Montreal, QuebecLOCATION
Estd 1821Established Year
McGill UniversityParent College

Desautels Faculty of Management 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Sonal Vaid Sonal Vaid
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Regarded as one among the top ten business schools in Canada, Desautels Faculty of Management has about 3,251 students on its rolls currently. The school offers admissions into 12 academic programs including the undergraduate B. Com programs and 4 executive development programs. The typical acceptance rate for the MBA program at Desautels Faculty of Management is 30 – 35% approximately

  • Desautels Faculty of Management has 2,300 B.Com students, 250 MBA/EMBA/MM students, and 65 Ph.D. students.
  • Application to Desautels is an online process through the official website of McGill University.
  • The B. Com program has the highest admission standards of any undergraduate business program in Canada and the average high school entering grade is 95%.
  • Merit-based Entrance Scholarships and Need-based Entrance Bursaries are available for all newly accepted, first-year, first-degree undergraduate students. Graduate students, however, do not enjoy the benefit of scholarship or bursary awards.
  • All eligible applicants are automatically considered for a non-renewable one-year entrance scholarship. Candidates can also apply for a renewable entrance scholarship.
  • International candidates can expect admission decisions for Fall 2020 by December 2019 to May 2020.
  • Applicants are responsible for tracking their application status on Minerva. Please note that the school or the university does not communicate with the applicants via mail or post.


Application PortalOnline portal
Application FeeUG- 114.37 CAD
Graduate- 117.35 CAD
Acceptance rate30 – 35%
Total enrollment3,251
International student enrollment50%
MBA Acceptance Rate30-35%
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/ American Express/Visa
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall
Work ExperienceRecommended
Financial AidMerit-based Scholarships and Awards

Desautels Faculty of Management Admission Deadlines

Desautels Faculty of Management has different deadlines for different programs. In case a deadline falls on a weekend/ holiday, the effective deadline will be the next working day. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are advised to complete the application process early as the seats may get filled-up even before the final application deadline.

The table below shows the admission deadlines for the Desautels Faculty of Management Undergraduate Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate applicantsDeadline
Application for AdmissionJanuary 15
Supporting Documents SubmissionMarch 15
Entrance Scholarship ApplicationJanuary 21

Graduate Application Deadlines: The international application deadlines for each Graduate program is different. Students are suggested to complete their applications during the early rounds so that they can apply for a study permit and visa on time to travel to Canada.

Round 1November 1October 31October 15
Round 2January 15December 15January 15
Round 3March 15February 15February 1

PhD Application Deadlines: The PhD applications are accepted only for the Fall semester. The application deadline is January 15.

Desautels Faculty of Management International Student Admissions

With 50% of students from outside Canada, the Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes international applicants from several countries into its 12 academic programs. International students must complete the admission application in time to be eligible for admissions.

Application Portal: Online

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee needs to be paid by the student.

Admission Requirements:

  • A completed application
  • Official academic transcripts. Academic documents in languages other than English/ French must be accompanied by a certified English/ French translation.
  • Standardized test scores- ACT/ SAT, TOEFL/ IELTS, GMAT/ GRE score report sent electronically by the testing agencies directly to Desautels. (Institutional Codes: TOEFL/ SAT - 0935-00; ACT – 5231; GMAT - 58 H-MN-22; GRE - 0935)
  • Letters of Reference, CV, Essay (for graduate studies)
  • Please note that the school requests the uploading of unofficial transcripts through the online application system of McGill University for admission review purposes. The official transcripts should be submitted in a sealed envelope via mail, directly from the issuing institution once requested.
  • Students must mail official transcripts to Enrolment Services, Management of Academic Records Unit, McGill University, 3415 McTavish Street, Room MS 13, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 0C8

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

The language of instruction at Desautels Faculty of Management is English. International candidates are required to demonstrate a specific standard of proficiency in the English language for being considered for admission. 

The English language score requirement might differ on a case-to-case basis depending on the country the student is from. There are a number of countries that do not require the student to provide the proficiency scores in English. Therefore, international students must visit the website to find the details regarding the same.

The minimum acceptable scores of tests recognized by the school are:

TestMinimum required score
PTE- Academic65-
CAEGrade BGrade B
CPEGrade CGrade C

Visa Process for International Students

International applicants need to apply for a student visa to study in Canada. They can apply for a visa at the nearest Canadian Embassy as soon as they are accepted into their program of choice at Desautels Faculty of Management.

International students who intend to study in Canada at Desautels Faculty of Management need to apply for a study permit and a student visa from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The process of getting a study permit can be completed only after the applicant has received an admission letter from the college. 

The documents required for a study permit include:

  • Acceptance Letter from the college
  • Proof of Funds- bank statements, letters of support, etc. are required as a proof for the availability of finances to cover the tuition fees and the cost of living in Canada that an international student will have to incur.
  • A valid passport
  • Medical Examination 
  • Payment of application fee for the study permit

Once the student receives the study permit, they need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. This valid visa is issued automatically once the student receives the study permit. 

There are other country-specific requirements for a study permit and a valid visa to enter Canada. Students can contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Embassy in their home country for the specific details.

Desautels Faculty of Management Undergraduate Admissions

Desautels Faculty of Management offers the highly competitive undergraduate degree program B. Com to eligible candidates. The program is packaged with a range of Majors and Concentrations to choose from. Students can also opt to pursue an Honors program. Here, we discuss the undergraduate program admissions at Desautels.

Where to Apply: Online Application portal

Application Fee: $114.37

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee 
  • Applicants must have qualified high school or senior secondary qualifications. Desautels does not recognize Applied Studies programs or vocational/ technical programs for admission. 
  • Academic Transcripts need to be submitted. Applicants are reviewed on their high school records, particularly yearly averages and scores in prerequisite subjects studied in the last two years of high school. The minimum academic score required is B+ average.
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants

Admission Requirement in some other South-Asian Countries:

India:The minimum overall average of 60% in each academic year, having studied and scored a minimum of 60% in Mathematics or Business Mathematics in Class 11 and 12. Please note that due to the competitive nature of admissions, scoring minimum academic grades do not guarantee admissions.
China:The minimum average score of 85% in each academic year having studies Mathematics Grade 3 level. Applicants should have qualified the Huikao exams.
Hong Kong:Applicants should have studied four core subjects including Mathematics Grade 4 or higher and two/ three elective subjects from either category A or category C. A final grade of 3 or better in each subject is the minimum requirement.

Desautels Faculty of Management Graduate Admissions

Desautels Faculty of Management conducts several popular MBA programs apart for some other innovative and specialized programs including a Joint Program and a Professional Part-time MBA. Here, in this section, we discuss the specific requirements of graduate degrees at Desautels.

Application – Online

Application Fee – 117.35 CAD

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/ university
  • Standardized test scores- GMAT/ GRE
  • Work experience
  • Resume
  • References- Academic, Professional
  • Interview, if asked

The table below shows the program-specific requirements for a few programs offered at the Desautels Faculty of Management:

RequirementsMaster of Business Administration(MBA)Master of Management in Analytics(MMA)Master of Management in Finance(MMF)
Essay3 essay questions2 essay questions2 essay questions
Min. Work Experience2 years--
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequired
Recommendations2 (professional)22
InterviewBy invitationBy invitationBy invitation

An interesting fact about McGill’s application is that applicants are allowed to apply for two programs in one application and both choices are evaluated and decisions conveyed separately to applicants. Candidates need to keep a valid credit card handy to make the application fee payment. Upon successful submission of application, candidates will receive an email acknowledgment within 48-hours along with login information to the school’s Minerva account. Applicants can upload the supporting documents and view their application status through this online system. Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to check application status and ensure completion of the application.

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