Next level training for retail leaders of the future

Emphasis on digital solutions, data analytics, to train future retail leaders for rapidly evolving post-COVID retail industry
Published: 14 October 2020

Calling retail leaders of the future: McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management is launching a unique Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) designed to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in the rapidly evolving post-COVID retail industry.

“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 Masters 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 COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of e-commerce is driving rapid technological innovations in the retail sector. “Now more than ever it is important to understand how big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and smart infrastructure are changing the supply chains of tomorrow,” 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.”

Offered in twelve or sixteen-month options, the program is designed to prepare students from any academic background and experience level for a variety of careers in retail such as marketing, strategy, operations, data science, tech/consulting, and supply chain management. There is no other program in the world which looks at management in retailing from end to end.

The MMR features a comprehensive curriculum that integrates advanced retail concepts and real-world experiential learning opportunities in various sectors such as fashion/beauty, food/grocery, financial services, hospitality/entertainment, intelligent mobility, among others. MMR students have the opportunity to participate in internships with the School’s major retail partners, learn about managing all levels of a retail operation using the latest technologies offered in the School’s state-of-the-art Retail Innovation Lab, and take part in an optional international study trip to learn about retail operations in a booming metropolis abroad.

Students can apply to be part of the first cohort of the Master of Management in Retailing. To attend an upcoming information session, register online.

About McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management:

Opened in 2018 after a $25 million donation by the Bensadoun Family Foundation, McGill's Bensadoun School of Retail Management was created to educate and empower a global network of interdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners who research, envision, and prototype a dynamic and successful world of retail. The Bensadoun School is working to be the best source of talent and ideas for a retail industry that enables sustainable consumption and healthier societies. Learn more about the Bensadoun School of Retail Management.

About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,200 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,800 international students making up 31% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 19% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

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