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The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: April 25, 2023.

Contact Information

Armstrong Building
3420 Rue McTavish
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E2 Canada
Admissions Office:
(514) 398-4066

School Data

Annual Tuition: $82,500 CAD

Acceptance Rate: 28%

Full-Time Enrollment: 65-85

International: 60%

Minority: Not Reported%

Average Age: 29

Female: 31%

Male: 69%

Application Deadlines: November 1, 2022 (First application deadline) | January 15, 2023 (Second application deadline) | March 15, 2023 (Final deadline for international students) | May 1, 2023 (Final deadline for Canadian citizens and Permanent residents)

The Desautels MBA: What You Need To Know

The Desautels Faculty of Management MBA at McGill University is ranked in the top three in Canada and 83rd in the world in the 2023 Financial Times Global MBA ranking.

McGill is located on the island of Montreal, Quebec, recognized as one of the best student-oriented cities known for their thriving arts and cultural scene, low cost of living, and plentiful job opportunities that attract students from all over the world. The Desautels MBA has been producing quality MBAs for almost 60 years now, graduating their first class in 1965. The program duration is flexible, with options of a full-time 1 year 48 credit MBA, or a full-time 2-year 54 credit MBA.

The difference in credits comes down to the time spent in the internship. Both options begin with “base camp;” an intensive one-week workshop to give all students a level of quantitative competency, then move into the core curriculum. Sustainability is integrated into the core curriculum to create a dynamic next generation of changemakers. Being a core value of the program, it is woven into the foundational courses in interactive lectures and case studies.
Students can customize their degree by selecting up to two specializations from Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Strategy & Leadership, and Marketing. Students can choose from over 50 management elective courses and have the option of pursuing an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty member.

The Desautels MBA program includes a 10-day international study trip, where the entire cohort visits an international destination to experience business as a whole in that country; visiting companies and meeting with senior executives. Among other materials prospective Desautels MBA’s must submit GMAT/GRE scores, show two years minimum of relevant full-time post-graduate work, answer essay questions and by invitation, participate in an interview.

​​“We recognize that employers are hungry for skill sets that most MBA programs have historically neglected to teach, like AI, financial technology, data analysis, and design thinking. When the market speaks, we listen. With flexible specializations, our students can personalize the content of their degrees to gain a competitive edge. Our MBA program charters its own course because we expect our students to do the same,” says John-Paul Ferguson, Academic Director of the MBA Program.

Desautels MBA Rankings Data

Desautels MBA Employment Stats

Desautels has not listed the top hirers of its graduates, preferring to publish a sampling of recent employers.

Relevant Features

The Value Of A Flexible MBA

Specialize To Stand Out

Building Leaders In Sustainability

2021 Best & Brightest MBAs: Jaquelynn Mateluna, McGill University (Desautels)

2021 MBAs To Watch: Ugo Umeano, McGill University (Desautels)

2021 MBAs To Watch: Kelly Gonzalez, McGill University (Desautels)