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Fast track admission to the doctoral program

Accelerated transfer from master's to PhD

It is possible to make a transfer from the master's program to the doctoral program, without having to write a master’s thesis. This option is reserved for students demonstrating above-average ability, who are supported by their research supervisor and have completed their 2nd term of the master's degree, as well as all the courses of their study program. In addition, this passage may be accompanied by a scholarship.

The student who benefits from the accelerated transfer is admitted to the doctoral program before having completed their third trimester of study at the Master's level. The student who benefits from the dissertation exemption is admitted to the doctoral program before having completed his or her sixth term at the Master's level.

Procedure

  1. The Head of Department recommends the transfer and sends the file to the VDESUP (vdes@fas.umontreal.ca). The Department must send the following documents to the FAS (by e-mail, including scanned documents) before sending the AD-1 to the ESPs (one student file per e-mail):
    • a. Supporting letter signed by the Head of Department, stating, among other things, that the application has been reviewed and recommended for admission by the Graduate Studies Committee
    • b. Report on the MSc student's progression
    • c. Recommendation of the supervisor
    • d. Student's research project
  2. The VDESUP processes the application as soon as possible
  3. The VDESUP immediately informs the Department and the ESPs of the decision
  4. Once the decision is made, if applicable, the unit forwards the AD-1 to the ESPs

Direct access from baccalaureate to doctorate

It is possible to be admitted to the PhD program directly after completing an undergraduate degree, without having a master's degree. This option is reserved for students with an exceptional academic record and who benefit from the support of a research director. In addition, this passage may be accompanied by a scholarship.

Procedure

The student must apply for admission to the desired doctoral program*. If the application is accepted, the Department concerned must add a minimum of 9 credits of preparatory courses to the student's schooling. The applicant's research topic must be identified and his/her research capabilities known to the Department.

  1. The Department must send by e-mail (vdes@fas.umontreal.ca) the following documents before sending the AD-1 to the ESPs (one student file per e-mail)
    • a. Supporting letter signed by the Head of Department, stating, among other things, that the application has been reviewed and recommended for admission by the program's Graduate Studies Committee
    • b. The student's undergraduate progress report (the student must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6)
    • c. Two letters of recommendation, one from the research supervisor
    • d. Student's research project, as presented on the AD-1
  2. The VDESUP will process the application as soon as possible
  3. The VDESUP informs the unit and the ESPs of the decision as soon as possible
  4. Once the decision is made, if applicable, the Department forwards the AD-1 to the ESPs

*For admission in the summer term, the student should apply for the fall term and, after being admitted, they should apply for advancing their admission to the summer term.