Officially founded in 1920 as the McGill School of Commerce, the faculty originated from a two year commerce program first offered in 1906. 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.
The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University has been hailed as a top international business school by the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Le Figaro and America Economia. Exacting standards, innovative programs and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the finest students and the most prominent professors from around the globe, as well as the most demanding recruiters from the world’s employers of choice.
McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the country's leading research-intensive universities. With students coming to McGill from about 150 countries. The university was founded in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. Since that time, McGill has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 34,000 students.
Desautels Key Facts
10 research centers and institutes;
Over 22,000 alumni.
7 Masters (MBA) Programs;
6 Executive Programs;
Desautels Faculty of Management is renowned for its research excellence and has constantly been ranked as one of the best B-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; "96th in the world" in Financial Times 2008; and "30th in North America" in QS TOP MBAs, topping other notable Canadian business schools.