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MBA Essentials Online

Your Bridge to Business

Develop your business acumen, learn how to work collaboratively across departments and divisions, and network with a cohort of early to mid-career professionals like yourself with MBA Essentials Online: Your Bridge to Business.

This three-week program includes nine 2-hour sessions of Rotman's signature MBA Essentials program as a real-time virtual experience, bringing you the best of in-class from the comfort of your own home. Each week you will learn from some of Rotman's most exciting and knowledgeable faculty, each of whom can provide you with academic know-how paired with real world experience from their work as consultants, managers and expert advisors to some of the world's most successful corporations.

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Take control of the finances in a new role

Dramatically increase your confidence to work with financial and accounting information and improve your decision-making skills. Rotman’s Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Professional program will demystify the language, tools, and techniques of accounting and finance so you can return to your organization with the confidence to analyze financial information to succeed.

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Collectively, they offer insight into diverse fundamental business areas that are at the core of business decisions. At the end of the program, you will have gained an enhanced understanding of essential management issues, expand your understanding of how business works and become a more effective decision maker.

Flexible Learning Design during COVID-19

Don't feel alone while you learn online. We've designed this program to respect both the current challenges of working from home while maintaining and building connections with a class of your peers across different industries and organizations. You'll still gain the networking and learning benefits of our in-class programs while learning from the comfort of your own home with a schedule adapted to your current needs.

I need this program because:

  • I want to take my career to the next level but I don't have an MBA
  • I have trouble getting different departments in my office to collaborate and need to better understand their processes and priorities
  • It's early in my career and I need a greater understanding of the realities of business in North America
  • I am a manager/mid-career but don't have a formal business background and need to round out my skillset

Session Topics

Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. This program requires a stable internet connection, the latest version of the Google Chrome internet browser, and use of a microphone. Access to a webcam is preferred but optional. Terms and conditions for Zoom usage can be found here:

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, please review the application policies. To apply, complete the online application form.

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Each application is reviewed by Rotman's admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I receive a degree?
    MBA Essentials is a non-degree program that helps you better understand the business world. After you complete all sessions, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Rotman School of Management.
  2. How much time should I expect to commit outside class hours?
    While there are no assessments or exams, you should budget approximately 2 hours per week to prepare for each session by reading articles, watching assigned videos, etc. These pre-class activities ensure you make the most of your time with faculty in the live sessions.
  3. Are there exams and assessments?
    There are no formal exams or assessments. However, attendance at all sessions and full participations in class and group discussions are required to receive your certificate of completion.
  4. Can I apply the program towards MBA course credits?
    While this program is an excellent opportunity for you to understand fundamentals concepts covered in an MBA, the program does not count towards any degree program.
  5. Will the sessions be recorded?
    To ensure an environment that promotes candour, we do not record sessions.
  6. Does this program count towards the Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate?
    No, this program is for new to mid-level professionals and does not count towards the Rotman Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate. If you have over 8 years of work experience at the management level or higher, please consider pursuing our Executive Education Programs.
  7. Are there opportunities to network with my peers?
    Yes! We have carefully scheduled opportunities to help you expand your network. You'll be invited to an orientation session where you'll meet your cohort and program administrators. You'll also be invited to participate in two insight exchanges during the program with your peers. After the program we encourage class reps to continue organizing opportunities for the class to connect.

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Dates and fees

9 evening sessions of 2-hours each offered over 3 weeks

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  February 1-18, 2021

Week 1: February 1, 2 and 4
Week 2: February 8, 9 and 11
Week 3: February 16, 17 and 18

Time: 6-8 pm EST

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A real-time virtual experience online

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Participant profile:
Professionals from early to mid-career looking to build their business acumen, learn about the Canadian and American markets, learn how to think cross-functionally and increase their upward mobility; Managers looking to diversify and grow their professional networks

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Value: $3,500
Special Online Pricing:

$2,000 CAD + HST

Application deadline: January 26, 2021

No discounts apply.
American residents please note that this price is lower when converted to US Dollars.

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