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Join the largest and most internationally diverse MBA program in Canada

The Rotman Full-Time MBA is a two-year program designed for those committed to making a long-term investment in their professional and personal development.

The Rotman School is Canada's #1 business school, and ranked in the global top five for its world-class faculty and research. Our unique approach to problem solving, self-development and decision making  will transform your leadership potential and enable you to tackle today's business challenges in an increasingly complex world.


"The Rotman MBA program is at the forefront of business education, developing new thinking and new thinkers with impact."

- Tiff Macklem, Dean


Rotman offers three core strategic areas - an innovative curriculum, tailored career services and the Self-Development Lab - to achieve one central goal: to give you the skills and experiences you need to accelerate your career as a high-value decision maker and business leader. Whether your aim is to make a career switch, accelerate your current career, or start your own business, the Rotman MBA will enable you to reach your professional and personal goals. 

The Full-Time Rotman MBA program is an intense program that combines 16 months of academic study with a 4-month opportunity for a paid internship. The program begins in the first year with a core curriculum that introduces our unique problem solving and creative methodology with the fundamental disciplines of business. You will then have the opportunity to customize your MBA experience by choosing to specialize in a particular area of interest, develop a broader skill set through over 90 elective courses, and accelerate your career through the experiential learning component of our innovative Flexible Internship program.

Students are required to complete the course “Applied Management: Placement” in conjunction with a work placement which may be done in the Summer, Fall or Winter terms. Depending on their academic area of concentration/major and career objectives, students will be guided on the best work term option to secure a placement with an employer. Throughout their work placement, students will benefit from enhanced communication with their host employers, tracking of project deliverables and feedback from faculty supervisors.

First Year: Foundations

Beginning in September, the first year of the program is divided into two core terms focused on building your MBA toolkit in the major functional areas of business. These core terms are bracketed by shorter foundational and capstone terms that are designed to introduce and reinforce our unique approach to problem solving and decision-making.

Capstone Course

Unique to Rotman, the Capstone Course allows you to apply your modelling and problem solving skills to business problems that corporations are currently facing. Working directly with companies and raw data, you analyze a messy business predicament and develop strategic recommendations to present to the organization’s executives.

Self-Development Lab (SDL)

The Self-Development Lab (SDL) has been carefully designed to give you highly personalized feedback on your behavioural performance, communication style, and personal presence through a series of intensive, individual coaching sessions and small group workshops.

You will be guided by experts, including trained psychologists, professional playwright and former management consultants, to develop and nurture your self-awareness and the interpersonal skills that are key to becoming an effective collaborative problem-solver.

Internship Options

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

Take advantage of an internship to:

  • Test drive a new career
  • Gain greater access to opportunities and full-time offers year-round
  • Earn a competitive salary

Second Year: Choosing a Direction

The second year at Rotman is all about choice. You can specialize in 1 of 13 MBA majors, or customize your MBA experience by taking courses from a broad range of over 90 elective courses. You will also have the opportunity to assume a leadership position in our student-run industry clubs or Graduate Business Council to gain valuable executive experience, give back to the Rotman community, and broaden your network to include MBA students in the incoming class.   

The Weider Foundation Leadership Development Practicum

The Weider Foundation Leadership Development Practicum (LDP) is an innovative program that helps qualified Rotman students in their second year develop personally and professionally across a number of dimensions important to leadership.

Grounded in the sciences of psychology and neurology, the LDP will develop your mastery of self-management, communication and interpersonal skills by exploring the implicit mental models necessary to intentionally reframe beliefs and shift behavioural patterns to better create desired outcomes.

MBA Pre-Program

Before you are immersed in our 20-month program, we offer you some learning opportunities so you can hit the ground running in September. For three weeks in August, participants take academic pre-courses, attend professional skills workshops, and learn about the people and services available at the School.

The MBA Pre-Program is not compulsory, but most students take part since it’s a great way to meet people while brushing up on your business basics. Here’s what to expect:
  • Prep courses in Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Methods
  • Workshops on Academic Writing, Business Communication, and Presentation Skills
  • Developing a Leader's Instincts, a very popular course on self-management and mindful career planning

Rotman MBA Pre-Program

Orientation      

For our international students, prior to the MBA Pre-Program we host International Students Orientation Week. The week is designed to get our international students comfortable in their new surroundings, get tips on navigating the Canadian business culture and more. 

Following the MBA Pre-Program at the end of August before classes start, students take part in Orientation, hosted by Rotman faculty, and designed to set the foundation for your academic experience. The interactive two-day program gives new students a chance to focus on what they want to get out of their time at Rotman and learn about the resources available to help them accomplish their goals.

After orientation, the first year class attends Orientation Camp – a weekend retreat organized and hosted by second year students. It’s a great way to meet everyone and get comfortable with the Rotman community before classes begin.

Rotman Orientation

First Year: Foundations Term (4 Weeks)

Model-Based Decision Making

This course introduces students to model-based decision making. The notion that problem solving can be improved by the explicit and systematic use of models is at the core of Integrative Thinking. Business decision-makers rely on models all of the time. Models are simplified representations of reality and represent one’s beliefs about “how the world works”. Given that every business decision must be based on some sense of “how the world works”, every decision is, explicitly or implicitly, contingent on a model.

Integrating Models and Data

This course introduces students to the use of data in model-based decision making. Technological improvements have resulted in businesses having access to more data and more types of data than they have ever had before. This wealth of data means that it is now critical for managers to understand how data can and should be used as part of the decision-making process. The objective of the course is to provide students with the skills to think carefully, critically and creatively about the data available to them and the facts presented to them to improve their ability to integrate data into their decision-making process.

Managerial Economics

This class focuses on microeconomics and its applications to managerial decisions. Topics explored include supply and demand analysis, cost concepts, profit maximization, perfect and imperfect competition, game theory, imperfect information, agency theory, and firm organization. Managerial economics is fundamental to finance, marketing, strategy, organizational behaviour, and nearly every other field of business. It is therefore directly relevant both to your education at the Rotman School and to your career.

Ethics

Businesses operate within a complex environment of legal, ethical and governance-related issues. This course focuses on the role that managers play in not only recognizing these issues, but also in resolving them effectively and efficiently. Ethical behaviour starts with management and an organization built on sound principles serves as a benchmark by which all stakeholder interests are measured. Through “active” case analysis, this course will examine ethical decision making and its connection to the principles of good governance.

First Year: Term One (9 Weeks)

Statistics

This course teaches future managers how to extract information from data using statistical tools and how to apply probabilistic thinking to managerial problems. Topics include statistical study design, process control, inference, regression analysis, time series, model building, probabilities and decision analysis. Applications to all functional areas of management are discussed. Upon course completion, the student will be better able to:
  • Identify and formulate problems where statistics can have an impact
  • See the relevance of statistics and apply what has been learnt to career practice and to other business courses
  • Distinguish between routine and special problems requiring statistical analysis
  • Understand statistical methods for quality improvement
  • Assess data with healthy skepticism and seek expert help when needed
  • Recognize when better data and information are needed for decision-making

Strategy

These courses introduce students to the basic concepts, frameworks and methodologies useful to managers in crafting and executing business strategy. Integrating concepts and tools learned in other courses, the focus is on the fundamental conditions that enable a firm to conceive, develop, and sustain a superior strategic position. The material covers the functions and responsibilities of senior management, the issues affecting the success of the organization, and the decisions determining its direction. Upon completion, this course helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for a managerial approach to running a business in today’s competitive environment.

Finance I: Capital Markets and Valuation

The first module of the introductory Finance course focuses on capital markets, including discounted cash flow, portfolio theory and firm valuation. The second module focuses on applications for corporate finance, including cost of capital, capital structure and dividend policy.

Accounting

Understanding financial statements is crucial for succeeding in management. Whether you want to specialize in finance, marketing, organizational behavior, or any other area of management, you will need to understand the financial statements of your company, of your competitors, or those companies you intend to invest in or lend to. At the end of the term students should be able to read and interpret financial statements, both what the statements tell us and, even more importantly, what they don't. In order to be able to use financial statements one should have some technical knowledge of the process by which these statements are prepared. The pedagogical approach of the course is to use lectures, problems and cases.

First Year: Term Two (9 Weeks)

Leading People in Organizations

This course provides a framework for understanding how alternative forms of organizational structure impact an organization’s performance, how organizations and managers influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of its members, and how the behaviour of individuals and groups influence organizational effectiveness. Topics include motivation, leadership, decision-making, managing groups, work design, organization design and structure, and organizational environments.

Managing Customer Value

The premise in this course is that customer value is a prerequisite to business success. We explore what the term “customer value” means, how to align the company’s product or service with customer needs and distinguish it from competitive offerings. The task involves marshalling the efforts of the company and its network partners to provide customers with a superior total package of benefits – comprising the product itself, associated services, brand image, appropriate pricing and availability. An intimate understanding of customers’ needs and behaviour is critical and we will focus strongly on this topic. Students will be engaged in active research and interpretation of information about potential areas for delivering value. The course develops skills in strategy development, research and analysis, and judgment in making business decisions that touch on customer value.

Operations Management

Operations is the term that refers to the process by which organizations convert inputs (e.g., labor, material, knowledge, equipment) into outputs (goods and/or services) for both internal and external markets. In this broad-spectrum course we will study how to manage this process. We will study both strategic issues related to how firms determine how they will compete as well as tactical and operational decision making. We will consider issues related to designing, measuring, controlling and improving operations. Operations management was initially concerned with manufacturing operations. But many of the ideas developed have direct application in service operations such as health care, financial services and restaurant/hotel management. Within the context of the course, we will discuss several manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments, however, the emphasis of the course will be on the fundamental ideas that govern operations in an organization.

The objectives of this course are:
  • to expose you to the main concepts of operations management. 
  • to provide you with tools which can be used in the management of operations. 
  • to develop your ability to analyze a process and present reasoned recommendations that address problems found

Economic Environment of Business

An overriding objective of the course is to develop managerial perspectives on macroeconomic and global issues. Students will develop an understanding of aggregate output and cyclical patterns in GDP as well as factors that determine employment, prices, interest rates, and exchange rates. In an increasingly globalized economy, developments globally are intertwined with these questions and must be considered. Therefore, both national and international macroeconomic factors will be covered. The conduct of fiscal and monetary policy will be discussed in the context an open economy, and an understanding of the drivers of international trade and capital flows will be developed. Implications for corporate profitability and risk will be highlighted. Economic Environment of Business provides the basis for understanding these inherent opportunities and underlying risks.

First Year: Capstone Term (6 Weeks)

Business Problem Solving Capstone

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply model-based decision making to a current business problem. Students will use the models and modeling skills introduced in the Foundations Term, and built upon in the Area Terms to define, structure, and analyze a recent or ongoing business case. The Capstone represents the culmination of the first-year curriculum as it allows students to experience in real-time and through a real-world problem how the explicit and systematic use of models can improve business decision-making.

The objective of the course is to guide students through the process of using model-based decision making. The course will begin by introducing the students to “predicaments”: the types of vague and poorly articulated problems that are frequently encountered in business settings. Students will then be assigned to groups and each group will be given a “predicament” to work on. Alternating between lectures, student presentations and coaching sessions, the course will then teach students how to translate predicaments into well-defined problems and how to analyze those problems using the modeling and data-analysis skills they have developed throughout the first-year. At the end of the course, students will prepare a report that details their analysis of and recommendations for the predicament that they faced.

Finance II: Corporate Finance

The first module of the introductory Finance course focuses on capital markets, including discounted cash flow, portfolio theory and firm valuation. The second module focuses on applications for corporate finance, including cost of capital, capital structure and dividend policy.

Managerial Accounting

Management accounting involves the study of the systems, procedures and policies that an organization employs to assist it to make decisions about virtually all matters which affect the financial health and performance of the entity. The course will be presented from the perspective of those who are users, rather than preparers, of accounting information. The course will explore strategic cost analysis and related management techniques, such as: activity based costing, activity based management, relevant cost analysis, and planning and control. The topics will emphasize that management accounting is most effective when it is developed in the context of the organization's strategy, rather than as an end in itself.

Managerial Negotiations

Negotiation is the art and craft by which decisions are made, agreements are reached, and disputes are resolved between two or more parties. Analytical skills are certainly helpful in negotiation, but people often require a broad array of cognitive and interpersonal skills to ensure the acceptance of good solutions to difficult problems. This course provides the opportunity to develop both analytical frameworks and practical skills in negotiation, relying primarily on hands-on learning. Students pursuing careers in marketing, consulting, financial services, entrepreneurship and other areas that require skills in bargaining and persuasion will find this course useful. The course is designed to complement the knowledge acquired in other second-year Rotman MBA courses.

Second Year: Choosing Your Direction

The second year at Rotman is all about choice. You may specialize by choosing to focus on a major or function, or enhance your generalist perspective by taking courses from different academic disciplines. While renowned for our strengths in Strategy and Finance, the Rotman School has strengths in a number of functional areas, reflected in the choice of MBA majors.


     MBA Majors 

     Elective Courses

  • Brand Management
  • Business Design
  • Consulting
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Funds Management
  • Global Management
  • General MBA
  • Health Sector Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Investment Banking
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Process and Supply Chain Management
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Financial Engineering
  • Sustainability 

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