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Admission procedure to the Department of Computer Sc. and Operational Research

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To qualify as a regular student in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science, the candidate must meet the following conditions:

  • meet the general eligibility conditions (section II of the Pedagogical Rules) of the ESP (Études supérieures et postdoctorales).
  • hold a M.Sc. (Computer Science), or a diploma that prepares him or her adequately for the studies he or she wants to undertake, or certify training deemed equivalent.
  • have obtained, at the 2nd cycle, an average of at least 3,3/4,3 or the equivalent.
  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge of French, English and any other language deemed necessary for further research.

The application for admission to the doctorate will be evaluated if the student has a Research Director of the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at University of Montreal and the Director has financial arrangements for the duration of the doctorate of the student.

Find a DIRO Research Supervisor:

A consent form must be completed to reflect the agreement between the future student and the Research Director.

You must complete an admission form online on the University of Montreal website:
respecting the following deadlines: Fall before February 1st and Winter before September 1st

Attention:For Mila programs (DESS in Machine Learning, Professional MSc in Machine Learning and Research MSc and PhD in machine learning), the application procedure is in two steps: the deadline for the first step of the Mila admission process is December 1st for Admission in the Fall (please read the document Procedure for applying to MILA programs)

You must provide the originals of the following documents: transcripts of all your studies, diplomas and your birth certificate.
Additional information:

The Graduate Studies Committee of DIRO must have obtained all the required documents as well as your application for admission to analyze your application and give a positive or negative decision to this application for admission to the program.

You will receive an email from University of Montreal with the Notice of decision. This Notice is your official letter giving you the positive or negative decision to your admission into the program. This Notice allows you to apply for your CAQ and Study Permit to the Immigration Department.

You will have 30 working days to accept the positive admission offer in your Student Center – Synchro.

If you are accepted into the program and decide not to follow this program at the University of Montreal, you must notify the TGDE of the program by e-mail of your withdrawal.

If you have to delay your admission to the program, you must postpone the admission semester by following the procedure found in another section.

Cost of the studies:

International Student’s Office (BEI):

Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Application for International Student – Bourse C:

Important information for those who apply for the Bourse C: See attached sheet.

Postponement of admission

Here is the procedure to follow for the postponement of the application for admission:

  • Complete a new application for admission up to the payment stage without making this one
  • You will get a confirmation number, 500XXX
  • You will email this confirmation number to the TGDE, Mme Céline Bégin at the DIRO
  • Upon receipt of this email, the TGDE will arrange for the postponement of the application
  • You will receive a new Notice of Decision by email and you will have 30 days to accept the application in your Student Center - Synchro

International student

A foreign student must apply for admission to a full-time program unless he or she holds a different type of permit than a student (work or tourist) permit to be a free student for a maximum of 8 credits.

Degree equivalence levels by country for admission requirements

As a foreign student, for starting in fall, the application for online admission must be completed before February 1st of each year; if you wish to begin in winter, you must apply for admission before September 1 of the previous year.

A period of 3 to 6 months is required to obtain the UdeM's decision, the Québec Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ) and the study permit and the visa, if required.

If you have not completed your program at the time of your application, you can send your most recent transcripts for the study of your file. If you are admitted, you will have a conditional admission to show to the ESP a proof of your graduation (with transcripts and cumulative grade point average) at the beginning of the term (original or certified official document).

If your studies have not been completed in French and you are admitted, the Graduate Program Committee will decide, after the complete study of your file, whether or not to pass the test of International French (TFI). If so, the UdeM will contact you so that, before you arrive in Montréal, you can pass the TFI test with an average of 785/990 or else pass the DALF or TEF with a C1 level based on the proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). The DALF B2 is not accepted because this average does not equal our requirements.

More information on the admission's process

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The conditions of admission to the doctorate program and additional documents to be provided, if applicable:

Here you will find the official documents to be provided(certified documents are accepted), some additional documents may be required by the program:

For any problem of admission online