The Desautels Faculty of Management is a global brand with more than 70% of our professors hailing from over 25 different countries and more than 50% of our students representing 75 countries around the world.
We embrace innovation as a core principal. We were the first in Quebec to self-fund our MBA program, we embraced social learning with the first Group MOOC (or GROOC) in the world, and we launched the McGill X-1 Accelerator, an educational program that empowers the McGill community to build innovative companies.
Ranking among peer institutions
Desautels Faculty of Management is...
- Ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world for the MBA Program (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018)
- Ranked 66th globally (QS Global MBA Rankings 2018)
- Ranked among the 45 world elite business schools and is one of only four Canadian business schools ranked as Global Elite (QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017)
- Ranked 9th in the world for addressing sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Ranking 2017)
McGill University is...
- 50 of the World’s most International Universities (Times Higher Education 2017)
- 32nd university in the world and 1st in Canada for Citations per Faculty (QS World University Rankings 2018)
- 42nd university in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17)
- 2nd in Canada and 18th worldwide for most employable graduates (Times Higher Education Graduate Employability Ranking 2017)
Unrivaled undergraduate program
With over 6,000 applicants and 50% of our student body coming from outside of Canada, our BCom program continues to be one of the most selective and international undergraduate management education programs in the world.
Case competition excellence
In the 2015-16 academic year, Desautels students had a record-breaking 18 first place finishes in case competitions around the world.
- University of Auckland's Champions Trophy
- MIT Sloan Sports Analytics First Pitch Case Competition
- Canadian L'Oreal Brandstorm
- Regional CFA Valuation Challenge
- Bank of Canada's Governors Challenge
- National Investment Banking Competition
- Happening Marketing (4) – 1st in 4 categories
- Harvard Financial Analysts Symposium
- The Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation
- PRMIA Risk Management Challenge
- Inter-Collegiate Business Competition
- Jeux du Commerce (2) – 1st in 2 categories
- JDC Central (1)
- Financial Open (1)
A catalyst for future leaders
The Desautels Faculty of Management differentiates itself through a global approach in our teaching and research. Our professors come from all over the world, most have worked on research projects abroad, and many continue to have international collaborations – bringing a strong global perspective to all of our programs. See our Faculty
Henry Mintzberg is the 2015 recipient of the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges an exceptional individual whose work has made an important contribution to global thought leadership over an extended period.
A driver for social innovation
In fall 2015, Desautels launched a successful Group MOOC (or GROOC) called Social Learning for Social Impact, which aimed to inspire social change through global collaboration. The GROOC enrolled 7,200 students from 169 countries. More than 20 leading scholars and practitioners in the field of social innovation were involved, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Desautels faculty members and researchers also spearhead the Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL), a shared observatory for the social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation in Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation.
A hub for entrepreneurship
The 2016 McGill Dobson Cup, McGill’s premiere start-up competition, featured 150 teams and over 500 participants who competed for $117,000 in cash prizes. Since the centre's launch in 2009, Dobson entrepreneurs have created more than 1,000 jobs and 125 start-ups remain active to date. The Dobson centre also offers the McGill Lean Startup, a program that challenges teams to test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom, and the McGill X-1 Accelerator, a program that is designed to propel early McGill start-ups towards investment readiness and launch. Learn more about the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Exceptional career prospects
Employers recognize the quality of a Desautels graduate. 84% of the 2015 MBA graduating class was placed within 3 months of graduation, with an average base salary of nearly $84,000. Close to 22% of placement was international in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. At the BCom level, 14% of the class of 2015 went on to graduate school and 85% were placed within 4 months of graduation with an average starting salary at over $54,890—a record high.
Here's just a small sample of the over 30,000 hugely successful alumni we have around the globe.
- Inez Jabapurwala, MBA'01, CEO Brain Canada and NeuroScience Canada Partnership
- Alain Bellemare, MBA’93, President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.
- Rima Qureshi BCom’87, MBA’96, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
- Bertrand Cesvet, MBA'88, Executive Chairman and Senior Partner, Sid Lee
- The Honorable Jeanne Atherden, BCom’69, Bermuda Parliament, Minister of Health, Seniors and the Environment
- Seymour Schulich, MBA'65, Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
- William Shatner, BCom’52, Actor
The finest students
The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships. More than any other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 139 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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