About Rotman Commerce
“The training has been designed mainly so that those who have undergone it may understand the world in which they live – not to make them permanently filing clerks and recorders of business statistics, but to give them a broad understanding of the great economic issues which we face on the threshold of a new generation.”
– Professor Gilbert Jackson, June 1931
A brief History
The University of Toronto has been teaching commerce since 1901, when the Faculty of Arts began offering a diploma program in Commerce. In 1909, the University launched a Bachelor of Arts program in Commerce and Finance, which in 1920 became the Bachelor of Commerce. Despite focusing on commerce, these programs also emphasized the liberal arts, which the program retains today. The introduction of graduate studies in commerce led to the development of the management school, which officially became a faculty in 1972. In 1997, the Faculty became the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, in recognition of its principal benefactor. Despite the new prominence of management education at U of T, however, the undergraduate commerce program maintained its connection to the Faculty of Arts and Science, which it continues to this day.
rotman commerce today
Our current BCom program is offered jointly by the Rotman School of Management and the Faculty of Arts and Science. In 2008, we were renamed Rotman Commerce. Since then, we have offered three specialist programs: Accounting, Finance and Economics, and Management. Students in the Management specialist can concentrate in innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, leadership in organizations, marketing, and/or strategy. There are approximately 2,700 students in our four-year program. Due to our strong international reputation, approximately one third of our students come from abroad. Our alumni network numbers over 13,000 members, who live and work around the globe in all areas of business.
In addition to academic rigour, Rotman Commerce excels in student life and career services. Our 11 student groups, which represent a wide range of occupational interests, run dozens of student events every year. These groups are led by 125 student executives, who gain valuable leadership and organizational skills as part of their roles. All Rotman Commerce students can gain leadership, teamwork, communications, and presentation skills training through our regularly offered student programming.
In addition, we have a dedicated career services team that works exclusively with our students and corporate recruiters. Our career staff hold hundreds of counselling sessions each year and work with students on resume and job interview skills. They also collaborate with employers to offer information sessions, site tours, and job fairs that help our students be job-ready upon graduation.