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About the Desautels Faculty of Management

About the Desautels Faculty of Management

Founded in 1906, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools by BusinessWeek, Canadian Business, Forbes and The Economist.

Who's Behind Desautels with Professor Samer Faraj

Research Excellence

The Faculty’s innovative programs and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the finest students and the most prominent professors from around the globe, as well as the most demanding recruiters from the world’s top employers.

Desautels houses numerous research centres and academic programs at the undergraduate, masters, executive, and PhD levels. The curriculum is built on an integrated, interdisciplinary model that combines research, practice, and teaching. This valuable, holistic approach prepares students to successfully manage and lead in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

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Who's Behind Desautels?

Professor Samer Faraj, Strategy & Organization

Does moving hospitals to a new building give you a different kind of care?

Professor Samer Faraj is studying the issues involved in moving complex healthcare institutions, with implications for organizations around the world. Learn more about how our Desautels professors are behind some of the most unique research projects in the world with our campaign.

Who's Behind Desautels? >

Second cohort of Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) students

Diverse student body

Coming from over 75 countries around the world, the Desautels student body is composed of diverse and accomplished individuals including Olympic athletes, artists, health care professionals, and those with strong backgrounds in business, finance and analytics. This creates a unique, multicultural environment which provides students a great opportunity to learn and develop in many ways beyond academics.

Learn about Experiential learning at Desautels >

New academic programs

Master of Management in Finance (MMF)

In response to the need for a program that integrates advanced financial concepts and quantitative methods with real-world business practices, the Desautels Faculty of Management launched the MMF program in February 2016. As a pre-experience, 12-month program, the MMF welcomed its first cohort in the summer of 2016.

Master of Management in Analytics (MMA)

The Desautels Faculty of Management launched the MMA program in 2018 to respond to the growing needs of organisations (for profit, non-profit, governmental) for business analytics. The MMA degree is a pre-experience, twelve-month specialized program in the evolving field of management analytics. The MMA welcomed its first cohort in the summer of 2018.

Pictured: In May 2018, the second cohort of MMF students celebrated the completion of their coursework & upcoming convocation.

Downtown campus in Montreal, Photo: Valeria Lau

Downtown Montreal campus

QS Best Student Cities ranks Montreal as 1st in North America and 4th in the world. Another reason to love being a student at Desautels.

With the Faculty being in the heart of downtown Montreal, one of the most vibrant, multicultural and livable cities in North America, studying at Desautels means enjoying an exceptional cultural experience like no other.

Living in Montreal >

Marcel Desautels in front of the Bronfman Building

Bronfman Building

Thanks to a generous donation from the Bronfman family, the Samuel Bronfman Building is inaugurated in 1972, providing the Faculty of Management with a modern new home on Sherbrooke Street.

Pictured: Marcel Desautels stands in front of the Bronfman Building. The Faculty is named the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in November 2015 when the Canadian Credit Management Foundation and Dr. Marcel Desautels CM, O.Ont., LLD’07, donated $22 million to the Faculty. It is the largest single donation ever made to a business or management faculty in Canada.

Learn more about Marcel Desautels >

Ribbon cutting of the Armstrong Building, May 2018

Armstrong Building

Home of the MBA & Specialized Masters programs

Thanks to incredible donor support, Desautels has a new home for our Masters programs - and extra space for our BCom students. Donors also created 34 new MBA awards for the #1 MBA Program in Canada and named more than 140 MBA Lockers. On May 25-26, 2018, hundreds of donors and alumni gathered to celebrate this success. Now Desautels has a building and suite of awards that match our ambitions and accomplishments as a Faculty.

MBA Next 50 Celebration >

Bensadoun School of Retail Management

Bensadoun School of Retail Management

Thanks to a donation of $25 million from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, announced in May 2017, McGill began work on developing the Bensadoun School of Retail Management: an inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry.

In 2018, construction in the Bronfman Building kicked-off on an addition to the Ground Floor with the new Bensadoun School of Retail Management. Students can now pursue either a Retail Management Concentration in the Bachelor of Commerce program or an Area of Specialization in Retail Management in the PhD program.

The Transformation of Retail >

Managing growth as an Entrepreneur panel, MBA Next 50 Celebration in May 2018

Strong international network

With over 30,000 alumni around the world, the Desautels Faculty has a very strong international network. Alumni contribute regularly to applied learning through our Alumni Desautels Global Experts program and help our students integrate in the business community, provide internships and hiring opportunities through our BCom and MBA mentorship programs.

Meet our Desautels Global Experts >

Managing growth as an Entrepreneur Alumni Panel Discussion

As part of the MBA Next 50 Celebration that took place on May 26, 2018, the Managing growth as an Entrepreneur Panel Discussion featured JoAnne Gaudrea (EMBA’13), Sam Scalia (EMBA’13), Craig Buntin (MBA’13) and Tim Thompson (MBA’90) and was moderated by Professor Corey Phelps.

From the perspective of three very different experiences, each panel member shared the origins of how they began and what were the catalysts to spark their entrepreneurial venture. From determining the right business model, the importance of capital and how to secure it through to lifelong experiences that have paved the future, the session explored some valuable learnings on what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Pictured: Professor Corey Phelps, JoAnne Gaudrea, Sam Scalia and Craig Buntin

MBA Next 50 Celebration >

Our Points of Pride

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get the latest Covid-19 updates and learn what to expect for McGill’s return to campus this Fall, 2021.

For Desautels specific updates please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.

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