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Lenght of Studies

It is the student’s responsibility as well as the study or research supervisor’s to plan the studies in such a way as to respect the program’s deadlines.

The regular program length includes courses trimesters and writing/research trimesters for doctorate and research-based master’s programs. That number of semester should suffice to complete the activities required to meet the program’s requirements.

  • Research topic and timetable for MASc (.pdf)
  • Research topic and timetable for PhD (.pdf)
Normal Duration

It is the student’s responsibility as well as the study or research supervisor’s to plan the studies in such a way as to respect the program’s deadlines.

The regular program length includes courses trimesters and writing/research trimesters for doctorate and research-based master’s programs. That number of semester should suffice to complete the activities required to meet the program’s requirements.

PROGRAMS NORMAL DURATION (FULL-TIME)
DESS 2 to 3 semesters
Professional master's 4 to 6 semesters
Research-based master's* 4 to 6 semesters
Doctorate* 8 to 11 semesters

*Full-time participation only allowed for these programs

Academic Time Limit

Academic time limit refers to the maximum number of semesters within which to complete a given program and meet the degree requirements.

The time limit, which commences with initial registration, includes:

  • all semesters allotted to coursework and research
  • extensions
  • leaves of absence.
PROGRAMS TIME LIMIT (FULL-TIME) TIME LIMIT (PART-TIME)
DESS 6 semesters 12 semesters
Professional master's 9 semesters 15 semesters
Research-based master's 9 semesters  
Doctorate 15 semesters  
SCHEDULE EXAMPLE - MASTER’S DEGREE AND PH.D

Since the beginning of your studies, you have to agree with your study supervisor on a work schedule that will comply with the program’s normal duration of study. The first meetings with your supervisor and the drafting of your study plan are ideal stages to define a schedule and fill out the Research topic and timetable form (.pdf).

Research-based master's: before the end of your second semester
Doctorate: before the end of your third semesters

You should discuss the work stages to accomplish as well as their specific requirements.  Evidently, the duration of the main stages will vary according to the research topic, the scope of work to be carried out, etc. The schedule can also evolve and be modified in the course of the program. The schedule is the working tool that will help you to respect your program’s duration.