10 Points of Pride at Desautels

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.

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BCom Program

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.


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18 Case Competition FinishesCase competition excellence

In the 2015-16 academic year, Desautels students had a record-breaking 18 first place finishes in case competitions around the world.

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  • 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) 


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Forbes 30 under 30A catalyst for future leaders

2013 Hult Prize winners Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14) and Shobhita Soor (MBA’15), made Forbes’ 2016 "30 Under 30 List" of the brightest young social entrepreneurs.


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Henry-MintzbergWorld-renowned professors

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.

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Social Learning for Social Impact

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.

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McGill Dobson Cup 2016 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.

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MBA Program

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.

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Bertrand Cesvet, MBA'88Bertrand Cesvet, MBA'88, Chairman and Senior Partner at commercial creativity firm Sid Lee.

Notable alumni

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

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2015 Rhodes Scholar Joanna Klimczak BCom'2014Joanna Klimczak, BCom'2014

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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