At Rotman Commerce, we know that an outstanding business education is the cornerstone of your future success. And by studying with us, you can be sure that you'll receive the best undergraduate commerce education available. One that will help you transform your aspirations and goals for success into reality. Our professors and instructors are talented academics, researchers, and industry professionals who share a common goal of preparing our students for successful careers in business and beyond. In addition, our dedicated team of Academic Advisors are always available to help you get the most out of your academic career as a Rotman Commerce student.
Although I majored in Public Accounting, I wanted a holistic education and understanding of how different aspects of business work. In this regard, marketing was important, and one of my favourite courses was RSM250: Principles of Marketing.
- Humza Ali, BCom '17
Your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree from Rotman Commerce will prepare you to enter your future career with confidence, knowing that you have completed a rigorous business education that employers hold in the highest regard. Depending on what specialist you choose in your second year, you'll spend your time with us gaining expertise in Accounting, Finance and Economics, or Management, while mastering the fundamentals of business. While each specialist has its own set of course requirements, all of them require you to complete 20 full credits, or an average of 5 credits in each of your four years of study with us.
Of your courses, approximately half will be business and management courses in subjects such as accounting, finance, marketing, strategic management, operations, and organizational behavior, which will vary according to your specialist. The other half of your credits will be drawn from the liberal arts and sciences. Due to the importance of economics in business education, you will take some of these credits in U of T's world renowned Department of Economics, but you will also have an opportunity to explore the rest of the university's extensive offerings in hundreds of other subjects, such as sociology, psychology, history, statistics, geography, and many different languages.
Your First Year: introduction and exploration
The first year of your program is designed to help you build a solid academic foundation in business and management and prepare you for more advanced study in your upper years. You'll take a combination of required and recommended courses, which you will be automatically enrolled in, as well as non-specified elective courses, which you will choose yourself from among the offerings at the Faculty of Arts and Science. The academic year is divided into two semesters - some of your courses will span both semesters, while others will be single-semester courses that you will take either in the fall (September to December) or winter (January to April) semester. Each semester includes 12 weeks of classes which are followed immediately by a formal examination period (usually about two weeks). There is a week-long reading break in November (fall semester) and February (winter semester). You may also opt to take courses over the summer months. Summer courses are more intensive in nature and involve significantly more class time per week in a concentrated time period.
Your first-year course load at Rotman Commerce will look like this:
All of our first-year students are pre-enrolled in both the first-year required and recommended courses. You may choose to opt out of the recommended courses if you desire, but remember that these courses are required for your degree. We have also found that by taking these courses in first year, students gain a deeper understanding of the core business subjects, which helps when it comes time to select a specialist program for second year.
The electives you choose are entirely up to you! Because our program is in the Faculty of Arts & Science (A&S), you have access to A&S's expansive course offerings, including unique first-year seminar courses. You might also want to participate in the highly recommended First Year Foundations: The Ones Program - a combination of courses, seminars, and experiential learning opportunities that are specially designed to help first-year students get off to a solid start at U of T.
Beyond First Year: Specialization
After you complete your first year, it will be time for you to choose your specialist: Accounting (Public Accounting or Financial Reporting and Control), Finance and Economics, or Management. Students choosing the management specialist can choose to further specialize by completing one or more concentrations in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Business, Leadership in Organizations, Marketing, or Strategy.
While each specialist has its own suite of required courses (see each of the specialist overview documents here for more information), there is a common core of required courses that all students take to gain a solid foundation in business fundamentals.
Throughout your upper-year studies, you'll take optional arts and science elective courses - though each specialist varies in terms of the number of business/management and electives required. Many students - particularly in our Management specialist - choose to complete a minor in addition to their commerce specialist. Students completing an Accounting or Management specialist also fulfill the requirements for an Economics minor.
In addition to the advising provided by each college registrar's office, every Rotman Commerce student is assigned to a specific Rotman Commerce Academic Advisor. Your advisor will be available to meet with you one-on-one over the course of your studies to help you meet your academic and personal goals. We also have a dedicated international adviser, a learning strategist, and a health and wellness counsellor to support students in dealing with particular issues in those areas. And if learning from your peers is more your speed, you might want to check out our peer-run ECO study centre or our peer-assisted study sessions.