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Master's Level Programs

The Master’s level programs are graduate programs which lead to the master’s degree, to the diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) and to the microprograms (graduate certificates). The Master’s Degree prepares students for doctoral studies.

Microprogram (Graduate Certificate)

The microprogram is a short graduate program of 9 to 18 credits allowing students to acquire the foundations required for a specialization. It can constitute the first step to a DESS (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées, or Specialized graduate diploma) or to the master’s program. It can also provide candidates on the job market with the opportunity to enhance their skills.

Duration: 1 full-time session. 
Degree: Certificate of graduate studies.

Transfer to the DESS or to the Master’s program 
Students who have completed a microprogram may be admitted into the DESS or into the corresponding Master’s program, on the condition that they satisfy the admission requirements of these programs.

DESS (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées - Specialized Graduate Diploma)

The DESS is a graduate program normally of 30 credits distributed over two segments: the first focuses on the foundations of the specialization and the second is based on the integration and application of knowledge.

It is intended to meet the needs of those in the job market looking for continuing education as well as those requiring short-term specialization that can lead to a Master’s degree.

Duration: 2 to 3 sessions.
Degree: DESS

Transfer to the master’s program 
Students registered in a DESS program may be admitted to the corresponding master’s program, on the condition that they satisfy the program admission requirements.

Master’s Degree

A master’s program normally comprises 45 credits and may focus on research or professional training

Research Master’s Program

In the research-focused master’s program, students deepen their specialization and are initiated to scientific research. This program requires a master’s thesis to be written under the direction of a research supervisor.

The master’s program including a thesis enables the graduate to work as a research officer or to pursue Ph.D. studies.

Professional Master’s Program

The professional master’s program is designed to develop the response capabilities and professional aptitudes of future practitioners. The program consists primarily of courses as well as an internship in a practice setting or a supervised project.

Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Degree: Master’s.

Transfer to the Ph.D. Program 
Upon admission, a master’s candidate with an excellent record may, upon recommendation by qualified authorities, be admitted into a Ph.D. program without having to submit the required thesis required for the master’s degree. A renewable scholarship of $7,000 may be granted to the student.

DES (Diplôme d’études spécialisées - Specialized Studies Diploma)

The DES is obtained on successful completion of a specialization program in medicine or in veterinary medicine. These programs consist mainly of internships in a clinical setting. The required coursework varies from 3 to 8 years. For more information on the DES in Medicine, please visit the web site of the Faculty of Medicine

Master’s level programs by field of study