If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he […]
If you are considering graduate business school, you may be determining if a full-time MBA or specialized MS program is the right fit. And you are not alone! Many prospective students get confused with the various program formats and available options, but here are a few questions to ask yourself as you make the best decision for you:
- What is my end goal? Assess your career background and post-graduate goals to determine which program will help you achieve your goals. Consider the following: industry and function you are targeting, if you have prior experience or exposure in that field, and what the hiring market looks like.
- What is my level and years of work experience? Most schools offer a variety of graduate degree program options that vary in part based on how much work experience a candidate has prior to entering the program. For instance, specialized MS programs are geared toward early-career candidates (often with less than two years of full-time work experience) and offer training that focuses in one functional discipline. By contrast, the traditional two-year MBA candidate often has 3-8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering. As well, the Accelerated 18-Month MBA Program is likely to have more experienced candidates and it may even have a minimum threshold of years of experience required. MBA candidates will receive general management training, along with elective courses in one or multiple concentrations.
- How will I fund graduate business school? Most MBA and MS students are at least partially motivated to pursue their degree based on the financial pay-off and job opportunities that are available once they complete their studies. But it is important for students to keep in mind the financial investment that is involved as they work to complete graduate business school. A specialized MS program is often a shorter time commitment (usually 10 months) with lower tuition costs. Whereas MBA programs require a longer time commitment (usually 12-24 months) that demands a greater financial investment. We strongly encourage prospective candidates to explore scholarship opportunities. Many top B-schools have budgeted significant scholarship support to recruit and enroll top applicants to their programs. In fact, Simon is proud to provide 60 percent of MS students and 80 percent of MBA students with scholarship support.
In my current role as a Contingency Contracting Team Leader in the U.S. Army, I oversee five contingency contracting officers who are trained to provide operational support for military around the world. While at home station, I also provide complex systems procurement support that ultimately helps servicemen and women at war.
My Simon MBA has proved extremely valuable, providing me with many important skill sets, including negotiating, conducting price analyses, leading a team, and interacting with a very diverse workforce.
I received an incredible amount of personal attention from Simon – beginning with the admissions process and ending with graduation – which influenced my decision to attend the school. I felt like I was part of the Simon family during my two years in the program and this made for a very enriching experience.
My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School: I would ask every candidate to look at potential programs not only through an academic lens, but also in terms of how the school will help them become more well rounded. Simon encourages you to go out of your comfort zone, which helps you grow as a leader and a person. The rigorous academic program, as well as the team-based approach to learning, and the support of fellow classmates and faculty, facilitates success and ensures that each graduate is prepared to add value to their future endeavors.
The Simon Admissions Office is excited to present the Simon Student Series. This new blog series, written entirely by Simon students, will unveil personal perspectives not found on our website or brochures. Students will offer insights into why they chose Simon, what they have enjoyed about their Simon experience and advice for prospective students. Without further ado, below is the first installment of the Simon Student Series, written by Mikayla Hart, MBA ‘16. Enjoy!
I started my two-year MBA program a little over a month ago, and I could not be happier with my choice of attending Simon Business School. The communication and support I received throughout the admissions process far surpassed that of any other school in which I was applying. I really enjoyed all of the events Simon hosted during the admissions process, such as Experience Simon Weekend, which brought applicants to campus and provided an opportunity to experience the school’s culture. Witnessing the close-knit environment of the Simon community confirmed my belief that it was the right school for me.
Since accepting Simon’s offer, I have also been pleasantly surprised with the school’s contact and preparation for a couple events I participated in this summer. The Consortium Orientation Program and Forté Women’s Leadership Conference were both multi-day conferences and career fairs I attended before the start of classes. The assistance, resources, and network I received from Simon were remarkable. Thanks to this support, I arrived at these conferences with confidence and was able to start networking and interviewing for summer 2015 internships.
I am very grateful for Simon’s dedicated staff and mentors, and their help in this process. I begin my MBA program feeling confident and ready to take on the next steps!
Attending B-school events, whether they are on or off campus, is a critical step in the admissions process. You can learn a lot more at these events than just visiting a school’s website or reading a brochure. Below are several reasons why you should consider connecting with Simon at an event:
- Face-Time with Admissions: Simon Admissions Officers work with many students each year. By meeting in-person with an Admissions Officer, you have the opportunity to seek answers to your questions, receive admissions feedback, and set yourself apart from other candidates. Also, these interactions help build lasting relationships throughout the application process and beyond so you can connect with the school and discover if it is the right fit for you.
- Connections with Current Students, Faculty, and Alumni: Many of our on-campus events include opportunities to connect with students, faculty and alumni. This is a great chance to hear anecdotes or tips about their experiences at Simon, and gain insight into the school’s culture – all from a perspective that isn’t likely captured on our website or brochure. This also gives you more time with key influencers who may report back to the Admissions Committee on their engagement with you. And this isn’t just for on-campus events. Simon Admissions Officers are often accompanied by alumni at off-campus events, which is another great opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback in real-time.
- Assess “Fit”: By visiting campus, you are able to envision what life might be like as a Simon student. It is your chance to explore Simon, the University of Rochester campus and Rochester, NY.
Connecting with Simon at on-and off-campus events is certainly a worthwhile experience! Check out this video of Eileen Ketchoyian, Assistant Director of Admissions & Enrollment at Simon, explaining the benefits of attending events. And don’t forget to check out Simon’s upcoming events. We hope to welcome you to campus soon or meet you at an off-campus event near you!