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Where future and business meet

The first business school in Canada, HEC Montréal maintains exacting standards of academic and scientific excellence in everything it does.

HEC Montréal is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles de France, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM), an international network.


Students and programs

Students by program - (Fall 2018)

Undergraduate 10,492
BBA 4,228
Certificates 5,865
Short undergraduate programs 399
Master's Level 3,433
McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA 88
MBA 285
Master's degrees 1,436
Specialized graduate diplomas (DESS)  1,318
Short graduate programs 306
PhD Level 131
PhD 131
(excluding visiting students)

Figures as at October 15, 2018

HEC Montréal students

Number of countries of origin 155

International student and permanent residents

Undergraduate 3,322
Master's level 918
PhD level 95
Total 4,335

Figures as at October 15, 2018


Africa 37.88%
Europe 36.82%
Central and South America 11.83%
Asia 10.70%
United States and Mexico 1.64%
Oceania 1.13%



On the international scene

International exchange

1,170 students explored the world thanks to Canada’s most extensive International exchange program for management students and new mobility programs with our institutional partners.

165 partner institutions, in 46 countries

Number of partner institutions  
Europe 81
Asia 32
Latin America 19
Oceania 17
Canada and United States 8
Near East 3
Africa 5
Students mobility (number of partners)  Programs Incoming Outgoing
Exchange program (141)* BBA, MSc 521 465
Visiting students (8) BBA, MSc 26
Summer school (1) BBA 7
Entrepreneurship project (1) BBA 12 12
Learning Expedition (1) MSc 77
Dual degree (3) BBA, MSc 4 4
BAA 2+2 (6) BBA 42

*The data includes the partners from the QTEM network

Campus abroad (2018-2019)


  • Germany, Australia, Morocco, Mexico and Peru, for all students except MBA
  • Japan and Mumbai/Dubai for MBA and MSc students
  • Québec: The Montréal Experience for international exchange students at HEC Montréal
  • HEC Montréal – EM Lyon international entrepreneurial immersion program, for BBA students, Entrepreneurship specialization

International training

International training for students, professionals, executives and managers on 4 continents

Type of programs Number of activities Number of participants
Customized programs for executives and managers 31 808
Degree programs on-site elsewhere* 42 1,007
Training trainers 7 7
Other 3
Total 83 1,822

Figures as at October 15, 2018

* Degree programs include BBA 2+2 and DESS delivered at our partner institutions

Percentage of activities by partner location (international clientele)

Africa 51 %
Middle East 23 %
Europe 15 %
Asia 10 %

Main fields of expertise for international programs

Energy, sustainable development, health, insurance, industrial sector (aeronautics, construction, agri-food, automotive)

Summer Schools (2017-2018)


  • Business French, English, Spanish and Chinese
  • Technical courses in academic and professional writing
  • French and English help centre (workshops and individual help) 

HEC Montréal Executive Education

HEC Montréal Executive Education

HEC Montréal Executive Education (our École des dirigeants) is a member of UNICON, the prestigious worldwide consortium of business school-based organizations and a global reference for executive education (110 business schools across the globe).

HEC Montréal Executive Education:

  • trains 7,000 executives and managers a year
  • for 60 years now, has been helping individuals and businesses grow, both at home and abroad, in three ways:
  1. over 90 programs in all fields of management
  2. more than 450 client firms a year for customized programs
  3. high-level programs in technological entrepreneurship to get a better handle on the impact of big data and artificial intelligence, among other subjects, including eight short courses on topics such as thinking like a chief AI officer, and CDL and NextAI programs.

Creative Destruction Lab

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) program is intended for seed-stage science-based businesses with high growth potential. HEC Montréal partners with six universities in Canada and the United States to offer this unique program, applying a goal-driven mentoring process led by accomplished entrepreneurs and angel investors. By the end of the first year, firms graduating from this program had attracted $34.2 million in funding.


NextAI is a program for entrepreneurs in the artificial intelligence field. It identifies talented individuals with ambitious ideas and leverages Canada’s leadership position in artificial intelligence to give them a head start. The eight-month program combines 240 hours of training in entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence, hands-on workshops and access to the academic and business communities.




Over 45,000 students from 184 countries for the courses offered by HEC Montréal

EDUlib, hosted by HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal, is an online course platform open to all.

The goal is to consolidate efforts by the three institutions to give them international visibility and allow everyone to take high-quality, varied courses from anywhere in the world.

Countries of participants

Canada 50 %
France 15 %
Haïti 9 %
Algeria 3 %
Morocco 2 %
Other 21 %



  • Over 91,200 alumni since 1907

Alumni in 2017-2018

Undergraduate 3,109
BBA 1,022
BGest 162
Certificates 1,899
Short undergraduate programs 26
Master's level 1,406
MBA and EMBA 186
Master's programs 507
DESS 628
Short graduate programs 85
PhD level 11
PhD 11
TOTAL 4,526

Figures as at October 15, 2018


HEC Montréal Foundation

In 2017, the HEC Montréal Foundation raised $9,078,911 in pledges, which will go in part to:

  • Helping our students
  • Supporting research
  • Improving our facilities


$1,651,122 in scholarships

to 1,056 deserving students


$1,098,237 will go to innovative projects and activities building bridges between academia and practice.

Campus facilities

$250,182 will be devoted to programs for providing the School with better facilities and premises.

4,903 donors

94% of donors are HEC Montréal alumni

Sources of donations:

  • 85% from individuals
  • 15% from organizations


Sustainable Development

HEC Montréal is committed more than ever to sustainability and strives to meet the highest standards and expectations in this area. 

Sustainability is part of teaching and research at the School, in addition to support for student initiatives, mobility-transport practices and community actions. 

In October 2018, HEC Montréal received a STARS Silver rating under a program to evaluate best practices and recognize sustainability efforts by universities and colleges.



By department 293
International Business 18
Applied Economics 25
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 13
Finance 26
Logistics and Operations Management 20
Human Resources Management 17
Management 53
Marketing 25
Accounting 43
Management Sciences 32
Information Technologies 21

Figure as at October 15, 2018

By rank
97 Full professors
88 Associate professors
44 Assistant professors
3 Guest and visiting faculty
61 Full-time lecturers
49 Other (Guest and visiting professors without a career perspective, researchers, associate and affiliate professors)

Figures as at October 15, 2018

% of international professors 46.4%
% with a PhD 77.8%
% of women 35.2%
Average age 48.7
Number of hires in last 5 years 105

Figures as at October 15, 2018


In 2017–2018, 500 lecturers shared their knowledge and expertise with the School’s students.

Postdoctoral interns

From September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018, HEC Montréal welcomed 48 postdoctoral interns.


Administrative and support staff

80 Managers
256 Professionals and research staff
128 Clerical
116 Technical
63 Trades
643 Total

Figures as at October 12, 2018


Research and knowledge transfer

HEC Montréal is known internationally for its research activities:

  • 31 research chairs, including 7 Canada Research Chairs and 1 NSERC-Prompt Industrial Research Chair
  • 23 research and knowledge transfer units
  • 4 strategic groups
  • 43 patent applications since 2002, including 2 new applications in 2017–2018
    • Of these 43 patent applications, 18 technologies were transferred to industry, and 14 of them are still active
  • 3 spin-off companies: Bâton Simulations, Imarklab and CubeHX


  • 27 million in research funding
  • 255 articles in refereed journals
  • 27 community service agreements representing close to $1 million
  • 104 books or parts of books published by professors and researchers
  • 118 papers delivered at scientific and professional conventions
  • 399 MSc theses and supervised projects
  • 16 PhD dissertations
  • 20 faculty members of the Royal Society of Canada

2017-2018 figures

journals published by hec montréal


Global Experience Panel
Directed by Professors Christian Vandenberghe, Yany Grégoire and Michel Tremblay

The Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec government allocated $2 million to set up a panel with over 10,000 volunteer participants. The infrastructure-related research program is intended to test innovative models bringing together management practices, work attitudes, individual and team performance, and consumer responses. The panel will make it possible to conduct multi-level longitudinal studies with several different time frames and data sources (employees, supervisors, consumers).

Funding for the Canada Research Chair in Risk Management
Directed by Professor Georges Dionne

The Canada Research Chair in Risk Management received $1.9 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec government to support its research into high-frequency trading (HFT), liquidity risks in financial assets and asymmetric information in bank securitization.


Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Analytics
Directed by Professor Yossiri Adulyasak

The analysis of big data and real-time decision making are important factors in the revolution in the supply chain industry. The supply chain analytics research program will focus on transforming the planning and execution processes through scientific advances that make use of operations research and machine learning techniques and strive to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners.

Canada Research Chair in Macro Finance 
Directed by Professor Alexandre Jeanneret

It has become important to understand how economic shocks are transmitted across borders and how they impact investors, because of the increasingly globalized financial sector and the growing interconnectedness of world financial markets. By studying the relationship between asset prices and economic activity, the Chair in Macro Finance will help us better understand global capital markets.


Advanced resources

The largest bilingual business library in Canada

  • Open 7 days a week
  • 774 seats
  • 32 computer terminals, 2 Bloomberg terminals and 2 Thomson Reuters Eikon terminals
  • 12 teamwork rooms and 3 collaborative work spaces

Traditional documentary resources

  • 111,916 books
  • 4,661 periodical titles (printed)

Online resources

  • 156  databases
  • 14,737 audiovisual documents
  • 110,432 periodical titles
  • 310,877 electronic books


  • 3 cutting-edge buildings (including 1 devoted to research – Tech3Lab)
  • 1 building in the downtown business district – to open in 2021
  • 1 student residence
  • 72 classrooms and laboratories
  • 2 amphitheatres
  • 80 study and teamwork rooms
  • 1 fully equipped video recording studio
  • 2 LEAF-certified cafeterias
  • 1 LEAF-certified restaurant (seats 140)
  • 1 indoor parking lot (475 spots)
  • 1 HEC Montréal daycare centre (2 sites)
  • 1 58,000 ft2 garden – Hectare urbain 


The multiplatform magazine for executives and managers in the Francophonie!

In addition to its paper version, Gestion is now available in a digital version (Apple Store and Google Play) and on the Web (revuegestion.ca).

The magazine has a worldwide business readership of over 23,000 subscribers, and its website receives 35,000 unique visitors a month.

Who reads Gestion?

  • 79% are entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals
  • 73% in North America, 17% in French-speaking Europe and 10% in Africa
  • 92% of readers have a university degree and 66% have a Master’s degree
  • HEC Montréal students are all subscribed to the electronic version of the magazine

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