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University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: June 5, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $52,960 CAD

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $59,450 CAD

Full-Time Enrollment: 334

Average GPA: 4

Median GMAT: 670

Median GRE: 316

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

International: 51%

Female: 36%

Male: 64%

Average Age: 27

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

Location:
105 St. George St.
#121
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). Rotman is part of the University of Toronto (established in 1827), widely recognized worldwide to be Canada’s top research university and a global center of research and academic excellence.

The Rotman Advantage

As the largest Full-Time MBA program in Canada, Rotman is the top business school in Canada for global firms wishing to hire MBA students, helping to launch the careers of more graduates than the next three top Canadian business schools combined. Leading companies like McKinsey, World Bank Group, Google, IBM, P&G, IDEO and Microsoft recruit at Rotman. While known for its strengths in finance and consulting, Rotman is making bold strides in placing its graduates into the newest frontiers of healthcare strategyinnovation, and entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Innovation and entrepreneurship hub: Toronto is ranked as one of the world’s best startup ecosystems. A recent study by McKinsey recognized the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor as the fastest growing tech sector in North America, with the largest concentration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, fintech, and quantum computing start-ups in the world. U of T invests over $1.1 billion per year in research, including a $100-million commitment to build a new complex dedicated to AI and biomedicine, $25 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support the Creative Destruction Lab founded at Rotman, and supports entrepreneurial development in partnership with the MaRS Discovery District.

Diversity and inclusion: The Full-Time MBA class at Rotman is not only the largest of any business school in Canada, it is also the most diverse. In our expected incoming Class of 2021, 56% of our students are international and 40% are women, representing 44 countries, who will join a network of over 15,000 alumni in more than 90 countries. Through a focus on diversity, and ongoing events like Culture Eats and Rotman on Inclusion Week, Rotman provides an environment that is safe, welcoming and respectful to all.

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