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Types of Programs

Polytechnique Montréal offers a variety of microprograms, specialized graduate diplomas (DESS), professional or modular masters, research-based masters and doctorates (PhD). These programs are aimed at:

  • holders of a Québec bachelor’s degree in engineering, pure or applied sciences;
  • holders of an engineering diploma (equivalent to BAC+5 or Master 2);
  • holders of a university degree from outside of Québec;
  • holders of a master’s or a graduate degree in a relevant field.

Please note that the graduate degrees do not grant access to the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, nor to the title of Engineer. If you do not have the required training to undertake this level of study, please visit training courses for engineers (in French only).

Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Number of credits: 90 (60 to 75 attributed to research)*
Normal duration: between 3 and 4 years (full-time studies)

*A student who holds a graduate diploma or possesses relevant training including graduate courses (or the equivalent) may request to be partially or totally exempted
from course credits in his or her doctoral program (courses taken
 at Master's degree (Master 1 and Master 2) are not eligible for exemption, unless a second Master's degree was completed in a relevant field).

Read the eligibility conditions.

Program Objectives

Polytechnique's Ph.D. programs aim to help candidates:

  • Develop the advanced knowledge, intellectual rigour, scientific curiosity and creativity;
  • Understand and evaluate the scientific literature and develop rigorous reasoning and experimentation methods;
  • Conduct an autonomous, innovative scientific research project;
  • Publish and disseminate findings from such a project.
Targeted Skills

Ph.D. engineering programs aim to produce graduates who can:

  • Directing both autonomously and expertly a scientific research project that makes an original contribution to knowledge or development in the areas of science and technology.
  • Identifying, managing and analyzing information and resource materials relevant to one’s field of research.
  • Communicating clearly in diverse settings scientific research results or knowledge in one’s field of study.
  • Respecting standards, rules of ethics and fairness, as well as best practices for research.
  • Committing to a process of lifelong learning and improvement.
Research-Based Master's

Number of credits: 45 (15 course credits and 30 research credits)
Normal duration: 16 to 24 months (full-time studies)

Read the eligibility conditions.

Program Objectives

Research-based master's programs aim to:

  • Increase student's scientific and technological knowledge in their field;
  • Train students to conduct rigorous scientific research under professorial supervision and contribute to scientific developments in their field;
  • Fully immerse students in the research process;
  • Prepare for doctoral studies.
Targeted Skills

Research-based master’s engineering programs aims to produce graduates who can:

  • Directing with rigour all stages of scientific research, under the supervision of experts; and participating in scientific and technological development.
  • Identifying, managing and analyzing information and resource materials relevant to a research project.
  • Communicating clearly the results of scientific research.
  • Respecting standards, rules of ethics and fairness, as well as best practices for research.
  • Committing to a process of lifelong learning and improvement.
Professionnal Master's (non-thesis)

Number of credits: 45 (6 to 15 credits for a project or internship)
Normal duration: 16 to 24 months (full-time studies)
These programs are also offered on a part-time basis.

Read the eligibility conditions.

Program Objectives

Professional master's programs aim to:

  • Give students solid scientific knowledge in their field;
  • train students to complete professional studies, developments or applications founded on methodologies or on scientific findings in their field.
Targeted Skills

Professional master’s engineering programs aim to train candidates able to:

  • Carrying out a study or studies, projects, or professional applications based on methodologies or the state of the art in one’s field that is applicable to a question of interest in one’s professional environment.
  • Enhancing or attaining advanced knowledge in one’s field as a means to increasing performance in one’s professional environment.
  • Communicating clearly the results of a study, project or professional application carried out in one’s field.
  • Respecting standards, rules of ethics and fairness, as well as best practices in relation to one’s work.
  • Committing to a process of lifelong learning and improvement.
Specialized Graduate Diploma (DESS)

Number of credits: 30 (course credits)
Normal duration: 8 to 12 months (full-time studies)
These programs are also offered on a part-time basis.

There are many areas of specialty open to students wishing to embark upon specialised graduate studies. The DESS is a springboard to master's studies. Certain master's programs also recognize credits obtained in a DESS.

DESS students:

  • can access the same graduate courses as master's and Ph.D. students;
  • can complete their programs on a part-time basis;
  • can complete their undergraduate training in their field of interest.

Read the eligibility conditions.

Targeted Skills

DESS programs aim to produce graduates who can:

  • Enhancing or attaining advanced knowledge in one’s field and capable of calling upon such knowledge in diverse professional settings.
  • Communicating clearly, in diverse professional settings, advanced knowledge in one’s field or discipline.
  • Respecting standards, rules of ethics and fairness, as well as best practices in one’s field or discipline.
  • Committing to a process of lifelong learning and improvement.
Short Graduate Programs (Microprograms)

Number of credits: 9 to 15

Microprograms are particulary well suited to the needs of practising professionals. Completing 2 or 3 microprograms may lead to a DESS in Technology. These programs are also offered on a part-time basis.

Read the eligibility conditions.