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All students accepted into first-year Rotman Commerce studies are guaranteed admission to the program, provided they meet minimum grade requirements in four core courses: RSM100H Introduction to Management, ECO101H Principles of Microeconomics and ECO102H Principles of Macroeconomics, and MAT133Y Calculus and Linear Algebra for Commerce (or acceptable equivalent).

90% of the 2019 first-year Rotman Commerce cohort successfully completed the guaranteed admission requirements to progress to their second-year studies. By way of comparison, the University of Toronto’s overall first-year retention rate (i.e., the percentage of first-year students who continue on to second year at U of T) is approximately 92%.

Year 1

Our first-year curriculum is designed to help you lay a strong foundation in business fundamentals and prepare you for success in your upper-year studies. You will need to meet the minimum grade requirements for the required courses below in order to satisfy the conditions of your guaranteed admission to the Rotman Commerce program. These grade requirements are in place to ensure that you have mastered the core foundational elements that you will need to build on throughout your upper-year studies.

Required courses

  • RSM100H Introduction to Management
  • ECO101H Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO102H Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MAT133Y Calculus and Linear Algebra

We also strongly recommend that students take three other courses in their first year. These courses are required for your degree, and can help you gain a deeper understanding of key areas of business so you can decide how you want to specialize in your upper years.


  • RSM219H Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • RSM230H Financial Markets
  • RSM250H Principles of Marketing

Years 2 through 4

At the beginning of your second year, you will select choose to specialize in Management, Accounting, or Finance & Economics.

What courses you take in your upper-year studies will depend on the specialist you choose. Each specialist has a combination of specific required courses, required elective courses, and optional elective courses. This ensures that you develop both the depth and breadth of knowledge required to prepare you for a meaningful and successful career.

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