The two year Masters program in Advanced Communication Networks is a partner in the elite “Jacques Herbrand” admissions jury process within the University of Paris-Saclay.
As a candidate, you are therefore required to:
- Apply to the “Voie Jacques Herbrand Polytechnique” programme at this site: https://inception.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/
- Clearly indicate in your application file (at a minimum, in your motivation letter) that you seek admission to the ACN Masters program.
You should hold (or, expect to obtain during the current academic year) at least, a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computer science, electrical engineering, or applied mathematics, and have an outstanding academic record.
Note that the above reflects necessary, but not sufficient, prerequisites, and simply having “validated” and “barely obtained” a Bachelors is insufficient: your candidature will be individually examined and evaluated (grades, motivation, career perspectives, etc.).
Exceptional Direct Admission to the Second Year of the Program
While this remains exceptional, direct admission into the second year of the program is possible for candidates, satisfying all of the below conditions:
- You hold a Bachelors degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or applied mathematics, with an outstanding academic record; AND
- You have at least one year of relevant study, at Masters level, after obtaining their Bachelors degree; AND
- You are able to justify (principally by way of validated course credits) that you through your studies have acquired skills, commensurate to those taught though the first year of this Masters program. This may, for example, be the case for French students who have completed an M1 in computer science, electronic engineering, applied mathematics, and other related disciplines.
Note that an unsuccessful application directly to the Second year will not automatically be reconsidered for admission into the full two year program.
Also note that the above reflects necessary, but not sufficient, prerequisites, and simply having “validated” prerequisites is insufficient: each candidature is individually examined and evaluated (grades, motivation, career perspectives, etc.).
Important Note: Applicants should be have good knowledge in Probabilities and have at least basic programming skills (Python being mandatory). Due to evolution of core & data center networking (such as Network Function Virtualization), students are strongly encouraged to be familiar with Linux (both its usage and administration), virtualization tools (such as Virtualbox, VMWare) and container technologies (e.g. Docker).
Exceptionally, the jury might accept a student who might not meet these contraints (if the student demonstrates both a great motivation and outstanding capability to learn fast). However the students will thus be asked to get prepared during the summer (links to on line courses and books will then be provided).
Prerequisites are known to be satisfied by, and thereby direct admission into M2 is possible (though, not guaranteed *) for:
- Students from Ecole Polytechnique who, as part of their 3rd year of studies have successfully completed the M1-NET program (identical to the ACN Year 1 (M1)) in the computer science department.
- Students from Telecom ParisTech who have succesfully completed one track dealing with networking or distributed systems.
The above reflects necessary, but not sufficient, prerequisites, and simply having “validated” prerequisites is insufficient: each candidature is individually examined and evaluated (grades, motivation, career perspectives, etc.).