For the professional/modular master’s, DESS, modular DESS and microprograms, you do not need to find a research supervisor before you submit your application. One will be assigned to you upon admission.
For the research-based master’s and doctorate, finding a professor that will accept to guide you in your studies and research work is highly recommended. Before starting this process, it is important though that you properly identify what your field of interest is.
You do not need to choose a research supervisor before you submit your application. However, it is preferable to undertake the process as soon as possible, because a professor (your future research supervisor) must endorse your application in order for you to be admitted.
- Have you already contacted a professor in your field of interest? Write his or her name in your application. This does not mean, however, that the professor will commit to accepting your application.
- You did not write the name of the professor in your application? Your application will then be passed around the department. A professor who is interested in your profile and your research interests may then contact you and accept your application.
Skills to look for in your future research supervisor
- Established expertise in the discipline (content, methodology, international contact networks, etc.)
- A genuine interest in your research topic.
- A desire to guide your work (availability, feedback, help in defining your research topic, support in planning the various stages of your project, etc.).
- Encouragement for you to publish your research.
To find a research supervisor, you have four options:
- Consult the directory of professors by research expertise to find a research supervisor working in your field of interest.
- Consult the list of research projects.
- Discuss with the professors who have taught you, if you are in your preparatory semester with the intention of enrolling in a master’s program.
- Discuss with the department’s graduate program co-ordinator to learn about the programs of study related to your field of research.
You can then contact one or more professors in person or by email. When contacting professors, we invite you to fill the Student-Professor Contact Form (.doc) and attach it to your email. You should also introduce yourself, list the strong points in your CV, specify the program that interests you and discuss the following points with the professor:
- How do the subjects the professor works with interest you? Show that you have done your homework.
- Is the professor available to work with you?
- Can the professor provide financial aid, and if so, what kind? If you have a grant, mention it.
- Can the professor give you the contact information of a member of his/her research team so that you can speak with that person and take a tour of the laboratories?
- What is his/her preferred approach in terms of guidance and supervision?
- Any other questions that may seem relevant to you.
In response, the professor will let you know whether your profile is of interest to him/her, and as needed may suggest other professors whose work is a better fit with your interests.
The documents you need to send will be different depending on your student status. The list of documents is provided in the Graduate Studies Admission Application Checklist (.pdf) and Appreciation Report on Post-Graduate Applicants (.pdf).
In addition to the documents listed in the Admission Application Checklist, you must send the appendix Confidentiality of Student Files, only if you wish to prevent the information mentioned in the appendix from being shared with one or more organizations.
The supporting documents must be sent to the following address:
You must have the required supporting documents sent to the Registrar’s Office by postal mail in the 15 days following the submission of your application. Write the application number on each document. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Note that an official or certified French translation is required for all documents that are not written in French or English. Also, all documents provided become the property of Polytechnique Montréal and will not be returned to the applicant.