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Taking Courses Outside of the MBA Program

General Information

Rotman MBA students may take up to the equivalent of five courses (2.5 FCEs) outside of MBA electives via the following:

  • Other Masters courses at Rotman
  • PhD courses at Rotman
  • Other University of Toronto graduate departments
  • Through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Program
    • Note: limit of two courses or 1 FCE
  • Graduate Exchange Program

Other Rotman Masters Programs

Masters of Management Analytics Courses

Requests Deadline: September 3, 2021 to the Registrar’s Office.

Students must request permission and receive approval as per the process outlined below.

A limited number of spaces are open in the Masters of Management Analytics (MMA) courses listed below. Course descriptions are available on the main Rotman site.

Important Notes

  • Students who are expected to graduate in June 2022: These students are not eligible to take Term 2 (Spring) courses as they end in mid-May.
  • Each course in the Fall term will use at least one of the four languages (SQL, SAS, R, Python), sometimes two of these.   
  • Each course in the Spring term will expect students to be able to code in all four languages.
  • Those students contemplating a Fall course must demonstrate adequate skills in the relevant language(s)—the ones used in each course should be clear from the course description. Students who are unsure whether they meet the requirements, should contact Opher Baron, MMA Academic Director, or the course instructor to clarify.
  • Students who have a good coding background (in any language) should be able to get adequate proficiency in the languages used in the program by taking MMA bootcamps in the relevant languages. 
  • Students without strong coding experience will likely not be allowed to take MMA courses—taking MMA bootcamps will not be enough. The coding experience can come from prior course work, job, on-line courses, etc.
  • MMA courses will count as an elective course credit. Students may also take these courses for extra credit. The maximum number of MMA courses any non-MMA student can take is two.
  • A maximum of five MBA students can be enrolled in a given MMA course.
  • Ensure a conflict-free course schedule. Note that MMA and MBA courses cannot conflict.

Request Process

Please submit the following to the Registrar’s Office by September 3, 2021:

  • School of Graduate Studies Course Add/Drop Form (PDF) ranking a maximum of three MMA courses. Students may only be approved for a maximum of two MMA courses. Students must also indicate MBA courses to be dropped should MMA courses be approved.
  • The School of Graduate Studies Course Add/Drop Form (PDF) must include a physical signature (i.e. no typed, print, computer fonts, or computer signatures)
  • Transcript or statement addressing their background in coding. Students must have coding knowledge (some Python, some R—depending on the course). Those with weak skills may consider attending the MMA bootcamps.
  • Incomplete requests will not be reviewed.

The Registrar’s Office will forward the packages for review as appropriate.

MBA students may be able to attend the MMA bootcamp subject to MMA Academic Director’s recommendation.

Students will be notified by early September.

Term 1 MMA Courses (November–February)

Course Code/Title / Delivery ModeInstructorClass Day/TimeNotes
RSM8411H – Structuring and Visualizing Data for Analytics
INPER
G. TrippenMon/Wed (Oct 4-Dec 6)
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Fri, Dec 10 2:00 – 4:30 pm
SAS and SQL knowledge required.
RSM8413H – Big Data Analytics
INPER
G.TrippenMon/Wed (Oct 4-Dec 6)
Wednesday, Dec 6
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Python knowledge required. 
RSM8512H – Modeling Tools for Predictive Analytics
INPER
A. SenderovichTues/Fri (Oct 5-Dec 10)
Tues: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Fri: 10:00 – 11:30 am
R knowledge required.

Exam week for above coursesDec 14-21, 2021 (time TBC)
RSM8431H – Analytics Colloquia (Audit only) (August 2021 – May 2022)
Class #DayDateTimeRoomTopicInstructor
1FridayAugust 6, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
2WednesdayAugust 11, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
3FridayAugust 13, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
4WednesdayAugust 18, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
5FridayAugust 20, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
6WednesdayAugust 25, 20219:30 am –
11:30 am
OnlineComp SciMike MacDonald
7TuesdayAugust 24, 20214:00 pm –
6:00 pm
OnlineResponsible AIGillian Hadfield
8TuesdayAugust 31, 20214:00 pm –
6:00 pm
OnlineResponsible AIGillian Hadfield
9TuesdaySeptember 7, 20214:00 pm –
6:00 pm
OnlineResponsible AIGillian Hadfield
10ThursdayOctober 7, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallCausal ModelingMike Ryall
11ThursdayOctober 14, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallCausal ModelingMike Ryall
12ThursdayOctober 21, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallCausal ModelingMike Ryall
13ThursdayOctober 28, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallAPIAdrian Petrescu
14ThursdayNovember 4, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallAPIAdrian Petrescu
15ThursdayNovember 11, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
D HallAPIAdrian Petrescu
16ThursdayNovember 18, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
Streaming into
D Hall
Social Network AnalysisKanchana
Padmanabhan
17ThursdayNovember 25, 20213:00 pm –
5:00 pm
Streaming into
D Hall
Social Network AnalysisKanchana
Padmanabhan
18ThursdayDecember 2, 2021 3:00 pm –
5:00 pm
Streaming into
D Hall
Social Network AnalysisKanchana
Padmanabhan
19FridayFebruary 11, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035HadoopAdrian Petrescu
20TuesdayFebruary 15, 2022 3:00 pm –
5:00 pm
L1035HadoopAdrian Petrescu
21FridayFebruary 18, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035HadoopAdrian Petrescu
22FridayFebruary 25, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035HadoopAdrian Petrescu
23FridayMarch 4, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035CRMAdam Eveline & Sandeep Kumar
24FridayMarch 11, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035CRMAdam Eveline & Sandeep Kumar
25ThursdayMarch 17, 20223:00 pm –
5:00 pm
L1035CRMAdam Eveline & Sandeep Kumar
26FridayApril 8, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035SAS: Fraud DetectionSAS
27ThursdayApril 14, 202210:00 am – 12:00 pmL1035SAS: Fraud DetectionSAS
28FridayApril 22, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035SAS: Fraud DetectionSAS
29TuesdayApril 26, 20223:00 pm –
5:00 pm
L1035MLOpsIBM
30FridayApril 29, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035MLOpsIBM
31WednesdayMay 4, 20221:00 pm –
3:00 pm
L1035MLOpsIBM

Term 2 MMA Courses (March–June) – Subject to Change

  • Not available for credit to MBA students graduating in 2022 as they end in mid-May
  • Each course in the Spring term will expect students to be able to code in all four languages (SQL, SAS, R, Python)
  • There is a two-week break for the practicum sprint from March 21 to April 1, 2022
Course Code /Title / Delivery ModeInstructorClass Day/Time
RSM8224H – Analytic Insights using Accounting and Financial Data
INPER
S. LiaoTues/Thurs (Feb 10 – May 5)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
RSM8423H – Optimizing Supply Chain Management and Logistics
INPER
A. CireMon/Wed (Feb 7 – May 2)
3:00 – 4:30 pm
RSM8521H – Improving Customer Value with Analytics to Leveraging AI and Deep Learning Tools in Marketing
INPER
B. KengMon/Wed (Feb 7 – May 2)
5:30 – 7:00 pm
RSM8522H – Analytics for Marketing Strategy
HYBRID
M. ShiTues/Thurs (Feb 10 – May 5)
9:00 – 10:30 am

MMA Bootcamps

Interested students must submit audit requests directly to the instructors as listed below and then forward to the Registrar’s Office.

Up to five MBA students may be able to attend the MMA bootcamp, subject to MMA Academic Director’s recommendation.

Fall 2021 DatesTimeInstructorArea
Wednesday, September 19:00 am – 11:00 amJ. CaoSQL
Friday, September 31:00 pm – 3:00 pmJ. CaoSQL
Tuesday, September 79:00 am – 11:00 amJ. CaoSQL
Thursday, September 210:00 am – 12:30 pmD. KrassStats
Tuesday, September 712:30 pm – 3:00 pmD. KrassStats
Tuesday, September 910:30 am – 12:30 pmD. KrassStats
Friday, September 1010:30 am – 12:30 pmD. KrassStats

Rotman PhD Courses

  • MBA students may, with the permission of the instructor, take a doctoral-level course through the Rotman PhD Program. Some courses may be better suited to the academic needs and abilities of MBA students than others; ultimately, the instructor will assess an applicant’s candidacy, with further consideration of space availability.
  • Anyone wishing to complete a Rotman PhD course must complete the School of Graduate Studies Course Add/Drop Form (PDF) and, together with a course outline and brief rationale for taking the course, submit these to the Registrar’s Office. Forms must be submitted by the deadline to add a course.
  • A comprehensive list of PhD course offerings will be available in mid-July.

Other University of Toronto Graduate Departments

Many MBA students take graduate courses at other graduate departments, mainly Economics, Information, Industrial Relations, and Law (senior level undergraduate courses only). Students are advised to contact the department or faculty of interest regarding course offerings. Visit the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for details and contact information for each graduate department at U of T. Visit the Faculty of Law for information on their senior level courses.

Courses are reviewed on the basis of the following:

  • Credit value (must be three credit hours / 0.5 FCE each)
  • Appropriate level (graduate level courses, with the exception of senior level undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)
  • Suitability (fit with a student’s goals for the MBA program)
  • Content (ensuring no duplication of coursework relative to MBA courses taken/to be taken)

To take a course at another department/Faculty at the University of Toronto, students must:

  1. Complete the School of Graduate Studies Course Add/Drop Form (PDF)
  2. Submit a course outline
  3. Submit a brief rationale for taking the course to the Registrar’s Office (RO).
  4. Ensure the host Department will approve the request by contacting the department well in advance to inquire if they accept “out of faculty” requests.

Incomplete requests will not be considered.

Important:

  • Rotman grade submission deadlines must be met, regardless of the deadlines of the other department(s) involved.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to know, and adhere to, the Add/Drop deadlines, accommodations policy, etc. of the host department.

Courses Available at Other University of Toronto Faculties

Centre for Global Engineering

CourseInsturctor(s)ScheduleFormat
JCR1000Y – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges
Note: Equivalent to 1.0 FCE (2 Rotman elective credit)

Syllabus (PDF)
Erica Di Ruggiero;
Anita McGahan;
Joseph Wong;
Fall + Spring Term
Fri
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
(To accommodate speaker schedules, there will be a few classes outside of the scheduled time)
Online Synchronous
Course Descriptions
JCR1000Y — An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges

In order to create sustainable solutions to the world’s most important challenges, global development professionals must reach beyond the traditional boundaries of their field of expertise combining scientific/technological, business, and social ideas in an approach known as integrated innovation.

In this project-based course, students from multiple disciplines (e.g. engineering, management, health and social sciences) will work together—using participatory methods with an international partner—to address a locally relevant challenge. This year’s focus lies at the intersection between gender and employment. The final deliverables for addressing the challenge at the end of the school year will include: a prototype of the end product, a business plan, a policy analysis, and analysis of impact on global health.

Faculty of Law

CourseInstructor(s)Schedule
LAW6039HS – Looking Ahead: Blurred Lines of Technology, Body, and Mind Benjamin Alarie
Daniel Debow 
Mon
8:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m. 
Please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with University policies


Faculty of Music

Registration for Faculty of Music graduate courses opens Wednesday, August 4, 2021. To start the registration process, students should send the Instructor, Professor Catherine Moore, the SGS add/drop form, with the top part of the form filled in, clearly written email address, and signature. Please send the form to: catherinej.moore@utoronto.ca

The focal points for Digital Media Distribution in 2021 will be innovative business, technology, and creative environments such as Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain (especially as the supporting infrastructures for NFTs), and VUIs (“smart speakers”). The course content reflects the ongoing collaboration across the Faculty of Music’s U of T Faculty partners: distribution models; technology; computer science; law; policy; digital media rights-holders; and the creation of multi-media experiences.

CourseInstructor(s)ScheduleLocation
JDM3619H-F – Digital Media DistributionCatherine MooreFridays:
September 10 to
December 3, 2021
3:10 pm to 6:00 pm 
Room 215 – Edward Johnson Building
Faculty of Music
80 Queen’s Park
(with some aspects via MS Teams as needed)
Course Description
JDM3619HF – Digital Media Distribution

Cross-disciplinary course in which graduate-student teams from across U of T collaborate on new business models. Please note that no music knowledge or training is required to take this course.  

The course tackles the strategic problems of digital media in the streaming and download age, its re-monetization for creators and other stakeholders, potential new business models, policy development, distribution structures, and intellectual property regimes. Students work with faculty within and across disciplinary boundaries and with distinguished guests from the field to create innovative outcomes, from policy papers to potential startups. Students are exposed to the existing situation through in-depth lectures and workshops from faculty and expert guests. Teams are tasked to create viable business models for new paradigms that will encourage creators/performers/supporters, respect radicalizing technologies and intellectual property contexts, identify new markets and partnerships, and establish viable and sustainable distribution models.  

University of Toronto Library Guide

Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME) – Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Students wishing to take courses at IHPME must forward an SGS Add/Drop form to ro@rotman.utoronto.ca by the following deadlines:

Fall Courses: August 16, 2021
Winter/Spring Courses: December 6, 2021
Summer Courses: March 28, 2022

Master of Health Informatics (MHI) Courses

CourseTermInstructor(s)ScheduleDelivery Mode
MHI2001 – Fundamentals of Health Informatics

Schedule
Fall 2021Karim Keshavjee
Aviv Shachak
Fridays:
September 24, October 8, October 15, November 26, December 10 (9 am – 1 pm)
Thursdays:
December 9 (5 pm – 9 pm)
Online Synchronous
MHI2012 – Introduction to Big Data for Health

Schedule
Fall 2021Morgan Lim
David Kirsch
Tuesdays:
September 7 to November 23, 2021
(12 pm to 2 pm)
Online Synchronous
MHI2018H – Knowledge Management & Systems

Schedule
Winter 2022
Karim Keshavjee
Thursdays:
January 6, January 20, February 3, February 17, March 10, March 24
(5:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
TBD

Health Services Research (HSR) Courses

CourseTermInstructor(s)ScheduleDelivery Mode
HAD5760H – Advanced Health Economics & Policy Analysis

Schedule
Fall 2021Audrey LaporteTuesdays
September 14 to December 7, 2021 (2 pm – 4 pm)
Online Synchronous

Master of Health Science (MHSc) – Health Administration Courses

CourseTermInstructor(s)ScheduleDelivery Mode
HAD5736H – Operations Research: Tools for Quantitative Health Care Decision Making

Schedule
Fall 2021Mike Carter
Dionne Aleman
Fridays and Saturdays
September 17/18
October 8/9
October 29/30
November 19/20
December 10/11
(8 am – 12 pm)
Online Synchronous
HAD5765H – Case Studies in Health Policy

Schedule
Winter 2022Raisa DeberWednesday
January 12 (3 pm – 4 pm)
Fridays

January 14, February 4, February 25, March 18, April 8
(10 am – 1 pm)
Online Synchronous
HAD5713H – Introduction to Health Information Systems

Schedule
Fall 2021Mark FamFridays
September 10 (9 am – 12 pm)
October 1 (9 am – 12 pm)
November 12 (9 am – 12 pm)
December 3 (9 am – 4 pm)

Saturdays
September 11 (9 am – 12 pm)
October 23 (9 am – 4 pm)
November 13 (1 pm – 4 pm)
Online Synchronous

System, Leadership & Innovation (SLI) Courses

CourseTermInstructor(s)ScheduleDelivery Mode
HAD400H-F3 – Innovation in Integrated Health and Social CareFall 2021Geoff AndersonOctober, November, December 2021
(3 sessions total, to be scheduled to accommodate students enroled)
Synchronous and asynchronous sessions
HAD2008H – Human Factors, Strategy, and Innovation Leadership

Schedule
Winter 2022Abi SriharanFebruary – April 2022
(5:30 pm – 9 pm)
Dates TBD
Online Synchronous
HAD2003H – Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change

Schedule
Winter 2022Geoff AndersonWednesdays
January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16
March 2, 9, 23, 30
April 6
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
TBD
HAD2002H – Research Methods for Evaluating Health System Innovation

(prerequisite: HAD2003H – Leading and Responding to Health Policy and System Change)

Schedule
Spring/Summer 2022Geoff AndersonWednesdays
April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
TBD
HAD2007H – Leading Health Systems Innovation and Transformation

Schedule
Summer 2022
Abi Sriharan
Terry Sullivan
June 2022
Five full days (between 9 am – 5 pm)
Session dates TBD
TBD

Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Exchange Program

Students wishing to take a course at another university in Ontario must:

  1. Discuss their plans with their Assistant/Associate Director for their respective MBA program.
  2. Ensure the Department at the host University will approve their request by contacting the Department well in advance—two months before course start is recommended—to confirm session offering and likelihood of request being approved.
  3. Complete a School of Graduate Studies Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Form (PDF) and submit a course outline as well as a brief rationale for taking the course to the Registrar’s Office (RO).

Note:

  • Approval is normally given only if there is no equivalent course being offered at Rotman or other department at the University of Toronto during the academic year following the request.
  • Note that Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OGVS) courses can only be taken for credit (i.e. OVGS courses cannot be designated as Extra credit).
  • A maximum of two courses may be taken under this program. If a student wishes to take more than the two courses allowed at a university in Ontario, they must secure approval for the particular course from the Director, Academic Services, Masters Programs and obtain a letter of permission to take the course(s).
  • Please do not contact Rotman instructors or Academic Instructors as the Registrar’s Office secures all approvals.

Graduate Exchange Agreement

This agreement is between the University of Toronto and McGill University, Université de Montréal, and University of British Columbia. Each university, whenever feasible, will allow a graduate student in good standing from one university to register as an exchange graduate student at the other university without paying fees at the institution being visited, except for student activity fees. Courses taken will be credited at the home institution and for Rotman School students, may amount to a maximum of five courses (equivalent to 2.5 FCEs).

Students wishing to take a course at one of these universities must:

  1. Discuss their plans with their Associate Director for the respective MBA program.
  2. Ensure the department at the host university will approve their request by contacting the Department well in advance—three months before course start is recommended—to confirm session offering and likelihood of request being approved.
  3. Complete a School of Graduate Studies Graduate Exchange Agreement Form (PDF) and submit a course outline as well as a brief rationale for taking the course to the Registrar’s Office (RO).

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