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Rotman MBA

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The biggest MBA in Canada, with 295 students per cohort, takes place in one of the world’s fintech hubs Toronto, 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. 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 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. For more details Click here…

Class Profile
Class Size 275
Average GMAT Score 670
Average Work Experience (yrs.) 4 years
Average Age (yrs.) 27 years (22-36)
Employment Summary
Average Salary $99,201
Average Bonus $20,829
% placed within 3 months
Tuition Fees
Total Tuition $131,120
Living Cost $27,556
Total Cost $158,676

Rotman MBA Application Deadlines



Round 1 4 oct 2021
Round 2 10 Jan 2022
Round 3 7 Mar 2022
Round 4 25 Apr 2022

Rotman MBA Application Tips


Essay 1: 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 1000 words)*

Rotman spike factor essay is no doubt a mind-bender and probably no other school asks such a question. First of all Start with jotting down all the unique experiences you had in life – big or small – whatever you think are significant moments of your life. Positive or negative. It may be easier to bucket them across three areas – professional, extra-curricular, personal.

Your first championship medal in sports, founding an NGO, breaking family convention value for love marriage or entrepreneurship, the experience of surviving a terminal disease, leading a team towards a great vision, achievements in either sporting arena even if it is yoga and meditation – it could be anything you consider is a big part of YOUR life and you think it changed you or left you with lifelong learning for the good. Just know that the spike factor doesn’t necessarily mean huge groundbreaking experiences. Rather the admission team is just trying to get to know you as a person better and what you consider as a spike factor in your own limited experiences.

Once you have shortlisted 2-3 examples, make them distinctive by using personal examples and experiences and illustrate with a vivid style of writing that the reader is able to follow and experience your story. If you really have remarkable stories such as winning the Commonwealth or a recorded track of a sport or community work, then you can consider writing 2 stories of 500 words each or maybe 3 stories of 300 words each.

When illustrating examples, an easy method to follow is the STAR methodology. Situation → Task → Action → Result.

Start with describing the situation or problem at hand to give a background to the reader. Explain what was expected out of you to do and the consequence of the task. Explain how this difficult situation drove you to take certain actions. It is important to show what the outcome of the action was and what are the results that you obtained.

Conclude by showing what you learned from this experience or situation. How has this made you a better person or a better leader? how these learnings will enhance your prospects of being a successful leader or prove you to be a good value addition to Rotman’s MBA program.

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