The Financial Times of London survey of 100 MBA programs in the world, released on January 24, 2005, places McGill graduates first in North America — and 11th worldwide — for international mobility. This measure is based on the employment movements of alumni between time of graduation and today. The Financial Times results are based on a survey of the 2001 alumni and an analysis of each school's activities.
"McGill consistently ranks high on the international mobility criteria and this reflects the very nature of our graduates," explains Omar Toulan, Associate Professor and Academic Director of the McGill MBA program. "McGill MBAs are highly diverse, well prepared to embrace international careers, and have a strong sense of inquisitiveness which helps them succeed in international settings."
As in previous years, McGill scores high on all international aspects of the ranking, placing among the top ten in North America for international faculty, international students and international experience of students during the program.
"Students are exposed to cultural diversity at McGill, which includes their professors and fellow colleagues," Toulan adds. "As they go through the program, they are challenged on a daily basis to further develop an understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural issues, an asset praised by employers who recruit for positions abroad. Industry recognizes their strong potential to become not just successful managers, but also world-wise leaders."
While McGill placed 39th overall, it appears in the top 25 worldwide on:
- career progress made by alumni, evaluated both in terms of level of seniority within the organization and size of the company for which they work;
- value for money, calculated by using the salary earned three years after graduation and course costs, including lost salary during the duration of the program;
- percentage of female faculty members.
Other international surveys have also recognized the quality of the McGill MBA. In the latest "Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey," conducted in 2003 by the Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute, the McGill MBA was among the 36 MBA programs selected from 100 schools around the world for their contribution to social responsibility. Forbes magazine included McGill in the top 15 non-US MBA programs for return on investment in its latest MBA ranking. In this survey, released in October of 2003, McGill ranked second in Canada for return on investment for two-year MBA programs.