This page gives information to students of Télécom Paris about applying to the MPRI master program. I am responsible for Télécom at the MPRI, and you should contact me at antoine.amarilli<REMOVETHIS>@telecom-paris.fr if you have questions. Before you do so, however, please check the page below.

What is the MPRI?

The MPRI is a master's program in computer science. It mostly focuses on theoretical computer science. It regroups students from the École normale supérieure (rue d'Ulm), the École normale supérieure de Paris-Saclay, the École polytechnique, students from the Université de Paris (formerly Paris 7), foreign students, and a few Télécom students every year.

The MPRI is a 2-year program (M1 and M2), but Télécom students only do the M2 year. They can do so as a third-year choice of master in their studies.

The MPRI features classes about many areas in computer science during the first semester, and then an internship during the second semester, which can count as an engineering internship (stage d'ingénieur) for Télécom Paris.

The MPRI is a well-recognized program: it is probably one of the most well-known general-purpose theoretical computer science master's programs in France. It also has some international recognition.

Who should do the MPRI?

The MPRI is a good choice if you are interested in theoretical computer science, especially if you intend to continue with a PhD in computer science, and possibly a career as an academic researcher.

What are other possible choices?

The MPRO, unrelated despite the similar name, is a Parisian master in operational research that Télécom students can also take. It is specifically focused on the field of operational research, and has a more practical feel, but better industrial connections.

How can I choose my MPRI classes?

Have a look at the list of classes. There is also the possibility of adding some external classes (more info on the MPRI website). The classes are mostly independent from each other.

Do I have to do a PhD after the MPRI?

No, but it is what a large majority of students ends up doing. If you wish to do something else, e.g., work in the industry, the MPRI probably will not help you, i.e., you will probably not be much better off than with your Télécom diploma, except in some specific cases (e.g., research and development in a topic covered at the MPRI, internship via the MPRI in a company, etc.).

How are Télécom students selected? Do I need to have good grades?

There is no strict requirement, but the MPRI is very challenging: the classes are very specialized, and many of the other students have more background about theoretical computer science than the typical computer science student. For this reason, I am more comfortable selecting students who have good grades, especially in theoretical classes (e.g., INF101 and INF105 in first year, MITRO classes...).

In any case, however, I chat with students and check their motivation before accepting them. If you have the right motivation, know what you are getting into, and are willing to put in the effort and take the risk of failing, then we can certainly discuss.

Which "filière" should I take to study at the MPRI?

Télécom students going to the MPRI are typically ACCQ/MITRO students, though this is not a requirement. ACCQ and especially MITRO are the best way to be prepared for MPRI.

Do I need to speak French?

If you are not French-speaking, you should still be able to take MPRI, but your choice of classes may be more restricted. Some MPRI classes are in French, others in English, and others have a more complex policy. Please check the list of classes. As for the program administration, it is English-speaking.

How do I apply to the MPRI?

To apply to the MPRI, you should first get in touch with me. I will ask you about your motivations, and check that you are a good fit for the program. If so, I will write a recommendation letter for you.

You should then apply via IP Paris: here is the program on their website.

For the application, you will need to write a motivation letter, in which you should explain your motives. You will need to provide letters of recommendation: provide mine, along with a second letter by a Télécom professor who knows you well or in whose class you did well. (It is not necessary to put too much effort in this something special needs to be explained about your application, e.g., you are a good fit for the program even though this is not reflected in your grades...). Please check the IP Paris website for application dates.

The jury then decides which applicants are selected and which are rejected.

If you are selected, you should register for the master via IP Paris. Once registered, you interact directly with MPRI to choose your classes and internship, on the pedagogical server.

How can I get more information about MPRI?

Get in touch with me!