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Specialized Graduate Diplomas (DESS)

HEC Montréal offers a wide range of graduate diplomas offered entirely in French. Proof of French proficiency at an advanced level is required for admission.

The advantages of a specialized graduate diploma (DESS) at HEC Montréal

  • One of the fastest ways to improve your work conditions and quality of life
  • Courses given by recognized experts in their fields
  • Varied teaching approaches: case method, simulations, debates, role playing, oral presentations, etc.
  • You can adapt your course schedule to your availability (daytime or evening courses). What’s more, many courses are offered in hybrid format, alternating in-person and online instruction.
  • A leader in research, with numerous highly reputed research chairs, centres and groups
  • Access to an influential business network: Alumni HEC Montréal
  • Canada's largest bilingual business library
  • The first business school in North America to hold the three most prestigious accreditations in management education: AMBA, AACSB International and EQUIS


Several specialized graduate diplomas offered downtown

Select specialized graduate diplomas are offered at the new downtown building.

  • Flexible approach and adapted timetables to help you balance work, school and family life
  • Steps away from the Montréal business community, giving you easy access to knowledge sharing and job-search assistance
  • Access to a top-notch learning environment and resources: innovative facilities and state-of-the-art technology

Choose your graduate diploma (offered only in French)

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Continue your Studies at the Master’s Level

Graduates who have completed some Specialized Graduate Diplomas (DESS) can, under certain conditions, move on to obtain their master’s degree.

D.E.S.S. en comptabilité professionnelle – CPA Maîtrise en gestion (M. Sc.) – comptabilité-contrôle-audit
D.E.S.S. en fiscalité Maîtrise en droit (LL. M.) – fiscalité
D.E.S.S. en gestion – commerce électronique Maîtrise en gestion (M. Sc.) – commerce électronique
D.E.S.S. en gestion – développement durable Maîtrise en management et développement durable
D.E.S.S. en gestion – innovation sociale Maîtrise en gestion (M. Sc.) – gestion de l'innovation sociale (projet supervisé)
D.E.S.S. en gestion – organismes culturels Maîtrise en management des entreprises culturelles (M.M.)
D.E.S.S. en gestion – secteurs privé et public Maîtrise en gestion (M. Sc.) – secteurs privé et public

See the different program pages for further details.

Specialized graduate diploma (DESS)
30 credits
  •  Full-time
  •  Part-time
  •  Daytime
  •  Evenings

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