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Recognition of acquired competencies

If you wish to obtain university course equivalencies, you must apply after you have been admitted to your program. Incomplete requests will automatically be refused.

Submit one application per course. No equivalency will be granted for university courses required as a condition of admission or those offered by professional associations.

Allow about five weeks for processing your application. You will be notified of the decision by email to your HEC Montréal address.

Any application for equivalency that has been granted by HEC Montréal will appear in your transcript.

For more information, see the HEC Montréal Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.



Equivalency may be granted if one or more training activities successfully completed by a student at another university institution meet the requirements established for a course or a block of courses in his or her program. A course for which equivalency has been granted will appear in the transcript with the note “EQ”. All credits for courses recognized by equivalency count as part of the total credits required to complete the program. However, no grade will appear on the transcript for this course and it will not be included in calculating the student’s average.

For information on the HEC Montréal policy on course equivalency.



  • Complete the "Request for recognition of prior learning" form available on HEC en ligne > Forms.
  • Attach the following documents:
    • a copy of your transcript;
    • the detailed course outline for the term in which the course was taken.
  • If your request is accepted: 
    • Studies in Quebec: Ask your university to send us your official transcript through the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI).
    • Studies outside Quebec: You must present your original official transcript or a copy certified by the issuing educational institution (unless it is included with the application for admission) to the Zone Info.

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