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 […]
Simon is a hidden gem in the world of business and I chose the school for a variety of reasons. Simon is unique because of its smaller size, allowing students to build close relationships with fellow students, professors and administration – all while receiving the attention that will help with personal and professional success. My Simon MBA has given me long-lasting friendships, trusted business partners, and a great network I can trust and depend on.
I am currently a Global Senior Marketing Manager at Intuit, Inc., which creates business and financial management solutions. The company’s Flagship products and services include TurboTax,® QuickBooks,® and Quicken®. I have the fortune of working with Intuit’s regional marketers to create and execute global marketing campaigns for customers, while being an ambassador of creating a global-first culture to drive growth. I also manage the Intuit Education Program that provides real-world experience in the classroom, enabling schools with the latest industry financial software, and giving them an edge on academic advancement and/or career progression.
My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School: Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Get to know everyone that makes up the Simon community since these are the relationships you will go back to time and time again. And don’t limit yourself to Simon! There are other schools affiliated with the University of Rochester, relating to education, music and medicine, all of which have a reputation both nationally and internationally. Having these schools close by is a great opportunity to make connections, depending on your professional and personal interests.
Simon Business School welcomed its seventh dean, Andrew Ainslie, this past summer. The writers of Simon Business Magazine sat down with Dean Ainslie for a Q&A, which was featured in the magazine’s most recent issue.
The article is a great insider’s look at what attracted the Dean to Simon and what he envisions for the school’s future. Beyond Simon, he addresses the business education industry at large and his strategy for keeping up with its ever-changing landscape. The Dean also discusses his professional experience running the MBA program at UCLA Anderson.
Click here to access the full Q&A article to learn more about Dean Ainslie!
In the short time I have been at Simon Business School, I have had memorable experiences, exciting adventures with great people, and amazing new insights. Moving away from home is hard – being away from everyone and everything you know can be very challenging. For me, starting my MBA meant being in a completely foreign place with people I had never met. Fortunately, the Simon family welcomed me with open arms to help me transition into this new phase of my life.
One of the first pieces of advice given to me by a Simon student was to find a balance between my academic and social life. While the coursework is challenging and requires a healthy amount of time and commitment, it is also very rewarding. Because of the collaborative nature of the program, I was able to start forging meaningful relationships with my fellow “Simonites.” I soon found myself part of a fantastic circle that included not only fellow students, but also alumni and staff.
Active networking has allowed me to make new friends and create new opportunities, but it also helped me realize that I am not alone at Simon – there are other transplants trying to adjust like me. We have all been supporting each other towards collective academic success and individual professional goals. But we are also building strong relationships that make us a little less nostalgic for our homes. One Saturday you may be with first-year MBA students at the beautiful beach by Lake Ontario; another day, having a fantastic barbecue feast with second-year MBA students.
Dealing with moving away from friends and family is easier when you are not alone, and at Simon, someone will always be there for you.
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.