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Thesis in 4 steps

Step 1: Preparation for thesis completion (6-045-17A)

Register for this three-hour seminar as of your first semester. The objective is to present available resources and monitoring tools to ensure a steady progress. This is a non-credit seminar.

Step 2: Research workshop

Prior to completing 21 courses crédits, register for the research workshop indicated in your program structure.

During the the research workshop, you will need to:

1. Submit your thesis topic

Prior to completing 21 courses credits, submit your thesis topic on HEC en ligne (Academics/Academics/My Thesis portal) for approval by your research director.

+  Are you planning to write a thesis in English?

Before submitting your thesis, you must obtain the authorization of the M.Sc. Program Academic Office. The approval is automatic for the specializations in English.

2. Submit your study plan

Before the end of the term, submit your study plan according to the instructions given in ZoneCours.

Step 3: Initial thesis submission

Processing and evaluating your thesis, as well as granting a degree can take up to 12 weeks. Please take this into consideration if you need to renew a student visa, submit a post-diploma permit request or confirm your participation to the graduation ceremony.


+  Registration and research workshork

Make sure that you are registered for the term during which you plan to submit your thesis and that you have successfully completed the research workshop.

If your file is inactive and you have not exceeded the maximum five-year deadline, you must submit the Short admission form when submitting your thesis. Tuition fees will be charged for the term during which you’ll submit your thesis. If, however, you have exceeded the maximum time allowed to complete your program, please contact

+  Appointment planning

A few weeks in advance, make an appointment to submit your thesis. Click here and enter your email address ( and your password.

Submission term Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Summer 2018**

August 8 to 15, 2017
 December 11 to 14, 2017

April 17 to 20, 2018

August 13 to 16, 2018

*The candidate ready to file before the deadline, can make an appointment at any time.
**Foreign students completing their program at the summer term must submit their thesis before August 15th.

+  Initial thesis submission

When submitting your thesis, please make sure you bring all the following documents fully completed. Note that a few weeks delay is necessary to process each of the required forms. Incomplete files will not be analyzed for graduation.

  1. Three (3) printed double-sided and bound copies of your thesis (four if the thesis was co-directed):
  2. The Authorization to submit a Master's thesis signed by your thesis director;
  3. Ethics authorization: follow the instructions given in the Initial Thesis Submission check-list (see point 5 below).
  4. The Authorisation to index, reproduce and distribute a dissertation or a thesis form.
  5. The Initial Thesis Submission check-list.

Step 4: Evaluation and final submission

Depending on the evaluation, the jury might request some corrections:

Evaluation Approval Final thesis submission
No corrections n/a Submit the PDF version of your thesis to
Minor corrections Before the deadline set by the jury, submit the final corrected version to your thesis director as a PDF file. Once it has been approved, your thesis director will submit the PDF version of your thesis to
Major corrections Before the deadline set by the jury, submit your corrected thesis according to the initial submission procedure (step 3).

You will be re-enrolled in the thesis-writing activity until you submit your final version. Consequently, new tuition fees will apply.

N.B.: You must submit the final version in order to graduate.

The electronic copy (PDF format) is considered to be the final and original thesis copy. In the event of a discrepancy between the electronic and paper copies, the PDF document will be considered as the original.

The thesis will be kept and preserved in the Archives of HEC Montréal.

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