McGill University

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Fast Facts

  • 1821 founding date of McGill University
  • 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for eleven consecutive years (Maclean’s 2016)
  • 24th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015/16)
  • 300+ programs of study
  • 25% international students
  • 23% graduate students
  • Highest % of PhD students of any Canadian research university
  • 180 countries where alumni live and work
  • 139 Rhodes Scholars—the highest among Canadian universities
  • 12 Nobel Prize winners—the highest among Canadian universities

Who We Are

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, and since then, we've grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 40,000 students. The University also partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

A Tradition of Success

McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. Ernest Rutherford's Nobel Prize-winning research on the nature of radioactivity was conducted at McGill, part of a long tradition of innovation on our campuses that includes the invention of the artificial blood cell and Plexiglas. Today our professors are building the new field of epigenetics, developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and driving human achievement in every field imaginable. Our 250,000+ graduates form a vast global network, with many alumni reaching the top of their professions as Supreme Court Justices, award-winning authors and musicians, astronauts and more.

The Brightest Students

In addition to a stellar faculty, McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and our commitment to fostering the very best has helped our students win more national and international awards on average than their peers at any other Canadian university. The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship has gone to a nation-leading 138 McGill students.

The ability to balance academic excellence with the extracurricular is another hallmark of the McGill student. In addition to a rich athletic tradition that includes many Olympians and the birth of hockey and football, thousands of McGill students participate in the hundreds of clubs, associations and community groups that enrich Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.


The mission of McGill University is the advancement of learning and the creation and dissemination of knowledge, by offering the best possible education, by carrying out research and scholarly activities judged to be excellent by the highest international standards, and by providing service to society. Motto

Grandescunt Aucta Labore (By work, all things increase and grow.)

Coat of arms


The McGill coat of arms is derived from an armorial device assumed by James McGill, founder of the University. The patent of arms was granted by England's Garter-King-at-Arms in 1922 and registered in 1956 with Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh and in 1992 with the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

In heraldic terms, the coat of arms is described as follows: "Argent three Martlets Gules, on a chief dancette of the second, an open book proper garnished or bearing the legend In Domino Confido in letters Sable between two crowns of the first. Motto: Grandescunt Aucta Labore." The coat of arms consists of two parts, the shield and the scroll.

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McGill's Secretariat is the headquarters for ceremonial matters, and is responsible for considering requests to reproduce the McGill coat of arms and "signature," the University seal, etc.

10 Points of Pride


1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for 11 consecutive years (Maclean's University Rankings 2016)

24th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015)

39th in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/15)

1st or tied for 1st among Canada's large universities in information technology, city satisfaction, reputation with employers and libraries (Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report)


McGill is known worldwide for its sky-high entering grades, and our students have counted an astounding 139 Rhodes Scholars among their ranks—more than any other Canadian university. Each year, they earn armfuls of prestigious awards and prizes for academic and athletic achievement, and in Canada's May 2011 election, five of our students defeated incumbents to become some of the nation's youngest-ever Members of Parliament.


The discovery that atoms are divisible. The first map of the brain's motor cortex. The inventions of Plexiglas, three major sports and the artificial blood cell. For more than 190 years, McGillians and their Eureka moments have been changing the world for the better.


They live in some 180 countries. Their ranks include world leaders, astronauts, Nobel laureates, and a host of trailblazers in the worlds of art, science, business and public service. In a 2013 survey, employers ranked McGill's degrees as the 37th most-prestigious in the world. Across borders and disciplines, McGill’s 250,000+ living alumni are using their education and experiences to make a difference in the world.


With a strong focus on interdisciplinary work, we rank among the finest research-intensive universities in the world, and carry on a tradition of excellence that includes Sir Ernest Rutherford, Wilder Penfield, Charles Taylor and many others. Today, our researchers are making great strides in a wide range of fields, from green chemistry to nanotechnology, from the science of food to the secrets of genomics and proteomics.


McGill is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world. With 24% of our students coming to McGill from more than 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse medical-doctoral university in the country. Our top-notch internship programs places students across the globe, and our alumni live in more than 180 countries worldwide.


Montreal sits at the meeting point of the Old and New Worlds. It's a city of cobblestones and an international hub for aerospace, pharmaceuticals, software engineering and more. It's a safe, vibrant place bursting with culture that consistently ranks among the world's most livable cities. Montreal is home to some 220,000 post-secondary students, as well as a wealth of greenspace, and the hundreds of cafes and restos for which Montreal is famous. In fact, the city ranks as the 8th best student city in the world.


We're passionate about sustainability, and we're doing something about it. McGill's Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy sets an ambitious agenda for a greener, fairer, healthier future, and our Sustainability Projects Fund offers $840,000 of seed funding each year to projects that help us get there. Since 2009, we have funded a wide range of initiatives including urban gardening projects, a bicycle collective, green waste management systems and more.


McGill counts twelve Nobel Prize-winners among its faculty and alumni—the most of any Canadian university—whose contributions include the technology behind digital cameras, the discovery of how the human body protects its genetic code, the theory of electron transfer, groundbreaking work on visual perception, hormones and particle interaction and the discovery of dendritic cells, with their immune signaling pathways that control and drive the immune response.


At McGill, we know the importance of attracting the best and brightest: from our students to our researchers to our employees. That’s why we do all that we can to ensure that McGill is a place where everyone thrives, and we’re proud to say our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. We have again been named one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2015.

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Masters of Management in Finance (MMF)

Campus Full time 12 months July 2017 Canada Montreal

The McGill Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) degree is a pre-experience twelve-month specialized program in finance. The MMF program prepares students for a career in finance through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates advanced financial concepts and quantitative methods with real-world business practices. [+]

The McGill Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) degree is a pre-experience twelve-month specialized program in finance. The MMF program prepares students for a career in finance through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates advanced financial concepts and quantitative methods with real-world business practices. The MMF is designed for recent graduates with a Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Economics, Arts or Commerce degree and with proven quantitative skills who aim to work in the finance industry or in the finance function of a business. The program starts this Summer 2016. We are NOW open for applications. Gain real life business experience Throughout the program, Master of Management in Finance students work as analysts at Desautels Capital Management Inc., a licensed and regulated investment management firm with an independent board of directors. Major responsibilities will include covering a sector and managing the DCM firm’s portfolio. Program structure The Masters of Management in Finance consists of eleven courses (33 credits) delivered over six 6-week modules. Concurrently students will also be expected to complete an Integrative Finance Project (12 Credits). Integrative Finance Project BUSA 689 - Integrative Finance Project (12 Credits) The integrative finance project is a core component of the program. It provides the opportunity to immediately put into practice the skills and knowledge that students acquire in the classroom. Students fulfill this requirement in three overlapping stages: Desautels Capital Management Inc. (August to July): Upon entry into the program, students join Desautels Capital Management (DCM) as analysts. DCM is a licensed and regulated asset management firm, with an independent board of directors and external investors. As analysts, students are responsible for a particular sector, identifying investment opportunities, and pitching them to colleagues. In addition, students are responsible for dealing with regulatory issues, compliance, trading and execution, back office settlement, preparation and filing of financial statements, and communication with clients. Professional Seminar Series (August to April): Seminars will be held regularly to expose students to current issues and practices in financial markets. The seminars will be given by professionals from various industries, e.g. hedge funds, pension funds, tax/legal accountants, etc., and will provide unique networking opportunities. Final Project (February to July): Students will work on a finance topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty member. Throughout the project, students will have the opportunity to think independently and creatively about an important financial topic, apply their quantitative skills, and ultimately showcase marketable skillsets in an area of their interest. Six 6-Week Modules 1st Module: FINE 678 - Financial Economics (3 Credits) This course covers the basic principles of valuation in modern finance and applies them to the pricing of financial securities and to the investment decisions of firms. Topics include interest rates, the valuation of bonds, stocks and options, optimal portfolio choice, the price of risk, and capital budgeting. The course serves as a foundation for the rest of the finance courses in the program. FINE 681 - International Capital Markets (3 Credits) This course provides a comprehensive analysis of international capital markets including the financial assets traded in these markets, e.g., debt securities, equities, and currencies, the performance of the asset management industry, and the in-depth coverage of the recent international financial crises. This course also covers the theoretical models that characterize open economies and that explain how prices, interest rates, inflation, and exchange rates are determined. 2nd Module: FINE 679 - Corporate Finance Theory (3 Credits) This course provides a framework for understanding how firms finance their activities. The course studies the different forms of financing available to firms (e.g., bonds, loans, stocks, warrants), the sources of these funds (e.g., banks, private equity, institutional investors, individual investors), and how firms’ capital structures are shaped by corporate and personal taxes, bankruptcy costs, conflicts of interests between shareholders and debt-holders, and differential access to information in capital markets. Students apply these analytical tools to case studies that emulate real business situations to learn how to design securities to maximize value and to optimize payout policy. FINE 680 – Investments (3 Credits) This course provides the tools to become a successful investment manager. Students learn how to establish appropriate investment objectives, develop optimal portfolio strategies, and evaluate investment performance. The course is designed to be highly interactive and hands-on. Students become proficient in navigating financial data platforms −Bloomberg, Eikon, Morningstar−, executing trades on a state-of-the-art market simulator, developing models of asset allocation, back-testing trading strategies, and producing professional investment reports. 3rd Module: FINE 682 – Derivatives (3 Credits) Derivative securities have become an extremely important part of financial markets and have taken a prominent place in the debates surrounding financial crises, not least after the recent subprime and sovereign episodes. A strong understanding of derivatives is now key for many roles such as corporate treasurers, fund managers, institutional investors, risk managers, traders and, more generally, at any senior management level. In this course, students become familiar with the various derivative markets and uses of their respective products. Valuation and risk management models of these products are dealt with in detail, while remaining focused on practical applications. ACCT 604 - Financial Statements 1 (3 Credits) This course provides an overview of the financial reporting system with an emphasis on the conceptual background and tools required to understand, analyze, and exploit the information contained in financial statements. The course combines lectures on concepts and methods with practical cases in which students apply the learned tools to real business situations. The course also provides the understanding of how alternative practices in financial reporting affect corporate financing and investment decisions. 4th Module: FINE 683 - Advanced Corporate Finance (3 Credits) This course studies the critical steps in the financial and economic maturation of a firm: venture capital financing rounds, initial public offerings, leverage buyouts, mergers, divestures and spin-offs. On each of these topics, the course offers an in-depth analysis of the process, of the parties involved and on the sources of gains and inefficiencies. The course also uses these operations to illustrate a series of advanced topics in corporate finance, namely, the corporate governance of firms, the role of risk management, the impact of product market competition on funding choices, and the relationship between trading in financial markets and firms' financial decisions. All these issues are approached through different angles, i.e., lectures, case studies, simulations, and interventions from the practitioner community. FINE 684 - Fixed Income Markets (3 Credits) Fixed income markets, the largest financial marketplace in the world, involve a large and diverse set of participants and market structures. In this course, students acquire a thorough grasp of fixed income instruments and their use in asset management, financial engineering, and risk management. The course covers fixed income mathematics, risk concepts, term-structure analysis, credit risk modeling, and derivatives valuation. In addition, significant time is spent on the most recent market developments such as mortgage-backed securities, securitization and credit derivatives. 5th Module: FINE 685 - Market Risk Management (3 Credits) Corporations and financial institutions face a plethora of risks, and finance professionals need the know-how to measure and manage these risks. In this course, students acquire the tools to critically appraise commercially available risk management systems and to understand the use of derivatives in risk management. The course covers state-of-the-art risk measurement and management techniques and the technical skills required to implement them. FINE 688 - Mergers and Acquisitions (3 Credits) The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of the reasons firms engage in merger and acquisition activities and the processes used to successfully accomplish and create shareholder value from these activities. Topics include valuation in merger and acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances, cross-border M&A, and divestures. 6th Module: FINE 673 - Finance Fundamentals (3 Credits) This course provides tools for quantitative data analysis in Finance and serves as a stepping stone to the research thesis, which is a part of the Integrative Finance Project. The course is applied and project-based. It exposes students to the full production line of data analytics, including the identification and collection of data, proper statistical analysis, and the presentation of the analysis to a variety of audiences. Students learn how to improve decision-making from using data analytics, and also how to recognize and avoid pitfalls of complex data analysis (e.g., data mining, measurement problems, sampling error, and model misspecification). Applying to the MMF Program You are about to make the right decision. The McGill Master of Management in Finance is designed for high-achieving, ambitious students interested in a career in finance. Admissions criteria and decisions are based on the following components: An undergraduate degree and any further academic qualifications. Relevant work experience is not required. Completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with an graduate or undergraduate degree from McGill are exempt. In addition, applicants who completed their undergrad degree in an university where the language of instruction was not in English are required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS. The admissions committee will also carefully review your essays and letters of reference. Only qualified applicants will be called for an interview with a member of the admission team. Career Resources Located in the Soutar Career Centre, Career Services at the Desautels Faculty of Management is dedicated to helping students develop their career management skills and explore career paths that enable them to ultimately achieve their career goals. Innovative programs, workshops and speaker series coupled with an integrated learning approach prepare our students and give them the skills to make an impact in their careers throughout their lifetime. Career services works closely with you from Day 1 to help you: Define your career strategy Improve your CV & Cover Letters Network with McGill alumni and Employers Practice and acing the interview techniques Negotiate a job offer to achieve your best interest Career Outlook By Industry Finance Consulting Others Investment Management Management Technology Diversified Financial Services Mergers & Acquisitions Telecommunications Commercial Banking Financial Strategy Media Investment Banking - Energy Private Equity - Real Estate Venture Capital - Insurance Private Wealth Management - Government & Public Policy By Function Finance Consulting Asset Management Management/Strategy Consulting Risk Management Financial Services/Economic Consulting Quantitative Analysis - Research - Mergers & Acquisitions - Securities Issuance - Advisory - Corporate Finance & Treasury - Sales & Trading - Venture Capital - If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at [-]


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