Frequently asked questions
What if I...? What are the...? How many...? If I'm...? Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Morning MBA and Evening MBA.
We know you have many questions about making this serious investment in your career. If you don’t see your answer here, feel free to contact us.
Q: If I fulfill the minimum criteria of admission to the Rotman MBA program, what are my chances of entry?
A: Fulfilling the minimum criteria only guarantees you consideration for admission to the program. Successful admission often depends upon both your application and the comparative applications of the other candidates who are vying for entry into the same program. Due to the competitive nature of the application process, successful applicants tend to significantly exceed the admissions criteria both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Q: What are the most heavily-weighted factors?
A: There are no one or two most heavily weighted factors in the application. At Rotman, we take a holistic approach, looking at all factors of an application and weighing each according to the individual’s total file. We look at the quantitative features of the application such as the GPA and GMAT/GRE score, but also at the quality of the essays, references, interview, academic background, work and extra-curricular experiences.
Q: What is a competitive GMAT score?
A: In order to assess how competitive your GMAT score is, it’s important to assess how well it fits with our average and ranges as well as the competitiveness of your application overall. The GMAT score is only one factor in a very comprehensive application review process. Please contact us with your resume and GMAT score for an assessment.
Q: How many spaces are available each year?
A: There are approximately 50 to 60 spaces in each of the Morning MBA and Evening MBA programs.
Q: Is a selection interview required?
A: An interview is required by the Admissions Committee. The interview may be conducted either in person or via telephone, by invitation of the committee.
Q: If I’m admitted, how long do I have to make a decision?
A: You generally have one month to make a decision and secure your spot with a CDN$5,000 deposit.
Q: If I’m admitted this year, can I defer my admission to next year?
A: Yes, you can do so if there are extenuating circumstances beyond your control. You will need to supply documentation to support your request by the appropriate deadline.
Q: Can I complete the program in less than three years?
A: Yes, you can take extra courses when you get to the elective stage of the program. However, you graduate at the same time as the rest of the class.
Q: Can I switch between the Morning and Evening programs?
A: Yes, you may, space permitting, if circumstances require you to do so.
Q: What are the tuition fees?
A: Tuition fees for the Morning MBA and Evening MBA programs are detailed here.
Q: How do I pay tuition?
A: Tuition fee payments are accepted at any chartered Canadian bank via teller, ATM or online banking. Students participating in the Professional Student Loan Plans with the Bank of Montreal or the Royal Bank of Canada work with the Rotman Program Services Office to have their loans disbursed towards their tuition fee accounts.
Q: Can I transfer to the Rotman MBA Program from another MBA school?
A: No. This is due to the cohort nature of the program, in which entering classes move through each class of their programs together. We do not accept transfer credits or provide exemptions for courses done at other MBA programs.
Q: Can I enter directly into the second year of the program if I have an undergraduate business degree? Can I waive courses based on my undergraduate degree?
A: The Rotman MBA is a comprehensive program that must be completed in full. No exemptions are given for courses previously completed towards another undergraduate or graduate degree, nor is any advanced standing given for previously completed degrees.
Q: Does my undergraduate degree have to be in business or commerce to apply to the program?
A: Definitely not! While approximately 20 per cent of candidates have undergraduate business or commerce degrees, the majority of our candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. This diversity is one of Rotman’s greatest strengths.