M.Sc. Admission Information

To be eligible for admission as a regular student in the M.Sc. program in Molecular Biology, you must:

  • have one of the following degrees or its equivalent approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies: Bachelor of Science in an appropriate field (biochemistry, biology, microbiology, chemistry); Doctor of Medicine or equivalent.
  • have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 out of 4.3 (or the equivalent) in your degree program.

The first step to apply for the General Option of the Master’s program in Molecular Biology is to identify a research director who agrees to accept you in his/her lab during your studies. You will find the list of professors accredited by the programmes on the site: https://biomol.umontreal.ca/en/research/les-professeurs/An acceptance letter from the research director is mandatory to complete your application.

For the options with internships (Systems Biology Option and Molecular and Cellular Medicine Option), you should first pass a pre-selection process, and get a confirmation letter from the option coordinator of the research unit concerned (IRIC for Systems Biology, IRCM for Molecular and Cellular Medicine). Information about these options and the pre-selection process, as well as contacts for each program, are available here:

For Systems Biology:


For Molecular and Cellular Medicine:


In addition to the confirmation letter from a research director, other complementary documents needed for an admission request are:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter or intention letter
  • All university-level transcripts, with a minimal average equivalent to 3.0/4.3 (B) at the undergraduate level
  • Certificate of completed research internship (if applicable)

Please note that all documents should be uploaded via the Centre Étudiant as soon as your online admission application is ready. Detailed instructions on how to submit an application along with supporting documents can be found here:


Students who need help to understand the French terms and to fill the admission form may download this bilingual document.

Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Medicine and whose academic performance is considered excellent by the Faculty may, in some particular cases, be admitted simultaneously to a M.Sc. program.

For students who have completed a B.Sc. with Honours track, some courses may be credited. Please contact the program office.

Please do not hesitate to consult our admission guide for students who would like to start a Master’s program.

Please take note that you must submit your application for admission

  • before February 1st, for the summer session
  • before February 1st (1st cohort) or May 1st (2nd cohort), for the fall session
  • before September 15th, for the winter session

International students should apply for admission at least 6 months before the desired date of the beginning of the studies.

Outside these dates, the files will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Once your application for admission has been submitted, your complete file will be reviewed by the Molecular Biology Programs Graduate Studies Committee. You will be given a formal response after the meeting of the Committee.



All our students receive scholarships. You will be also encouraged to submit applications for external scholarships to expand your CV.

Modalités spécifiques à la maîtrise

The minimum course work duration for the M.Sc. General Option and Complex Diseases in Human Option is 3 terms. The maximum course work duration is 6 terms (2 years).The M.Sc. Systems Biology Option and Molecular and Cellular Medicine Option last one year.

Enrolment status:

  • full time: 3 terms
  • redaction: until the term of submitting your Master’s Thesis
  • correction / assessment: the term following your thesis submission

Please see also the academic rules issued by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.