F1GMAT: Rotman Full-time MBA program has put emphasis on Integrative thinking and Business design. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Integrative Thinking is Rotman’s educational platform for training trans-disciplinary problem solvers who can synthesize and engage in different perspectives, theories, models and vantage points in real time. This model-based approach to problem solving is how Rotman grads develop an ability to achieve superior solutions.
As we know, business problems are becoming more and more complex, so the analytical approach of the past is no longer enough to compete effectively. To thrive in a world of rapid change, business people have to out-imagine the competition by learning how to think and act with ingenuity. Rotman has become a world leader in promoting the principles and practices of design thinking- students will have an opportunity to learn about Business Design in both their first and second years.
In terms of the structure of our curriculum, Rotman students get a solid grounding in all the functional areas of business, but they also learn how to go beyond them to consider the big picture, to approach each challenge with creativity and a willingness to take risks. The first year’s core curriculum offers a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Beginning in the second week of September, the first year is divided into two main terms, bracketed by foundational and capstone terms designed to reinforce key concepts.
Students work in project teams of 4 or 5 and are exposed to a new way of thinking about management and business as they develop their knowledge, critical faculties and practical skills. They also have the option to participate in the Self-Development Lab (SDL), a non-credit course consisting of workshops, lectures and labs that bridge the gap between academic studies and real life.
In second year there is lots of choice. Students can specialize by choosing to focus on a major or function (such as Brand Management, Investment Banking or Consulting), or they can build upon their generalist perspective by taking courses from different academic disciplines. There are more than 90 elective courses to choose from, reflected in the choice of MBA majors:
• Brand Management
• Funds Management
• Global Management
• Health Care Management
• Leadership and Change Management
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Investment Banking
• Risk Management and Financial Engineering
F1GMAT: How is the student life at Rotman School of Management?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Students find themselves challenged and motivated by the high caliber of their classmates who provide a network of both friends and business contacts. We seek out those who have excelled at school and work, travelled, and done interesting things in their personal, academic and professional lives, resulting in an incredibly dynamic class. We look for people with a winning track record and a story to tell who will enrich and contribute to the learning environment.
Student life begins at Rotman even before the first class, with a two-day Orientation hosted by Rotman faculty that gives students a chance to familiarize themselves with the School, their classmates, and the world of business education. Next comes Orientation Camp, a weekend spent at a summer camp north of the city- often described by students as an early highlight of their time at Rotman!
Students can also network informally and blow off some steam by joining the Rotman Wine Society or the Ultimate Frisbee Club; meet others who share their professional interests by joining the Rotman Finance Association, Management Consulting Association or Marketing Associations; or get involved with the School's Net Impact Chapter to help stage the annual Non-Profit Career Fair. The social, networking and career-building activities centered around the clubs at Rotman are key to the MBA experience.
F1GMAT: Self-development lab looks interesting. Can you share some details?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Launched in the Fall of 2011 for students in the Full-Time MBA program, the Self-Development Lab (SDL) is a voluntary, not-for-credit program that bridges the gap between academic studies and practice. We believe that career success only becomes possible when you know your individual leadership characteristics and qualities. Through workshops, lectures and labs led by in-house professionals, students gain the real-time problem-solving skills they need to tackle interpersonal challenges in the workplace and beyond.
Some examples of what students can take are:
- Self-Management: Developing a Leader's Instincts
- Communicative Blueprint I: Presentation Coaching
- Communicative Blueprint II: Designing Your Core Message
- Communicative Blueprint III: Interactive Presentations
F1GMAT: What are some of the unique courses and activities offered in the MBA program?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Live Cases are a unique aspect of first year at Rotman. Business Problem Solving Capstone (1st Year MBA) is a great example of a course in which students can tackle a current business problem in real time (as opposed to a case study where a solution to the problem already exists). 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.
For those students interested in a specialization in Business Design, we offer:
Business Design Practicum (2nd Year MBA): Learn the 3 Gears of Business Design – empathy and deep human user understanding, concept visualization and strategic business design. Rotman MBA and OCADU Industrial Design students collaborate to tackle real world innovation challenges for an industry sponsor (e.g., Target, SAP, P&G, Whirlpool). Teams learn the principles of Business Design through doing.
Innovation Foresight and Business Design (2nd Year MBA – Full Time): Students can develop their ability to inspire, discover and learn within teams as well as increase the value of your own creativity. You will work with methods that will help to identify and validate ideas and transform these results into pre-competitive products, services and systems.
Prospective students can browse elective course descriptions here: Rotman MBA Elective Courses
F1GMAT: What are some of the post-MBA opportunities available for MBA graduates?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Some students may already know which field they want to work in after earning their MBA, while some see the MBA as an opportunity to explore a number of industries and see what fits. The Rotman experience will help students find their focus and choose their direction. Students do a summer internship or find jobs in areas such as finance, consulting, corporate social responsibility, health care management, and marketing to name a few. I highly encourage those interested in learning more about careers at Rotman to take a look at our employment and salary report
We have over 100 recruiters who come to the Rotman campus every year to hire our students for a four-month summer internship, and/or full-time employment post-MBA. Some of the top recruiters at Rotman include:
OTPP (Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan)
Johnson and Johnson
F1GMAT: How do you ensure that the MBA students reach their short-term career goals?
• The Self-Development Lab will improve your social intelligence or “soft skills,” but it goes way beyond that
• Our Career Centre has a low staff-to-student ratio (2x lower than industry average) so you get personalized career coaching by the same coach for the entire two year Program
• Our business development team proactively expands our pool of employers to align with student interest
• The internship is a huge advantage of the Rotman MBA vs other Canadian b-schools as it allows our students to gain valuable experience and an opportunity to ‘test’ a new industry or function, expand their network, and offset the cost of the MBA with summer earnings
F1GMAT: Can you give our readers a snapshot of the latest class?
Class Size: 313
Average age: 28
Average work experience: 4.5 years
Average GMAT: 673
F1GMAT: What are the entry criteria in terms of the number of years of experience/GMAT/GPA for the Full-time MBA program?
• Undergraduate Degree GPA: Typically, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final year of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. From India, we require first class standing (minimum 60%) in the last year.
• GMAT or GRE Score: There is no minimum requirement. The average GMAT score for the class entering in 2011 was 661 and in 2012 it was 672. If you choose to take the GRE, you can use the GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools to calculate your equivalent GMAT score.
• Work Experience: We recommend candidates have at least two years of work experience but there is no minimum requirement. On average, applicants have four years of work experience.
• References: Two letters, preferably from workplace supervisors.
• Essays: 2 mandatory essays and 1 video essay
• Interview: All candidates who are admitted to the program will be interviewed (by invitation only).
• English Language Proficiency (one of the following):
o Undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized English language university
o TOEFL iBT (internet based test) score of 100 overall, with a minimum of 22 on speaking and writing
o IELTS score of 7.0
F1GMAT: What are some of the defining characteristics that you look for in a Rotman Full-time MBA candidate?
Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): We take a holistic approach to admissions — choosing candidates based on their overall fit with Rotman . We pride ourselves on building a class comprised of a diverse group of high potential individuals who will contribute to the Rotman community as students and represent the School exceptionally well as alumni by applying the skills they learn here to solve the world's toughest problems. We screen for intellectual horsepower/curiosity, diverse experience, people and self-management skills.
F1GMAT: What makes Rotman Full-time MBA different from other competitors?
o Study in the heart of Canada’s business capital.
o Get access to recruiters from top companies.
o #1 Business School in Canada - Financial Times
o In the top 10 for Finance - Financial Times
o Exchanges, study tours, internships abroad and other opportunities to internationalize your MBA.
o Integrative Thinking and Business Design: training problem solvers to the world.
o The Self-Development Lab bridges the gap between academic studies and real life
o Personalized career coaching and support
o Summer internships: get your foot in the door
Marie-Eve is the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions at the Rotman School of Management. She joined the Rotman School in 2006 and has worked in a variety of recruitment, admissions, communications, and marketing roles since she arrived. Prior to Rotman, Marie-Eve graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Human Resources and Psychology, and is currently working towards a Master of Education at the University of Toronto. Marie-Eve’s regional portfolio is Singapore, India and Montreal.