Admissions for the Fall 2019 Intake are now closed. Application deadlines for the Fall 2020 intake to be announced soon.

Academic Prerequisites

Entry into year 1

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Applicants with other degrees may be considered, provided that they have a strong background in the mentioned subjects.

Entry into year 2

1st year of Master’s degree in Computer Science with the following courses: Fundamentals of modern computer networking, Introduction to cryptology, Computer architectures and operating systems, Advanced cryptology, Information systems security, Network security. Optional courses among: data bases, machine learning, information theory.

Please note that Ecole Polytechnique is ranked in the world's Top20 in Mathematics, therefore the level in Mathematics is particularly high in all academic programs. Do not hesitate to indicate in your personal statement all the relevant courses that you have followed (including courses in Mathematics).

The admission committee will assess the relevance and quality of the bachelor's degree. The Graduate Point Average (GPA), the individual grades for the courses, class rank and any academic awards will also be taken into account.

Language Prerequisites


Applicants must demonstrate full English-language proficiency. The tests that we accept are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) and the following Cambridge General English Tests: First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE). Scores must date no earlier than two years prior to the start of the program.

The minimum scores required are:

  • TOEFL IBT: 90
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Cambridge Test - First (FCE): Grade B - 176

You must upload a copy of your IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Tests results in the online application system. Do not send your scores electronically through ETS or the British Council. You can submit your application without your English language test result. However, please note that any offer will be conditional on your providing your English language test results at the required level.

Applicants may be exempt from this requirement under the following circumstances: you hold an English-taught degree completed in residence (for at least 2 years) in an English-speaking country* (e.g. secondary school diploma, bachelor's degree, two-year master's degree...). The admission committee reserves the right to refuse exemption requests and will definitely confirm the decision upon admission.

*: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States of America.


No level of French is required to be admitted in the Master of Science & Technology programs

Although you do not need to speak French in order to complete the graduate degree, we believe that some basic French language skills are necessary to facilitate your everyday life in France. Therefore, please note that if your mother tongue is not French or if you have never been enrolled in an academic program entirely taught in French (for at least one year), you will be tested by our Language department upon your arrival and depending on the results, you may be requested to enroll in an introductory French Language course and as part of the degree requirements.

Students who have already studied French as a Foreign Language may also attend B1/B2/C1 level classes: a good command of French language will indeed increase your employability in France upon graduation. No additional fees are charged for language courses.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed in rounds, 3 times a year. The application deadlines for Fall 2019 are:

  • DECEMBER 15, 2018 (Applications open on October 15)
  • MARCH 15, 2019 (Applications open on January 15)
  • MAY 1, 2019 (Applications open on April 1)

The applications website will be open from October 15, 2018 to May 1st, 2019. You can initiate your application at any time during this period. However, you will only be able to finalize it within the above deadlines. Please note that only students who apply in the first and second rounds of admissions can apply for a scholarship.

Kindly note that you can only apply for each program once per year. You may apply to a different program, but you are not allowed to submit another application for a program that you have already applied to. Please note that we do not offer spring term admission.

We advise that you start as early as possible, it may take time to gather all supporting documents necessary to your application. 

Decisions will be released 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline.


Follow the steps below:

  1. Create an account on our application website. Please use the same email address for your application and any enquiries to us. You can complete the application process in multiple sessions and in any order you choose.
  2. Fill in the online application form. (Printed copies of the application form are not available.)
  3. Upload all the required documents. You do not need to send us any paper copies. 

Once you submit an application, you will not be able to access the online form again. If you see a mistake or wish to provide updated information or any additional documents, please contact us directly. 

Application fee

The application processing fee for graduate degree programs is 80 euros (approx. 90 US dollars). You can pay by credit card or through an electronic bank transfer. Please note that this fee is non-refundable, even if an application is denied.

We advise that you pay the application fee by credit card, as the bank transfer usually takes more time. If you wish to pay the application fee via a bank transfer, it has to be processed by the bank several days before the admission deadline. If the bank transfer is made by a third party (family member, company, etc.) please make sure to inform the Admissions team by sending an email to the Admissions officer.