Studies

Types of Programs

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

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    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).

     

    Types of Programs

    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.
    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.

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

    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 (.pdf) (in French only)
    • BDI Study Plan (.pdf) (in French only)
    • Application form 
    • Deadlines: 
      Fall semester Winter semester Summer semester
      August 1 December 1 April 1
      Integrated bachelor's-master's (BMI)

      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 (.pdf) (in French only)
      • BMI Study Plan (.pdf) (in French only)
      • Application form 
      • Deadlines: 
        Fall semester Winter semester Summer semester
        August 1 December 1 April 1
        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 submit your application:

        • Online Admission Application (with fees)
        • Changement de programme aux études supérieures (.pdf - in French only)
        • Research Topic And Timetable For PhD (.pdf)
        • Study-Plan - Doctorate (PhD) (.pdf)
        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.

        To submit your application:

        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.)

        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 Examples

        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.