In January 2018, the Desautels Faculty of Management opened the Donald E. Armstrong Building for MBA and master’s students. Named for the professor who launched the school’s MBA program in the early ’60s, the new facility offers modern classrooms, an event space, and study and lounge areas.
The Desautels MBA focuses on integrating hard and soft skills, as well as academic and professional experiences. Participants first complete the core curriculum, which includes workshops on career development, presentation skills and case analysis. This section closes with a case competition called the Desautels Cup, which covers concepts taught in the first term. Participants are judged by 20 senior executives from the business community.
Students can then choose to specialize in up to two fields, including finance, marketing and business analytics. Additionally, students gain practical experience through a paid internship, international exchange or a guided practicum. For this final option, students use their own career to explore management theory under the tutelage of a faculty member.
The final degree requirement is a 10-day international study trip during which students visit local companies and executives, interact with locals and learn about a country’s key economic, social and environmental factors. Previous countries visited include Argentina, Japan and Singapore.
The Desautels Faculty of Management offers two ways to complete an MBA program: full-time or part-time studies. Both options begin in August.
The program was named the No. 1 MBA in Canada by the 2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking.
Some notable alumni include Alain Bellemare, president and CEO of Bombardier; Emilio B. Imbriglio, president and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton; and Nadim Taleb, CEO of Nexius.
Full-Time: 22 months
Part-Time: 32 months
Work Experience: 2 years
Cost (International): $83,511-$91,674
Incoming Full-Time Enrolment: 62
Incoming Part-Time Enrolment: 16
Female Students: 45%
International Students: 84%