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Individualized Program (MA, MSc)

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

A master's degree in the Individualized Program (INDI) allows you to design your own research goals in areas not covered by existing programs and to explore topics outside traditional research boundaries. Under the mentorship of a supervisory committee, you will use concepts and methodologies from various fields to examine a unique research problem. Some examples of subjects our students are currently exploring include game studies, preventive health and synthetic biology. Montreal's status as a hub for innovation and culture provides the ideal backdrop for you to tailor your own academic program and research goals. With access to a wide range of research units, you will join a diverse community of self-driven students who have found success in a variety of careers within and outside of academia.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Individualized Program (INDI) Courses page for course descriptions.

Individualized Program (INDI) MA/MSc (45 credits)


credits of Coursework chosen from 600-level INDI study courses OR from any regularly scheduled graduate courses with permission of the INDI Director.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits in regularly scheduled graduate courses, including a research methodology seminar in their first or second year. The latter seminar explores methodological issues relevant to the principal area of the students research. It is chosen in consultation with the students principal supervisor from among the numerous courses in methodology offered by different departments at Concordia University.




INDI 687 Master’s Thesis Proposal (3.00)
INDI 690 Master’s Research and Thesis (24.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with high academic standing in a relevant disciplinary area or its equivalent.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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