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Registering your thesis topic
Guides and tools
Submitting your thesis
Thesis: step by step (PDF format)
Getting readmitted in order to submit your thesis
Minor or major corrections to the thesis
Writing a thesis by publication: article thesis | in English

Registering your thesis topic

Prior completing 15 courses credits, M.Sc. students in the thesis stream must register their thesis topic via HEC en ligne 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.

Students whose thesis topic has already been approved or who have submitted a registration request on paper must not attempt to re-register online.

To find out how to register, refer to the following procedure.

Guides and tools

> Thesis guide : step by step

You will find in this guide all steps from registration to submission.

> 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.

Submitting your thesis

Processing and evaluating your thesis, as well as granting a degree can take up to 12 weeks. Please take 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 - Make sure you have registered for the term during which you plan to submit your thesis.

Step 2 - Take note of the submission deadline:


Submission term Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Summer 2015
Deadline from December 15 to 19, 2014 from April 20 to 24, 2015 from August 17 to 21, 2015

The candidate ready to file before the deadline, can make an appointment at any time.

Step 3 - Make an appointment with the M.Sc. Program Administrative Office by calling 514-340-6000 extension 2955, or by sending an email to

Step 4 - When submitting your thesis, please make sure you bring all the following documents fully completed : 

1. Three (3) copies of your thesis (four if the thesis was co-directed):

  • Two (2) copies bound in a black Accopress binder
  • One (1) copy (two in the case of a co-directed thesis) with unbound, unperforated loose pages;

2. The Authorization to submit a Master's thesis signed by your thesis director;

3. If your thesis needed data collection with human beings (by interview or other media), the ethical approval certificate (in French) by the Research Ethics Committee.

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

4. The Authorization to index thesis form;

5.The Attestation d'approbation éthique complétée (in French) only if you have submitted your thesis subject to the CER;

6. The check-list.


Many documents require a few weeks delay. Be careful to ask for all the authorizations and signatures required in advance before submitting your thesis.

For specific details on presentation standards, refer to the Guidelines For Writing an Academic Work At a Graduate Level.


 Incomplete files will not be analyzed for graduation.

Getting readmitted in order to submit your thesis

If you were admitted prior to the fall 2008 term and have exceeded the regulation nine-semester limit, yet without exceeding the maximum five-year deadline, you must be readmitted and:

  • When submitting your thesis, complete and submit the short admission form (to be completed according to the instructions of the M.Sc. Program Administrative Office).
  • Follow steps 3 to 5 mentioned above.
  • Pay the tuition fees for the term during which you will submit your thesis; fees are the same as those charged during the first four (4) terms. Find out about the fees.

If, upon readmission, the student has not paid the tuition fees for the first four terms or for the five remaining terms, these fees will be added to the invoice for the current tuition fees. Find out about the fees.


Corrections to the thesis


  • Submit to your thesis director two (2) copies of your revised thesis (unbound, unperforated loose pages).
  • Provide one (1) copy in PDF format (version 1.4 or above) to the library.
  • The thesis supervisor must send to the M.Sc. Program Administrative Office :
    • the copies of the thesis
    • the thesis commitee's report

Time allowed to students for the correction: 1 month


  • Refer to steps 3 and 4.above.
  • You must be registered in the thesis until the final version is submitted.
  • Pay your tuition fees. Find out about the fees.

Time allowed to students for the correction: 6 months (maximum)

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.

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