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About Rotman Commerce

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 & 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 & Science. In 2008, we were renamed Rotman Commerce. Since then, we have offered three specialist programs: Accounting, Finance & Economics, and Management. There are approximately 2,900 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 16,000 members, who live and work around the globe in all areas of business.

Our Services

In addition to academic rigour, Rotman Commerce excels in student life and career services. Our 20 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 services staff hold hundreds of counseling sessions each year and work with students on resumé 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.

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