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University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: February 15, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $52,960 CAD

Full-Time Enrollment: 334

Average GPA: 3.5

International: 51%

Average Age: 27

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $59,450 CAD

Median GMAT: 670

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 580-730

Median GRE: 316

Female: 36%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.0-4.0

Male: 64%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: October 1, 2018 Round 2: January 7, 2019 Round 3: March 4, 2019 Round 4: April 29, 2019

The biggest MBA in Canada, with 350 students per cohort, takes place in the buzzing downtown of multicultural Toronto, one of the world’s fintech hubs and North America’s biggest banking center after New York. The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has about a 50-50 split between Canadians and foreign students, many of whom are looking for a passport to a job in Canada. Students in the 16-month course overlap with both the previous and the next cohort, meaning that they get the chance to connect with over 1,000 MBA candidates. 

Rotman has a reputation for research, and the academic rigor spills over into the “labs” where students get cutting-edge instruction. For example, there are Finance, Management Data and Analytics, Self-Development, and Leadership Development labs. Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab is one of the world’s fastest-growing venture projects. Since it launched in 2012, CDL ventures started by MBA students collaborating with entrepreneurs have created $1 billion in equity value. Pretty appealing to wannabe entrepreneurs. 

Rotman’s academic chops also mean it isn’t afraid of delving into tricky territory. For example, Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) investigates biases, and its insights help students design better products, services, and programs. In 2018 BEAR and CDL teamed up for a product challenge, looking at products building on behavioral insights. 

Then there is the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), which studies gender inequality in business and gives students a deep-dive into interpersonal and political opportunities and challenges around enhancing gender equality. GATE looks for business, career, and investment opportunities based on its findings. 

Rotman’s full-time MBA includes a four-month internship, and students can take 12 of 100-plus electives. They also can also go on an exchange to one of 24 partner universities in 17 countries and take study tours to China, India, Latin America, or the Middle East. Taken all together, Rotman grads say it all adds up to a truly transformational experience.

Sarah Badun, MBA 2019:

After my undergraduate degree in business, I worked in a bank, but I wanted to change career path. Rotman’s two-year course appealed to me because it gave me more time explore the direction I wanted to take. The MBA was academically very rigorous. The classes were great — the professors would teach us the most cutting-edge research which hadn’t even been published yet. I knew that I wanted to stay in Toronto after I graduated, and the school helped me to build connections with all the companies that I needed to find the right job. Rotman was great at helping me understand what I’m capable of, and what I can deliver in the workforce.

Brian Golden, vice dean of professional programs:

The school’s program has always been analytically rigorous, and a few years ago we decided to enhance it by adding in more innovation, experiential and interpersonal dimensions. The biggest change in student demand has been around self-development, helping people develop the core ideas they learn into actionable work by engaging effectively with colleagues. In the Self-Development Lab, students take modules on the impact of emotion, engaging with others, and advanced communication skills. Increasingly, students work closely with coaches to turn the mirror on themselves. This can be intense and emotional, but it has a long-lasting impact on students beyond their time here. 

Contact Information

105 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada ON M5S 3E6
Admissions Office:
+1 416-946-8463
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From the Rotman School of Management

The Rotman School of Management is the most globally recognized business school in Canada, consistently placing in the top 20 for its faculty research and thought leadership (Financial Times). It is part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading research and teaching university.

Rotman is located in downtown Toronto, the fourth-largest city in North America, and its third-largest center for financial services and communications technology. If your aim is to gain experience in the North American job market, there is no better place to be.

The Rotman advantage

With one of the largest full-time MBA programs in Canada, Rotman is the destination school in the country for global firms wishing to hire MBA students. Leading companies like Nike, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, P&G, IDEO and Microsoft regularly recruit at Rotman. While known for its strengths in finance and consulting, Rotman has recently made bold strides in placing its graduates in growth industries like healthcare strategyinnovation, and entrepreneurship.

Growth: In the past 15 years, Rotman has quadrupled its endowment, and tripled its physical footprint, its student body and its faculty. A state-of-the-art building has more than doubled the school’s available research, teaching and study space and this trajectory has positioned Rotman as Canada’s leading business school.

Scale and Impact: The Full-Time MBA class at Rotman is not only one of the largest of any business school in Canada, it’s also the most diverse. Our incoming Full-Time MBA class of 2019 had 143 women, (40 per cent of the total), 24 of whom received Forte Foundation Fellowships as outstanding female candidates. At Rotman over the previous 2 years, 30 + Forte fellows have been awarded more than $1 M in total scholarships. 52 per cent of our incoming students are international and they come from 35 countries. Exposure to this diversity of perspectives and Rotman’s unique problem-solving approach ensures that our graduates are prepared to tackle challenges in an increasingly complex world. Just as our faculty are the thought leaders of today, our students are the global business leaders of tomorrow.

Location, location, location

The Rotman School is part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s top research university (founded in 1827). It is located in Toronto, a dynamic, safe and multicultural city, the fourth largest in North America. Toronto is Canada’s business capital, the site of major clusters of innovation in industries ranging from aerospace to biotech. Toronto is consistently rated one of the best cities in the world in which to live.

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Your career

Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world when it comes to attracting talent. Because the Rotman Full-Time MBA is a two-year program, all MBA students are eligible for a three-year work permit upon graduation.

How we help you succeed

Located just blocks from Canada’s business hub, Rotman is ideally positioned to help you connect face to face with top employers who hire MBA graduates. Rotman has invested in building one of the largest MBA career teams in business education. Our exceptional careers staff-to-student ratio– 2X better than the business school average – means you will receive the personal attention you need to find your ideal job.

At Rotman, we help you make the most of your potential:

  • The Rotman School’s unique approach to problem solving will teach you to become a high-value decision maker and better business leader.
  • Through the  Self Development Lab  and the Leadership Development Lab you gain insight into yourself and the tools you need to grow and develop your own unique leadership qualities.