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Bachelor of Commerce Program

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 students for an effective professional and managerial career. The BCom program exposes students to cutting edge and innovative business education. This preparation includes developing a capacity for critical thinking, for integrating knowledge across different disciplines, and for utilizing current theory in approaching practical business problems. Students are also expected to work as part of a team and develop the necessary skills to lead others. They will acquire the critical management competencies which will enable them to offer the expertise organizations need to respond to the ever-changing and increasingly complex global marketplace.

The BCom's highly flexible curriculum offers students 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 them in applied theory and practice across the major management disciplines. Depth is achieved through various 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 Major, students focus their degree in at least two areas. They must choose one concentration in Management as well as a choice of a second concentration in Management or a minor in another faculty. General Management studies is ideal for students looking for a general business education requiring a broad management perspective, for students interested in continuing their education in a related field, such as law or industrial relations, or for students wishing to pursue a management career that spans multiple industries and across various sectors, some of which can include the arts, applied sciences, or public administration.

Majors and honours programs are available to those wishing to focus primarily in one area to get maximum exposure to a chosen field. This option is for students with clearly defined career objectives, or those interested in further professional training, such as a CPA or CFA designation.

In the Major in International Management, students have a chance to pursue interdisciplinary global studies. All students in this Major will complete the requirements of the International Business Concentration as well as a Minor outside of the Management Faculty; learn an additional language (achieving intermediate level); and fulfill the experiential learning component by:

  1. going on exchange or a study away; or
  2. submitting a research paper (3 credits); or
  3. participating in an international internship (3 credits).

Exchange and study away grant credits depending on the number of courses taken abroad.

The Honours in Investment Management program is the first to offer students training that combines rigorous academic groundwork with real-world experience in investment management, global internship opportunities, and access to the expertise of corporate partners from around the world.

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—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
Desautels Faculty of Management—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
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