD I have HND with distinction in office technology and management which courses are available for PGD. Pls rrply

          1. Godwin Cheta,
            Well done on obtaining an HND with distinction in office technology and management. You could pursue any of the following business-related PGD programs in Canada:
            • Centennial College, International Business Management.
            • Conestoga College, Global Business Management.

        3. Olaniyi,
          It is important to note that PGD courses in Canada are quite limited especially for science courses. These are PGD options for Microbiology:
          • The University of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology.
          • The University of Saskatchewan, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology.
          However, the chances of an HND graduate getting admission into a university PGD program is low. So, we recommend that you instead consider a PGD course at a Canadian college instead that is somewhat related to microbiology.

      2. Ama Treasure I.

        Thank you so much for the information. Am a HND holder in Community Health Technology, with Uper Credit.
        I will like to enroll for PGD in Canada.

          1. Rita,
            Most PGD programs at Canadian universities and colleges are usually between 8 months to 24 months. Keep in mind that if your plan is to remain in Canada after your studies, you should consider a longer program versus a shorter program, because the post-graduation work permit (PGWP) you’ll be given after your studies is tied to the duration of your course.
            For example, if you studied in Canada for a 1-year PGD course, after you graduate from your studies in Canada, you can apply for a 1-year PGWP.
            If you need personalized assistance with the admission process, feel free to Contact Us.

      3. Hi CanadaWiz,
        Please can I apply to a Canadian college with a Bsc certificate? I studied Agricultural economics and extension in Nigeria, I will like to study project management as a add-on certification. Can I enroll in one of Canadian colleges taking into consideration the cost of a Masters degree.
        And what steps would you recommend to me.

        1. CanadaWiz Team

          Olumayowa,
          Yes, you can apply to study at a Canadian college with a BSc certificate. Ideally, your intended program of study in Canada should be related to your previous education and/or your work experience.
          You will find the step-by-step information in the HND eBook.
          P.S: Don’t let the title of the eBook confuse you, as it has a chapter on the step-by-step procedure and much other vital information about studying in Canada that is beneficial to both HND and BSc certificate holders.

    1. Please I want to apply for top up programme in Canada I have HND in Civil engineering, please kindly guide me to know how to go about it, Thanks for this platform

      1. Gabriel Olayemi,
        The process to apply for a top-up program in Canada can be summarized as follows:
        • Get your transcripts and course outlines from all your previous educational institutions.
        • Get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done, which includes the specific courses, credit value, and final grades of your completed courses.
        • Apply as an external transfer student to the Canada educational institution of your choice.
        • The school will access your application and determine how many courses will be waived for you, which will determine how many years you’ll have to top-up your degree.
        You can get comprehensive information here.

      1. Good day. I studied chemical engineering Hnd.. Graduated with a very strong lower credit.. What are my chances of studying in Canada… How can I apply too?

        1. Dare,
          With strong lower credit, you may be able to secure a spot at a Canadian education institution to study, although most Canadian educational institutions give preference to those with higher credit.
          The HND eBook has detailed step-by-step information on how to apply, and it also contains insider information on how to increase your chances of being offered admission at Canadian schools, even with lower credit.

      1. Lily matty,
        No, you are not required to enroll in NYSC before studying in Canada. You can study in Canada without NYSC.

  1. Thank you but I will like to secure admission for PGD from Canadian college. I have HND upper credit in Computer Science

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Moji,
      You’re welcome. With a HND upper credit you should be able to secure admission for PGD at a Canadian college. What will you like to know about securing PGD admission at a Canadian college?

    2. I Have HND in Banking And Finance , and i will like to enroll for the PGD program . kindly assist meon the basics i need to know. Thanks

  2. Thanks for this information. I am HND graduate from Nigeria Nigeria Polytechnic with more than seven years cognate experience and I have been trying to secure a direct master programme from Canada Unuversity. I will really appreciate your help and any relevant information.

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Emmanuel,
      You’re welcome. As a HND graduate from a Nigerian polytechnic (regardless of the number of work/professional experience you have), the likelihood of securing direct masters program at a Canadian university is low. Our recommendation is that you try to get admission into a PGD program at a Canadian college. Keep in mind that the course of study you chose for PGD should be related to what you plan to study later at the masters level.
      After your obtain a PGD at a Canadian College you can then apply for a masters program in Canada. Keep in mind that in order to be considered for a masters program in Canada after the PGD program you must have had good grades during the Canadian PGD program. A good grade is usually a minimum of B average. If you do not have good grades during the PGD program in Canada, you will not be able to secure admission to a masters program at a Canadian educational institution afterwards.

  3. ajayi ibukunoluwa

    Comment…if I had HN D,PGD in civil engineering in Nigeria ,can I do my master in canada university

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Ajayi,
      Securing an admission into a masters program at a Canadian university is very competitive. So, if you apply with a HND and a PGD from Nigeria, the chances of seuring an admission into a masters program is low. However, there is no harm in trying… Please let us know how it goes if you decide to give it a try.

      1. Hello , I had my colleague’s HND qualification assessed as equivalent of Post Graduate Certificate by WES.He intends to study a Post graduate certificate program in the same course will this not amount to duplication of the ptogram

        1. Hello, found this site awesome. I have HND in Nigeria, will I be able to cross to Canadian university? I don’t want college. And how long will it take me? Thanks

  4. Olayinka joshua

    Thank you very much for this platform Canadawiz.
    I will like to secure admission for PGD from any Canadian college. I have HND in Statistics from a polytechnic in Nigeria and also would like you to kindly suggest some colleges for me in Canada and how to go about it. Thanks and God bless sir

    1. Aburime Cosmond

      Good evening, please I have a HND in Civil Engineering with Dinstinction. I’m interested in studying for a Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada. I don’t mind having to do a PGD in a Canadian College. What are my options?

      Thanks

  5. I have hnd computer engineering. What colleges can I apply for.

    I’ll be glad if you could list like 3 .

    Thanks in advance

      1. Otutochukwu Akuche

        Hello
        I have HND lower credit in food technology. I would like to enroll for PGD, are there funding opportunities for PGD students in canada

  6. Thank you very much for this platform Canadawiz.
    I will like to secure admission for PGD from any Canadian college. I have HND in Microbiology from a polytechnic in Nigeria and also would like you to kindly suggest some colleges for me in Canada and how to go about it.
    Below are the courses are intend to study,
    1. Public health and sanitary microbiology
    2. Pharmaceutical microbiology
    3. Industrial microbiology.

    Thanks.

  7. Thank you, I have hand from a polytechnic in Nigeria in civil engineering could you please tell me the college’s that I can apply to and possibily optional course

  8. Everything here seems to be clear here. I Have HND in Nigeria polytechnic and I want to do my PGD on power system,renewable energy or radiation protection in any of the colleges in manitoba,British Colombia or ontario ,how would you guild me through?

  9. Thanks Canada wiz for this platform.i have HND in banking and finance with comfortable upper credit.i want to do my PGD in Canada. please suggest for me the best course to apply for so as not have stress with Canada study visa and the best schools to apply.how do I go about it.

    1. Hello, thanks for sharing this information, it came in handy. I have few questions please
      1. I studied Building Technology in a polytechnic, finished with lower credit, work for 10yrs now but totally out of my field of study, working majorly in administrative assistant roles, did cipm (though not recognized in canada) and I want to apply for pgd in canada based on my work experience, how practical is this please? To secure a pgd program relating to admin, hospitality, etc and not Building Technology.
      Thank you

      1. I have HND in microbiology lower Credit ,please am looking for admission in any of the Universities in Canada to do a two Or three year Programme. Kindly Put me through. Thanks.

      2. Esther,
        In order to increase the chances of getting an offer of admission and also for your study visa/permit approval, your intended course of study in Canada must be related to your previous education and/or work experience. Based on the information you have provided, it is practical for you to apply for a PGD program relating to admin based on your work experiences. Ensure that you include a strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) in your admission application and also your visa application. If you need personalized assistance with either of these, feel free to contact us.

  10. I will like to secure admission in canadian college as well.i have HND in Biochemistry but my grade is lower credit with working experience,i dont know if i am well qualify for the admission.

    1. Okpe alexander,
      With a lower credit grade, you wouldn’t be a competitive applicant in applying for biochemistry-related PGD program in Canada. However, you can still give it a try. To increase the likelihood of securing an admission, you’ll want to apply early to the school/program of your choice.
      If you require one-on-one help with the PGD admission process, feel free to Contact Us.

      1. Otutochukwu Akuche

        Hello
        I have HND lower credit in food technology. I would like to enroll for PGD, are there funding opportunities for PGD students in canada

  11. I will like to seek for admission in canadian college as well.i have HND in Biochemistry but my grade is lower credit with working experience,i dont know if i am well qualify for the admission.

  12. Good day sir. Your platform is indeed helping. I have a HND in public administration with upper credit. My plans are to go for PGD over there in Canada. Please sugest better colleges for me and as well I have another plan and question. Can I be working while running the PGD programme in Canada and also is there chances of me getting a PR after my PGD?

    1. Nduaguba Chinedu

      Hello, a very good afternoon to you. Pls did you get any meaningful information as regards your questions. I have same interest.

    1. Aburime Cosmond

      Good evening, please I have a HND in Civil Engineering with Dinstinction. I’m interested in studying for a Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada. I don’t mind having to do a PGD in a Canadian College. What are my options?

      Thanks

  13. Nwafor kenneth

    Thanks for the information, I have a hnd in public administration with upper credit and will like to go for pgd in Canada, so as to obtain my masters degree. And can it be possible that one can be working while acquiring such? Thanks

    1. Nwafor kenneth,
      As an international or Nigerian student studying at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, you are able to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during regular school sessions, and full-time (40 hours a week) during scheduled school breaks/holidays (e.g. winter and summer holidays or spring break).

    2. Nduaguba Chinedu

      Hello, a very good afternoon to you. Pls did you get any meaningful information as regards your questions. I have same interest.

      1. Otutochukwu Akuche

        Hello
        I graduated with HND from a Nigeria polytechnic, food Technology lower credit. What are my chances and how do I go about the PGD
        Are the funding opportunities for PGD

  14. Which school in Canada can you suggest for Someone to do PGD marine Engineering or mechanical Engineering. The person has HND Lower credit in Marine Engineering.

    1. Please I graduated with an HND in banking and finance in Ghana. After I further with the PGD, can I proceed to do my degree in Canada or Master’s program straight.

  15. Thank you very much for this information Canadawiz.
    I will like to secure admission into an undergraduate program from any good university in Canada. I have HND in Civil Engineering with an upper credit from a polytechnic in Nigeria and also would like you to kindly..I hope to get a response from you

  16. Great job, I study banking and finance with lower credit, please is there any hope for me?? And if yes please let me know

  17. Thanks for sharing information to us…I have HND in Microbiology and I want to go for my PGD in Canada…
    My first 3 Choices are
    Industrial Microbiology
    Pharmaceutical Microbiology
    And Public health.Kindly enlighten more about it so as to know the next step to take.
    thanks in advance

  18. i have HND in business administration and management.with upper credit. i want you to help me with the list of schools i can do my PGD in canada. so that i can be able to do my master after. below are the courses i intend to study
    project management
    business admin and mgt
    entrepreneurship

  19. Thanks Team for this valuable information.
    I intend migrating to Canada soon, I have a HND in Business administration and management, I am currently writing my ACCA professional exams, what are the PGD college and courses options available to me? What’s the application process, scholarships available and the general fees. I’ll really appreciate the list of PGD colleges in Canada. Thanks

  20. Thanks for updates. I have HND in Mass Communication, I want to go for my PGD in Canada or use HND to enrol into undergraduate programme in which some courses will likely be waved. I desire to study Communication Management or Communication related courses. Can you please suggest a low tuition fees college for me please.

  21. This information is really helpful, God bless u. Now please help me narrow down the list of Canadian colleges that does PGD. I also have an HND in microbiology with an upper credit unit

  22. Thank you very much for this platform Canadawiz.
    I will like to secure admission for PGD from any Canadian college. I have HND in Electrical electronics Engineering from a polytechnic in Nigeria and also would like to further my education via a PGd in canada. kindly suggest some colleges for me in Canada and how to go about it. Thanks and God bless

  23. Thank you for the information. I have my HND in Mechanical Engineering at a Nigerian Polytechnic and graduated with an Upper credit. I will like to follow your guide to study in Canada. Please how may you help me

  24. Thank you for the expository info. I am also an HND holder in Mass communication. will like to do my PGD in canada in Mass Communication, Public Relations, International Relations or Marketing

      1. Nnanta Stella

        Thank you for information. Am stella. I studied accounting from a Nigerian Polytechnic. I will to do a top up program in Canada. Please kindly help me with the schools I can apply for.

        1. CanadaWiz Team

          Nnanta Stella,
          If you require one-on-one assistance, please feel free to contact us. However, if you prefer a DIY approach, you can find a Comprehensive List of Educational Institutions in Canada offering Accounting courses here->, which you can use as a guide.

        2. Alabi Ifedolapo

          Hi, I’m an HND graduate of Agric Engineering in a Nigeria polytechnics with Upper class.pls kindly let me know the college in Canada where I can enroll for a PGD in Food Technology,Agric Engineering or microbiology

    1. lekan,
      With a lower credit in accountancy, you can still apply for a PGD program in Canada. However, most schools/colleges in Canada give preference to student who have at least upper credit. So, in order to increase the chances that you’ll be offered a spot at a Canadian educational institution for an accounting-related PGD program, we recommend that you apply early to the school/program of your choice. By applying early, you wouldn’t be competing with other applicants with better grades, as most Canadian colleges offer admission on a rolling basis.
      If you need personalized assistance with the admission process, feel free to Contact Us.

  25. HI.
    My name is Tobiloba. A mechanical engineering HND graduate from Nigeria. I’d like to apply for PGD in canada.
    Intended course of study is any of the following: Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering.
    Please, i need recommendation on a number of Canadian colleges i can check out and apply to.
    Thanks.

  26. Dapaah A. Samuel

    Please am from Ghana and hold HND in Civil Engineering and would like to further in the same area in Canada.Kindly assist me to apply.

    Thank you.

  27. Thanks for all the information on this platform. I hold HND in civil engineering with lower credit, can you recommend a college in Canada for me to further my study….thanks in anticipation

  28. Wow, Thanks for your information. I have an HND in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering with lower credit, is it possible to apply for admission in a college in Canada. Thanks in anticipation

  29. My name is Adekunle Rufus. Few months ago , I saw an article from someone in Canada university of waterloo that Nigerian with HND UPPER CREDIT can apply for Master in Canada.

    Please, help us to find out the authenticity of the information sir. Thanks.

    1. Adekunle,
      A Nigerian with HND upper credit can certainly apply for masters in Canada. However, the likelihood of you getting the admission is very very low. Some Canadian universities wouldn’t put the information on their website, but you’ll be wasting your money by paying their application fee and not getting the admission.
      UPDATE: We have received confirmation that University of Waterloo does NOT accept HND directly into their master’s program at this time. As per the University of Waterloo “A 75% overall standing in the last two years, or equivalent, in a four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the minimum requirement for admission to a Master’s program. Departments and Faculties may set higher admission requirements”.

    2. Please I graduated with an HND in banking and finance in Ghana. After I further with the PGD, can I proceed to do my degree in Canada or Master’s program straight. Hi

  30. Thanks for this informative post. I have a Level 5 Diploma in IT (from The British Computer Society, UK). This diploma is accredited by Ofqual and is admissible for a top-up Bachelors programme in the UK. I would like to know if I can use it can be of use in Canada too.

  31. Comment…sir i am holding HND certificate in marine engineering and completed from bangladesh. i am working in international merchant ship for last 7 years.now i want to migrate canada. whta is the best way for me and what should i do?

    eagerly waiting your answer.

  32. Thanks for this information. I also have HND a distinction in microbiology from a Nigeria polytechnic, how can I secure admission into pgd in Canadian college

  33. good day
    I have HND in business Administration with upper credit from a polytechnic 12 year ago in Nigeria and i wish to apply for 3 year Advanced Diploma in Business Administration or 2 year graduate certificate in Global Business Management in any of the Canadian College. Please my questions are:

    1) do i qualified for any of the aforementioned course?
    2) with Post Graduate Diploma certificate holder in Business Administration from a University in Nigeria, do i stand more chance of getting admission than HND holder?

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Gbenga,
      1) Since your intended program of study in Canada (3 year Advanced Diploma in Business Administration or 2 year graduate certificate in Global Business Management) is related to your previous education in Nigeria (HND in business Administration), that means you meet the admission requirements for most Canadian colleges.
      2) If you also have a Post Graduate Diploma certificate in Business Administration on top of your HND in business Administration, that will certainly give you an added advantage. However, some schools in Canada may be wondering why someone who already have a PGD now wants to pursue an Advanced Diploma or graduate certificate in Canada. So, you should be prepared to provide a reasonable explanation if you’re asked by the admission team of the Canadian college.
      Good luck!

  34. Question : I have HND from Nigerian poly, but i will love to study in Canada. i studied computer science and my chaices are computer science,computer engineering

  35. Thank you for the information. I have my HND in Building Technology at a Ghanaian Polytechnic and graduated with an Upper credit. I will like to do PGD in the same course.
    Can please suggest a college for me. Thank you

  36. I studied accountancy with a reliable upper credit in Nigeria. Please suggest any college I can do my pgd program

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Samuel Kehinde,
      With an upper credit, you should be able to secure admission into a Canadian college for a PGD program. We have a detailed list here that includes over 80 educational institutions in Canada offering accounting courses. If your require personalized support, kindly contact us.

  37. Ukehmofa Emmanuel

    Hello, good day. I am Ukehmofa Emmanuel. I am a holder of an HND certificate from Cameroon in Civil engineering with a grade of lower credit. I am really interested in applying for a Top-up program in Canada. I will really appreciate if you can suggest some colleges that can be of help to me in my pursuit of furthering my education in the domain of Civil Engineering.
    I am interested in taking any course related to Civil engineering but my preferences are
    *Reinforced concrete design
    * Drawing and Computer drafting
    *Structural analysis
    *Site management
    *Steel structures
    *Cost and estimate
    Thanks vey much and will be humbly waiting for your response.

  38. Thanks for the information sir, but sir am having an HND from Animal production, the question is can i enroll for advance degree in canada, if yes is it into only college or i can possibly enroll it in a university

  39. Thanks Canada Wiz for the good work, I am David with Upper Credit HND in Computer Science from Auchi Poly interested in studying cloud computing and working, to finally get a green card. Pls what are my chances, how much must i have in my account? do u need to write any English exams IELTS? I will appreciate you guidance. Warm regards,

  40. I have HND in cooperative, Economic And Management and i want to do to up in Canada. I want to know you to go about it and the schools offering it. Thanks

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Oluwaloseyi,
      Absolutely! With an HND, you can continue your studies in Canada through the PGD route.

  41. Please how relevant is GMAT in securing admission for MBA with HND holders. I mean is it possible to gain admission into MBA with HND certificate and a good score in GMAT.

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Bussyme,
      An admission requirement for MBA programs in Canada is usually a four-year undergraduate degree. In Canada, an HND certificate is generally compared to the completion of a three-year postsecondary diploma, so we do not think it’s likely that an HND holder will be able to secure admission into an MBA program in Canada even with a GMAT score. You could certainly give it a shot and let us know how it goes. All the best!

    2. Thank you canadaWiz for this insightful explanations… I’m a HND graduate in mechanical Engineering with upper credit (3.33/4.00), what are my chances of securing PGD admission in one of the Colleges in Canada?

  42. Olabanji Adekoya

    Thanks for a wonderful writeup.
    I have HND in animal production, how can I proceed with my studies in Canada?

  43. Jeremiah olorunda

    I love this ,my concerns is after my studies would I be able to stay there? Or how can I apply for pr once from here?

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Jeremiah,
      Yes, after your studies you will be able to stay in Canada, as long as you study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). The “Study to Immigrate” route is a popular approach taken by international students in Canada. In summary:
      1) You study and work in Canada: Study at a Canadian educational institution. During your studies, you will be given a work permit.
      2) After completing your studies in Canada, you will be entitled to a Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). Then, after working for one year with your PGWPP, you will be eligible to apply for your Canadian Permanent Residence (PR), through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) route. Keep in mind that depending on the province that you study/work, you may be eligible to apply for PR with less than one-year of Canadian work experience.

      Alternatively, if you want to apply for PR from your home country, a popular option is through the Express Entry – Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) program.

  44. Muhammad Adamu

    I have HND Microbiology/Biology. I want to proceed for an online degree program in Microbiology. Will it be possible?

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Niluxan,
      Absolutely! You can apply for further studies in Canada with HND mechanical engineering. Good luck!

  45. Hello i have an ordinary degree from university in uk and will like to know if i should apply for a masters in canada or apply for a pgd and there after try applying for a masters.

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Bola,
      What do you mean by an ordinary degree? Please clarify, so that we can provide you with an appropriate response.

  46. Hello
    I am Oye. I have B.Sc. Microbiology(second class lower division i.e. 3.3/5) in Nigeria.
    What is my chance of having admission if I apply for Masters in Health Science in Canada?
    Or do you suggest I go for PGD course at first?
    Finally, is admission ongoing even during this Covid-19 period?

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Oye,
      The chances of you securing admission into a Masters in Health Science program in Canada is low due to your GPA. Of course, you could certainly give it a shot… What you could do is to apply to two programs, that is, one Master’s program and another PGD program. So, if you are not offered admission into the Master’s program, you can then proceed with the PGD option. Do keep us posted.
      Yes, most Canadian educational institutions are still processing admission despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

  47. Hi!
    I’m a Nigerian.

    I have HND in public Administration upper credit, I really need to enroll for PGD in same discipline or in Business administration between 2020 and 2021.
    Can you help me with available but good and government approved institutions, with all requirements including financial cost. thanks

    1. Edim Ego,
      If you complete and submit our Study in Canada Google form here, we should be able to provide you with the information you require.

  48. Really great information. Thanks alot
    I would like to make a furtherance in my study in canada. I have an HND in marine engineering from the Nigeria maritime academy with a grade distinction. So please can I get more information on institution or college that I can continue my PGD program as well as master

  49. DAVID DAFEVWOTU UTOWO

    Iam really interested l have being looking for this information.lam a HND holder in petroleum and gas processing.l want to go to Canada for my master after PGD

      1. I av HND in computer science from a polytechnic in Nigeria and National diploma in computer science and a certificate in data processing and programming all from a polytechnic in Nigeria and I want to get admission into university in Canada even if it’s an undergraduate which level can I get and list universities that I can get admission quickly

  50. hello sir,
    Thank you for your post.
    I will like to know list of colleges/ Universities that accepts HND Lower credit for post graduate courses in canada. I am interested in management and communication courses since that what i studied and have work experience.

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