ApplyInsights: Top STEM Programs for Women at ApplyBoard Partner Schools in Canada

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This important day recognizes women’s achievements and highlights ongoing efforts to empower women and enable women’s voices to be heard. 

One topic that’s particularly critical today is the limited representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Though technology and engineering skills are among the most sought-after and well compensated by employers, women accounted for just 29.3% of individuals employed in scientific research and development (R&D) fields worldwide in 2016.1

The relative lack of women in STEM is a product of a number of factors,2 of which access to education is just one. But because access to education is our area of expertise at ApplyBoard, I thought I’d spend today’s ApplyInsights sharing the list of the most popular STEM programs at Canadian schools among women using the ApplyBoard Platform. 

To any students reading: These fantastic programs are offered at great schools that have a track record of helping women launch their careers in STEM.

To our partner schools: Thank you for offering high-demand STEM programs and for giving women from around the world the opportunity to pursue their study abroad journey in STEM at your institution. 

ApplyBoard’s Top STEM Programs in Canada for Women

In STEM, information and communications technology (ICT) programs are the top draw for women using the ApplyBoard Platform. Seven of the top 10 programs below are in ICT, with many focusing specifically on networking technology. The remaining three programs are in health sciences.  

ApplyBoard’s partner schools also offer a number of excellent programs in mathematics and engineering, as well as physical, chemical, and biological sciences. I’d encourage students looking into those fields to explore the offerings on the ApplyBoard Platform!

Here are the top 10 Canadian STEM programs by total enrollments on the ApplyBoard Platform among women:     

  1. Graduate Certificate in Information Technology, Algoma University: This one-year post-graduate certificate program at Algoma’s Brampton campus is the most popular STEM program offered on the ApplyBoard Platform. The program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree outside the ICT sphere. Areas of focus include programming, software development, object-oriented analysis and design, web technologies and databases, and e-business strategy.ApplyBoard Co-Created Program: Algoma University’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is one of 10 graduate certificate programs ApplyBoard helped Algoma develop to meet the needs of its growing international student population.
  1. Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration and Service Management, Conestoga College: Conestoga’s Health Care Administration and Service Management program provides students who possess health care credentials with valuable leadership theories and practical applications specific to the health care environment. The curriculum is geared toward providing a wide base of professional skills in a health care context, including finance, communications, human resources, leadership, operations, and critical thinking.
  2. Attestation of College Studies – Network and Internet Security Specialist, CDI College: CDI recognizes that network design, installation, maintenance, and management are rapidly growing areas of ICT. Their two-year Network and Internet Security Specialist program, which includes an internship, helps students develop vital skills to meet employer needs in these areas. 
  3. College Diploma – Computer Systems Technician, Networking, St. Clair College: This two-year diploma program helps students develop the skills to plan, administer, configure, and maintain individual and networked computer systems. The program is designed for students who are strong problem solvers with good analytical skills and a keen interest in computers.
  4. Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration, Sault College: Like Conestoga, Sault College offers a post-graduate program for individuals looking to continue their education in health care administration. Students gain key administrative and leadership skills that prepare them for management careers in a variety of health care facilities.
  5. Master of Information Systems Security Management, Concordia University of Edmonton: Recognizing that the need for security professionals is constantly growing, Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) offers this master’s degree in the IT security space. Areas of focus include risk analysis and disaster recovery planning. The program leads to and provides students preparation time to write the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.
  6. Diploma in Computer Science Technology – Software Testing, Matrix College: This two-year program at Matrix’s Montreal campus supplies students with specialized software testing abilities alongside knowledge of operating systems, databases, and programming. Graduates are well positioned for roles in the banking, insurance, health, and manufacturing sectors.  

Both CUE’s Master of Information Systems Security Management and Matrix’s Diploma in Computer Science Technology appeared in our list of the Top University and College Programs in Canada for ApplyBoard Students in 2020

  1. Master of Administrative Science in Global Health and Human Services Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University: Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) offers this two-year master’s program at its Vancouver campus. The program combines both cognitive and interactive instruction through case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises, and fieldwork that help students develop critical managerial effectiveness.
  2. Graduate Certificate in Wireless Information Networking, Fleming College: Peterborough, Ontario’s Fleming College also offers a popular graduate certificate program in the networking space. The program relies heavily on applied teaching approaches and covers a range of topics including cloud computing, server technology, technical project management, data mining, vendor interoperability strategies, and emerging wireless technologies. 
  3. Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management, Fanshawe College: This one-year post-graduate program prepares students for careers in health administration and e-health digital transformation. Students examine global advancements in the use of technology in areas such as electronic patient records, automated voice transcription, and digital imaging concepts. They also receive training in information security, a growing area of concern in health care. 

Introducing ApplyBoard’s STEM for Change Scholarship

Since my brothers and I started ApplyBoard in 2015, we’ve been driven by the belief that education is a right, not a privilege. Women are essential to our mission to educate the world, and with that in mind, I’m excited to announce our new STEM for Change Scholarship.

STEM for Change is a merit-based scholarship available to any woman applying via the ApplyBoard Platform. She must be applying to study a STEM program at one of ApplyBoard’s Canadian partner schools for the Fall 2021 intake. All of the programs above are eligible, as are hundreds more. 

There are six merit-based scholarships available, worth up to C$100,000. 

For more information, check out the ApplyBoard Blog!

Published: March 8, 2021

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Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Meti is driven by the belief that education is a right, not a privilege. He leads the International Recruitment, Partner Relations, and Marketing teams at ApplyBoard, working to make education accessible to people around the world. Meti has been instrumental in building partnerships with 1,500+ educational institutions across Canada, the United, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Working with over 5,000 international recruitment partners, ApplyBoard has assisted over 150,000 students in their study abroad journey. Follow Meti on LinkedIn for more access to ApplyInsights and key industry trends.


1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Fact Sheet No. 55: Women in Science (2019).
2. Global non-profit Catalyst offers a great primer on some of the challenges facing women in STEM. I’d encourage anyone looking to learn more about the topic to explore their piece.