The four main steps of the admissions process

Applying to university always involves a certain amount of stress and confusion, especially if it's your first time. Rest assured—everyone figures it out in the end. To help you get organized, this page provides a summary of the four main steps of the admissions process.

Use our Compass to navigate the 4 steps

Compass is an interactive tool designed to guide you through all the steps required to be admitted to Université de Montréal.

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Understand the admissions process

Step 1: Explore

The first, most important step involves determining which field of study interests you, and then making your program selection.  Consult this website to view the description pages of the different graduate programs offered in the fields of study that interest you. Select the programs that catch your eye.

In addition, you can attend various activities, like an information session or an UdeM Open House, which are good opportunities to explore your options and find answers to your questions.  Ideally, your final choice should include two program selections.

Step 2: Prepare your application file

Once you have made your program selection, you can start preparing your application file.

First check the admission requirements and application deadlines for each program that interests you. This information can be found on the program description pages of this website.

Next, gather all the documents you need to support your application and fill out your online application form.

Step 3: Submit your application

When you are ready, you can access the online application form. Be sure to read all the instructions before you begin.  A guide in English is provided to help you fill out the application form, which is available only in French. It provides official English translations of the words, instructions and messages appearing in the form. We recommend that you keep this guide handy as you complete the form. Before you start filling out the form, make sure to download this document.

If you have any trouble filling out the form, refer to the contextual help sections that are available for each page. If you cannot complete it in a single session, you can save and finish it later, as long as you do so by the deadline.

You must pay the administrative application fee by Visa or MasterCard when you submit your application.

Once you have submitted your form, you will receive confirmation of receipt within 48 hours from Université de Montréal.

If you have never studied nor worked at Université de Montréal and you are submitting your first application, you will receive two emails with the codes to set up your UdeM accounts. You will also receive an email with a list of documents to submit based on the different applicant categories.

Step 4: Once the application is submitted

You can then access the Centre étudiant, a transactional site that will be very useful to you throughout your university career.

We will use the Centre étudiant to notify you of all important information regarding the processing of your application, including the list of official documents to submit and your decision notice.

The time required to process an application varies depending on various factors. You may therefore have to wait several weeks, possibly even several months. For more details about the review of your file, consult the "After you submit" section.

After you have accepted your offer of admission, you must choose your courses and develop your global Study Plan.  The student records technician is the resource person in your unit who will take care of your file. The student records technician of the program that accepted you will send you the course choice procedure. You will develop your global study plan with your research supervisor.

Lastly, all that remains is taking care of a few details so that you're ready for school: set up your UdeM email account, get your student ID card, etc. Back-to-school essentials can be found on the Carrefour SAÉ website.