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HEC Montreal Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Admissions at HEC Montreal happen during the Fall and Winter season. In Fall 2018, HEC Montreal enrolled 14,056 students. The number of international students was recorded to be 4,335. Based on the institute’s stats, presently, international students make around 35% of the student body.

HEC Montreal is a multilingual Business school where courses are offered in English, French and Spanish languages. The institute offers programs in 140 academic areas. All admission requirements, course fee, deadlines and recommended test scores vary from course to course.

  • Applicants are required to apply through HEC’s online application system.
  • HEC only accepts application fee payments made via credit card.
  • International applicants are offered financial aid in the form of various scholarships.


Admission PortalOnline Application
Application Fee$91.19
Mode of PaymentCredit card
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Winter
Work ExperienceFor some programs
Financial AidScholarships

HEC Montreal Admission Deadlines

At HEC Montreal, the application deadlines vary from course to course. Institute accepts applications for few programs on a rolling basis, that is, processing the application as they receive it.

For graduate programs, the admissions take place in three quarters- Autumn, Summer and Winter. Due to the long-drawn visa process, HEC Montreal recommends all international applicants to apply for the fall semester only.

HEC Montreal International Admissions

Apart from meeting the academic requirements of different undergraduate and graduate programs, international applicants must meet the language requirements. HEC Montreal requires all international applicants to prove their language proficiency in either English or French, depending upon the medium of instruction of the program.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students

Applicants opting for the English language instructed programs will have to submit proof of advanced intermediate or advanced English language proficiency(as per the course requirement).

This requirement is not mandatory for every international applicant. Those who fulfill any one of the following criteria are exempted from the submission of English proficiency test scores:

  • Hold a diploma of college studies from an English language institute.
  • Successful completion of high school studies fully in English(without taking the additional course).
  • Successfully completed HEC Montreal equivalent university-level language test from English-language university.
  • Completed 90 credits of university studies completely in English from an English-language university.
  • Hold a proficiency certificate of English as a second language with 30 credits from a recognized institution.

However, applicants who need to submit test scores can attempt any one of the tests from the table given below. The scores will be deemed official only when they are sent directly to HEC Montreal.

Test NameAdvanced Intermediate ScoresAdvanced Scores
IELTS5.5 or 6 or 6.57 or 7.5 or 8
TOEFL IBT72-9495-114
Cambridge EnglishFirst FCE “C”Advanced CAE “C”

French Proficiency Requirements for International Students

Applicants are deemed proficient in the French language if they meet any one of the following requirements:

  • Have passed either Uniform Test of French, Language of Teaching and Literature or CEGEPs of Quebec.
  • Hold a high school diploma/Bachelor's degree in French from a Canadian institution.
  • Completed three years of university-level courses in French at a French-speaking university.
  • Hold a certificate of mastery in French from a recognized institution.

Applicants who do not fulfill even one french proficiency requirement given above are advised to take the required French proficiency tests.

HEC Montreal Undergraduate Admissions

HEC offers 3 Bachelor’s degree and 24 short undergraduate courses. Few courses like BBA is offered in three mediums: French, bilingual mode( English and French) and trilingual mode(in Spanish, French and English) of instruction.

Application Portal: Online HEC Admission Portal*

Application Fee:

  • General: $ 91.19
  • With study permit: $282.52

Admission requirements:

  • Copy of official transcript from last attended high school/college/university
  • Copy of post-secondary and university diploma transcript
  • Proof of English language proficiency;
  • Application for recognition of prior learning(if applicable)
  • Copy of official test results/transcripts

HEC Montreal Graduate Admissions

Graduate Programs at HEC Montreal ranges from postgraduate diplomas to Masters and Doctorate degrees. The institute has 34 masters and 12 doctorate programs. Of which, only 12 programs are taught in the English language. The academic requirements, including the minimum test scores, vary from course to course.

Application Portal: Online Application

Application Fee:

  • General: $ 91.19
  • With study permit: $282.52
CourseApplication DeadlineAdmission Requirements
Full-time MBANovember 15UG degree and transcripts; 2+ years of work experience; GRE/GMAT(minimum 570)/TAGE MAGE (minimum 250) score;
At least 2 LORs; 3 video essays
MSc. Data Science and Business AnalyticsMarch 15BBA degree; Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.3 scale GRE/GMAT/TAGE MAGE score;
Transcripts; 2 LORs
MSc. FinanceSeptember 15BBA degree; Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.3 scale GRE/GMAT/TAGE MAGE score;
Transcripts; 2 LORs; Motivational letter 

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate for International Students

Apart from various degree programs, HEC Montreal also offers 16 postgraduate diplomas. Some of the highly demanded DESS programs at HEC are given below:

  • DESS in Business Administration
  • DESS in Management-Business Analysis-Information Technology
  • DESS in Management-Electronic Commerce
  • DESS in Management-International trade

Study Permit/ Visa Requirements for International Students

Students can start the process of obtaining a visa after receiving a letter of acceptance. The process of seeking admission is HEC Montreal, a Quebec institution, requires few additional documents as well. Following are the necessary checklist of documents required to obtain a visa:

  • Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Quebec Acceptance Certificate
  • Study Permit issued by the Government of Canada
  • Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable)
  • Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA

Note: Students from countries with very few or no visa offices can contact Visa Application Centres (VAC).

After the applications are processed, HEC Montreal’s admission office will send an official email to all the applicants. However, applicants must note that the decision time varies from course to course:

  • For undergraduate and college preparatory programs, the decisions are likely to be made within 4 weeks.
  • For Masters programs and postgraduate diplomas, the decision notifications will be released after 5-6 weeks.
  • For doctorate programs, admission decisions make take up to 8 weeks.

Hence, applicants are advised to stay patient for their admission decision.

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