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

Canadian University pre-requisites
Master’s, DESS
Degree​ Minimum required average​
Bachelor in engineering, in science or other relevant discipline 2,75/4,0
3,0/4,3
B 70%
7/10
Doctorate (PhD)​
Degree Minimum required average​
Non-thesis Master’s, researchbased Master’s or Master’s degree in engineering, in science or other relevant discipline 3,0/4,0
3,0/4,3
B+
75%
7,5/10

Important

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

Exceptionally, candidates who show exceptional potential, but whose academic record does not conform to all the admission requirements of the program of choice may, upon recommendation of the study advisor or research advisor, be admitted in preparation for graduate studies. For more information, consult article 5.4 of the General Rules for Graduate Studies (in French only).  

Also, upon presentation of an excellent academic record, a candidate with an undergraduate degree or an equivalent diploma in a related field to the doctoral program of choice may be admitted upon recommendation of a future research advisor and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. (For more information, consult article 4.1.5 of the General Rules for Graduate Studies (in French only) and fast-track programs.)

University Pre-requisites for candidates with Degrees completed abroad

University pre-requisites and minimum averages set by country are used for reference. Candidates with foreign diplomas must meet admission criteria. Under no circumstances does satisfying minimum requirement guarantee admission to Polytechnique Montréal.

In addition to the minimum academic requirements, candidates must also have an assigned study advisor when pursuing studies at the Non-thesis Master’s level or DESS (specialized graduate diploma) or a research advisor for a Research-based Master’s degree and Doctorate.

If your country is not listed in the table, please note that generally admission to the DESS or Master’s programs is based on a engineering degree or university studies in a related scientific field completed within the last four years with a minimum cumulative average or GPA of 2.75/4. Generally, admission to the PhD program is based on a Master’s degree or related scientific field obtained within the last two years of additional university study with a minimum cumulative average or GPA of 3/4. 

Exceptionally, a candidate with an excellent record in a undergraduate program or equivalent diploma in a related field in a doctoral program may be admitted to the PhD program upon recommendation of a future research advisor and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. (For more information, consult article 4.1.5 of the General Rules for Graduate Studies (in French only) and fast-track programs.)

Algeria
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma/state engineer/Engineering diploma (Institute), DES in science, Master

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

State engineer + DEA, Magister or Master

14/20
Bangladesh
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

BSc (Eng), BEng, Bachelor in science, Master in science

First class, 60/100; B+; 3.0/4
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

MSc (Eng), MEng

Belgium
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Bachelor's degree, Licencie, Licentiaat in science

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master of specialization, Master’s degree, Maîtrise, DEA

14/20
Brazil
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Título de engenheiro, Bachelor's degree, Licenciatura, Titulo Profissional (in science)

7/10; 70/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Mestrado, Master’s degree

8/10; 80/100
Burkina Faso
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Maîtrise in science

13/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Cameroon
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Maîtrise in science

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

China
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Xueshi in science

75/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Graduate diploma, Master’s degree, Shuòshì

80/100
Colombia
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Licenciatura, professional diploma in science

3,6/5
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Magister

3,8/5
Congo (Democratic Republic)
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Licence in science (3 years graduated + 2 years of licence)

75/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Congo (People's Republic)
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Maîtrise in science

13/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Cuba
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering title, Licenciatura in science

3.5/5
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Maestría

4/5
Egypt
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Bachelor in engineering, Bachelor’s, Baccalaureos in science

70/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s (Magistr)

75/100
France
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Recognized engineering diploma CTI, Master in science

Diplôme des Grandes Écoles, 12/20; Others, 13/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Engineering diploma + DESS, DEA, Master recherche or Master spécialisé

13/20
Haïti
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Professional engineering title, Licence in science (4 years)

75/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

India
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

BTech, BEng, Bachelor’s degree in science

Indian Institute of Tech, 7,5/10; Others, 8/10; 1st Class/1st Division
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s Degree, MTech, MEng, MSc (Eng)

1st Class/1st Division
Iran
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Bachelor’s degree in science (Karshenasi)

14/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s degree, Karshenasi Arshad, Fogh-Licence

16/20
Italy
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Laurea in engineering, Laurea in science

Polytechnico de Milano, 22/30; Others 24/30
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Laurea Specialistica/Laurea Magistrale, Diploma di Specializzazione di 1 livello (DS1), Master Universitario di 1 livello (MU1), Diploma di Laurea (DL)

Polytechnico de Milano, 25/30; Others 26/30
Ivory Coast
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Master in science, DEA or DESS

14/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Lebannon
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Maîtrise, Bachelor's degree in science

12 ∕20; B; quite good
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Engineering diploma + Master, Magistère, DES or DEA

14 / 20
Libya
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Bachelor’s degree in science

75/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s degree

80/100
Mexico
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Licenciatura in science, Licenciado

8/10; 80/100; B; good
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Maestria

8,5/10; 85/100
Morocco
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

State enginee diploma, Master in science, Licence (4 years), MST

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

State engineer diploma + Master recherche, DESA or DESS

14/20
Peru
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Titulo profesional in engineering, Bachiller, Licenciatura in science

13/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Maestria/Especialista

14/20
Poland
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Tytul Inzynier, Licencjat in science

4/5
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Tytul Magistra

4.3/5
Romania
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Diploma de Inginer, Bachelor's degree, Licenta in science

7/10
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Diploma de Studii Aprofundate, Master

9/10
Rwanda
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Professional engineering title, Licence in science (4 years)

75/100
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Spain
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering title, Diplomado (3 years), Licenciado in science

7/10
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master

8/10
Switzerland
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Staatsdiplom, Diplôme/Diploma, Licence/Lizentiat, Bachelor in science

5/6 (reverse scale); 2,5/5; 7/10
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master

5/6 (reverse scale); 2/5; 7,5/10
Syria
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Licence, Bachelor’s degree in sciences or in engineering

70/100; Very good
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s degree

80/100
Togo
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Engineering diploma, Licence in science or DUES, Maîtrise in science

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Excellence of academic record

Tunisia
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

National engineering diploma, Master in science, Maîtrise in science

12/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

National engineering diploma + Master recherche, Master spécialisé, DEA, DESS or Mastère

14/20
United Kingdom
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Ingland, North Ireland, Wales: Engineering diploma, B.Eng, Bachelor’s Honours Degree in science
Scotland: Bachelor’s Honours Degree in science, MA, MSc

60%; Second class upper division; Merit
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s Degree, MPhil (Scotland: Doctorate)

60%; Second class upper division; Merit
United States
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or in science

2.7/4
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s degree

3.3/4
Venezuela
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Professional engineering title, Licenciado in science

14/20
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Magister/Maestria

15/20
Viêt Nam
ProgramMinimum Required DiplomaMinimum Required Average
DESS and Master's

Bachelor’s degree/Bang Tot Nghiep Dai Hoc, Licence in science or in engineering

7/10; quite good
Doctorate (Ph. D.)

Master’s degree/Bang Thac si

7.5/10
Graduate supervision

non-thesis Programs

For the non-thesis/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 one you have been admitted.

Research-based 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:

non-thesis Programs

Research-based 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
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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.