Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Professional Master’s in Machine Learning

How can I apply to the program?

The Professional Master's in Machine Learning is offered by the Université de Montréal's Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO) and McGill University's School of Computer Science (SOCS).

Detailed application guidelines for applying to the Université de Montréal are available on this page on the DIRO website. Please read them carefully.

Detailed instructions for applying to McGill are available on the SOCS website. Please read them carefully.

Upon receipt of your notice of admission, you should start the student permit / visa process as soon as possible (unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).

Does Mila select the Professional MSc students?

The official admission process is under the responsibility of the Université de Montréal (DIRO) and McGill (SOCS).

Mila also collaborates with these universities to help students in their search for an internship by putting students in touch with its vast network of industrial partners, namely through the organization of various networking activities. Mila's industrial partners offer, each year, several interesting internship opportunities to Mila affiliated students.

What is the duration of the program?

2 years (including a mandatory internship).

Please refer to the DIRO’s website (Université de Montréal) and the SOCS's website (McGill) for more information.

Is it possible to take this program part-time?


What is the admission term for the Professional MSc at UdeM?

Fall only

What are the tuition fees at UdeM and McGill?

Please refer to the information on the Université de Montréal and McGill websites. 

Do Professional MSc students get a scholarship from Mila?

No. However, Mila has launched an EDI Scholarships Program to ensure the strong participation of women in the AI ecosystem and to encourage diversity as a lever for innovation in research:

  • Category 1 — Excellence Scholarships - Women in AI
  • Category 2 — Excellence Scholarships  - EDI in Research 
  • Category 3 — Emergency Scholarships

To learn more about Mila's EDI Scholarships Program, click here.

How can I get some financial support?

Please refer to the information on the Université de Montréal and McGill websites.

Do I need to pass a French exam to be eligible to study at Université de Montréal?

The Quebec government requires all international students to speak French in some capacity if they are to attend a French university, which is why they ask for TEF or TOEFL results when you apply for a CAQ or study permit. However, the DIRO department of Université de Montréal is an exception. No French exam is required.

Please note that if you wish to stay in Quebec and enter the job market, learning French would be an asset for you.

What are the prerequisites for admission?

Please refer to the DIRO (Université de Montréal) and SOCS (McGill) websites for more information.

Is it possible to take all Professional MSc courses at Université de Montréal in English?

Graduate courses are taught in French, English or in both languages. To find out the language of instruction for a particular course, please refer to the list of courses on the DIRO website.

Do I have the opportunity to take courses offered at other universities affiliated with Mila?

Yes, however, this is not specific to Mila. Students from a Quebec university can enroll in courses at other Quebec universities through a program called Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI). To complete your 2 open electives, you can use this option to register for courses at McGill, HEC Montréal, Concordia and Polytechnique Montréal, depending on the approval of your home university.

Is the program offered to international students?

Yes, and we encourage international students to apply.