As many of you already know, we have launched the recruitment phase of our new Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) program that will welcome its first cohort late this summer. Through it, we are excited to equip young talents with the tools and experience they need to take the lead in shaping the future of retail. We firmly believe there is no other program like it in the world!
The market is responding very positively and we are happy to note that we are ahead of our registration targets. We want to ensure that the quality of our cohort is in line with the quality of the MMR program, so here is a little more detail about the program and we would welcome you to share this information with your networks.
Over the last few years and even more during the COVID-19 pandemic, retail has been in profound transformation due to shifts in consumer behaviour and rapid technological innovations. To succeed, retailers must now take an omni-channel approach; that is, ensuring that they can serve customers wherever they are – whether in store, online, or on social media.
These challenges are giving retail educators the opportunity to take the lead in guiding and preparing the next generation of retailers. Our retail partners have noted that there is a need for specifically trained retail talent to help them navigate the post-COVID retail world. This is where the MMR comes in!
“The MMR will combine analytics, sustainability, creativity and management to prepare students to become retail leaders of the future,” said Professor Morty Yalovsky, Dean of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. “It is the only Master’s program of its kind to prepare students for the shifting priorities anticipated in tomorrow’s economy enabling students to either transition seamlessly into retail or take their existing retail careers to the next level.”
The MMR features a comprehensive curriculum that integrates digitization, omni-channel management, and real-world experiential learning opportunities in various sectors such as food/grocery, fashion/beauty, financial services, hospitality/entertainment, intelligent mobility, among others. MMR students have the opportunity to participate in internships with our major retail partners and have access to our new retail innovation lab that will enable ground-breaking research and provide a live testing ground for innovative and frictionless technologies to address the retail sector’s current challenges.
“Now more than ever it is important to understand how big data, artificial intelligent and fintech are rapidly changing retail and its value chains,” said Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management. “To meet the retail industry’s ever-changing needs, MMR students will exit the program not only with solid academic credentials but with invaluable practical experience.”
Students can apply to be part of the first cohort of the Master of Management in Retailing here. The application deadline for international students is March 15, 2021 and for Canadian students it is May 15, 2021.
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