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The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: January 17, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $39,750 CAD

Acceptance Rate: 26%

Full-Time Enrollment: 129

Average GPA: 3.3

International: 76%

Average Age: 28

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $44,500 CAD

Median GMAT: 660

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 550-770

Median GRE: 322

Female: 35%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.5-4.0

Male: 65%

Application Deadlines: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis: Round 1: November 1st, 2018 Round 2: January 15th, 2019 Round 3: March 15th, 2019 - Final deadline for international students Round 4: May 1st, 2019 - Final deadline Canadian and Permanent Residents Round 4: May 1st, 2018 - Final deadline for Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Contact Information

Bronfman Building,
1001 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5 Canada
Admissions Office:
(514) 398-4000 x00962
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With students from 150 countries, alumni living on every continent and a reputation for excellence that reaches around the globe, McGill University has carved out a spot among the world’s greatest universities. Our diverse group of accomplished students have journeyed from all over the world to study here in Montreal, a culturally vibrant city, ranked in the top 5 best international student cities.

Aligned with the long-standing tradition of high achievement at McGill University, the Desautels Faculty of Management is currently ranked:

#1 in Canada overall by the Financial Times (2018)
Top 10 in the world for its action on sustainability by Corporate Knights

Quality vs. Quantity: A worldwide reputation with a human-sized cohort

What truly sets the McGill MBA apart from its top competitors is how international the student experience really is—whether it is in the city of Montreal, the campus of McGill or the classroom in Desautels, students and professors at McGill come from 150 different countries. We have become one of the most international MBA student and professor body in the world and it shapes the experience of our students. Our students learn from each other’s different perspectives and benefit from those global connections after graduation.

Diversity is a strength at Desautels and students are hand-picked with a strong consideration for their professional backgrounds, accomplishments, career goals, as well as personal experiences. Most of our students have lived, studied, worked in more than one city and/or country. Combined with a personalized environment, this small and diverse cohort (70-80 students) fosters unparalleled opportunities to network closely with peers, professors, career coaches, and members of the business community who regularly bring their expertise and share their experiences in the classroom. Want to know more? Check out our MBA blog, where our students regularly share their experiences.

Academic excellence, combined with experiential learning

Building a career calls for both theoretical training and hands-on practice, while developing a strong professional network. The Desautels Faculty of Management offers MBA students a fully integrated program with experiential learning that addresses the constantly evolving needs of business today and provides exposure to a network of global leaders. After completing our integrated core covering all essentials of business, our MBA students may specialize and take courses from four main areas: Global Strategy and Leadership, Finance, Marketing and Business Analytics, with the opportunity to either do a single or a dual concentration. An array of life-changing experiential learning opportunities are also available over the course of 20 months:

10-Day International Study Trip: Travel together with your cohort to an international destination to expand your global understanding of business through company visits and networking events. This trip is fully funded by the Desautels Faculty of Management. Past destinations include: Tokyo, Singapore, Buenos Aires.

Internships: Pursue a variety of local and/or international internships which provides an invaluable experience in the field of your choice. Internships can be obtained in the Fall, Summer or Winter with several Desautels students landing more than one.

International Exchange: Should you wish to gain additional international exposure, you may choose to study in one of our partner business schools through our exchange program. We have more than 30 partners all across the world.

Practicum:  Complete a specialized project under the guidance of an accomplished faculty member. These projects typically include but are not limited to: research paper, business plan, actual case study, etc.

Tackle the job market in Canada… or anywhere

Canada has caught the eye of many international students, offering an up-to-three year work permit to candidates completing a two-year MBA program. One of the greatest advantages that McGill offers to its graduates is to have access to Canada’s two largest job markets: Montreal and Toronto. Through faculty-led Toronto networking trips, Montreal career panels, recruitment fairs and company visits, our McGill MBAs get to expand their network all across Canada and in doing so, have access to a wide range of post-graduation opportunities that will allow them to achieve their career goals.

Personalized support: Supported by dedicated coaches and industry experts, our MBA students will gain access to essential tools, networks and resources that will help them develop career planning skills to attain their professional goals. Benefiting from one-on-one career coaching tailored to their needs, advanced psychometric testing and connections with industry experts that will help them navigate their career path, our MBA students enjoy a comprehensive support through their journey and get to develop personal and industry-specific skills to find the best career fit and master the recruitment process.

Career access in numbers: In addition to the tight-knit network of MBA alumni working for leading companies such as Amazon, McKinsey, Google, Morgan Stanley and many others, the Desautels Faculty of Management has:

  • more than 1000 active companies recruiting on campus
  • more than 220 company information sessions every year.
  • more than 3000 job postings on our cutting-edge Desautels career platform
  • more than 7000 job postings on the McGill University career platform

Mentorship: At Desautels, the professional evolution of the MBA candidate is fostered by the strength of the network. That is why each MBA candidate is assigned to a mentor based on their professional and personal goals. Through regular one-on-one interactions, mentors share invaluable insight on business and career-related issues, helping you prepare for your post-graduation career transition.

CEO Speaker Series: Our Faculty regularly holds events with industry leaders who share their insights on a wide range of topics. As an MBA student, you will also have the chance to attend lunches in a small group setting with the various speakers for an open discussion on a broad array of subjects. In addition, CEOs and business leaders are regularly invited to classes as part of the integrated learning experience.

Career placement by location: Ranked #1 in Canada in terms of international mobility (Financial Times 2018), Desautels MBAs can go anywhere across Canada and internationally as represented by these statistics:

49% find positions in Montreal
30% find positions in Toronto
8% find positions in the rest of Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg, etc.)
13% find positions internationally

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship (established in 1988). In February, the Centre ranked 8th by UBI Global in the World’s Top Business Incubator – Managed by a University category. The bi-annual ranking recognizes business incubators and accelerators connected with a higher education institution that have achieved excellence in catalyzing startups and in fostering a broader ecosystem of innovation. This year’s ranking considered 1,370 programs, with the McGill Dobson Centre placing among 259 finalists from 53 countries.

This year also marked the 10th edition of the McGill Dobson Cup, with 94 startups competing in this year’s competition powered by National Bank. The awards ceremony was held in April, during which over $100,000 in seed funding was awarded to prize winners across the four tracks.

Impact since 2009:

  • 125 active start-ups (80% of which are Montreal-based)
  • 1,200+ jobs created by our startups as of 2017
  • $110 million raised by our startups as of 2017

Taking advantage of a bilingual environment

Concerned about French? No need to be! Many studies show that being multi-lingual can boost your career. As Canada is a bilingual country and Montreal the center of this bilingualism, we invite all of our newly admitted students to come early and attend our complimentary on-campus French classes. Our instructors will help you get through French conversational basics and a certificate of completion will be awarded, allowing you to enhance your resume by adding a new language skill to it.