MBA Program

What is the length of the Desautels MBA program?

The full time McGill MBA program is a 57 credit program that is completed over the course of two years (20 months).

Is there an accelerated option in the MBA program for those who have completed a business degree?

No, there is no accelerated option. All students are required to complete the entire program, including Base Camp.

Does the Desautels MBA Program have a core curriculum?

Yes, McGill does have a core curriculum, and one of the most unique core curriculums in the world. The first semester of the MBA program is referred to as the Core. The Core, consisting of five integrated modules and a final case competition, provides the organizational and environmental context for the rest of the program.

What is the teaching method used in the McGill MBA program?

The Desautels MBA program at McGill combines both theory and cases. Other methods include guest lectures and team projects. Students have the opportunity to learn from not only from leading professors from around the world, but also from exceptional international business leaders. This combination of theoretical and real world teaching is an important differentiating factor of the Desautels MBA program at McGill.

What areas of specialization/concentrations does the Desautels MBA offer?

There are four areas of specializations that students can choose from - Global Strategy & Leadership, Finance, Marketing and Business Analytics. Concentrations allow students to tailor their studies to their specific career goals and interests. A concentration is comprised of five courses (15 credits) selected from a chosen area.

Can I transfer credits from courses completed in my undergraduate degree?

Credits earned during an undergraduate degree may not be counted towards an MBA.

Can I work while studying at McGill?

The program is rigorous and intensive; thus, incoming students are not recommended to work while attending full-time studies. However, we do offer the Professional MBA program (PMBA), a unique part-time MBA program for working professionals from different fields.

I obtained my business degree some time ago. Are there any refresher courses that I can take to prepare for my MBA studies?

We have students from all different backgrounds, and as such, all accepted students participate in Base Camp beginning the second week of August; this is a non-credit two week session that provides a strong foundation in Business Statistics and Financial Accounting. Base Camp works to ensure that students begin the Core with a solid knowledge of these key areas. 


What are the minimum admission requirements for entry into the MBA program?

Candidates applying must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Additionally, all applicants must complete the GMAT or the GRE exam. For candidates whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed their degree in an English speaking country, the TOEFL or IELTS is required. The minimum TOEFL iBT score is 100, with a minimum of 20 in each category. The minimum overall band for the IELTS is 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each category. Additionally, all applicants must have a minimum of two years of work experience following their undergraduate degree.

Are interviews required for admission to the MBA Program?

Yes, all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be invited for an admission interview. Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail as to a time and date.

How important is the interview in the admission process?

We understand that our applicants invest a great deal of time and effort into their applications. The written application, including the essays and letters of reference, remains a critical part of the evaluation process. The interview is simply a key source of supplemental information. There is no specific weight assigned to the interview. We use the information derived from the interview in context—just as we use all other information in the application process. No single factor is decisive. Therefore, a positive interview does not guarantee admission, just as a poor interview does not, by itself, preclude admission. This interview is important not only for the admissions committee to better understand your background and experiences, but also an important opportunity for you to ask key questions and ensure that the Desautels MBA at McGill is the right program for you.

When is a student notified of the admission decision?

Once an application is complete, applicants can expect to receive a response within 4-6 weeks.

What is the profile of a typical Desautels MBA student?

Our student body is extremely diverse, and as such, there is no "typical candidate". This is one of the reasons why our program is so special. We look for excellent candidates who will become responsible leaders, and that can come from many different backgrounds. Our averages for our last incoming class include 4-5 years of full-time post-baccalaureate work experience, an average GMAT score of 670 and an overall GPA of 3.3, however there are ranges around each of these figures. We look at all of the different components of the application package.

I have been accepted, what is the next step?

You must confirm your offer of acceptance and submit the non-refundable deposit of $5,000 by the deadline date specified in your letter of acceptance to ensure that your space in the program is not forfeited to another candidate.

Once accepted, can an acceptance be deferred?

Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant may defer his/her acceptance for a period no longer than one year. To apply for a deferral, the student must do so in writing, explaining the reasons for the deferral. In order to secure a space for the following year, a deferral fee is required.

Tuition and Funding

When are tuition fees due?

Tuition fees are due only after the student has registered for courses. For tuition deadlines, please see here

I was awarded an entrance award/fellowship from the Desautels Faculty of Management, when will I receive the funds?

For students, who have recieved an award/fellowship, the funds are transferred to their student account by the end of August.

Is financial assistance available and how does one apply?

All applicants are automatically considered for all internal MBA entrance awards/fellowships. For specific information on scholarships, please read more here

International students

All international are required to secure the CAQ and study permit to prior to starting the MBA program. For information regarding how to obtain these documents, please refer here.

The Immigration Canada allows international students to obtain a work permit for 3 years after graduation from a 2 year MBA programme. Please visit their website for more details. 

Student Life

Where do MBA students live while studying at McGill?

MBA students traditionally live off campus in downtown Montreal. For detailed information on apartment sizes, location, lease laws, subletting and tips on searching for an apartment in Montreal, for more information please visit their website.

What is living in Montreal like?

Montreal is a bilingual city (English and French) located in the heart of North America. Montreal offers students a unique and enriching cultural experience in addition to an exceptionally low cost of living. It is often referred to as the Paris of North America. As for climate, there are four seasons present where the daytime high can reach as high as 32°C in mid-July to -20°C in mid-February. For more detailed information on Montreal, please visit 'Living in Montreal.'