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HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics Overview





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Introduction to HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics

The Master of Science (MSc) in Data Science and Business Analytics at HEC Montréal is a highly ranked program that prepares students for careers in data science and analytics in a business context. The program offers a strong theoretical foundation in data science and statistics, as well as practical training in programming languages, machine learning, and data visualization.

In addition to coursework, students in the MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics program have the opportunity to participate in research projects, internships, and case competitions. These experiences give students the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world problems and gain valuable experience in the field.

Why Study HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics ?


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Get the tools to take on one of the greatest management challenges in the age of digital technology and artificial intelligence: become an expert in analytics and data science. You’ll acquire the skills you need for better decision making, making you more competitive and innovative.

  • Acquisition of concepts for developing models and advanced methods in optimization, modeling, statistics and machine learning/deep learning.
  • Development of skills to address decision-making issues in management: building complex data or optimization models, analytics and problem-solving using programming languages and appropriate software.
  • Learning principles for optimizing business processes.
  • Students can choose the supervised project track to gain real work experience, or explore a specific area of interest in the research-oriented thesis track.
  • Professors renowned in Canada and abroad, in both the academic and business communities.
  • French language courses and the Experience Quebec course can help international students integrate into the Quebec and Canadian job markets. This pathway is offered to most students who choose the supervised project stream.

Program Costs + Living Expenses : HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics


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Student statusThesisSupervised project
Quebec students$4 800$3 800
Canadian students, non-residents of Québec$11 700$8 700
French and French Belgian students$4 800$3 800
International students$23 800$18 800 *


Fees include French language courses and the Quebec Experience course which can help international students integrate into the Quebec and Canadian job markets.

For the thesis stream, fees are set for each term; for the supervised project stream, fees are calculated depending on the number of credits. Regardless of the number of terms completed, if you switch from the supervised project to the thesis streams you must pay the tuition fees of the 1st term registered on the thesis stream.

Preparatory phase: Additional fees are added per credit.

For more details, see the list of tuition fees.

Apart from this international student can expect to incur the following estimated annual living expenses:

Here is a breakdown of expenses totaling $18,050 USD:

  • Accommodation: $7,800
  • Food: $3,400
  • Transportation: $850
  • Utilities: $850
  • Personal expenses: $3,900
  • Books and supplies: $1,100
  • Health insurance: $850

Total Expenses: $18,050 USD

Employement Prospects : HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics


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    Most Sought-after Jobs

  • Applications analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Director of operations
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Operations research analyst

The employment prospects for graduates of the HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics program are excellent. The program has a 100% placement rate, and graduates typically earn an average annual base salary of $78,625.

Data scientists and business analysts are in high demand in a wide range of industries, including finance, marketing, logistics, operations management, and human resources management. Graduates of the HEC Montreal program are well-positioned to secure jobs in these industries, as they have the skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, and interpret large datasets to solve complex business problems.

Documents required : HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics

Copies of official transcripts

Educated anywhere in Canada

  • Transcripts must include all grades up to the most recent, including of unfinished programs and courses taken as part of academic exchanges.
  • Not required for studies done at HEC Montréal.

Other education systems

  • Transcripts from all years of undergraduate studies and graduate studies if you have completed any.
  • Documents should be scanned in vertical orientation (portrait) and consolidated into a single PDF document in chronological order.

You also need to provide copies of university diplomas, if obtained.


Proof of compliance with language requirements

You must show proof that you meet our language requirements.

  • Collegial studies (CEGEP): No proof of compliance to provide.
  • Others studies or test : Copies of official transcripts or test score. The official scores on tests taken outside of HEC Montréal must be transmitted directly by the organization responsible.

Letters of recommendation

You must request at least two letters of recommendationpreferably from professors or, if not possible, from people of your workplace.


Motivational letter

You must submit a motivational letter including answers to the following questions. Each answer, typed on the computer, must not exceed one page. Suggested format: 12 point Arial type, 1.5 line spacing.

  • Choice of program
    • What professional and intellectual concerns motivate you to pursue Master’s-level studies in Administration? Please explain your choice of specialization.
  • Career plan
    • What type of job do you think you will have after completing your Master’s in Administration (e.g. what type of company, positions and responsibilities)?
  • Fields of interest
    • What are your fields of interest, for research or your supervised project?
  • Work experience (optional)
    • Briefly explain any work experience you may have if it is relevant for your admission application.

Optional documents

  • Proof of professional titles (order, association, etc.), if applicable.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • You may also specify a second choice of specialization by completing this form. Please check whether you can submit an admission in the desired term for this specialization and whether you comply with all the eligibility criteria of the specialization. This second choice will only be considered if you are not selected for your first one.

Application Deadlines - HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics

February 15September 15No admission

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Scholarships Available : HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics

Every year, HEC Montréal awards close to $1.6 million in scholarships and other forms of awards to M.Sc. students. What a great way to help finance your studies!

Entrance scholarships

These scholarships, worth from $2,000 to $4,000, are awarded by the MSc in Administration program office to the top candidates admitted, based on their academic record at the time of admission.

There are no applications to be completed; successful candidates will be notified by e-mail.

For international students who have never studied in Canada, a differential tuition fee exemption scholarship for the first term may be added to an entrance scholarship.

Research scholarships (granting agencies)

Federal and Quebec government granting agencies award scholarships worth $15,000 and $17,500 to students with an excellent average and who wish to pursue their studies at the Master’s level.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Annual $17,500 scholarships for students in all specializations except Financial Engineering, Management Sciences and Business Intelligence.
Deadline: December 1st every year

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Annual $17,500 scholarships for students in the Financial Engineering, Management Sciences and Business Intelligence specializations.
Deadline: December 1st every year

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
Annual $17,500 scholarships, awarded for two years, for students in all specializations except Financial Engineering,  Management Sciences and Business Intelligence.
Deadline: Usually during the 2nd week of October

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologie (FRQNT)
Annual $17,500 scholarships, awarded for two years, for students in the Financial Engineering, Management Sciences and Business Intelligence specializations.
Deadline: Usually during the 1st week of October

$15,000 scholarships awarded for a 4-6 months research internship in a company. Students in the supervised project or thesis streams are eligible for these scholarships.

Differential tuition fee exemption scholarships

The Quebec government has agreements with some forty countries and a number of organizations, exempting students who come to study in the province from differential tuition fees. The quota depends on the student’s country of origin. Students must contact the persons responsible for managing this program in their home country.

For further information, see the page on exemptions from the diffrential tuition fees on the Quebec government site.

Specializations & Electives Offered

Thesis streamSupervised project stream
7 courses (21 credits)12 courses (36 credits)
Research Workshop
Thesis (24 credits)
Total: 45 credits
Supervised Project: organizational intervention mandate, academic case study, specific research mandate or expert opinion (9 credits)

Total: 45 credits
If you are an international student and have chosen the supervised project stream, you can register for Business French courses and the Quebec Experience course. This pathway can help you integrate into the Quebec and Canadian job markets. To find out if you are eligible, please check the Tuition Fees tab.
Program length: 16-24 months (excluding preparatory phase)

Candidate from another domain
Undergraduate preparatory courses (3 credits) may be imposed by the Academic Advisor if prior learning does not meet specialization requirements. You have one year to take these courses, preferably at the start of your studies. See the structure below for the non-exhaustive list of courses.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from the French system (BAC with 3 years of study)
If you only have an undergraduate degree from the French system, you will be required to complete 15 credits (5 courses) in a short MSc preparation program

FAQs About HEC Montreal MSc Data Science & Business Analytics

There is no job directory on campus. However, you can contact the services of HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal to inquire about open positions.

You can benefit from:

  • a Canadian government scholarship. These scholarships are normally reserved for graduate students.
  • a scholarship awarded by your country. You should contact your country’s representatives to find out about the possibilities.
  • tuition fee waiver. You must check whether your country is one of the countries that have signed a cooperation agreement or a bilateral agreement with Québec.

The scholarship directory presents all scholarships offered to students, according to their status.


Citizens of countries that are not visa-required must obtain an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada. Exempt, among others, are U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

Application Process & timeline

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Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

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2-3 months.

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Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

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Step 4

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1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

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