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University Of Toronto Rotman MBA Essays and Tips



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.

Please upload 1-3 of your 'spikiest' pictures and use the essay to tell us why you have chosen these particular images to illustrate your ‘spike factor’ (use up to 1000 words).


Reflection Question


List 3-5 attributes or characteristics that best describe you. (5 words)


Think about your most significant strengths, abilities, skills and values. Share them through this question. 


Video essay and timed written response


After you submit the application, you will need to respond to two different interview type questions. and a timed written response that would be 10minutes in length.

To prepare, like for the interview, it would help if you have reflected on your strengths, weaknesses, values, likes, dislikes, interests, passions and your significant experiences.