Study at UdeM

Useful definitions


The credit is the numerical value that corresponds to the work load required to attain the objectives of a given course. One credit equals 45 hours of work, including the number of hours spent in class. Generally, one course is worth three credits. Moreover, the student must expect to invest about two hours of individual work (readings, papers, exercises for each classroom hour.

Example :

3 credit course  = 1 x 45 hours = 45 hours
Individual work = 2 x 45 hours = 90 hours


A group of courses linked by one or more fields of study. A program generally includes a series of compulsory courses and electives.

Bachelor's degree

An undergraduate program worth 90 credits that lasts three to four years. The bachelor’s degree in Québec is similar to the licence in France and the bachelor’s degree in the U.S. It is possible to obtain a bachelor’s degree by combining a major and a minor or three minors (multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree).


A two-year undergraduate program worth 60 credits. The major constitutes the principle component of the multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree and can lead to a degree.

Minor or certificate

A one-year undergraduate program worth 30 credits. These programs can be combined with each other or with a major to form a bachelor’s.

Graduate and doctoral programs

Master’s degree and Ph.D. programs, graduate diplomas and microprograms. Their respective requirements and the degrees or certificates they lead to vary depending on the field of study and the courses taken.