About the Rotman MBA

The Rotman School of Management is the most globally recognized business school in Canada. It is part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s top research university, and is located in downtown Toronto, the country’s financial, commercial and cultural capital. The Rotman management faculty is in the top 20 globally for business research and is the largest in Canada. Students at Rotman take advantage of a varied and welcoming atmosphere thanks to the university’s strong network of leaders, mentors, and educators.     

The Full-time MBA Program 

The Rotman MBA is the biggest MBA in Canada. It ranked as the #1 business school in Canada by Financial Times. Rotman 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. The Rotman School of Management MBA program is a 20-month full-time intense experience. This includes 16 months of academic study with an opportunity for a 4-month paid internship.

The Rotman School of Management has more than 17,000 alumni across 90 countries worldwide. 

The tuition for Rotman’s two-year MBA program is $103,001 (CAD $131,120) for international students.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

  • Joseph L. Rotman Scholarship
  • The Rotman Family Healthcare Scholarship
  • Business Design Initiative (BDI) Scholarship
  • 30% Club Full-Time MBA Scholarship
  • Rotman African and Caribbean Business Club (RACBC) Scholarship

Class Profile 

There are 278 students in the full-time MBA class. Their average age is 28 and their average length of employment is five years. The class is made up of 45% female students and 58% international students. They are also a very competitive group intellectually, with an average college GPA of 3.6 and a GMAT score of 678. Between 610 to 720 was the range of GMAT scores in the middle 80%.

28 percent of the students had majored in business or commerce as undergraduates. 15% of those with degrees in economics and 27% in engineering. Eight percent of people studied social or life sciences, respectively.

Course Curriculum Summary

The rigorous Full-Time Rotman MBA program consists of 16 months of academic study and a 4-month paid internship opportunity. The program starts with a core curriculum in the first year that connects Rotman’s special problem-solving and creative technique with the basic business disciplines while letting you concentrate on building certain skill sets through more than 90 optional courses.

First Year: Foundations

The first year of the program, which begins in September, is organized into four core terms that are focused on developing your MBA toolbox in the key functional areas of business and designed to introduce and reinforce a special approach to problem-solving and decision-making. You have the option to use three optional courses in the final term, starting in March, to develop your area of interest and your internship preparation.

  • Self-Development Lab (SDL)

Through a series of intense one-on-one coaching sessions and small group seminars, the Self-Development Lab (SDL) has been thoughtfully created to provide you with highly individualized feedback on your behavioral performance, communication style, and overall presence. You will receive advice from professionals, including qualified psychologists, playwrights, and former management consultants, on how to cultivate your interpersonal and self-awareness abilities, which are essential for being a productive collaborative problem-solver.

  • Internship Options

The Flexible Internship Program* offers three internship periods after your first year: May-August, September-December, and January-April.

Second Year: Choosing a Direction

Choice is the focus of Rotman’s second year. You can choose from one of 15 MBA majors to focus on, or you can tailor your MBA education by selecting from among more than 100 optional courses. In order to earn useful executive experience, give back to the Rotman community, and expand your network to include MBA students in the incoming class, you will also have the chance to take on a leadership role in one of Rotman’s student-run industry clubs or the Graduate Business Council.

  • Ethics

Businesses must navigate a complicated landscape of ethical, legal, and governance-related concerns. This course focuses on the role that managers have in identifying these problems and finding effective and efficient solutions. An organization established on sound principles serves as a standard by which all stakeholder interests are judged, and ethical behavior starts with management. This course will explore ethical decision-making and its relationship to the fundamentals of good governance through an “active” case study.

  • The Joe Weider Foundation Leadership Development Lab (LDL) 

A cutting-edge program called the Joe Weider Foundation Leadership Development Lab (LDL) assists qualifying Rotman students in their second year in developing personally and professionally across a range of leadership-related aspects. The LDL will improve your command of self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills by examining the implicit mental models required to intentionally reframe beliefs and change behavioral patterns in order to more effectively produce desired results. It is based on the sciences of psychology and neurology. 

Placement Statistics 

Rotman MBA graduates are offered a mean base salary of CAD $104,622. The mean total salary (including bonuses and other compensation) offered to graduates stood at CAD $123,438. 

The Toronto-based location of the Rotman School of Management provides Rotman MBA students access to some of the largest global organizations. Following is a selection of notable employers hiring from the Rotman MBA program:

Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, Google

Notable Alumni 

John Hastings, CEO of CitiBank Canada

Michael Wilson, Chairman of Barclays Capital

Vasu Chanchlani, Co-Founder Sigma Group of Companies

Application Details 

Application requirements – Following are the MBA application requirements:

  • GMAT/GRE score
  • Academic transcripts
  • Two professional references
  • Essay + reflection question + Video interview with timed response
  • TOEFL/IELTS if applicable (Not required if you’ve graduated from an English-language university)
  • Interview (By invitation only)

Application Fees$195 (CAD) 

Application Deadlines


Essay: Our admitted students stand out by doing interesting things with their personal and professional lives — something we describe as the ‘spike factor’; what are the things that you have done in your life that demonstrate Passion/ Grit/ Resilience/ Innovation/ Drive/ Ambition and more? This can cross all or any aspects of life outside of work – hobbies, volunteerism, awards, entrepreneurial ventures, sports, and the arts. We believe that exposure to a rich diversity of viewpoints makes for a superior learning experience, and pride ourselves on building a diverse class of exceptional individuals who will go on to make the School proud as professionals and alumni. Explain your spike factor (something unique about yourself) that you believe will contribute to the Rotman community and is aligned with Rotman values. (up to 500 words)*  

Optional – Please upload 1-3 of your ‘spikiest’ pictures to the supplemental items section of your application here. Note: Your photos must be uploaded as a single PDF.

A required video interview (2 questions) with a new timed written response component (10 minutes in length). 

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