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 […]
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.
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!