10 Points of Pride at Desautels

Number 1

Recognition on the world stage

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Number 2

Growing ambitions

With renovated and expanded facilities located in the heart of downtown Montreal, including the new Donald E. Armstrong Building 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.

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Number 3

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. 

Number 4

Case competition excellence

Desautels students hone their skills in critical and creative thinking and problem solving through various experiential learning opportunities including our McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) and Retail Innovation Challenge. Each year, Desautels undergraduate and graduate students excel at international case competitions.

Number 5

A catalyst for future leaders

Our integrated management approach to education aims to develop world-wise, responsible leaders.

Under the supervision of Desautels MMA professors, a team of students from the Desautels Faculty of Management and Faculty of Engineering developed a widely recognized dashboard that tracks COVID-19 cases in Montreal and Quebec.

TeamMTL, a collaboration between students and faculty from McGill University and Concordia University, won several first place prizes at Solar Decathlon China 2018 for their solar-powered house design.

Number 5

World-renowned professors

With faculty hailing from every corner of the globe, the Desautels Faculty of Management provides a truly global approach and perspective to teaching and research.

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.

Learn more about our research excellence >

Number 7

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).

Number 8

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.

Number 9

A focus on sustainability

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.

Learn about Sustainability at McGill >

Number 10

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

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Last updated: September 13, 2021

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