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Unique course opportunities

In addition to electives and special topics courses, there are other “out-of-the-box” study opportunities available to you at Rotman Commerce. Feel free to reach out to an academic advisor to discuss how these might fit into your study plans.  

If you want to explore a topic beyond the normal course options to complement your studies, you can apply to earn a half or full credit through an independent study course (ISC). 

Independent study courses involve working with a faculty expert and researching a topic of your choice on material that is not covered in one of our regularly offered RSM or RSM special topics courses. 
If you’re interested in an ISC, you need to find a Rotman School of Management faculty member who has expertise in the area of your research and is willing to supervise your work. You will need to propose a research topic, course outline and evaluation and submit this as an application for approval.
RSM independent study courses are open to third and fourth-year Rotman Commerce students who have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.70 (B-) or higher.  You should also have completed introductory courses in the area in which you wish to conduct your research.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall – August 15
  • Winter – December 15
  • Summer – April 15

There are 2 pre-approved ISC opportunities for Fall 2022. In both projects, students will gain valuable hands-on consulting experience in the area of sustainability. Please see the course options and application process below.

1. RSM401H1F – Environmental Impact Agenda

You will work with key stakeholders from one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of millwork products to assess its Environmental, Social, and Governance practices. The project seeks to understand the net CO2 effect the company has on the planet and then devise programs to give back to the society at the company and community level.

In this project you will learn about how ESG impacts an organization, how green supply chain works, and how an ESG entity can be formed within an organization.

This course can be used towards the Focus in Strategy and Innovation (Requirement 2)

2. RSM402H1F – Project Volt

You will work with key stakeholder(s) from one of the largest custom cable designer, manufacturer, and assembler to develop a market assessment of cabling needs in the electric vehicle charging grid network in Canada. Currently the company fulfills all the cabling needs for tier 1 technology providers such as Bell, Siemens, and Amazon. It also supplies cabling needs to many OEM equipment manufacturers around the world.

The company wish to enter the electric vehicle charging industry and this project seeks to assess the market size, the supply chain setup, and the business case for entering this market.

This course can be used towards the Focus in Strategy and Innovation (Requirement 2)


Minimum 9.0 credits completed, CGPA 2.70+ (updated August 22, 2022)

How to apply: 

Provide a one-page CV, a one-page cover letter and an unofficial Uof T transcript in one PDF.

Send to Prof. Paul Jan at

The application deadline is August 29, 2022

U of T’s deep urban expertise is tackling the future of cities. The School of Cities is where educators, institutions, practitioners and the public engage in research, education and outreach to drive forward new city solutions – and shared prosperity for all citizens.

The Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Design (MUCP) course is a unique, full academic year capstone design course. All projects are sourced from cities, community groups and non-governmental organizations for whom the project addresses a real urban need, and requires a multidisciplinary approach to solve.

Each project is assigned to a team of fourth-year undergraduate students drawn from different disciplines (the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering; John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design; Department of Geography and Planning; and Rotman Commerce). Student teams work through a creative, iterative, and open-ended design process to design solutions to meet client needs. Successfully completing the project requires that students integrate skills and knowledge from across multiple disciplines. 

The MUCP is designed for exceptional fourth-year students who are looking for a unique, challenging capstone design experience.

Students in the MUCP: 

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and processes from several disciplines to conduct analysis; 
  • Demonstrate judgment as they integrate economic, environmental, social, and other pertinent interdisciplinary factors; 
  • Incorporate teamwork, project management, and direct stakeholder and client interaction; and  
  • Prove the feasibility of their design concepts through simulation and prototyping. 
  • Rotman Commerce students who are accepted into the program will be enrolled in RSM403Y1, an Independent Study Course credit and it will count as an RSM elective. 

2022-23 Deadline: July 10, 2022

Pre-requisite: RSM319H1 – Creative Destruction Lab – Intro course + application 

2022-23 applications are now closed

Information Session for 2022-23 (RSM391H1) and 2023-23 (RSM498Y1) courses:

Date: July 7, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

The content of the Information Session will include an Introduction to the CDL program and CDL courses (RSM391H1, RSM498Y1), and a period for Q&A. 

RSVP HERE to reserve a spot for the session by Wednesday, July 6 at 11:59 PM EDT.

This course is an unparalleled opportunity for you to take an MBA-level course designed for students who are interested in careers in strategy, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, new product development, and economic development policy. 


The CDL Advanced Course follows the process of commercializing technological innovation by working closely with early-stage technology ventures seeking capital. This course allows for frequent interaction with experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Students will apply basic economics and analytical tools developed in the foundational MBA curriculum to evaluate the size of markets, the attractiveness of industries, the financing options and valuation of early-stage companies, the sustainable competitive advantage of proposed strategies, the downside risks, and upside potential of individual entrepreneurs, and their vision for their companies. Students will learn how to formulate and evaluate the strategy of entrepreneurial ventures, apply frameworks to CDL ventures and advise them on strategic decision-making, and understand why strategy formulation for entrepreneurial ventures is distinct to that for other firms. Students will develop strategies for a new company.

More information about the Creative Destruction Lab.

This is the capstone course of the focus “Managing in Diverse Economies”. It is designed to synthesize student learning from the focus, providing an opportunity for students to build on, analyze and apply what they have learned from other chosen courses of the focus. Because the focus itself is broad, students may have taken courses in African, Caribbean and/or Indigenous Studies. This course enables students to pursue further depth in an area of interest. Have a preview of the RSM468Y course outline.

Pre/Corequisites: ECO324H1/ECO367H1/ECO403H1/POL201H1/POL223H1

Apply to the RSM468Y course between May 15-June 15, 2022 to be pre-enrolled ahead of your course enrollment start date. Applications are now closed for 2022-23.

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