Obtain a Double Degree in Québec

Would you like to earn a Master's degree that will lead you to new professional horizons, thanks to the advanced knowledge you will acquire? Would you like to do it overseas in a dynamic, inclusive and welcoming city?

Get an Engineer diploma and Master's degree at ÉTS

ÉTS can make this happen for you, as part of our double degree (engineer diploma and master's degree) partnership. At Montréal's École de technologie supérieure, you will explore the issues of today and of tomorrow within a multicultural student community, guided by faculty who are mostly industry-trained.

Are you eligible for a tuition fee exemption?

Under the agreement concluded between the partner institutions, you could benefit from a tuition fee exemption. Confirm the conditions of eligibility with the international relations department of your institution.

Double Degree

As a student of a French ÉTS partner establishment, you can earn a Canadian master's degree as part of a “nested curriculum” program leading to the award of two diplomas:

  • A French Engineer Diploma issued by your establishment of origin;
  • and a Master degree from ÉTS (a Master of Engineering or a Master of Applied Sciences).

This progression allows you to complete your last year of Engineering (level M2) as part of your master’s studies at ÉTS and generally requires an extension of studies of 6 to 12 months.

Activities completed at ÉTS are mutually recognized by the partner institutions, thus allowing you to earn two diplomas.

A higher degree than the engineer diploma

In North America, a Master's is a higher degree than the engineer diploma. It provides for the acquisition of superior skills in both the technical and management dimensions, and the development of research skills and industrial applications.

Obtain temporary worker status

As a graduate of a Canadian university, you can then obtain temporary worker status in Canada (an open post-diploma work permit) or facilitated access to the permanent residence (Quebec experience) program, to solidify your study term abroad with Canadian work experience. ​

Steps to Follow to Obtain a Double Degree in Québec

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility

To be eligible for the double degree program, you must:

  • Be registered in an ÉTS partner establishment, signatory to a double degree agreement. Check if there is an active agreement and also which master's programs are covered by the agreement, with the international relations department of your institution;
  • Have successfully completed the second year of your Engineer studies (level M1) before you begin your double degree;
  • Have obtained the prior authorization of your home institution.
     
Step 2: Choose a master’s profile

ÉTS offers you the possibility to choose a study profile geared to your interests:

Master's with thesis (research profile)

The master’s profile with thesis (research profile) leads to obtaining a Master of Applied Sciences (M.A.Sc.).  It usually includes two sessions of courses (eight months) and a research project (12 months). At ÉTS, research projects are usually conducted in partnership with industry and related to an industrial problem. Here you can develop your skills in the resolution of complex problems, the management of large scale development projects and technology transfer – many transferable skills for a career in industry or a continuation to doctoral studies.

Master's with project (project profile)

The master’s profile with project (project profile) leads to obtaining a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). It usually includes three sessions (12 months) of technical and management courses plus a research project or an industrial internship (or both).  It provides for the acquisition of advanced technical skills and the development of skills in the management of engineering projects:

  • 5 technical courses (15 ÉTS credits, which is 30 ECTS);
  • 5 management courses (15 ÉTS credits or 30 ECTS);
  • A business intervention project (consultant internship) or application project (research);
  • An optional industrial internship.

Regardless of the chosen profile, the success of the end-of-studies project (project or thesis) usually validates by equivalence the end-of-studies internship required for the award of your Engineer degree, unless your home institution has specific additional requirements. This activity can take place without specific regulatory restrictions in Canada, France or abroad. Before your departure, make sure you confirm the specific conditions of the agreement with your establishment of origin.

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Step 3: Choose a program

ÉTS offers 32 master's programs in 18 engineering and engineering project management domains. All master's programs include a choice of compulsory and optional courses that allow you to customize your studies and establish a provisional contract of studies with your home institution, when this is required. 

To learn more about areas of study, the structure of programs and the list of courses available, see the Master’s section of the graduate-level programs page.

Check with your institution of origin whether there are restrictions in the choice of program or your engineer degree.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Entry of double degree students may take place:

  • on September 3, 2019: beginning of the fall semester
  • on January 6, 2020: beginning of the winter semester

You should first of all submit your request for participation to the international relations department of your institution; check the conditions and deadlines that apply.

A program that must be planned months in advance!

Your establishment of origin will need to confirm your participation in the double degree program, for a given program and session, before the 20th of March preceding your registration.  You will then receive an email with detailed instructions inviting you to submit an online application under the partnership with ÉTS.

Step 5: Determine the cost of your studies

The agreements negotiated between partner institutions usually include specific financial terms. Contact the international relations department of your institution or the BRÉCI to learn more about fees payable to ÉTS and those payable to your home institution.

In all cases, under a France-Québec agreement on tuition fees, students of French nationality benefit from the tariff for Quebec students for tuition fees payable to ÉTS.

Students who do not have French citizenship will pay the full tuition fees in the tariff for foreign students.

International Students in Montréal and at ETS
Greater Montréal is home to more than 30,000 foreign students at the
post-secondary level, nearly 80% of the
Québec total
At ÉTS, 25% of graduate students are women
More than 60% of ÉTS graduate students come from outside Canada