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McGill University Investment Banking Placement (Using Data)

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McGill University

McGill University is one of the most storied and prestigious universities in Canada. Consistently at the top of global university rankings, it should come as no surprise that McGill students consistently break into investment banking.

McGill is one of the only Canadian schools (alongside Ivey and Queen's) that consistently places hires into the top banks in the U.S. McGill ranks #55 on our target school list, earning it a designation as a lower semi-target school.

McGill is home to the Desautels Faculty of Management, which is one of Canada's top business schools for both undergraduates and MBAs.

Additionally, McGill offers a BCom in Honours Investment Management, a limited enrolment program for undergraduates with a strong track record of finance placement.


McGill Campus

We note that McGill has a very high Elite Firms % of 56%, indicating that the McGill students who break into investment banking often go to the very best firms (notably Evercore and J.P. Morgan). Similarly, McGill has a very high Elite Boutique %, which results from sending 24% of hires to Evercore.


Despite placing at the very best firms, McGill still has low placement relative to the size of its student body.


It is interesting to recognize that McGill performs impressively well at private equity recruiting, outperforming many of the other target schools on our list. Overall, McGill is a solid choice for U.S. investment banking and finance, although recruiting results may be top-heavy.

McGill Placement Data

Our investment banking target school list is a complete rank of 60 schools and analyzed >60k LinkedIn profiles of professionals who worked in investment banking between 2008 and 2023. We filtered the data to examine U.S. hires into the top investment banks.

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Investment Banking Placement

  • Weighted Rank: #55

  • Ranking by Total Hires: #51

  • Category: Lower Semi-Target School

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School Factsheet

  • Established: 1821

  • Location: Montréal, Québec

  • Business School Name: Desautels

  • # of Undergrads: 27,085 per U.S. News

  • # of Business School Undergrads: 2,270

  • Median Starting Salary (2022): $60k

  • U.S. News Global Rank (2022-2023): #54

  • QS World University Rankings: #30

  • Financial Times MBA Rank: #91


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