Specialized Graduate Diplomas (DESS) – International Pathway

Do your students want to acquire specific management skills that will open doors to a promising career? This program in French offers them practical knowledge addressing the current international issues that organizations are facing. It also enables them to study on HEC Montréal’s modern and multicultural campus and obtain two graduate diplomas.

Program overview

  • A one-year program, giving access to 12 specializations, in French.
  • Leads to two recognized graduate diplomas.
  • Students acquire concrete experience: case studies, internships, conferences, project courses trading room, etc.
  • Students develop cross-cutting skills that foster creativity, autonomy, leadership and critical thinking: bilingual written and oral communication, collaborative work, business ethics, etc.
  • Course content features Canadian organizations and their practices.
  • Many opportunities for professional networking and exchanges within multicultural cohorts.
  • Possibility of applying for a one-year post-graduation work permit.

Live the HEC Montréal experience and get a North American diploma

HEC Montréal is one of the few management schools with the 3 prestigious accreditations AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. It ranks among the top 5 management schools in Canada, and among the top 100 universities worldwide that teach management (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).

To take full advantage of a friendly and exciting student atmosphere, with more than 300 activities and as many opportunities to build a social life, build skills and abilities, and expand a contact network.

Many services are available. Students receive all the support they need to thrive academically and on a personal level.

Montréal, Best Student City in North America, tied with Boston (QS Best Student Cities 2022 ranking).


Partner schools

ECAM LaSalle France
EMLV France
EMLyon France
EPP France
ESSCA France
ICAM France
ICN Nancy France
IÉSEG France
KEDGE Business School France
MDI-Algiers Business School Algeria
Mines Saint-Étienne France
MSB Tunisia
NEOMA France
SMU Tunisia
UIR Maroc

Contact these institutions to enroll in this international pathway.

Program structure

Several paths are offered, depending on the agreements with our partners.

  • Students enrolled in a graduate program do their Master 1 at their home institution. They then continue at HEC Montréal to do their DESS (equivalent to Master 2).
  • Students enrolled in the Grande École or engineering program (Bac+5 track) do their 5th year at HEC Montréal (DESS).

List of specializations offered at HEC Montréal (in French only)

Check with your institution as the list of available specializations varies according to the agreement with each partner.

Program characteristics
Fall 2021 term
One year at HEC Montréal


Contact our team.

+1 514 340-3595

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