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Desautels Faculty of Management – McGill University - Full-Time MBA

Desautels Faculty of Management Full-Time MBA Program Structure

McGill University provides a one-year and two-year full-time MBA option.  The one-year MBA program is a 48-credit program, while the two-year MBA program is a 54-credit program.  Every student begins each program at the same time and takes the same number of classes. The difference in credits comes down to the time you spend in the internship, not the classroom. The 48-credit program can be completed in 12 months. The 54-credit takes 20, though many students accelerate it to finish in 16.

The one-year MBA program consists of taking core courses in the fall,  and elecitves in the winter and summer. The two-year MBA consists of students taking core courses in the fall, electives in the winter, an internship in the summer, electives in the fall, and electives in the winter.  Note, the two-year MBA internship can be completed any time after you complete your core courses, as the above is an example of a typical student joruney.


The McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management full-time MBA begins with an intensive one-week  “Base Camp” in early August, designed specifically to bring incoming students up to speed on business math and financial accounting.  The curriculum also includes a 10-day international study trip to improve your global fluency through company visits and networking events in a foreign context.  There is also an opportunity to gain a new perspective by studying at another top business school overseas.  The internship, which can be completed after your core courses build practical work experience to expand your network and real-life experience.

The program begins the required core curriculum, which consists of five modules and a case competition. The elective coursework begins in the second semester, with students choosing between one of five available concentrations: finance; marketing; global leadership, entrepreneurship, and business analytics.  There are over 50 elective course options are available.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• Bloomberg (Canada): 7th
• Financial Times: 87th (2nd overall in Canada)

McGill Full-Time Class Profile

A typical cohort in the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management MBA class features between 65-85 students, featuring 31 percent female students. MBAs at Desautels are usually 29-years old and have five and a half years of previous work experience. Over 21 countries are represented by the current student body.  The average GMAT score for Full-Time students at the McGill MBA is 675.

Career Statistics

An estimated 85 percent of Desautels full-time MBA graduates earn an employment offer within three months of receiving a degree. The average base salary of full-time MBA grads is $87,306 CAD, with an average signing bonus of $12,867.  The McGill full-time MBA students also receive career resources such as career advisors and coaches, stream advisors, the Desautels Mentoring Program, and professional development training.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The current annual tuition of the McGill Desautels full-time MBA program is $82,500 CAD for Canada residents, and $99,500 for international residents. In addition to the tuition cost, the McGill full-time MBA has additional expenses, which include:

McGill Desautels Full-Time MBA Costs (CAD)

 Canada ResidentInternational Resident
Incidental Fees$2,000 $2,000
PGSS Health & Dental Insurance ​(single coverage)$502$1,400
Books and Supplies$2,000$2,000
Accommodations (Rent & Food)$13,800$13,800
Personal Expenses$1,500$1,500
Total Expenses$20,822$21,720

All students in the McGill Desautelts full-time MBA program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, of which you can find more information here.

Canadian residents are eligible for federal and private loans. However, international applicants may have to fund their education through private loans only.


In order to apply to the McGill Desautels full-time MBA program, applicants must submit:

• A completed application
• Official transcripts
• Two letters of reference
• GMAT/GRE scores
• Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) if necessary
• Interview (by invitation)
• Three essay questions

  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.

At least two years of previous work experience is required in order to apply. Strong candidates may be invited to interview with the Desautels admissions team. International students may conduct interviews digitally via Skype, while local students will be invited on campus.

2021 Application Deadlines for the McGill full-time MBA

1 November 2020
15 January 2021
15 March 2021 [final deadline for international students]
1 May 2021 [final deadline for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents]

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