Graduate studies

Polytechnique Montréal offers more than 110 graduate programs making it one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions.

SEVERAL STUDY PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED TO YOU

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).

Microprogram

Microprograms are not available for international students. They are intended for people wishing to improve their knowledge or acquire new ones in their initial field of specialization or wishing to develop new skills related to the use of new technologies in their working environment.

  • Normal duration: 1 or 2 full-time semesters or 3 to 6 part-time semesters (9 to 15 credits, depending on the program).
Specialized graduate diploma (DESS)

The specialized graduate diploma (DESS) are short-duration programs that provide the foundations of a specialty by the undertaking of classes.

Professional master's and modular master's

The professional master’s and the modular master’s

Favour the development of the professional part of the candidate’s training by deepening their knowledge and acquiring a specialty. The majority of the activities are dedicated to classes; the other part is dedicated to the realization of a short project or an internship.

  • Normal duration: 4 to 6 full-time semesters with the possibility of doing it part-time (45 credits).
Research-based master's

The research-based master’s favours the development of the scientific part of the candidate’s training by deepening their knowledge and introducing them to research. Two thirds of the project is dedicated to the realization of a research project and the other third to classes related to the field of research. The work is done under the guidance of a research supervisor.

  • Normal duration: 4 to 6 full-time semesters only (45 credits).
Doctorate

The doctorate programs in engineering are aimed at helping the candidate develop an advanced level of knowledge, intellectual rigour, scientific curiosity and creativity, which are essential skills in cutting edge professional activities, scientific research as well as higher education. The work is done under the guidance of a research supervisor.

  • Normal duration: 8 to 11 full-time semesters only (90 credits).

FAST-TRACK PROGRAMS

The fast-track programs allow the student to complete graduate studies faster than by the regular course of study.

Integrated bachelor's-specialized graduate diploma (DESS) (BDI)

FOR POLYTECHNIQUE MONTRÉAL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING

A student enrolled in a Polytechnique Montréal bachelor’s degree may have access to a DESS without having completed their bachelor’s degree. This is called the integrated bachelor’s-DESS.

The student must get a recommendation from a professor (who will become their research supervisor) and an endorsement from the graduate studies programs’ coordinator in question.

The integrated bachelor’s-DESS allows the student to complete a bachelor in engineering and a DESS degree (135 credits) by taking 15 credits less than the regular course of study which is 120 credits for a bachelor’s plus 30 credits for a DESS.

To be admitted, you must:

  • have a GPA of at least 2.75/4.0;
  • have completed, or will complete in the current semester, a minimum of 105 credits or coursework (in exceptional cases, an admission at 102, 103 or 104 credits may be considered. 

Procedure (.pdf) (in French only)

To submit your application
  • Application form for the integrated bachelor’s-DESS (.doc) (.pdf) (in French only)
  • BDI Study Plan (.doc) (.pdf) (in French only)
  • Application form (.pdf)
    Integrated bachelor's-master's (BMI)

    FOR POLYTECHNIQUE MONTRÉAL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING

    Polytechnique offers an integrated bachelor’s-master’s degree program (BMI) of 150 credits; 15 credits are common to both the bachelor’s and the master’s.  

    The student must obtain a recommendation from a professor (who will become their research supervisor) and an endorsement from the graduate studies programs’ coordinator in question.

    This course of study allows the student to obtain a bachelor’s in engineering and a master’s (150 credits) by doing 15 credits less than a regular course of study which consists of 120 credits for the bachelor’s and 45 credits for the master’s.

    To be admitted, you must:

    • be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Polytechnique Montréal;
    • have a GPA equal to or greater than 3.0/4.0;
    • have completed, or will complete in the current semester, a minimum of 105 credits of coursework (in exceptional cases, an admission at 102, 103 or 104 credits may be considered).

    Procedure (.pdf) (in French only)

    To submit your application

    • Application form for the integrated bachelor’s-master’s (.doc) (.pdf) (in French only)
    • BMI Study Plan (.doc) (.pdf) (in French only)
    • Application form (.pdf)
    Direct entry from the master's to the doctorate

    Pathway offered to all candidates

    The direct entry from the master’s to the doctorate allows the student to start their doctoral studies without having to complete a master’s degree. This allows them to shorten their studies by 2 to 4 semesters (8 to 16 months).

    To be admitted, you must:

    • have completed 9 credits at the master’s level;
    • have a good academic record and a recommendation letter from the research supervisor.

    Program details:

    • standard doctoral program, 90 credits;
    • opportunity to obtain a master’s and doctorate;
    • overall length of study reduced by one year.
    Direct entry from the bachelor's to the doctorate (after engineering training)

    Pathway offered to all candidates

    The direct entry from the bachelor’s to the doctorate allows the student to start their doctoral studies as soon as they complete their bachelor’s degree in engineering, without having to complete a master’s degree. This allows them to shorten your studies by a year and a half.

    To be admitted, you must:

    • have completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent degree (BAC+5 or Master 2 in the European system);
    • have a GPA equal to or greater than 3.2/4.0.

    Program details:

    • standard doctorate (8 to 11 trimesters);
    • 90 credits.

    Students can receive course credit exemptions if they have studied at a graduate level after obtaining their engineering diploma. (Note that courses taken during a master’s 1 or a master’s 2 pursued in Europe cannot be credited unless a second master’s 2 was followed in a relevant field.)

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