• 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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Simon Students Work with Consortium Counterparts on ‘MBA Students Care’ Campaign

Three Simon MBAs recently joined together with peers in other MBA programs to take action following recent horrific and tragic racial injustices. Brittany Floyd ’22 (MBA), Ahmyah Smith ’22 (MBA), and Cagney Spears ’21 (MBA), members of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, are working with students at other Consortium member schools on MBA Students Care: A June Fundraiser for Color of Change.

Cagney Spears '21 (MBA)

Cagney Spears ’21 (MBA)

Cagney is a Consortium liaison for Simon, and she recalled around a month ago, a peer liaison at Michigan Ross asked if any other students were interested in starting an initiative to take action. Cagney was one of the first students on the planning committee, which eventually chose Color of Change as the organization that would receive proceeds from the fundraiser.

Cagney explained the team picked Color of Change because it organizes efforts that are moving the needle for Black and Brown communities. She also noted that the planning committee liked the organization’s dedication to education—once you donate to Color of Change, you’re automatically added to its mailing list to build knowledge on a range of social justice causes.

Cagney was impressed by the incoming MBA students, who were extremely enthusiastic to help at the very start of their Simon experience. Brittany commented that “because of the time and the climate, it’s hard not to be involved if you’re aware.”

In 1968, Simon was the fourth school to join The Consortium, an organization committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusion of global business education and leadership by addressing the significant underrepresentation of Black, Native, and Latin Americans. Simon’s incoming MBA Class of 2022 has 33 students who are Consortium members—the largest cohort in school history.

Ahmyah Smith '22 (MBA)

Ahmyah Smith ’22 (MBA)

Having worked for nonprofits from a DEI lens, diversity was central for Ahmyah when considering MBA programs. She was looking for a place that not only encouraged students to be their authentic selves but that embraced each student’s uniqueness. “I appreciate Simon living it and not doing lip service,” she said.

Brittany felt that being involved in the fundraiser for Color of Change helped her really get acquainted with the culture at Simon. “I am so grateful to be in the Simon community. A friend told me that it’s collaborative and people watch out for you, and it’s true. Everyone is so open and willing to help. Although I was told about the culture here, having this crash course helped me realize it’s true, and it’s not something they just say to get you here,” she said with a laugh.

Similarly, the Simon students had nothing but positive things to say about working with their Consortium counterparts from other schools. The Consortium network is known for being tight knit, especially with members sharing the transformative OP conference before beginning their MBA programs. Even though this year’s OP was conducted virtually, the Class of 2022 is still closely connected. “We’ve all built bonds that will last past this moment,” Brittany said.

After the campaign launched June 3, many of the organizers stayed busy promoting it on social media and reaching out to contacts to spread the word, while several team members kept the group in the loop as the numbers rose. “We saw $1,500 and thought, ‘Oh that’s great—we’ll definitely get to $20,000 by the end of the month,’” Cagney said with a smile.

Little did they know it would only take roughly 18 hours for the campaign to reach its initial goal. The team reevaluated the next day and made the decision to set a new goal of $100,000.

Brittany Floyd '22 (MBA)

Brittany Floyd ’22 (MBA)

“It was an incredible, thrilling experience to watch us surpass the goal and also the commitment to do more and go higher,” Brittany said. “We have a dedication to the cause and it’s completely in line with why we are all in The Consortium.”

All three students noted that while the financial contributions are important, awareness and education is an equally significant goal of the campaign. Cagney emphasized that being an ally isn’t always about donating but can also include signing petitions and calling elected officials to demand justice. The team hopes the effort not only educates their networks but mobilizes them to create change.

The campaign currently sits north of $65,000—more than three times what the group initially hoped to donate to Color of Change (support the cause here). There are plans to leave the fundraiser open for a full month, and after they close it out on July 3, the team will take some time to rest and reevaluate what comes next. “We want to strategize how we keep the momentum going,” Ahmyah said.

With many Class of 2021 students embarking on their summer internships soon and classes resuming for everyone not long after that, Cagney noted there will be a great deal of brainstorming to come up with ideas that build on this effort that won’t be too taxing. “The past month has been exhausting—not only being a Black person in America, but on top of that, doing crowd-sourced non-profit work, which is something I’ve never experienced,” Cagney said.

The team plans to focus on this important diversity, equity, and inclusion work “back home” at Simon as well, with the full support and partnership of school leadership, including Dean Sevin Yeltekin. Cagney noted it was particularly meaningful to hear Dean Yeltekin say that the burden to solve systemic problems doesn’t fall on Black people. “It’s our job to provide feedback, but it’s not our job to fix it,” Cagney said.

“We are all thinking about it in the long term,” Brittany said. “We are committed to the long-term goal of making our world more equitable for people of color.”

Simon’s MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 3 in the US by Financial Times

MSF_Ranking_2020_Social_1We are pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM-designated MS in Finance program by Financial Times. Simon is ranked 3rd in the US in this year’s survey of pre-experience finance programs.

The ranking is a weighted average of alumni career progress, school diversity, international course experience, and faculty research. While Simon performed well across multiple criteria, we performed particularly well in career progress. This area is calculated according to changes in the level of seniority and the size of company alumni work for before their master’s and today.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, with particular strength in finance, and we are pleased to again be recognized for our world-class MS in Finance program by Financial Times in its June 15, 2020, issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years and the Benet Career Management Center’s support for our MS students.

Our graduates obtain employment in a variety of finance roles at companies such as Bank of China, BlackRock, Bloomberg, China Everbright Limited, CICC, Citigroup, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, Guotai Junan Securities, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Moody’s Investors Service, Morgan Stanley, and Standard Chartered Bank.

To learn more about our world-class MSF program, please visit our website or contact us to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Jazmine Carter, Tady Chen named 2020 MBAs to Watch by Poets & Quants

Congratulations to Jazmine Carter and Te-chien (Tady) Chen, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of 2020 MBAs to Watch! After graduation, Jazmine is headed to Johnson & Johnson in the Human Resource Leadership Development Program, and Tady will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst.

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Photo of Jazmine Carter

Jazmine Carter ’20 (MBA), will be working in Johnson & Johnson’s Human Resource Leadership Development Program after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
My favorite MBA tradition at Simon is our weekly Keeping Simon Social event held at local Rochester establishments as a school-wide networking night. All students are invited to come together for fellowship and celebration and to foster the strong bonds of friendship that make our community unique. It is a great way to connect with the incoming class and stay connected with your classmates. This student-led initiative (shout out to Josh West) truly reflects how close we are as a school community and how much we prioritize maintaining our strong culture.

Why did you choose this business school?
Undoubtedly, I choose Simon Business School because of the strong, diverse culture and community. I can genuinely say from the moment I stepped foot on campus that I felt at home. My interactions with alumni, admissions, and current students were authentic, welcoming, and inspiring. I felt surrounded by life-long learners also striving to better themselves and those around them. The opportunity to make an impact while also being impacted left a strong impression.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be your authentic self and allow your personality to shine in every interaction and touch point with Simon. At Simon, we genuinely want to know who you are and what makes you tick just as much as we want you to get to know us. Invite us into your journey and we welcome the opportunity to impact your story.

 

Tady Chen '20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

Tady Chen ’20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
JIHAN JAM, it’s a Simon Community celebration of the life of Jihan Cooke ’18S (MBA). She passed away because of cancer in 2018 and Simon MBA decided to pass her love to the future generation. Last year, we collectively raised more than $2,300 at the event for the Wilmot Cancer Institute. It really shows how our students and the school values the community and care about each other.

Another signature event I really enjoy is the Diversity & Inclusion Talent Show. There are so many talents in our school and this is the event that makes people shine. The event and other D&I events such as Global Showcase connect students from different backgrounds together even more than before, and you would know some of the hidden gems of our classmates!

Why did you choose this business school?
From the start, I felt there’s something special about this school. I enjoyed the conversation with the admission directors Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda. These discussions showed how they valued my own thinking processes and reflected genuine interests in me as an applicant. They also shared valuable information about Rochester and answered any questions I had. I then started to reach out to alumni of the school to learn more about it. After I did all the research, I felt this is the environment that could help me learn and grow.

After arriving at Simon, I was surprised by how strong the school community is. I have great and supportive advisors for career, student life, and clubs. The amazing professors, the student council, the club leaders, the coach, the Student Career Advisors, and the tutors (Yes! we have free tutors here for everyone at Simon!) are all important parts of this community and make us thrive.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be authentic and learn how to tell your story well. It will help even when you need to interview for different roles in the future. In addition, try to reach out to people in this program so that you can know what differentiates Simon from other business schools, and incorporate your findings in your story of why you chose Simon.

A Note from the Deans about the Events in Minneapolis and NYC

Simon Business School, along with the University of Rochester, stands against hatred, bigotry and discrimination of any kind. We are heartbroken to learn of the horrific recent events in Minneapolis, in New York City’s Central Park, and across the country, and are committed to supporting you as we try and move forward and heal. In a message from President Mangelsdorf, she says that “words of acknowledgement and comfort are not enough. Community-engaged action is needed,” and we are committed to educate and empower each other to end this vicious cycle of racism and intolerance, which have no room in our society.

We are a strong, and close-knit community, and we are working with the University and Simon’s Admissions Office and Office of Student Engagement to help us through this dark period in history.

Wishing you all peace and comfort,

Andrew Ainslie                                                         Sevin Yeltekin
Dean                                                                        Incoming Dean
Simon Business School                                           Simon Business School

Greg Bauer                                                              Rebekah Lewin
Associate Dean of Full-Time Programs                   Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Simon Business School                                           Simon Business School