The Desautels Faculty of Management is where international perspectives on business converge to produce some leading-edge research. With more than 70% of our professors hailing from over 25 different countries, our faculty pushes the boundaries of knowledge with an interdisciplinary, global, collaborative approach. The prestigious “Desautels 22” featuring our researchers’ top-tier publications attests to the breadth and depth of our Faculty’s output. 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.
Ranking among peer institutions
Desautels Faculty of Management is...
- Ranked 71st globally out of 240 MBA programs (QS 2020 Global MBA Rankings)
- Ranked 2nd in Canada and 87th in the world for the MBA Program (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019)
- Ranked #1 in Canada and 48th in their 2018 Global 2 Year MBA Ranking (Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal)
McGill University is...
- 33rd university in the world and 1st in Canada for Citations per Faculty (QS World University Rankings 2019)
- 44th university in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018/19)
- #1 medical-doctoral university in Canada for 14 years in a row (Maclean’s University Rankings 2019)
Desautels is growing
As the international business community’s continue to evolve, Desautels is growing – both in our course offerings and our facilities. The campus now reflects the scale of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s sense of ambition and purpose.
- Two 12-month interdisciplinary programs, the Master in Management in Finance (MMF) and the Master of Management in Analytics (MMA), were launched in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
- In January 2018, the Donald E. Armstrong Building, home to the MBA and specialized Master programs, opened its doors to our MBA, Master and BCom students. The Armstrong Building represents 48,000 square feet of new space for our students, boosting the Faculty's footprint by almost 20%.
- The Armstrong building also liberated over 10,000 ft.² of space for our BCom students in the Bronfman Building.
- In late 2018, the new Bensadoun School of Retail Management will be the most recent addition to the building’s ground floor overlooking McTavish. Made possible by a $25 million donation from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, BSRM will be an interdisciplinary, state of the art school that puts Desautels at the forefront of retail management education and research.
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. Most of our faculty are involved in research and collaborations that cross international borders.
- Professor and Associate Dean, Research Vihang Errunza, (Finance) was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as a finance scholar, in recognition of the effect of his work on global welfare in September 2017.
- Professor Nancy Adler (Organizational Behaviour) was listed as one of the world’s top 30 gurus in the Leadership Professionals category of the 2016 Global Gurus ranking.
- Juan Serpa (Assistant Professor of Operations Management) was named by Poets & Quants’ 2017 top 40 Undergrad profs list in September 2017.
- Professor Sebastien Betermier (Finance) was named by Poets & Quants as one of 2017’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors for his engaging teaching and excellence in research in March 2017.
- Professor Saibal Ray (Operations Management) was named into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in March 2017.
- Professor Alain Pinsonneault (Information Systems) was inducted into the Ordre national du Québec as a Chevalier in June 2016.
- Henry Mintzberg (Strategy & Organization) 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.
The finest students
The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships. More thanany other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 145 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
Montreal enjoys worldwide recognition
Montreal offers true joie de vivre with a unique blend of North American and European cultures. A UNESCO City of Design since 2006 and the most bilingual and trilingual metropolitan area in Canada, it is also twice as affordable as other international cities in North America and Europe.
Greater Montreal enjoys the most competitive housing costs of all the major Canadian cities and the best domestic purchasing power in the country (and the third best in North America). Government-funded health care and free public primary and secondary education contribute to making the cost of living here 40% lower than other metropolitan cities.
Hip, friendly, stylish. Montreal’s dynamism shines in its diverse, accessible, walkable neighbourhoods, cultural organizations, festivals and events. The Montreal International Jazz Festival, International Fireworks Competition, the Rogers Cup and Formula 1 races, Montreal Startupfest and Montreal C2 are just a few of the annual events that entertain and connect locals and international visitors.
At the forefront of Research
Desautels enjoys global recognition for its innovative research. We are 49th in the world according to the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings and are ranked among the top three research universities in Canada. Our professors also 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 from 2012 to 2018, is a testament to the breadth of our faculty’s output. Desautels’ excellence in research aligns with McGill’s international reputation as a leading research-intensive university.
Desautels researchers 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).
- One of the two multidisciplinary teams for the AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) will includes researchers from the Bensadoun School, and the Faculties of Engineering, Management and Science. Their work will bridge the retail, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications technology sectors to build intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics.
- The Protein Industries Supercluster involves the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science and the MCCHE who will contribute knowledge about retail that spans the full agri-food chain.
A hub for entrepreneurship & social entrepreneurs
The 2017 McGill Dobson Cup, McGill’s premiere start-up competition, featured 150 teams and over 500 participants who competed for over $100,000 in cash prizes. Since the centre's launch in 2009, 2,600 McGill entrepreneurs have been trained and mentored, $110 Million has been raised and 125 start-ups remain active as of 2017. 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. UBI Global ranked the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship #8 in the category of World Top Business Incubator - Managed by a University.
As part of C2 Montreal, the 2018 Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI) showcased the social impacts of 10 collaborative research projects through an interactive circuit in May of 2018. Featured was the McGill project Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE). Run by students at the MCCHE and the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science (FAES), FLEdGE investigated how consumer behaviours could be impacted by student initiatives such as Share the Warmth, which piloted pay-what-you-can fruit and vegetable markets.
Sustainability can be understood as the pursuit of economic prosperity while living within the carrying capacity of ecosystems and achieving social equity – across all sectors and types of organizations. Economic sustainability is at the heart of Desautels' Strategic Plan. The Faculty has set out to grow self-sustaining degree programs, grow revenue-generating executive education, and continue to build on its research-driving fundraising capabilities. In addition, our degree programs and courses in Managing for 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.
Professor Dror Etzion’s Sustainability & Environmental Accounting class, for instance, won the 2017 Aspen Institute Business & Society Program Ideas Worth Teaching Award.
The McGill campus as a whole and in its own right has won recognition for its sustainability. In 2017, Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking recognized McGill as the second greenest campus in Canada. Evaluation criteria included initiatives undertaken to improve environmental impact (including green buildings), greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable transportation, purchasing, and waste management.
Notable Desautels Alumni
A small sample of the over 30,000 hugely successful alumni we have around the globe.
- 2013 Hult Prize winners Mohammed Ashour (MSc’11, MDCM’15) and Shobhita Soor (MBA’15), made Forbes’ 2016 "30 Under 30 List" of the brightest young social entrepreneurs.
- Joanne Liu, MCDM’91, MMGMT’14, International President, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
- Inez Jabapurwala, MBA'01, CEO Brain Canada and NeuroScience Canada Partnership
- Samira Sakhia, BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01, President, Knight Therapeutics Inc.
- Alain Bellemare, MBA’93, Former 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, Chairman & CEO, Nevada Capital Corp Ltd
- William Shatner, BCom’52, Actor
An Institution of International Renown
McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world while the Desautels Faculty of Management is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools.
The Desautels Faculty of Management has been re-accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) for the maximum period of five years. The faculty is a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide.
At McGill, we know the importance of attracting the best and brightest: from our students to our researchers to our employees. That’s why we do all that we can to ensure that McGill is a place where everyone thrives, and we’re proud to say our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. We have again been named one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2018.
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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.
Last update: September 30, 2019