January 27, 2018

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MBA from a top B school in Canada


This review is for Desautels

Program Full-time 2 Year MBA

Class of 2018

Experience during the program

I am a 2nd year MBA student at McGill. I come from an operations/supply chain background and am pursuing Business Analytics concentration at McGill. McGill is one of the top 3 B schools in Canada in my honest opinion. The university manages to recruit a really international class of close to 75 students from all across the world. Everyone brings in something new to the table and all of the students are quite competitive and smart coming from all walks of life. In my class of close to 75 students, we have 23 nationalities! The university is located in the most international city of Montreal and hence adds good flavor to the overall MBA experience. McGill is a brand name renowned across several countries. I came to McGill with the hopes of pivoting my career towards a managerial role in tech industry, having gained a lot of experience from the classes and my peers at McGill. They say that most of the learning in a B school happens from your peers and that is bang on at McGill. We have an international study trip every year which is probably the highlight of the MBA program. My class was taken to Singapore where we were given presentations from some of the top executives and government officials over there, combined with some leisure and fun activities. Finding a job in Canada depends a lot on the students capability to network with people and leverage the McGill brand name. Having said that employers recognize that McGill students are taught by professors who graduated from ivy leagues of US and hence education in most classes is world class. Some of my classmates have left behind lucrative admission offers from top schools world over to join McGill. My future advise for MBA students applying for Canada would be to keep McGill in mind if they plan to come to Canada!

About professors, classes and curriculum

1st Semester : Fundamentals of MBA... a mix of everything. We have had profs for whom we gave standing ovations at the end of the last class!
2nd, 3rd and 4th semester : Courses selected based on your choices

The school is home to world renowned profs such as Henry Mintzberg, Karl Moore.

Prof. Sebastien betermier is on the best 40 under 40 list! Everyone who takes his course vouches for him and his course investments and portfolio management

About job placement process

Placement process in Canada is unstructured with students trying to go on coffee chats, participating in networking sessions and doing a lot more to get jobs! Hence job hunt depends on the individual students capabilities. Having said that, McGill brand name should help one phone calls more often than other B schools. The advantage of doing MBA from a top B school might not directly translate to a top tier job in the Canadian job market! Having said that MBA is not a golden bullet. Its value is realized most often in the long run. If you are represent a sex other than male, you will have a slight advantage since Canada focuses a lot on diversity at workplace!

Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (4.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Student body, diversity

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

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