The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Canada. Known for its design approach to MBA education and strong emphasis on problem solving, Rotman’s program is growing in size and renown.
1. What is your post-MBA career goal and why do you think this career would be a good match? How will the Rotman MBA help you to achieve your goal? (Please limit your answer to 500 words.)
This is a classic, straight-forward MBA goals question, with a little twist. What do you want to do with your MBA (what do you want to do after your MBA?) and why is Rotman the best school to help you achieve your goal (the right route)?
Define your goal in terms of the function you want to perform and the industry you want to work in. You may also want to specify geographic location, if it’s an important part of your goal. You don’t have to specific the company you want to work for, but you can say you want to work for companies like X.
The twist in this question is that Rotman wants to know how you chose this goal. What appeals to you about this path? How do you know it’s right for you?
Finally, how will the Rotman’s program and approach to business education help you achieve your goals? Focus on the distinctive aspects of Rotman in your response.
A possible structure for your essay: Start your response with an anecdote about an achievement that illustrates your goal’s appeal to you. Then provide the reasons this event or experience is important to you, describe your goal and then detail how Rotman will help you attain it.
For more ideas on responding to this and other MBA goals question, please see MBA Goals: A-Z.
2. Tell us about a time when you had to overcome an obstacle and describe the outcome. (Please limit your answer to 250 words.)
This is a fairly short essay and a straight-forward one at that. I recommend an obstacle that you have overcome and that you handled well. Discuss the situation you faced, the challenges it presented, and how you responded. Finally what was the result? What did you learn from the experience. If possible, be anecdotal in telling the story and avoid cliches when analyzing what you learned.
3. Video essay: The Rotman School is introducing a new video essay component as a pilot project in our admissions process this year. You will be asked two questions, both questions are designed to be answered without any advanced preparation and will allow us to get to know you, your personality, interests, passions, and talents much better than we could in a written essay. Click the following link to start the video essay (this will only take a few minutes to complete): www.kiratalent.com/interview/rotman2013
This is totally new and quite innovative. To prepare, you need to practice for the experience of talking to a video camera with no feedback from another human being. Having created videos for Accepted, I found the experience very unnatural.
Until the questions become known, practice answering “What do you do for fun? What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?” This is an example given in the BW article about the Rotman interview. Time your responses and train yourself to answer in no more than 90 seconds.
4. Optional Essay: Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered by the rest of the application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question.
Use this essay to provide context for information that doesn’t present your abilities accurately. For example, if you worked significant hour during college and your GPA took a hit, that’s something to share with the Admissions Committee. Or if you were sick the semester that your GPA was only a 2.0, but you averaged a 3.5 the rest of college, that information is important for the Admissions Committee to know. For more suggestions, please see The Optional Question: To Be or not To Be.
Please be aware that admission to Rotman is highly competitive and the class may become full before the final application deadline date. Therefore, while the final deadline date in the annual application cycle is June 1, it is highly recommended that applicants submit their completed applications as early as possible within the application cycle for the best chance of being admitted.
|Deadline||Admission decision by|
|Round 1: October 9, 2012
Round 2: January 7, 2013
Round 3: March 4, 2013*
Round 4: April 29, 2013
Round 5: June 1, 2013**
|December 14, 2012
March 8, 2013
May 10, 2013
June 14, 2013
June 30, 2013
*Round 4 is the final deadline for international applicants, but we strongly encourage you to apply by Round 3 to ensure adequate processing time for study permits and loans.
**Round 5 is the final deadline for domestic applicants.
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.