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Registering your thesis topic
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Writing a thesis by publication: article thesis | in English
Submitting your thesis

Registering your thesis topic

Prior completing 21 courses credits, M.Sc. students in the thesis stream must register their thesis topic via HEC en ligne (Academics/Academics/My Thesis portal) for approval by the various authorities.

Through HEC en ligne, you can view the status of your registration request at any time. You will be notified via e-mail as soon as a decision has been made regarding your request.

Guides and tools

> Thesis guide :  Guidelines and requirements

This guide is a work tool for students. Read it carefully, you will find all the information you need about registration, evaluation and guidelines.

> Guidelines for writing an academic work at a graduate level

Before submitting your thesis, read this guide to know specific details on presentation standards and steps for submission.

> M. Sc. Supervisory relationship implementation guide for professors and students 

The purpose of this guide is to help M. Sc. students and their supervisors manage the supervisory relationship that is central to completing a thesis or a supervised project.

> M. Sc. Program learning goals and objectives

In accordance with the AACSB accreditation, the Office of the M. Sc. Program Director has set a series of learning goals and objectives that the M. Sc. student have to achieve.

Writing a thesis - article thesis

Before submitting your thesis, you must obtain the authorization of Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Complete and submit the following three forms to the M.Sc. Program Academic Office:

Request for authorization to submit in the form of articles (PDF format)
Authorization by co-authors an article (PDF format)
Permission from the director of publication (PDF format)

Writing a thesis - in English

You may write your thesis in English. However, a French abstract must be inserted into every copy.

The approval is automatic for the specializations in English.

Submitting your thesis

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.

+  Step 1 – 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

+  Step 2 – 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 Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Summer 2017**


from December 12 to 15, 2016

April 18 to 21, 2017

August 9 to 15, 2017

*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.

+  Step 3 – 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:

• If your thesis needed data collection with human beings (by interview or other media), submit the Research Ethics Board’s (REB) ethical approval certificate and the Attestation of completed ethics approval.

• If not, please send the form Research not requiring approval from the Research Ethics Board;

4. The Initial Thesis Submission check-list.

+  Step 4 – 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 (step 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 5 – Final thesis submission (electronic)

Submit to the Department of Records Management and Archives a final electronic copy of your thesis (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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