Admission

Have you made your choice?  You wish to apply for one of the 17 graduate specialties?

Be sure you meet all the admission requirements as well as the conditions specific to each program and respect the application deadline.

Admission requirements

Education prerequisites
  Microprogram1
(9 to 15 credits)
DESS2
(30 credits)
Professionnal master's
(45 credits)
Research-based master's
(45 credits)
Doctorate (PhD)
(90 credits)

Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5/4.03

x x      
Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75/4.03     x x  
Undergraduate degree in engineering;
Undergraduate degree or proof of an equivalent level of education in a science discipline.
x x x x Uniquely with a GPA of at least 3.2/4
Master's degree or any other certification deemed appropriate and equivalent.         x
Obtain the support of a professor that accepts to direct the student's research papers.       x x

1 Microprograms are not available for international students.
2 Specialized graduate diploma.
3 Or an equivalent grade accepted by Polytechnique Montréal.

Important

Make sure the program that you are interested in does not have any special requirements.

For more information on the diplomas needed by international students for admission, please refer to the following table:

  UNDERGRADUATE BACHELORS IN ENGINEERING GRADUATE DESS AND MASTER’S
DESS ET MAÎTRISE2
GRADUATE DOCTORATE (PhD) 3
Algeria Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire en sciences ou en mathématiques4
Diplôme de technicien supérieur5-6
Diplôme d’études universitaires appliquées5-6
Licence (4 years)
Ingénieur d'État
Diplôme d’études supérieures (4 years)
Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA)
Magister
Master
Ingénieur d’État (3.2/4)
Brazil Certificado de ensino médio4
Diploma de Técnico de Nível Médio4
Diploma de Técnico de Segundo Grau4
Bacharelado em uma área científica adequada5
Título de Engenheiro (5 years) Título de Engenheiro (5 years) 3.2/4
Mestrado
China Senior High School Graduation Diploma with National Matriculation Test qualification4 Engineering degree (4 years)
Xueshi
Graduate
Diploma Master’s degree
Shoshi
United-States Senior High School Diploma4
High School Certificate4
Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree
France Baccalauréat scientifique (S)4, BTS5-6, DUT5-6, DEUG5, classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles5, Licence5, Master 15, diplôme universitaire de Maîtrise5, ingénieur-maître5 Diplôme universitaire de Maîtrise
Ingénieur diplômé
Master 2
DESS
Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA)
Master recherche
Mastère spécialisé
Ingénieur diplômé (3.2/4)
Iran Secondary School
Leaving Certificate4
Bachelor’s degree
Karshenasi
Master
Karshenasi Arshad
Fogh-Licence
Lebanon Baccalauréat du 2e degré scientifique4
Diplôme universitaire de technologie (DUT)5-6, cycle préparatoire, Licence, Master 15, diplôme universitaire de Maîtrise5
Diplôme universitaire de maîtrise
Ingénieur
Master 2
DESS
Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA)
Magister
Master 2
Ingénieur diplômé (3.2/4)
Morocco Baccalauréat en mathématiques ou en sciences expérimentales4
BTS, DUT, DEUG5, classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles5, Licence, Master 15, MST5
Licence (4 years)
Ingénieur d’État
Master 2
DESS
DESA
Diplôme d’études supérieures
Master 2
DESA
Ingénieur d’État (3.2/4)
Mexico Bachillerato4
Técnico Superior Universitario5-6
Licenciatura
Licenciado
Maestria
Romania Bachelor’s degree4 Diploma de Licenta
Diploma de Inginer
Diploma de Studii
Aprofundate
Master
Tunisia Baccalauréat en mathématiques ou en sciences Exp./Inf./Tech.4
BTS5-6, DUT5-6, DEUPC, classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles5, DEST, Licence, Master 15, diplôme universitaire de Maîtrise5
Ingénieur
Master 2
DESS
Mastère
Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA)
Mastère
Master 2
Diplôme d’Ingénieur (3.2/4)
All countries Bac international4
Baccalauréat européen4
Engineer Engineer with an excellent record (average equivalent to a minimum of 3.2/4)
1 Polytechnique Montréal has complete autonomy when analyzing applications for admission. Only the Office of the Registrar is authorized to make decisions regarding admission into any of the school’s programs.
2 Diplomas required for admission to the DESS or master’s program are eligible only if they entail a minimum of four years education following completion of secondary school, even if this is not specified.
3 Diplomas required for admission to the PhD program are eligible only if they entail a minimum of six years’ education following completion of secondary school, with the exception of an engineering degree, for which only five years and an excellent academic record with a minimal average of 3.2/4.0 are required.
4 Candidates who hold this diploma are eligible for a preparatory year offered by Polytechnique Montréal.
5 Candidates who hold this diploma may be exempt from certain courses.
6 Candidates who hold this diploma may be required to take certain preparatory courses offered by Polytechnique Montréal.
Graduate supervision

Professional Programs

For the professional/modular master’s, DESS, modular DESS and microprograms, you do not need to find a research supervisor before you submit your application. One will be assigned to you upon admission.

Research Programs

For the research-based master’s and doctorate, finding a professor that will accept to guide you in your studies and research work is highly recommended. Before starting this process, it is important though that you properly identify what your field of interest is.

You do not need to choose a research supervisor before you submit your application. However, it is preferable to undertake the process as soon as possible, because a professor (your future research supervisor) must endorse your application in order for you to be admitted.

  • Have you already contacted a professor in your field of interest? Write his or her name in your application. This does not mean, however, that the professor will commit to accepting your application.
  • You did not write the name of the professor in your application? Your application will then be passed around the department. A professor who is interested in your profile and your research interests may then contact you and accept your application.

Skills to look for in your future research supervisor

  • Established expertise in the discipline (content, methodology, international contact networks, etc.)
  • A genuine interest in your research topic.
  • A desire to guide your work (availability, feedback, help in defining your research topic, support in planning the various stages of your project, etc.).
  • Encouragement for you to publish your research.

Procedure

To find a research supervisor, you have four options:

  1. Consult the directory of professors by research expertise to find a research supervisor working in your field of interest.
  2. Consult the list of research projects.
  3. Discuss with the professors who have taught you, if you are in your preparatory semester with the intention of enrolling in a master’s program.
  4. Discuss with the department’s graduate program co-ordinator to learn about the programs of study related to your field of research.

You can then contact one or more professors in person or by email. When contacting professors, we invite you to fill the Student-Professor Contact Form (.doc) and attach it to your email. You should also introduce yourself, list the strong points in your CV, specify the program that interests you and discuss the following points with the professor:

  • How do the subjects the professor works with interest you? Show that you have done your homework.
  • Is the professor available to work with you?
  • Can the professor provide financial aid, and if so, what kind? If you have a grant, mention it.
  • Can the professor give you the contact information of a member of his/her research team so that you can speak with that person and take a tour of the laboratories?
  • What is his/her preferred approach in terms of guidance and supervision?
  • Any other questions that may seem relevant to you.

In response, the professor will let you know whether your profile is of interest to him/her, and as needed may suggest other professors whose work is a better fit with your interests.

Language requirements

Polytechnique is a francophone university of international calibre. The language of teaching is French, so a minimum knowledge of the language is required to ensure smooth integration into the academic and social milieu. It is however possible, depending on the program, to do some of your courses in one of Polytechnique’s anglophone partner universities.

Doctorate students can take the exit seminar and the thesis defence in English. This must first be discussed with the research supervisor and the arrangements must be taken within the relevant time frame.

Language requirements vary depending on the program you wish to apply for:

Professional Programs

Research Programs

French Courses

You must comply with the linguistic requirements in order for your application to be considered. However, once admitted, you may take some French courses on the campus. Polytechnique Montréal is affiliated to the Université de Montréal and is located on the same campus. If you are at beginners, intermediate or advanced level, these courses will be of great benefit to you and will help you develop your oral communication skills. Several semesters of courses are given, including spring and summer. You may start the French courses before starting your study program or during it. Night and weekend courses are also available throughout the year. A fee exemption is given to Polytechnique students who are already enrolled in a study program.

Application

The application process consists of seven steps as listed below:

  • Choose your study program
  • Read the eligibility conditions
  • Check the application deadlines
  • Fill out the application online or paper version (.pdf)
  • Submit required documents
  • Follow up on your application
  • Accept your offer of admission

For more information on the application process, visit polymtl.ca/admission/en/graduate-studies.

Please note that no analysis of candidacy will be done until an application has been officially submitted.

Documentation requirements

A complete application must include the supporting documentation required to process your file. These documents must be sent to us by mail within 15 days of submitting the online admission application. You must write your admission application number (which you can find in your application summary) on each document sent to the Office of the Registrar. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Mailing Address Priority Post
(FEDEX, DHL, UPS, etc.)
Polytechnique Montréal
Registrariat
C.P. 6079, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3A7
Canada
Polytechnique Montréal
Registrariat
2500, Chemin Polytechnique, Porte S-114
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1J4
Canada
List of Documents

A certified or official French or English translation is required for any documentation not written in French or English. A copy of original documents as well as their official translations must be provided. All documentation provided becomes property of Polytechnique Montréal and will not be returned to the applicant.

Please note that you can go to the Office of the Registrar in person with your original documents and we will make certified true copies for our files, free of charge.

  • Two original or certified copies of your final transcript, once it becomes available, or two original or certified copies of your detailed academic record for each year of study presented in support of your application (4 years minimum) (these documents are not necessary if you have an undergraduate degree from Polytechnique Montréal);
  • Two original or certified copies of the proof of successful completion of your last degree or diploma (these documents are not necessary if you have an undergraduate degree from Polytechnique Montréal);
  • Three references (.doc), including at least one from the academic supervisor, a research supervisor or a professor from your previous institute (these documents are not necessary if you have an undergraduate degree from Polytechnique Montréal).
  • A two-page resumé (optional)
Proof of Status in Canada

A certified or official French or English translation is required for any documentation not written in French or English. A copy of original documents as well as their official translations must be provided.

If you were born in Canada

  • A photocopy of your birth certificate, with the full names of both parents clearly indicated on the document. This document is compulsory.

If you were born outside of Canada AND are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • A photocopy of your birth certificate, with the full names of both parents clearly indicated on the document;
  • A photocopy of your Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ), if applicable;
  • Canadian citizens: a photocopy of both sides of your Canadian citizenship card;
  • Permanent residents: a photocopy of both sides of your permanent resident card or a photocopy of your IMM-1000, IMM-5292 or IMM-5688 immigration document.

If you were born outside of Canada are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • A photocopy of your birth certificate, with the full names of both parents clearly indicated on the document;
  • To the Canadian authorities, you are considered a visitor with a study permit. If your application is successful, then together with your offer of admission you will receive the information needed to launch immigration proceedings.

Deadlines

Status Fall Semester
(September-December)
Winter Semester
(January-April)
Summer Semester1
(May-August)
Canadian students/permanent residents May 1 October 1 February 1
International students (visa) March 1 June 1 November 15
Independent students or auditors 2 August 1 December 1 April 1

1. For summer semester applications, please read the triennial plan (in French only) of courses beforehand to check if the courses you are interested in are offered.
2. An independent student or auditor is someone who does not seek a degree or certificate. They can enroll in one or more graduate courses without being admitted to the program. An independent student is subjected to the course’s evaluations and will obtain credits if successful. An auditor, on the other hand, is not subjected to any of the course evaluations and the courses will be marked SE on the transcript, no credits are recognized for this category of students.

International Students

On top of having to accept your offer of admission, you must start your immigration process. For information on the procedures to take and to start preparing your stay, we invite you to read the International Students section created especially for you.