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Bachelor of Commerce

What's special about a McGill Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)?

Founded in 1906, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools by BusinessWeek, Canadian Business, Forbes, The Economist and the Financial Times. The Faculty’s innovative programs and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the finest students and the most prominent professors from around the globe, as well as the most demanding recruiters from the world’s top employers. Learn more about the Desautels Faculty of Management.

B.Com students acquire a solid disciplinary business foundation with a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum, allowing them to design and personalize their education without compromising the fundamentals of comprehensive management training. The program is enhanced by a unique combination of customized career guidance followed throughout their entire degree, practical experience provided by leading industry experts from around the world, and innovative research from our celebrated professors. B.Com graduates from McGill’s Faculty of Management are recognized among the most internationally mobile in the world and are eager to make a positive contribution to their profession and communities. Why the McGill B.Com?

How is the B.Com structured?

This is a general outline. Consult the eCalendar for full details.

Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree.  For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree).

NOTE: If you will be completing advanced level course work (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Levels, and/or university-level courses) you may receive advanced standing credit for all or part of the U0 year.

Beginning in U1, students will take 36 credits of core courses and will then also choose one of following three options:

  1. General Management
    Students pursue focused study in two different areas. They must choose one Concentration in Management, and have two options for their second area of study: 1) choosing a second Concentration in Management; or 2) pursuing a Minor in another faculty. This option is ideal for students who, a) are seeking a general business education, b) are interested in continuing their education in a related field such as law or industrial relations, or c) wish to pursue a career in a specific sector such as the arts, applied science, or public administration.

    A  Core (36 credits) + Concentration A (15 credits) + Concentration B (15 credits) + elective courses (24 credits)
    B  Core (36 credits) + Concentration (15 credits) + Minor (18 credits) + elective courses (21 credits) 
  2.  Honours & Majors
    These options are available for students wishing to focus their study primarily in one area in order to gain maximum exposure in their 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 designations.

    Core (27-36 credits*) + Major/Honours (30-54 credits depending on choice of Major/Honours) + 0-24 credits remaining (to be used towards electives, a management Concentration or a Minor from another faculty)

    *Students may be exempt from certain core courses depending on their choice of Major/Honours.
  3. International Management
    For students seeking international and interdisciplinary studies. Students choose between the following three themes: 1) comparative global studies, 2) global politics and economy, or 3) global well-being and development. Students also attain language proficiency and international learning experience through exchange, internship or research work. The program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities with multinational corporations, multilateral organizations or governments, or for non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).

    Core (36 credits) + International Business Concentration (15 credits) + Area of study theme (18 credits) + Language component (9-12 credits) + Experiential learning component (0-3 credits) + elective courses (6-15 credits)

When do I declare my concentration, major, minor, honours, etc?

When you apply to the B.Com you do not need to have chosen your exact program of study.  All students apply as “undeclared.”
You can then declare your concentration/major/minor/honours any time up to your second to last year (U2). You will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to discuss your options. Exceptions: The Major in Mathematics and Honours Economics programs must be declared in U1 (sophomore year) as the required Economics or Statistics courses are different for these students.

Enhance your B.Com Degree!

International experiences in McGill’s B.Com Program are a top priority. International management is emphasized throughout its curriculum, including its unique Major in International Management, and international exchange programs are offered with leading management schools worldwide, including Peking University (Guanghua School of Management), Institut d'études politique de Paris.

The B.Com program offers students a wealth of extra-curricular activities from which to choose. The award-winning Management Undergraduate Society provides students with an array of events and services steeped in the management traditions of philanthropy, fun, student orientation and, of course, academic excellence. The Faculty of Management is one of the few business schools that provides students such a direct voice in shaping their degree. Learn more about the Bachelor of Commerce degree.