About the McGill MBA

McGill University is a well-known institution of higher learning in Canada and one of the world’s premier universities. McGill is located in the center of Montreal, Canada’s greatest student metropolis and one of the top 20 in the world. The European Quality Improvement System has recognized McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management (EQUIS).

The McGill Master of Business Administration (MBA) was ranked third in Canada in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

The Full-time MBA Program 

The full-time McGill MBA program is designed for students in their mid-career who want to advance to a higher level of leadership within their business or for students who want to use their McGill MBA to forge a new career path in a new nation.

McGill students can select between the 48-credit (MBA General) and 54-credit (MBA Internship) programs. The difference in credits is according to the amount of time spent in the internship. The 48-credit curriculum may be finished in a year. The 54-credit program takes 20 months to complete, while many students complete it in 16 months.

The tuition fee for McGill’s MBA program is CAD $99,500. The living expenses per year are estimated at CAD $22,695. 

McGill offers many awards and fellowships for international students such as

  1. Adam Dinkes MBA Leadership Award
  2. Dominic K.M. Lai MBA Fellowship
  3. Scotiabank Fellowships
  4. Samer Bekai-Saab MBA Entrance Fellowship
  5. Herschorn H E Graduate Award
  6. Kelly Family MBA Leadership Award
  7. Scott McDonald MBA Leadership Award

McGill MBA Class Profile 

The average age of students at McGill is 29 and their average length of employment is five and a half years. The class is made up of 31% female students and 60% international students. They are also a very competitive group intellectually, with an average GMAT score of 675.

Course Curriculum Summary

Entrepreneurship Hub

The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at McGill University is the University’s entrepreneurship hub, collaborating with over 11 colleges to provide high-quality programs to companies at every stage of their development, from idea through investment-readiness. Since 1988, the Centre has assisted in the establishment of over 6,000 employees through its over 450 operational companies. It has now helped entrepreneurs secure more than $1 billion in seed capital.

According to the Pitchbook Universities 2020 Ranking, McGill University ranks first in Canada for creating successful Female Founders and second in Canada for producing overall competitive startup Founders.

Program Breakdown

  • Base Camp

McGill’s intensive, one-week workshop ensures that everyone begins their MBA with a basic level of quantitative competency.

→ Business Math

→ Financial Accounting

  • Core 

The MBA program at McGill Desautels incorporates sustainability into all core courses, from accounting to operations. It aspires to deliver an exceptional learning experience for the next generation of changemakers through interactive lectures and case studies that serve as the framework for the core courses:

Experiential learning

  • 10-day international trip –
    • Students participate in an organized study trip outside of Canada and visit significant international business destinations
    • They explore the issues to be considered when an organization enters a new, foreign market and learn through on-site company visits, meetings with senior executives, classroom settings, workshops and seminars
    • Experiential learning takes place in classes located in foreign destinations and includes presentations, group projects, and field surveys and close interaction with company representatives abroad
  • Internships 

An internship gives students hands-on experience and significant industry knowledge. The Career Services team assists students in selecting the profession and specific organization that best meets their interests, talents, and career ambitions. Following a selection procedure, students begin an internship that will allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

100% of McGill’s Full-Time MBA Students looking for work were hired for an internship.

Summer 2021 Internship Statistics

  • Exchanges 

McGill students who participate in the international exchange program get knowledge of another country’s socioeconomic, commercial, and cultural surroundings while receiving academic credit. This is achieved by spending one semester of the second year of the MBA program studying at a premier institution in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, or the Americas.

  • Practicum: Students complete a specialized project under the guidance of an accomplished faculty member. 
  • Case Competitions –  Desautels graduate students hone their skills in critical and creative thinking and problem-solving by participating in international case competitions such as the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) and Retail Innovation Challenge. 

Specializations – Students can customise their courses to their individual job objectives and interests by pursuing specializations. Students can select from more than 50 management electives courses, and they can even pursue an individual research project in partnership with a faculty member.

Specializations offered at McGill are as follows- 

  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Global Strategy and Leadership
  4. Business Analytics 
  5. Entrepreneurship


Career Advisors and Coaches

There are numerous full-time career coaches in the Desautels MBA program. Students are allocated a coach at the start of the program and begin working with their coach right away to create a clear picture of their skills and goal career path. Coaches continue to interact with students throughout the program, assisting with essential professional development curriculum learnings and offering individualized feedback and encouragement.

Stream Advisors

Students have access to outside oriented stream advisors in multiple functional areas, in addition to their full-time coaches: Corporate Strategy and Consulting, Marketing, Business Analytics/Technology, and Finance. Stream advisers spend a significant amount of time connecting with companies in order to better understand their employment requirements and industry trends. Stream advisers provide this information to Desautels Career Management and consult with students directly to enhance their professional preparation and job search plan.

Professional Development Programming

Desautels Career Management has created and executed a complete MBA professional development program that includes psychometric testing, skill-building seminars, and online resources, all of which are reinforced and supported by one-on-one coaching.

Curriculum elements include: 

  • Self-awareness and strengths-based psychometric assessments
  • Industry and functional overviews
  • Tools and resources for identifying target career paths
  • Job search process training and resources
  • Skills-based workshops such as Excel, resume, cover letter, interview preparation, building relationships, personal branding, structured thinking and communication, etc.
  • Multiple rounds of mock interview practice
  • Cultural adaptation workshops for international students

Aside from the basic curriculum, Career Management provides a 5-day Consulting Career Prep Program, a series of interactive business analytics workshops and an Analytics Ambassador program, and a series of specialized finance seminars in cooperation with the highly acclaimed Marquee Group.

The Desautels MBA Mentoring Program

The Desautels MBA Mentoring Program at McGill provides mentoring connections, learning activities, and networking opportunities to mentees (students). This allows students to have meaningful discussions with mid- to senior-level business professionals, which will help them use their MBA experience in the workplace.

McGill MBA Full-Time Employment Statistics 2022

Professional Management at McGill’s Desautels, located at the Soutar Career Centre, is committed to assisting students in developing their talents and exploring career choices that would allow them to finally accomplish their career goals. Innovative programs, workshops, and lecture series, along with an integrated learning approach, train and equip students to make a difference in their jobs for the rest of their lives.

Notable Alumni from McGill

Joanna Klimczak, Rhodes Scholar 

William Hinz, CEO Easy Energy Systems Inc.

Application Details 

Application requirements

  • 2 years minimum work experience
  • GMAT/GRE score
  • Academic transcripts
  • Two letter of references
  • Essays
  • TOEFL/IELTS if applicable (Not required if you’ve graduated from an English-language university)
  • Interview (By invitation only)

Application Fees – CAD $129.03

Application Deadlines


  1. Why do you intend on pursuing an MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path and how will the Desautels MBA program add value to your future career? 
  2. What qualities would you look for in an MBA classmate when working on a team project and describe how your background and leadership skills will enhance the experience of others?
  3. Describe a difficult decision you made and the process that you went through to make it.

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