Admission process


  • JANUARY 15
  • APRIL 15

Where to send

Your application

Your documents

(after having sent a digital copy of all your documents to, and if you received a positive answer from the Admissions’ Comittee)

Master in International Arts Management
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Suite 4.363
Montréal, Quebec H3T 2A7 Canada

Application process
in 4 simple steps

Send your application

Fill out the application form

Application for admission form

If you can’t open the dynamic PDF forms, please save them on your computer and open the files using ADOBE PDF READER.

Write the motivation letter and essays

To help the admissions’ committee members to better evaluate your candidacy:

  • Motivation letter: Write a short text describing what you would like to highlight about your application that is not in the documents you are sending us. It could be the path that led you to your passion for the arts, or anything else you think is relevant that will help us get to know you better.
  • Essay 1: Scholarship only for those who wish to apply for a program scholarship.
  • Essay 2: Supplementary only for those who answered yes to any of the compulsory questions under US law in the application for admission form (p. 4).

If you can’t open the dynamic PDF forms, please save them on your computer and open the files using ADOBE PDF READER.

Get two recommendation letters

Send the recommendation form to the people you asked for a recommendation and ask them to send us their letter by email at without a cc to you, with a note from them confirming that they wrote the letter and giving their full details.

Take the tests (if they apply to your situation)

You can take the following tests and request that your results be sent directly to us by the official testing agencies:

  • The program does not require GMAT, GRE, LSAT or TAGE-MAGE. However, you can add your score if you have taken one of these tests in the past.
  • Mandatory: Either the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language unless you completed high school, college or university in English

We recommend that you take the test(s) several weeks ahead of the MMIAM application deadline.


All the following documents are requested:

  • Two certified true copies of your official transcripts, issued by the postsecondary institutions you attended and confirming that you have earned an undergraduate diploma; if you are currently finishing your diploma, you must agree to provide proof of having earned it one semester before the start of the MMIAM program* – digital copies sent directly by your university are accepted (and recommended).
  • A digital copy of your degrees attesting to your previous university studies*
  • A digital copy of your curriculum vitae / resume
  • A digital copy of your birth certificate (Canadian citizens must provide a certified true copy once they are accepted in the program)*
  • 1 digital passport-size photo with a white background for identification purpose only (you can smile if you want)
  • A digital copy of your passport (information page with photo only)
  • Payment for US $100 (non-refundable; US currency only), to cover the processing fee. We will accept a payment with a credit card if you use this form. A check or bank draft made out to HEC Montréal can also be accepted.

*Please note that if your transcripts and diploma are not written in French or English, we require an official translation certified by the Canadian consulate or embassy of your country of origin or a member of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ). We also require a translation of your birth certificate but this one can be done by any translator.

The documents must be sent by email at Although you can send only the Application form and payment on the application deadline (and have other documents follow afterwards), your application file will not be processed until all documents have been received by email.

If you are accepted into the program, we will need to receive the original documents (official transcripts and official translations).


Process and criteria

Applications are reviewed by the selection committee. Admission to the program is based on a rigorous selection process. A maximum of 18 students from at least five different countries are accepted in each cohort.

Your application will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Application form duly completed and submitted by the deadline
  • Undergraduate diploma earned with a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.3; for studies undertaken in a foreign country, the diploma must be deemed equivalent and must have been obtained after at least 16 years of education
  • Relevant work experience in the arts or cultural industries
  • Official results (if you chose to submit them) of the TAGE-MAGE or GMAT or GRE, and, for students whose first language is not English, TOEFL or IELTS (English comprehension)
  • Your two letters of recommendation
  • Motivation letter
  • Compliance with deadlines and payment requirements


Once your application file is complete, you will be invited for a friendly chat with members of the admissions committee. After this meeting, you will receive a written notice of confirmation or refusal of admission, before the next deadline.

In some cases, admission will be conditional upon submittal, by the prescribed deadline, of official documents or proof of the degree, diploma or certificate supporting your application for admission.

Please note that HEC Montréal, SMU Dallas and SDA Bocconi, Milan, are under no obligation to accept all eligible candidates. Some eligible candidates may be placed on a waiting list.

No course equivalencies or exemptions will be granted for the courses in the program.


Following acceptance of your application, you must do the following, by the prescribed deadlines:

  • Send a letter to HEC Montréal confirming that you accept the offer of admission
  • Pay a deposit of US $750 (non-refundable)
  • Begin the process to obtain your study permits and/or your student authorizations as well as health insurance

Admission FAQ

What is the program code for the GMAT?

Program code: 0BB-12-45.

How do I send in the results?

The GMAT test results must be sent directly to HEC Montréal by Pearson Vue.

Where can I find more information about the test?

You can visit the official GMAT website or HEC Montréal’s GMAT Information page.

What is the program code for the GRE?

Program code: 7384.

How do I send in the results?

The GRE test results must be sent directly to HEC Montréal by ETS.

Where can I find more information about the test?

You can visit the official GRE website for more information: exam centres, costs, etc.

Where can I take the test?

Visit the official TAGE-MAGE website. If you live in Quebec, you can take the test at HEC Montréal.

Where can I take either of these two tests?

The TOEFL and the IELTS are offered in dozens of institutions around the world, all year long. Visit the official TOEFL and IELTS websites to find the location nearest you, learn about costs and register for the test.

What is the university code for the TOEFL?

University code: 4371.

What are the minimum scores for the tests and how to prepare?

TestMinimum preferred score*How to prepareCan I retake the test?
GMAT500 or aboveGMAT WebsiteYou may retake the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days, but no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period (see GMAT site for details).1
GRE310 or aboveGRE Website
this guide
You may retake the GRE exam once every 21 days, but no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period (see ETS site for details).2
TAGE MAGE275 or aboveLivret du candidat
Online preparation platform
Candidates may take the test only once per semester, i.e., between January 1 and June 30 and between July 1 and December 31. (see TAGE MAGE site for details).3
TOEFL100 or aboveTOEFL website4
IELTS6.5 or aboveIELTS website4
4 TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

*Minimum preferred scores are intended as guidelines only. Achieving these scores does not guarantee your admission to the program.

What authorizations do I need?

All students must obtain all authorizations required by the six countries in which they will be studying: USA, Canada (Quebec), Colombia, one country in Asia and Italy.*

How do I prepare for my departure?

All three partner universities provide detailed information on their websites for international students, including what you need to do to obtain student authorizations:

  • SMU
  • HEC Montréal – Please note that some details may not apply to the MMIAM program (i.e., fees, exemptions, dates for arrival and departure, etc.).
  • SDA Bocconi

*Details about how to obtain the Colombian, Asian and Italian visas will be provided to you once you are in Montréal.

Is health insurance mandatory?

Yes, you will have to get health insurance in order to obtain student permits:

  • USA: Mandatory health insurance must be purchased through SMU for Fall 22. The fee is US $1443 and covers students from August 17 – December 31, 2022 (price subject to change). More info here.
  • Canada: If you are not eligible for an exemption, HEC will buy health insurance for you, which you will then be required to pay to the university. The CAD $396 fee will be charged with your first deposit (price subject to change). Follow the link for details on health insurance here.
  • Italy: Consult the section about heath insurance on the Bocconi University website.