The Rotman MBA: What You Need To Know
The biggest MBA in Canada, with 278 for the full-time Class of 2023, is located in the buzzing downtown of multicultural Toronto, one of the world’s fintech hubs and North America’s biggest banking center after New York. Rotman has a powerful network of mentors, professors and leaders available that offer students a diverse and inclusive environment.
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has about half Canadians and half 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.
As the Rotman School’s flagship offering, the FT MBA offers a core curriculum that brings problem solving and creative methodology together to explore the dynamics of business. Students can customize their experience by selecting courses in 15 specialization areas, such as Consulting, Global Management, Leadership and Change Management, and Social Impact and Sustainability. Experiential learning components of the degree include consulting experiences, study trips, and internships.
To expose students and allow them to benefit from the diverse backgrounds represented within their class, students are placed in a project team based on their academic background, industry experience, and place of origin.
Rotman’s full-time MBA includes a four-month internship, and students can take 12 of 100-plus electives. They can also attend an exchange to one of 24 partner universities in 17 countries and take study tours to China, India, Latin America, or the Middle East. Rotman grads say traveling abroad with their peers is a truly transformational experience.
There are a wide array of labs, centers and institutes available to incubate ideas and allow for further exploration such as the Creative Destruction Lab, the Leadership Development Lab, the Behavioral Economics in Action center, and the Institute for Gender and the Economy.