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#184 Toronto Rotman MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Imran Kanga – “Choose Your Own Adventure”

“Both the business school and university are focused on groundbreaking research and working on society’s most complex challenges and innovations… students really become part of this while working with our numerous labs and research centers.

Imran Kanga, Director of Recruitment & Admissions for Rotman School of Management’s Full-time MBA at the University of Toronto, discusses what makes the Rotman MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.

Program Highlights (2:30) | Admissions (19:00) | Financing & Scholarships (35:30) | Careers (39:50)

About Our Guest

Imran Kanga is Director of Recruitment & Admissions for the Rotman School of Management’s Full-time MBA Program at the University of Toronto. Previously, Imran worked in a similar capacity for the Schulich School of Business, where he got his MBA in 2010.

What is unique about the Toronto Rotman MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • The University of Toronto was ranked 18th globally by Times Higher Education, and #1 in Canada (2022)
  • Rotman, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, was ranked #1 Canadian MBA program by Financial Times (2021)
  • 250-300 students/intake with 40 nationalities
  • Rotman’s office of student engagement curates over 1,000 experiential learning opportunities for students with its Creative Destruction Lab, Self-Development Lab, Business Design Institute, etc
  • Rotman requires a one semester, 4-month internship for all students
  • Admissions is looking for intellectual horsepower, experience and impact, communication and presence, and spike factor i.e. doing interesting things with your personal and professional lives that demonstrate passion, grit, resilience, innovation, drive and ambition
  • Students can specialize in 15 majors
  • Toronto was ranked one of the world’s most livable cities by the Economist, with a lower cost of living and higher quality of life than many major cities in the US; over half of Toronto’s population was born outside of Canada
  • Rotman’s 2-year MBA allows international Full-Time MBA graduates to be eligible for a 3-year Canadian work permit

Touch MBA’s Toronto Rotman MBA Fast Facts

last updated October 2021

Program Highlights (2:30)

  • 1 intake/year in August
  • Length: 2 years
  • ~275 participants/intake
  • ~40 nationalities/intake; ~60% international; class is ~45% female
  • Program structure: 1st year – core courses (13), mandatory 4-month internship, 2nd year – specialize with electives (choose from 100) and majors (choose from 15)
  • Students can take 2-3 electives at faculties outside the business school
  • Rankings: #75 Financial Times (2021)
  • Accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS

Admissions (19:00)

  • 5 deadlines from September to April; early applications encouraged
  • Applicants get decision back within 8 weeks of submitting a complete application
  • Avg GMAT: 678, GMAT range of admitted applicants 560-760, GMAT or GRE required, no minimum GMAT but 550+ encouraged 
  • Avg age: 28, Avg work experience: 5, 2 years of work experience required
  • 2 recommendations required
  • Interview process includes video assessment (2 questions), timed written response (10 minutes) and 1-1 interview with Assistant Directors from admissions team. Expect questions about your work experience, goals and what you’re looking for from the program. 
  • English proficiency requirements: TOEFL (100 iBT), IELTS (7)

Financing & Scholarships (35:30)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: CAD $131,120
  • Estimated expenses: CAD $1,633-2,300/month
  • $5,000 CAD to full-tuition scholarship awards available ($6.4 million total); average award is $22,000 CAD

Careers (39:50)

  • Full-time placement report? Yes
  • 90% of graduates employed within 6 months
  • Average salary is CAD $112,897
  • Top Industries: 35% Finance, 17% Consulting, 10% Technology, 9% CPG & Retail
  • Top Functions: 31% Accounting/Finance, 26% Strategy, 14% Marketing/Sales, 8% General Management
  • Top Geographies: not available
  • Every student has a dedicated career coach
  • Rotman has a team of industry advisers with minimum 10 years of experience in their spaces
  • International graduates of the Full-Time MBA program are eligible for a 3-year Canadian work permit, a major advantage not offered by other international and one-year MBA programs. If you come to Canada with your family, your partner can also work while you study.
  • Alumni statistics: 11,000+ Rotman business school alumni in 70+ countries

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