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HEC MONTREAL, MONTREAL, QUEBEC - ADMISSION

Montreal, QuebecLOCATION
SchoolSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1907Established Year
  14056Enrollment

HEC Montreal 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
Study Abroad Expert

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:

  • The institute accepts admissions for fall, winter and summer terms.
  • International students are advised to apply for the fall term for graduate studies.
  • Meeting minimum requirements for both French and English language proficiency are important for admission.
  • Some programs are available in French, bilingual (French and English) and trilingual (French, English and Spanish) form.
  • There are 5 graduate diploma programs that offer direct admission to graduate degree programs.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • The university is conducting online lectures to ensure the safety of its students as well as its staff members in the time of pandemic.
  • Due to the unavailability of the language proficiency tests, the institute has decided to conduct its online language test until July 1.
  • The HEC Montreal Business Language Training Centre (CFLA) will be conducting an online test for interested students.
  • You will be admitted even if you do not possess proof for language proficiency. However, it must be submitted later.

Highlights

Application PortalOnline Application Portal
Application Fee91.19 CAD (Domestic applicants) 282.52 CAD (International applicants)
Mode of PaymentCredit card
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall, Winter, Summer(only for domestic applicants)
Language proficiency requiredEnglish and French
Medium of instructionEnglish, French, Spanish
Financial AidScholarships
Work ExperienceRequired for some graduate programs

HEC Montreal Admission Deadlines

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.

TermDeadline
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 International Student Admissions

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 portalOnline portal

Application fee – 282.52 CAD

Basic Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

  • Copy of official transcript from the previous year.
  • Copy of official transcript of the first quarter of the current year
  • Expected results in IB exams
  • Proof of compliance with language requirements both English and French
  • Official translation of documents

Language Proficiency Test Score for International Students

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:

  1. College diploma in an English-speaking establishment
  2. High school diploma entirely in English
  3. HEC Montreal equivalent language test from another English-speaking university
  4. Three years/ 90 credits of university-level courses (at an English-speaking university) solely in English
  5. English as second language proficiency certificate from a recognized institution with 30 credits
  6. Results of any of the English language proficiency tests mentioned in the table below with a score higher than minimum expected score:
TestIntermediate - AdvancedAdvanced
HECTOPEB-, B, B+A-, A
IELTS (academic)5.5, 6, 6.57, 7.5, 8
TOEFL (IBT)72 – 9495 - 114
TOEIC601 – 780781 - 959
BI (SL, HL)-A2 succeeded with "4."
AP4-
SAT700/700-
BULATS60 - 7475 - 89
CAMBRIDGEFirst (FCE) passed with "C."Advanced (CAE) passed with "C."
LS CEGEP Course102103

French language proficiency requirements: An applicant may demonstrate his or her proficiency in French through any of the following:

  1. Pass Uniform Test of French, the language of instruction and literature from Quebec CEGEPs
  2. High school diploma in Canada entirely in French
  3. Baccalaureate diploma from a French institute.
  4. Certificate of upper secondary education in Belgium regarding a complete French-speaking context.
  5. National patent diploma in Switzerland regarding a complete French-speaking context.
  6. Minimum 60% in language test of another French-speaking university
  7. Three years/ 90 credits of university-level courses (at a French-speaking university) entirely in French
  8. French as second language proficiency certificate from a recognized institution with 30 credits
  9. Results of any of the French language proficiency tests mentioned in the table below with a score greater than the minimum expected score
TestElementaryIntermediateIntermediate - AdvancedAdvanced
TFI400 - 600605 – 745750 – 845850 – 990
DELF/ DALFA2B1B2, B3, B4C1
TCFA2 (2) 200 – 299B1 (3) 300 – 399B2 (4) for each compulsory test 400 - 499C1 (5) 500 – 599
TEFA2 (2) 204 – 360B1 (3) 361 - 540B2 (4) 541 - 698C1 (5) 699 - 833
AP234-
SAT500/500620/640700/700-
LS CEGEP Course100101102103

Visa Process for International Students

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:

  • Student visa/ study permit –
    • Birth certificate with names of mother and father and birthplace
    • Valid passport
    • Quebec Acceptance Certificate (upon arrival)
    • Study permit
  • Diplomatic visa –
    • Letter from Quebec government protocol
    • Diplomatic visa for Canada
    • Birth certificate with names of mother and father and birthplace
    • Valid passport

HEC Montreal Undergraduate Admissions

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 ApplyOnline 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

  • Copy of official transcript from the previously attended institutions.
  • Copy of official transcript of the first quarter of the current year
  • Expected results in IB exams (for international applicants)
  • Proof of compliance with language requirements (for international applicants)

HEC Montreal Graduate Admissions

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.

RequirementsMaster of Management (M. Sc) – organizational developmentFull-time MBAMaster of Management (M. Sc) - FinanceMasters of Law (LLM) - TaxationMaster of Management (M. Sc) – International Affairs
Application DeadlineFall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15Round 1 – November 15 Round 2 – January 15 Round 3 – March 15 Round 4 – May 15Fall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15Fall term – July 15 Winter term – September 15Fall term – March 15 Winter term – September 15
TranscriptsRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
GMAT/ GRE scoresRequired, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMATRequired, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMATRequired, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT-Required, GMAT 630; GRE equivalent to GMAT
TAGE MAGE scoreMinimum 300Minimum 250, competitive 300Minimum 300-Minimum 300
French language proficiencyAdvancedAdvanced intermediateAdvancedIntermediate- advanceAdvanced
Letter of RecommendationsRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 lettersRequired, 2 letters
ResumeRequiredRequiredRequired, cover letterRequiredRequired, with a cover letter
Work Experience-Required, 2 years professional experienceRecommendedRequired, experience in taxationRecommended
Additional RequirementsCopy of university degrees; list of courses currently taken, proof of professional titles (if applicable)4 video essays; answer to few questionsDegree in BBA, Actuarial science, finance, engineering, mathematics, economics or related; minimum GPA of 3.0 from 4.3Copy 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.

FAQs

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.

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