Degrees and Credits as accepted in Quebec



Definition of a Credit

A credit is a unit equivalent to 45 hours of course work including examination.

1. Undergraduate Level

The degree comprises of 90 credits and is normally granted upon completion of three years of full-time study. Different types of bachelor’s degrees are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a Concentration;
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a Major and a Minor;
  • Bachelor’s Degree comprised of Certificates

1 | a | Bachelor’s Degree with a Concentration:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • International Management
  • Organizational Management

A concentration constitutes a 15-credit specialization in one specific field.

1 | b | Bachelor’s Degree with a Major and a Minor:

In some programs, students can study both in their main field and in a related field. In such a case, the main field of study is the student’s “major,” while the related field is his or her “minor.” A major is comprised of 60 credits and the minor of 30 credits. For example, a student doing a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies would do a major in this same field and a minor in one of the following fields:

• Classical Studies • Feminist Studies • Interethnic Studies • History • Philosophy

1 | c | Bachelor’s Degree Comprised of Certificates:

A certificate is made up of 30 credits and can usually be completed in one year. A combination of three certificates can lead to a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Science Degree or a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. The admissible certificate combinations are set by the University.

2. Master’s Level

At the master’s level, two degrees are offered:

  • The Specialized Graduate Studies Degree (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (D.E.S.S.)) ;
  • The Master’s Degree

2 | a | D.E.S.S.:

The D.E.S.S. consists of 30 course credits and can normally be completed in one year.

2 | b | The Master’s Degree:

A master’s degree usually has 45 credits. Some master’s degrees are research degrees and include a thesis. Other master’s degrees are professional-type degrees, having a practicum or some other type of integration activity.

3 | Doctoral Level ( Ph.D.)

A Doctorate has at least 90 credits, most of which are dedicated to the writing of the thesis. Students at this level must also take some courses and do a synthesis exam.



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