• Simon Ranked #29 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek

    Simon Ranked #29 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek

    I am pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Simon Business School among the top 30 business schools in the US for its MBA program. This is part of the 2019–20 Best B-Schools ranking and is based on survey responses from MBA students, alumni, and recruiters about their goals and experiences, in […]

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  • The Simon MBA is Poets & Quants' Program of the Year

    The Simon MBA is Poets & Quants’ Program of the Year

    We have exciting news to share: Poets & Quants recently named us the 2018 MBA Program of the Year! The selection was based largely on the option to pursue a STEM-designated MBA regardless of a student’s specialization and our newly-launched curriculum. Both the STEM-designated MBA option and our revamped curriculum build on our foundation of […]

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  • Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    We are thrilled to share very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has received a STEM designation for its full-time MBA program and is the first MBA program in the country where a STEM option is available for every specialization. “Since our curriculum is heavily weighted toward quantitative analysis, we felt like this made […]

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Club Spotlight: Net Impact

The following post was written by Keenan Heyward, 2021 MBA candidate and member of Simon Net Impact

Keenan Heyward '21 (MBA)

Keenan Heyward ’21 (MBA)

Coming into Simon, one of my top goals was to learn more about how business can positively impact society and how I can utilize my skill set to support this endeavor. While researching MBA programs, I learned about an organization called Net Impact, whose stated goal is to mobilize next-generation leaders to use their skills and careers to make a positive impact on the world. Since becoming a member of Simon’s chapter, I have enjoyed interacting with MBA and master’s students who are eager to positively impact society and have furthered my growth as a social impact leader by participating in insightful events and projects.

One such event was a guest lecture by Kevin Callahan, who was most recently the VP of enterprise social responsibility at The Walt Disney Company. Kevin’s depth of social impact experience is impressive, and he was gracious in sharing what he has learned thus far and how we can help organizations see corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a strategic investment rather than a discretionary expense.

From Kevin’s point of view, CSR is growing in importance due to a variety of factors, including the growth of the socially responsible investor community, the breakdown of trust in our institutions, and changes in consumer and worker attitudes towards companies conducting business responsibly. In response to these factors, Kevin walked through the steps that Disney took to make CSR a core part of their business strategy, such as acting upon the customer feedback they received regarding their social responsibility and conducting research that uncovered a direct correlation between how consumers felt about the brand and how much they spent with the brand. To Disney, CSR is an opportunity to eliminate risk as well as gain a competitive advantage. Tying CSR to business growth is the way forward in the modern world.

Going forward, Kevin believes that future business leaders like my fellow Net Impact members will play a key role in boosting the prevalence of CSR at major corporations by being able to communicate the business case for CSR as a growth strategy and by bringing continuous innovation to the space.

Simon Net Impact had a great time at the Net Impact conference in Detroit Oct. 24–26. Alumnae Jennifer Edwards '17S (MBA), Mikayla Hart '16S (MBA), and Sarah Spoto '17S (MBA) joined Meg Litvinenko, director of student life, Matt Sisto '21S (MBA), Keenan Heyward '21S (MBA), Amanda Bickford '21S (MBA), Justine Lazo '20S (MBA), Jessi Garhart '21S (MBA), Tady Chen '20S (MBA), Emily Bader '20S (MBA), Greg Arnold '20S (MBA), and Juana Johnson '21S (MBA) at Detroit’s Women in Mobility event on Oct. 24 (organized by Sarah Spoto).

Simon Net Impact had a great time at the Net Impact conference in Detroit Oct. 24–26. Alumnae Jennifer Edwards ’17 (MBA), Mikayla Hart ’16 (MBA), and Sarah Spoto ’17 (MBA) joined Meg Litvinenko, director of student life, and Simon MBAs Matt Sisto ’21, Keenan Heyward ’21, Amanda Bickford ’21, Justine Lazo ’20, Jessi Garhart ’21, Tady Chen ’20, Emily Bader ’20, Greg Arnold ’20, and Juana Johnson ’21 at Detroit’s Women in Mobility event on Oct. 24 (organized by Sarah Spoto).

The best part of being a member of Net Impact is the wide variety of activities we remain involved in. Just about a week after Kevin’s excellent talk, twelve of us, including two alumni and our amazing advisor—Meg Litvinenko, director of student life—headed to Detroit for the annual Net Impact Conference. This conference was my first as a Net Impact member and will definitely not be my last.

The atmosphere of the conference was energetic, invigorating, and inspirational. Amongst many other impactful moments, I learned about the amazing work of organizations like Empowerment Project and BlackFemaleProject, networked with members of Net Impact chapters from around the world, and enjoyed my first taste of a Beyond Burger thanks to the meat-free nature of the conference. Also, it was humbling to see Simon Net Impact recognized on stage as a Gold status chapter—many thanks to the great work of previous Net Impact leaders and members.

Joining Net Impact has already proven to be one of the best decisions I have made thus far as a student at Simon, and I look forward to supporting the group in pursuit of our goal of earning Graduate Chapter of the Year at next year’s conference!

Simon Ranked #29 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek

No. 29_cropI am pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Simon Business School among the top 30 business schools in the US for its MBA program. This is part of the 2019–20 Best B-Schools ranking and is based on survey responses from MBA students, alumni, and recruiters about their goals and experiences, in addition to compensation and job-placement data.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, and we are pleased to be recognized for our world-class MBA program. This year’s ranking places Simon in top positions in a variety of areas, including: 

  • No. 29 for the Full-Time MBA Program
  • No. 31 for Compensation
  • No. 4 for Learning
  • No. 36 for Networking
  • No. 29 for Entrepreneurship

These rankings are a positive reflection of the students, faculty, and staff at Simon. If you’re interested in one of our master’s programs, it is important to note that our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, and our MBA ranking is a strong signal of the value you can expect while studying at Simon—no matter which degree you pursue. We seek to continue our momentum by recruiting top students to our programs and providing a premier graduate school experience. Our ultimate goal is the success of all our graduates, and this goal is at the heart of everything we do. 

Where will Simon take you? Find out—apply now.

We wish you the best as you prepare for business school! If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (585) 275-3533 or admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

Exciting News: 2019 MBA Employment Results

We are excited to announce preliminary information about our employment results for the MBA Class of 2019! This positive news is a reflection of our ongoing desire and commitment to facilitate excellent career outcomes for our graduates. 

  • 91% of our graduates who were job seeking accepted employment within three months of graduation
  • The average base salary plus sign-on bonus is $142,000* (up 17% over prior year)
  • 93% of graduates hired accepted offers within the United States
  • Our most popular post-MBA functions are Consulting (36%), Finance/Accounting (24%), Marketing/Sales (22%), and General Management (9%)
  • This year, corporate partners for full-time employment include Accenture, Amazon, Bank of America, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Cognizant, Credit Suisse, EY, Facebook, General Mills, Google, L’Oréal, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Tesla, and Western Digital, just to name a few
  • 80% of full-time offers were facilitated by the School through on- and off-campus interviews, job postings, job fairs, School network resources and School-facilitated internships

*Based on U.S. News & World Report calculations

A detailed employment report with more information about hiring companies, industries, and functions will be available within the coming weeks for your review. In the meantime, we are proud to share these outcomes with you and look forward to helping you achieve career success in the future.

In addition to these impressive employment results, Simon is the only MBA program in the US to offer a STEM-designated option to students in any specialization. Discover the power of data-driven decision making and take the first step toward your future career—apply now!

Best wishes as you prepare for business school!

Join Us for Experience Simon Weekend with Women’s Conference, Nov. 8–9

As we reflect on the lessons learned and memories made recently at Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference, we are setting our sights on our next opportunity to welcome prospective MBA students to campus: Experience Simon Weekend with Women’s Conference on November 8–9.

The event kicks off on Friday, November 8, at 11:30 a.m. with Women’s Conference, which includes conference sessions focused on professional growth, a fireside chat with University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf, a Women’s Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Women’s Leadership Panelists include:

  • Sudarshana Bhattacharyya ’07S (MBA) – Director of Operations, Kipling North America, VF Corporation
  • Naomi Cody ’05S (MBA) – Executive Vice President for Marketing, SlimFast
  • Nancy Mueller Handal ’00S (MBA) – Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management
  • Monica Saxena ’05S (MBA) – Executive Vice President of Brand Marketing, LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Karen Sweet ’04S (MBA) – Senior Manager of Financial Services, Accenture

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, where you will have the opportunity to network with Simon alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. The evening will also feature a keynote by Emily Chang ’98, ’00S (MBA), former senior vice president of marketing at Starbucks and current author-in-progress.

On Saturday, November 9, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (optional)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, current students, and alumni with work experience at companies including Campbell Soup Company, EY, General Mills, Google, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Simon-Kucher & Partners, and Walmart eCommerce.

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending a social event sponsored by Simon Women in Business, where you can meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.

Visiting campus is a great way to assess fit, and at Simon we make it easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information email events@simon.rochester.edu.

We’re also flexible. Can’t miss work on Friday? Join us on Friday evening for the remainder of the weekend’s programming—dinner begins at 7 p.m. Please note that if you attend the conference, you are required to attend the entire Experience Simon Weekend event. 

Register today to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community. We hope to see you in Rochester in November!