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Seneca opens doors to MAs, MBAs and PhDs

Every year, more Seneca students are graduating and building on their credentials. They are going on to earn MAs, MBAs and even PhDs all thanks to their Seneca education.

“Everything I have achieved is based on that one choice I made to attend Seneca,” says Patricia Power (pictured above), who is currently completing a master’s degree in health sciences at McMaster University. “It made a huge difference and put me so far ahead.” 

Both Patricia and Xiang Li graduated from Seneca’s Biotechnology Technologist Research program before going on to earn their bachelor of science degrees as a result of a long-standing transfer agreement the School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry has with universities, including Guelph and York.

In Patricia’s case, she received advanced standing at Guelph, which allowed her to enter in to the third semester of the degree program. Since then, she has been working on her master’s degree, where she is leading a study on bone cancer at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton. Patricia is nearly finished her research and will be defending her master’s thesis in the summer.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” she says. “But I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far.”

Xiang, who came to study at Seneca from China, went on to earn his degree at York University, and in just four years he was able to earn both his diploma and degree.

After he graduated, Xiang returned home to China to work as an assistant researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked there for a year before deciding to pursue a masters and PhD in biology.

With that goal in mind, he applied and was accepted into the University of Queensland in Australia. Xiang earned his master’s in Molecular Biology and is now a PhD candidate at the university’s Brain Institute where he is conducting a research study to determine how our DNA contributes to the development of psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Xiang’s ultimate goal is to find new treatments to fight mental disorders. His research is expected to be completed by 2015.

“If you are a student who wants to fast-track from a diploma to a PhD the Biotechnology Technologist Research program really helps save you time,” Xiang says. “Thanks to my Seneca training I was a step ahead of other university undergraduates.”

Danny Lachhman is yet another example of where a college education can take you.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Software Development from Seneca and is currently enrolled in the prestigious MBA program at McMaster University’s Degroote School of Business. If that weren’t impressive enough, he is also working as a technology consultant at ATG Communications group Inc., a Canadian wireless products and services company.

Danny says his decision to pursue his MBA was made final when he discovered all the scholarship opportunities available to students who pursue graduate studies. Danny applied and received an entrance scholarship, in-course scholarship and is being considered for the $10,000 Ontario graduate Scholarship program, which is designed to encourage students to pursue graduate studies in Ontario.

“With a Seneca credential, our graduates are not only prepared for a career, they can continue their post-secondary studies at any level,” says David Agnew, Seneca President. “The choice is theirs.”

Seneca is Ontario’s college leader in university pathways with more than 270 individual degree pathways for graduates at 59 partner institutions in Canada and around the world.

To learn more about degree pathway opportunities at Seneca, visit