Research Master's and PhD

Doing research at Mila is being part of thriving community of over 1,200 researchers. 

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Research Programs at Mila

Each student researcher is mentored by one of our affiliated professors and has the flexibility to choose from a variety of research programs offered at our partner universities and schools. 

Students are enrolled in a program at one of these institutions and earn their degree through the university, as Mila does not grant degrees.

Research Master's 

  • At the Université de Montréal, a master’s program in computer science allows students to deepen their knowledge of a specific aspect of this field of study. It is offered by the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO). To learn more about the professional master’s degree in machine learning, please see the page on professional programs.
  • Polytechnique Montréal offers a research master’s degree in computer engineering (modular or non-modular). This program allows students to deepen their technological and scientific knowledge and initiate themselves to research.
  • The School of Computer Science at McGill University offers a master’s degree (with thesis) for students who have a keen interest in computer science research.
  • HEC Montréal offers a master’s program in decision sciences with multiple options: financial engineering, business intelligence, international logistics or business analytics.


  • At the Université de Montréal, the bulk of the doctoral program in computer science is focused on research and thesis writing. Students are expected to contribute to advancing knowledge in this field.
  • The PhD program in Computer Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal is designed to allow students to acquire knowledge in five fields of computer engineering: software, embedded systems, networking and mobile computing, intelligent systems, as well as digital simulation and visualization.
  • At McGill University, research in the PhD Computer Science program covers a broad spectrum of fields, including theory, systems and applications.
  • HEC Montréal offers a doctorate in Administration – Management Science. Students can work on a variety of subjects, including probabilistic decision support models and algorithmic discrimination in these models.

Choose from more than 130 professors

The Mila faculty is recognized worldwide for their major contributions to the field of machine learning. They are also committed to developing artificial intelligence (AI) for the benefit of society as a whole.

Explore our directory to find a research supervisor among our affiliated professors.

Find a research supervisor

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Mila EDI Scholarships Program

Mila believes in the immense richness of a diversified and inclusive community. As part of its equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) action plans and policies, 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


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