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Double diploma

As a student enrolled in a foreign establishment that has a double-diploma agreement with ÉTS, you may undertake an interlinked study program leading to 2 diplomas: an engineering degree issued by your home establishment and a graduate-level degree issued by ÉTS (Master in Engineering or Master in Applied Sciences).

The double-diploma program allows you to complete your last year of engineering studies (level M2) along with your graduate-level studies and earn 2 diplomas. A 6-month extension is required to complete this program of study.

In North America, a Master degree is superior to an undergraduate-level engineering degree. Master programs allow you to expand your career horizons into areas such as management and research, development, and innovation and target employment positions of greater responsibility.

Step 1: Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the double-diploma program, you must:

  • Be enrolled at an ÉTS partner establishment that has a double-diploma agreement with ÉTS. Check with your home establishment’s international relations office if such an agreement exists and is still active and, if so, review the graduate-level courses on offer as well as admission conditions
  • Obtain authorization from your home establishment
  • Have successfully completed the second year of your engineering studies (level M1) prior to the beginning of the double-diploma program

Step 2: What Master profile are you interested in?

You may choose between 2 study profiles:

  • Master with thesis – research-based profile for a Master in Applied Sciences (M.A. Sc.) degree. This profile includes:
    • a block of 5 technical and research methodology courses (15 credits or 30 ECTS)
    • a 30-credit (60-ECTS) research activity.

  • Master with project – course-based profile for a Master in Engineering (M. Eng.) degree. Generally, this profile includes:
    • 5 technical courses (15 credits or 30 ECTS)
    • 5 management courses (15 credits)
    • 15-credit project.

Whatever profile you select, your thesis or project along with course credits are sufficient to fulfil the end-of-study training requirements for your engineering diploma – unless your home establishment has other requirements.

How should you make your selection?
ÉTS offers applied research programs, which are often funded by industry.
  • A Master in Applied Sciences (with thesis) allows you to acquire advanced technical skills that can be transferred to industry. You also develop powerful problem-solving skills and methodologies as well as far-reaching development, project management, and technology transfer skills. 

  • Compensation: depending on available funding and grants, thesis projects may receive compensation of about CA$10,000 annually. In North America, this profile leads to highly qualified employment positions not necessarily associated with teaching or research.

  • A Master in Engineering (with project) is a study profile that includes more teaching and a set of management courses. It allows you to specialize in a specific technical field of engineering and learn technology management concepts.

  • Compensation: your project may consist of an application or activity in a business setting. This profile includes an optional one-semester traineeship. Monthly compensation may range from CA$2,000 to CA$2,500.
Important note

If you select the Master degree with thesis option, you must find a research director and subject before the end of your first semester, at the latest. The student recruitment and program promotion office (BREPP) can help in this regard as soon as you arrive or at the beginning of the semester. For assistance, write to

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Step 3: What program are you interested in?

Students who take part in a double-diploma program are registered as Master students.

ÉTS offers 32 graduate-level programs in 18 different fields of engineering and engineering project management. All Master-level programs consist of a choice of courses that allow you to create a draft study contract with your home establishment.

To learn about our fields of study, program structure, and list of available courses, consult the list of graduate programs at ÉTS.
Important note

Despite the agreement between ÉTS and your home establishment, you are not considered an exchange student but a regular ÉTS student.

Step 4: Apply for admission

Double-diploma students start their academic year in the autumn semester, with courses beginning in September. Your application must be completed prior to June 1 for admission in September.

Nevertheless, under certain conditions, students may begin a double-diploma program in early January.

Whatever your start date, your home establishment must confirm your participation in our double-diploma program before May 1. After this date, ÉTS accepts applications only on the basis of available space.

Don’t delay!

Please do not wait until the last minute to apply since you may have to wait up to 3 months following acceptance to receive your study permit.

Applications submitted or completed after the deadline will be processed without guarantee of enrolment for the target period.

Authorization from your home establishment

Before applying to a double-diploma program, you must obtain authorization from your home establishment. When your home establishment has approved your participation, you receive a username and a password. Please you them to apply online.

Documents to be included
To expedite the application process, we recommend that you digitize and upload the documents that must be included.
  • Your university transcripts (post baccalauréat for students from France, including transcripts for preliminary courses, IUT, engineering studies, etc.)
  • A copy of your university degrees (including the French baccalauréat and other post- baccalauréat diplomas)
  • Your resume
  • Your birth certificate
  • All complementary documents, in particular favourable applicant or employment reviews.

Processing fee

A processing fee of CA$43 is required, payable online by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or by international bank draft (in Canadian dollars paid to the order of École de technologie supérieure).

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Following your application

Applications are overseen by the registrar’s office (admissions department). The registrar’s office contacts all applicants with its decision regarding admission.

You can track your application online at and write to with any question you may have regarding your application.

Continue the admission application process.

Step 5: Response to your request for admission

The registrar’s office (admissions department) confirms its decision by e-mail. This letter of acceptance is required when you complete official documents for your stay in Canada.

Confirming course selection

Following admission, you are asked to confirm your course selection. Your letter of acceptance contains remote access instructions and a personalized access code to our “ChemiNot” interactive service portal. Use your code to select your courses.

Register now!

Register as soon possible because space is limited for each course, and some courses are very popular. Register early to get your first choice. Early registration is even more important if you have a study contract to comply with.

Making course changes

If you would like to make a course change, you can do so before the deadline in each semester. Prior to the deadline, course changes can be made without administrative or academic penalties but are subject to course and space availability.

Required number of credits

As a foreign student, you have to register for full-time study as early as your first semester. This means you must register for at least 9 credits at the graduate level regardless of the nature of your studies (coursework or review activity).

While 9 credits may seem a light workload, it is best not to overestimate your capacity for work in your first semester. Graduate-level courses are rigorous! These 9 credits represent a full-time workload given the personal investment in time and effort they require.

Step 6: Paying tuition fees

ÉTS agreements with partners abroad include tuition fee payment modalities. Speak with your home establishment’s international relations office or the student recruitment and program promotion office (BREPP) at ÉTS to learn about tuition fees that are payable to ÉTS and to your home establishment.

According to the terms set out in the aforementioned agreements, certain students may be exempted from tuition fees for 30 to 45 Master-level credits.

France-Quebec agreement

Under a France-Quebec agreement on tuition fees, students who are citizens of France currently pay tuition rates that apply to Quebec students for residual credits payable to ÉTS in the final semesters.

International students who are not citizens of France must agree to pay international tuition fees in full.

Step 7 : Prepare your stay in Canada

Official documents and health insurance