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Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

Last updated on August 26, 2021

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto offers a 2-year MBA program in Toronto, ON, Canada. The following are the program deadlines, essay prompts and its debrief:

Round #Deadline
EarlySeptember 3, 2021
1October 4, 2021
2January 10, 2022
3 (International)March 7, 2022
4April 25, 2022

Essay Debrief

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)*  Optional – Please upload 1-3 of your ‘spikiest’ pictures to the supplemental items section of your application here. Note: Your photos must be uploaded as a single PDF.

Rotman has kept the spike essay this year too. It is a psychoanalytical question that helps Rotman to see a different side of you. Rotman is asking you to mention your SPIKE factor. Something that differentiates you from other applicants. If I were to paraphrase this question I could ask –

Why you?
What differentiates you from the rest?
If we were to admit one more candidate, why should we offer it to you?

How will you contribute to Rotman’s community?

Think of an instance from your professional or personal life in light of the below-mentioned personality traits or Rotman’s values. Think of moments of your life where you made a huge impact. What has made you, YOU? Think of things that have led you to where you are TODAY. Explain the story/instance succinctly first. Then, you need to tie it up with how this trait will help you contribute to Rotman’s community. Lastly, if you can tie each instance with a picture you will multiply your message ten folds.

Rotman’s values:

  1. Diversity
  2. Excellence
  3. Integrity
  4. Respect.

Personality Traits (mentioned in essay question)

  1. Passion
  2. Grit
  3. Resilience
  4. Innovation
  5. Drive
  6. Ambition

Apart from the essays above UFT Rotman application requires:

  1. Two References
  2. Two Video Essays
  3. One Timed Written Response

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