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Step 1: registering for the research ethics workshop

Register to the three-hour seminar Business Research Ethics in the first term of your MSc program. This workshop is not for credit.

Step 2: Registering for the research workshop

Register for the research workshop for your structure before completing 21 course credits.

During this workshop, you must:

  1. register your thesis topic in HEC en ligne (Academics > Academics > My thesis portal) to have it approved;


    Are you planning to write your thesis in English or in the form of articles?

    To write your thesis in English, ask for authorization (in French) from the Academic Affairs Office (for specializations in French only)..

    To write your thesis in the form of articles, complete these three forms and submit them to the Academic Affairs office:

  2. submit your study plan by the end of the term, as stipulated in ZoneCours.

Step 3: submission

The submission process, the evaluation of your thesis and the graduation process can take up to 10 weeks. Please take this into consideration if you need to renew a study permit, submit a post-diploma permit application or confirm your attendance at convocation.

Term of submission  Winter 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Deadlines Extension until June 15, 2020 Extension until September 11, 2020 December 11, 2020

Confirmation of enrollment

Make sure you are enrolled in the Master’s program in the term in which you are to submit your thesis, and that you have completed the online research workshop.

If your file is inactive and you have not exceeded the deadline of four years, complete the Short Administrative Request form. You will have to pay the tuition fees for the term in which you submit your thesis.

If you have exceeded the deadline, please contact your administration program.


Online submission

To submit your thesis, you must sign in to the Submission Of A Master’s Level Work portal by clicking on "Authentication HEC" and using your HEC Montréal ID number and password.

First, make sure you have the following documents if your research topic required a collection of data from human subjects (by interview, questionnaire or other media), or consultation of documents or databases concerning human subjects that are not in the public domain:

  • the Ethics Approval Certificate from the REB and
  • the Attestation of completed ethics approval form issued by the REB.

    Step 4: Thesis evaluation

    Under article 3.4.2 of the academic rules and regulations, the jury may:

    1. Accept the thesis and evaluate it according to the letter-grade system; They may also request minor corrections that the student must make within one month.
    2. Return it to the student and ask for major corrections to be made; In this case, the student must submit the corrected report for final evaluation by the jury within six months from the date on which he or she was informed of the decision.
    3. Reject the thesis.

    The thesis will be filed and kept in the HEC Montréal archives. If corrections are made following the evaluation, it is the student's responsability to send the final version of the thesis to the library.

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