We are officially live with all components of the 2016 application for Rotman’s full-time MBA Program! Our team is already out travelling the world to meet prospective applicants for our next class (Fall 2016 intake) and with the Round 1 deadline next month so it seemed like the right time to share some background on what you can expect from the Rotman application this year. We have five official deadline dates as follows:
- Round 1: October 19, 2015 (Decision by December 18, 2015)
- Round 2: January 11, 2016 (Decision by February 26, 2016)
- Round 3: February 29, 2016 (Decision by April 15, 2016)
- Round 4: April 18, 2016 (Decision by May 20, 2016)
- Round 5: May 30, 2106 (Decision by June 24, 2016)
We are excited to introduce an innovation in our process this year with a timed written response question alongside our two video questions. We identified a need to find a tool to better assess the regular business-communication skills and ‘voice’ of our applicants. We find a great deal of value in essays – which are reflective writing pieces, and also in the GMAT AWA – a component that showcases a candidate’s ability to dissect and discuss a topic. These tools reflect some of the communication skills required for success in our Program, and in the business world broadly but we were missing an opportunity to see the more casual and real-time style our students use most frequently to write emails communicating with team members, professors, etc. and a style that they will carry forward in their careers. There is no “right” answer to this component – our team is simply interested in better understanding this element of our applicant’s communication abilities.
So after sharing this rationale what is most pressing of course is how it actually works! After completing their video questions, our candidates will receive one written response question (delivered via our video provider – Kira Talent). The question will begin by providing some context to help explain why it is relevant for a Rotman student, and our applicants will have a total of 10 minutes to read and reply to the question. This is not videotaped but is delivered ‘live’ with one opportunity to write/edit/submit. Here’s an example of the type of question we are asking (obviously not one from our actual bank :))
- Often prospective MBA candidates build strong relationships, primarily online, with the admissions office. We encourage candidates to follow-up with the admissions team members they meet representing Rotman around the world.
- Craft an email to the Rotman representative that you met at a recent MBA Fair reiterating your interest in the School and desire to stay connected.
As you can see – these are situational questions and there is no word limit. As an applicant it will be your call to edit to the length that seems most appropriate. We wanted to showcase the types of situations students encounter and prompt for the communication that would suit these interactions while being realistic about the amount of time a student would spend drafting something like this (again-a 10 minute maximum).
We are excited about this new component of the process and proud to be introducing an innovation to admissions this year. We will be monitoring the results and feedback to see if this provides the added value we hope!
The admissions process is important as it is an opportunity to showcase your skills, background, goals and talents and we hope our applicants feel that this new component provides one more opportunity to display all of that.
Good luck and have fun!