Program Overview

Offered jointly by the Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science, our program provides a balanced approach to business that is unique within undergraduate business education in Canada. In pursuing your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with us, you will receive a solid grounding in business fundamentals, while having the freedom to choose from a flexible and innovative curriculum.

To earn your four-year BCom, you’ll complete the requirements of one of our three Specialist programs: Management, Finance and Economics, and Accounting. Our curriculum ensures that regardless of the specialist you choose, you’ll gain a strong foundation across all the functional areas of management – accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behaviour, operations, and strategy. In addition, all our specialists encompass a base in economic theory and practice that is unparalleled among undergraduate business programs.

Specialist in Management

The Specialist in Management is our umbrella program for studies across all areas of business. This specialist offers a high degree of flexibility and allows students to develop a strong understanding of the key business subdisciplines while also gaining expertise in their particular areas of interest. Students in the Management Specialist can choose to pursue a Focus in one or more of the following fields:

  • Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Business
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Innovation.

Each Focus requires the completion of particular courses that cultivate an advanced knowledge in the area. The Management Specialist will appeal to students considering a broad range of careers, including entrepreneurism, consulting, strategy, operations and human resources, sales, marketing, banking, or administration in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Due to the flexibility of this specialist, management students often elect to pursue a Minor in other fields of professional or personal interest in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

>> Download the Management Specialist Program Overview with Focuses and sample program progression (updated August 2019)

Specialist in Finance and Economics

Our Specialist in Finance and Economics offers a rigorous combination of the related fields of Finance and Economics. Designed for students who wish to develop a deep understanding of the finance discipline, this specialist encompasses advanced courses in both economics and finance.

Students interested in pursuing a career in finance may consider either this specialist, or the Management Specialist with a Focus in Finance. The Finance and Economics Specialist may be particularly appealing to students interested in post-graduate study in finance.

>> Download the Finance and Economics Specialist Program Overview with sample program progression (updated April 2019)

Specialist in Accounting

Our Specialist in Accounting provides an in-depth education that offers students an exceptional preparation for careers as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs). This specialist program provides all the requirements for students to continue into the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (GDipPA) or the CPA PEP Education program, and to ultimately obtain their CPA designation.

In addition to developing deep expertise in the core accounting areas of financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and audit, students in the Accounting Specialist gain a critical understanding of the full range of business sub-disciplines to ensure they have proficiency in the different businesses and business environments with which they will work as accountants.

>> Download the Accounting Specialist Program Overview with sample program progression (updated April 2019)