HEC Montreal is a renowned French-language institute in Canada. The school offers more than 100 business programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. It is a multilingual business school in Canada offering programs accredited with AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.
There are 14,356 students at the school, of which 10,521 are undergraduates and 3708 are graduate students. The total student population comprises 4149 international students representing 151 countries. Therefore, 29% of the student body is international.
Some important points to be considered before seeking admission to HEC Montreal are as follows:
|Application Portal||Online Application Portal|
|Application Fee||91.19 CAD (Domestic applicants) 282.52 CAD (International applicants)|
|Mode of Payment||Credit card|
|Academic Calendar||Semester based|
|Intake Seasons||Fall, Winter, Summer(only for domestic applicants)|
|Language proficiency required||English and French|
|Medium of instruction||English, French, Spanish|
|Work Experience||Required for some graduate programs|
The application deadlines for admissions at HEC Montreal vary from course to course. The dates also differ for different terms. Applications are accepted for the fall, winter and summer semesters. However, international students are advised to apply only for the fall semester keeping in mind the length of the visa procedure. Graduate programs have varying deadlines.
|Fall term (BAA program)||March 1 (Quebec diploma holders) February 15 (Other diploma holders)|
|Winter term (BAA program)||November 1 (Quebec diploma holders) October 1 (Other diploma holders)|
|Fall term (BBA with preparatory year)||February 15|
HEC Montreal accepts applications from international students. It requires applicants to be proficient in both English and French and demonstrate the same by meeting minimum language requirements. Some programs like BBA are offered in 3 mediums that include only French, bilingual (English and French) and trilingual (English, French and Spanish).
Application portal: Online portal
Application fee – 282.52 CAD
Basic Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:
An international applicant must provide proof of language proficiency in English as well as French.
English language proficiency requirements: Each international applicant must demonstrate his or her English language proficiency. This can be done through any of the following ways:
|Test||Intermediate - Advanced||Advanced|
|HECTOPE||B-, B, B+||A-, A|
|IELTS (academic)||5.5, 6, 6.5||7, 7.5, 8|
|TOEFL (IBT)||72 – 94||95 - 114|
|TOEIC||601 – 780||781 - 959|
|BI (SL, HL)||-||A2 succeeded with "4."|
|BULATS||60 - 74||75 - 89|
|CAMBRIDGE||First (FCE) passed with "C."||Advanced (CAE) passed with "C."|
|LS CEGEP Course||102||103|
French language proficiency requirements: An applicant may demonstrate his or her proficiency in French through any of the following:
|Test||Elementary||Intermediate||Intermediate - Advanced||Advanced|
|TFI||400 - 600||605 – 745||750 – 845||850 – 990|
|DELF/ DALF||A2||B1||B2, B3, B4||C1|
|TCF||A2 (2) 200 – 299||B1 (3) 300 – 399||B2 (4) for each compulsory test 400 - 499||C1 (5) 500 – 599|
|TEF||A2 (2) 204 – 360||B1 (3) 361 - 540||B2 (4) 541 - 698||C1 (5) 699 - 833|
|LS CEGEP Course||100||101||102||103|
An international student must have a student visa or diplomatic visa for studying at HEC Montreal. To apply for a visa, you must submit the following documents to the institute:
The university offers BBA programs in 3 language streams, 25 certificate courses and 25 short undergraduate programs. The certificate programs offer choice to be studied on campus, hybrid or online.
An aspirant seeking admission for any of the courses must know the basic facts about the undergraduate admissions at the HEC Montreal.
Where to Apply: Online application portal
Application fee: General fee for domestic applicants – 91.19 CAD; International applicants with study permit – 282.52 CAD
Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites at the time of admission
HEC Montreal offers master’s degrees with 31 specializations, 20 Master of Science programs, Master of Taxation program and MBA courses with both one and two year duration, executive MBA, 16 DESS programs and 19 short courses.
Where to Apply:Online application portal
Application fee: General fee for domestic applicants – 91.19 CAD; Foreign applicants with study permit – 282.52 CAD
Admission Requirements: The requirements, as well as the deadlines, change from course to course for graduate applications at HEC Montreal. A list of some of the programs and their requirements and deadlines are given in the table below.
|Requirements||Master of Management (M. Sc) – organizational development||Full-time MBA||Master of Management (M. Sc) - Finance||Masters of Law (LLM) - Taxation||Master of Management (M. Sc) – International Affairs|
|Application Deadline||Fall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15||Round 1 – November 15 Round 2 – January 15 Round 3 – March 15 Round 4 – May 15||Fall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15||Fall term – July 15 Winter term – September 15||Fall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15|
|GMAT/ GRE scores||Required, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT||Required, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT||Required, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT||-||Required, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT|
|TAGE MAGE score||Minimum 300||Minimum 250, competitive 300||Minimum 300||-||Minimum 300|
|French language proficiency||Advanced||Advanced intermediate||Advanced||Intermediate- advance||Advanced|
|Letter of Recommendations||Required, 2 letters||Required, 2 letters||Required, 2 letters||Required, 2 letters||Required, 2 letters|
|Resume||Required||Required||Required, cover letter||Required||Required, with a cover letter|
|Work Experience||-||Required, 2 years professional experience||Recommended||Required, experience in taxation||Recommended|
|Additional Requirements||Copy of university degrees; list of courses currently taken, proof of professional titles (if applicable)||4 video essays; answer to few questions||Degree in BBA, Actuarial science, finance, engineering, mathematics, economics or related; minimum GPA of 3.0 from 4.3||Copy of university degrees; List of courses currently taken; Proof of professional titles (if applicable)||Copy of university degrees; List of courses currently taken; Proof of professional titles (if applicable)|
*Note – The institute advises the international graduate applicants to apply for the fall semester only.
For HEC Montreal admissions, one must consider the requirements and deadlines that vary for each course. An international applicant must demonstrate his language proficiency for admissions here. Work experience is required and recommended for most of the graduate programs. Also, it is better if one of the letters of recommendation for a graduate program is from an employer. The school communicates its admission decision via email to all selected applicants. The steps to be followed after being accepted will also be described in the email.
Ques. Does HEC Montreal offer programs in French language only?
Ans. HEC Montreal is French business school predominantly. Most programs are offered in French language. Programs like BBA are offered in combination of 3 languages – English, French and Spanish.
Ques. When can I expect to receive a decision on my application submitted to HEC Montreal?
Ans. Undergraduate applicants can expect a decision within one month from the deadline while graduate applicants can expect a decision within 5-6 weeks.
Ques. Why is the application fee for international students so high from that for domestic applicants?
Ans. The application fee for international students is very high compared to domestic applicants due to complexity of application analysis.
Ques. How do I decide which round to apply for admission to the MBA program at HEC Montreal?
Ans. For admission to MBA programs at HEC Montreal there are 4 rounds. If you are an international applicant, you cannot apply beyond round 3. There are limited seats available for each program so it is recommended to apply as early as possible.
Ques. What is the difference between minimum and competitive scores for TAGE MAGE?
Ans. The minimum score for TAGE MAGE ensures you meet the minimum eligibility criteria whereas, competitive scores actually determine the admission decision. If you have secured the competitive score i.e. 300 or above then you are likely to be selected for admission.