The Bachelor of Commerce Program

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The Bachelor of Commerce Program

Internationally acclaimed for its high academic standards and excellence in teaching/research, and widely recognized as Canada's leading international business school, McGill University consistently attracts top students and faculty members from around the world.

The primary objective of the McGill BCom program is to prepare you for an effective professional and managerial career. This preparation includes developing in you a capacity for critical thinking, for integrating knowledge across different disciplines, and for utilizing current theory in approaching practical business problems. You are also expected to become comfortable with taking risks, working as part of a team, and developing the necessary skills to lead others. You will acquire the critical management competencies which will enable you to offer the expertise organizations need to respond to the ever-changing and increasingly complex global marketplace.

The BCom's highly flexible curriculum offers you both breadth and depth. Breadth is achieved through a broad-based core of required courses which provide the necessary quantitative, analytical, and communication skills, while grounding you in applied theory and practice across the major management disciplines. Depth is achieved through three alternate specializations of study designed to meet the needs of a highly diverse student body with a wide range of career interests and priorities.

In the General Management concentration, you will pursue focused study in two different areas. You must choose one concentration in Management, and for your second area of study, you have two options: 1) choosing a second concentration in Management; or 2) pursuing a minor in another faculty. This option is ideal if you are looking for a general business education, are interested in continuing your education in a related field such as law or industrial relations, or want to pursue a career in a specific sector such as the arts, applied science, or public administration.

Majors and honours programs are available if you want to focus your study in primarily one area in order to get maximum exposure to your chosen field. This option is for students with clearly defined career objectives or those interested in further professional training, such as a CA, CMA, CGA, or CFA designation.

In International Management, you have a chance to pursue interdisciplinary global studies. All students in the Major complete the requirements of the International Business Concentration. You choose to complete social science and humanities courses in one of the following themes: comparative global studies, global politics and economy, or global well-being and development. You are also required to complete at least two levels of a language and 3 credits of research or internship work. Exchanges are recommended.

Candidates coming from the Quebec CEGEP system apply to a three-year program whereas out-of-province and international students follow a four-year program.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2012-2013 (last updated Mar. 19, 2012) (disclaimer)
Desautels Faculty of Management—2012-2013 (last updated Mar. 19, 2012) (disclaimer)