McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. McGill is located in the heart of Montreal, the best student city in Canada and top 20 globally (QS Best Student Cities 2023).
The Desautels Faculty of Management is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The Faculty is a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide. We take pride in our reputation for outstanding teaching and innovative research. Year after year, rankings of the world’s top business schools affirm the calibre of talent and achievement within our programs.
McGill was named one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2022 and earned a Silver certification in the Healthy Workplace category as part of the 37th Canada Awards for Excellence. Learn more about working at Desautels.
With a majority of our faculty hailing from other countries, Desautels pushes the boundaries of knowledge with an interdisciplinary, global, collaborative approach. Bringing their research to the classroom, professors at Desautels are not only transforming business practices and public policy, they are enabling a new generation of leaders to innovate in today’s quickly changing business world.
In 2021, Nancy Adler became the first Desautels professor to win the prestigious McGill Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement.
Sujata Madan was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow for 2020—the highest recognition of individual teaching excellence and educational leadership at the university level in Canada.
Desautels’ thought leadership publication, Delve, seeks to accompany managers, decision makers, scholars, and students as they engage in managing organizations, ventures, partnerships, networks, governmental institutions, and numerous other organizational forms.
A hub for entrepreneurship
The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub of entrepreneurship at the University, working with over 11 faculties to offer high quality programs to startups at every juncture of their growth, from idea to investment-readiness. With over 450 active startups, the Centre has supported the creation of over 6,000 jobs since 1988. The startups it has supported have now raised more than $1 billion in seed funding.
McGill University ranks #1 in Canada for developing successful Female Founders and #2 Canada for producing overall competitive startup Founders (Pitchbook Universities 2020 Ranking).
An unrivaled undergraduate program
With over 7,000 applicants and 50% of our student body coming from outside Canada, our BCom program continues to be one of the most selective and international undergraduate management education programs in the world.
Experiential learning and case competitions
At Desautels we ensure an outstanding learning experience for all students through high-impact programs that provide access to experiential learning and build foundational skills in critical and creative thinking and problem-solving. Desautels undergraduate and graduate students hone their skills in critical and creative thinking and problem solving by participating in international case competitions such as the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) and Retail Innovation Challenge.
Exceptional career prospects
Located in the Soutar Career Centre, Career Management at Desautels is dedicated to helping students develop their skills and explore career paths that enable them to ultimately achieve their career goals. Innovative programs, workshops and speaker series coupled with an integrated learning approach prepare our students and give them the skills to make an impact in their careers throughout their lifetime.
See our latest employment statistics to learn why employers recognize the quality of a Desautels graduate.
At the forefront of research
As one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, McGill University has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1926, an organisation comprising the top North American research universities. It is also a founding member of Universitas 21, which is an international network of leading research-intensive institutions that work collaboratively to enhance global reach and encourage international scope.
In alignment with McGill’s reputation, Desautels enjoys global recognition for its innovative management research. Our professors secure more government funding for research than the national average and publish in some of the most high-profile business journals. The Desautels 22, a compendium of the articles, books and monographs produced by our faculty members is a testament to the breadth of our faculty’s output.
Desautels faculty members take part in multidisciplinary research projects through the cutting-edge retail innovation lab. Our researchers also figure prominently in the federally funded Innovation Superclusters Initiative notably the Bensadoun Retail School of Retail Management and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE).
With renovated and expanded facilities located in the heart of downtown Montreal, including the Donald E. Armstrong Building which opened in 2018, Desautels is a home away from home for our students and faculty members.
In 2021, the Bensadoun School of Retail Management opened the retail innovation lab in the Bronfman Building to develop and test innovations in a laboratory store fitted with state-of-the-art technology.
In 2019, the Faculty launched the free online McGill Personal Finance Essentials, in collaboration with RBC Future Launch and The Globe and Mail. This bilingual course is open to all Canadians.
A focus on sustainability
The Faculty is a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative.
Our degree programs and courses in sustainability have been recognized for their innovative design, and the research interests of many of our faculty members focus on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conducting business.
In 2021, Professor Dror Etzion and his fellow researchers at the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative launched a platform called PIVOT to empower members of the Canadian business community to be more sustainable.
In 2020, our BCom program ranked 4th in Canada and our MBA ranked 14th globally by the Corporate Knights’ Better World rankings for addressing sustainable development and corporate social responsibility through teaching, research and practice
In 2019, the Desautels Sustainability Network received the Catalyst Award for Connectivity, Governance & Administration—the highest recognition at McGill for leadership in sustainability.
The finest students & notable Desautels alumni
We have over 30,000 hugely successful alumni around the globe.
More than any other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 147 Rhodes Scholars. Among these, four Rhodes Scholars hail from the Desautels Faculty of Management.
- 2015: Joanna Klimczak, BCom'2014
- 1983-84: William Hinz, BCom'83, DipEd'88, MA'91
- 1979: John Charles Collis, BCom'79
- 1946: Mervyn Lester Weiner, BCom'43
Last updated: June 2022