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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

Several weeks in advance, make an appointment to submit your thesis with the M.Sc. Program Administrative Office by sending an email to

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. Many of them require a few weeks delay to process. 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:
  4. The Initial Thesis Submission check-list.

+  Corrections

The jury might request some corrections.

  • No correction

If no correction is required, submit the following at the information counter at the Office of the Registrar (in an envelope with your name and student number):

  1. The Authorization to index thesis form;
  2. One copy of your thesis (unbound, unperforated, printed on both sides).
  • Minor corrections

Submit to your thesis director, at the latest a month after receiving the correction request:

  1. The Authorization to index thesis form;
  2. One copy of your revised thesis (unbound, unperforated, printed on both sides).

The thesis director will then send the documents to the M.Sc. Program Administrative Office.

  • Major corrections

Submit, at the latest six months after receiving the correction request, the revised version of your thesis as per the Initial submission procedure (steps 2 and 3). You will be registered in the thesis until the final version is submitted. Therefore, tuition fees will be charged and will need to be paid in full.

Step 4: Final thesis submission

Submit to the Department of Records Management and Archives a final electronic copy of your thesis (one single document in PDF format) to

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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