Rotman MBA

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The Rotman Full-Time MBA is a two-year program designed for you to reach your professional and personal goals. Rotman offers three core strategic areas – an innovative curriculum, tailored career services and the Self-Development Lab – to achieve one central goal: to give you the skills and experiences you need to accelerate your career as a high-value decision maker and business leader.

The Full-Time Rotman MBA program is an intense program that combines 16 months of academic study with a 4-month opportunity for a paid internship. The program begins in the first year with a core curriculum that introduces our unique problem solving and creative methodology with the fundamental disciplines of business while allowing you to focus on developing specific skill sets through over 90 elective courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your MBA experience further by choosing to specialize in a particular area of interest through one of our MBA Majors and accelerate your career through the experiential learning component of our innovative Flexible Internship program.

During your work placement, which you may choose to do in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms, you will complete the course “Applied Management: Placement”. Depending on your academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, you will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout your work placement,you’ll benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors. for more details you can continue reading here.

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Class Profile
Class Size 151
Average GMAT Score 680 (520-760)
Average Work Experience (yrs.) 5 years
Average Age (yrs.) 28.5 years (23-35)
Employment Summary
Average Salary $95,000
Average Bonus $15,000
% placed within 3 months 95%
Tuition Fees
Total Tuition $112,000
Living Cost $ 20,000
Total Cost $ 132,000


Rotman MBA Application Deadlines

Deadlines Applications Interviews Decision
R1 15 Sep 15 Oct 15 Nov
R2 15 Jan 15 Feb 15 Mar
R3 15 Mar 15 Apr 15 May

Rotman MBA Application Tips


The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Canada. Known for its design approach to MBA education and strong emphasis on problem solving, Rotman’s program has grown in renown.

This year Rotman is all about Spike Factor, asking you to upload 1-3 of your “spikiest” pictures and select 1,000 words to explain why you chose these pictures. This year’s essay should be fun to answer, providing you with a creative way to show Rotman what makes you a unique and valuable addition to their community.

Essay1: Please upload 1-3 of your ‘spikiest’ pictures to the supplemental items section of your application here and use the space below to tell us why you have chosen these particular images to illustrate your ‘spike factor’. (up to 1000 words)

• Think about your key strengths and accomplishments and select photos that show this in an engaging way. “Spike factor” allows you to highlight your resilience, grit and determination in setting and reaching ambitious goals.
• You might also think of this like “the Tokyo test”—something I have heard recruiters mention. Is this person interesting enough that I’d be happy sitting next to them on a flight to Tokyo? Make sure you share something interesting—and this can expand beyond work to interesting hobbies, sports accomplishments, businesses that you have started, charities you’ve founded or supported etc.
• Consider organizing your answer around a few key themes with photos that support each one.
• Organically weave your career goals around the picture(s) you upload—ideally one of those photos may help inform what you’d like to do after Rotman.
• Think not just about what you can get from Rotman but also how you will be able to bring value to the Rotman community through the photos and explanations you share.
• It may help to use a CAR (Challenge/Action/Result) model as you provide support for the examples you share.
• Presence and communication are valued by Rotman in the admissions process as it is stated right in the introduction; be sure to upload a visually appealing and well written submission. Edit, proofread and pay attention to detail.

Essay 2: Reflection Question: List 3-5 attributes or characteristics that best describe you.

With these scant words, you should both reinforce your main application and essay message(s) and, also, add a little something extra and new – but that doesn’t contradict those other points. So, if your main message revolves around excellent soft skills and persuasion, look for another complementary point, e.g., risk-taker, that may not be emphasized but that is still reflective of you – and that will also be consistent with your profile and application even if not the most prominent point.

Video Essay: Required video interview (2 questions) with a new timed written response component (10 minutes in length).

Without knowing what the questions are, your best approach is to approach the video interview with both your own application and the Rotman program fresh in your mind. This will help you to simultaneously avoid both (a) being redundant and (b) being contradictory or inconsistent. This written response is new this year. I suggest viewing and approaching it as a continuation of the dialogue. It presents special challenges, particularly for non-native English speakers and writers who may typically take more time to polish their writing in English. While it’s natural for a follow-up piece like this essay to be less polished and thought through than essays on which you reasonably spend much more time, it also shouldn’t sound like a different person or present such a gap in English writing fluency that it raises doubts in the adcom. If you are worried about these things – practice. Give yourself sample topics and a 5-10 minute response window. Use tough questions, to make the actual one (hopefully) seem easier! (NOTE: The Rotman website gives an example – not an actual sample – question).

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