Desautels Faculty of Management

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The Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University
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Established 1906
Dean Morty Yalovsky (interim)
Academic staff 97 (full-time) [1]
Students 2,797 (2010-11) [2]
Undergraduates 2307 [2]
Postgraduates 490 [2]
Location Montreal, QC, Canada Canada
Alumni 22,000 [1]
Affiliations McGill University
Website Official Website

The Desautels Faculty of Management is one of the constituent faculties of McGill University. The faculty offers a range of undergraduate and graduate-level business programs including the Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in management degrees. The faculty also offers a joint MD/MBA program with the Faculty of Medicine and a joint MBA/Law program with the Faculty of Law. Desautels is one of the most prestigious business undergraduate schools in the world with an acceptance rate of less than 10%.

The faculty has been host to the McGill Management International Case Competition (MMICC) since 2001.


Officially founded in 1906 as the McGill School of Commerce, the faculty originated from a two-year commerce program first offered in 1906.[3] The faculty expanded in 1968 by incorporating the Graduate School of Business Administration which graduated McGill's first MBA class.

In 2005, the Faculty of Management was named in honor of Marcel Desautels, a retired executive from the credit reference industry, who made several gifts of more than $32 million total to the faculty. With the funding, several improvements were made to modernize the faculty facilities during 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Marcel Desautels received an honorary McGill doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to business education. In July 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honours bestowed by the Canadian government.

In January 2012 the second floor of the Bronfman building reopened as the new "Business Intelligence Centre," featuring a trading room sponsored by Desjardins Group.[4]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

The faculty offers the Bachelor of Commerce as well an International Summer Program. The BCom program’s curriculum allows student to choose between a General Management Program consisting of concentrations, a Major / Honours programs, or a major in International Management.

The Bronfman Building

BCom Majors and Concentrations [5]

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Labour-Management Relations
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Strategic Management

BCom Honours Programs [6]

  • Honours in Economics
  • Honours in Investment Management
  • Joint Honours Economics and Accounting
  • Joint Honours Economics and Finance

BCom International Management Program

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • East Asia
  • Western Europe (France, Germany, Italy, or Spain)
  • Canada
  • United States

International Exchange Program [7]

Students can study abroad for a term or a year at over 70 universities such as Peking University, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, University of Warwick, University of Mannheim, University of Melbourne, Seoul National University, HEC Paris, Tel Aviv University, National University of Singapore, Instituto de Empresa, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Graduate Programs[edit]

The faculty graduate-level business programs include the Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in management degrees. The faculty also offers joint programs with the Faculties of Law and Medicine.


The Full-Time MBA is a two-year program. Students can concentrate in Finance, Marketing, Global Strategy & Leardership, Technology & Innovation Management, and choose over 50 electives courses. The 2011 class had an average age of 28, 5 years of experience and a GMAT score of 670.[8] In 2010-2011, 21% of the graduating class was employed in consulting, 37% in finance, and the average total compensation was CDN$112,000 [9]

Other Programs[edit]

  • EMBA
  • PhD Program

Executive Education[edit]

The McGill Executive Institute provides a variety of public business seminars as well as custom executive education and coaching for all levels of management. Founded in 1956, the Institute has a full-time staff of learning design and program managers working with professors at McGill’s Faculties of Management, Law, Arts, Education and Medicine, external guest experts in specific fields, as well as visiting professors from universities worldwide. The Institute’s clientele includes businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government/public sector services.

Research Centres[edit]

The eight on-campus Research Centres and the three Business Consortia include:[10]

  • Business & Management Research Centre (BMRC)
  • Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations (CSSO)
  • Desmarais Global Finance Research Centre (DGFRC)
  • Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • International Business Families Centre
  • Management Science Research Centre (MSRC)
  • Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM)
  • McGill Institute of Marketing (MIM)
  • McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence (MWP)
  • Program for International Competitiveness


Desautels Faculty of Management is known for its very high standard of admission, with less than 10% of its applicants being accepted. [11] As of 2013, only 648 students, 43% of whom were international students, were accepted out of more than 6,000 applicants. The minimum entering grade was 93%.


Desautels Faculty of Management has consistently been ranked as one of the best business schools in the world. For example, its MBA program was rated as "top 16 outside of USA" in Business Week; "11th outside of USA" in Forbes 2007; "57th in the world" in Financial Times 2011; and "2nd in Canada" and "29th in North America" in the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report,[12] topping other notable Canadian business schools such as Sauder School of Business and the Schulich School of Business.[1]

  • In 2010, the Desautels School of Management was ranked first in Canada and 8th in the world by the Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking [13]

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Notable alumni[edit]


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