• 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 […]

    Aug 17, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    We are excited to share some news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked No. 9 in the US and No. 19 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Financial Times. This specialty ranking is derived from the core data Financial Times collects during their annual […]

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  • MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    We have exciting news to share: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM designated MS in Finance program by the Financial Times! Simon is ranked 5th in the US in this year’s survey and 42nd among the top 65 Master’s in Finance programs in […]

    Jun 19, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

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 a lot of sense for our students,” said Andrew Ainslie, dean of Simon Business School. “Data analysis has been at the cornerstone of what Simon has been doing for decades, and we like to think that this designation is recognition of a ‘job well done.’”

STEM_Social_Image_1080x1080We have seen a trend of increased demand for a STEM-focused program from domestic and international students because of the career opportunities the designation opens. It signals to corporate recruiters that students will arrive on the job with analytic tools and leadership skills that impact a company’s bottom line.

In addition, a STEM designation helps international students transition to employment in the United States. Students receive an additional 24 months optional practical training (for a total of 36 months), which helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa if they secure a STEM-eligible role.

We invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity during our upcoming webinar, Introduction to Simon’s STEM MBA Option, on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. EDT. Rebekah Lewin, our assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, will be hosting the interactive session, and she looks forward to answering your questions!

The STEM MBA option will be available for all full-time MBA students starting this fall. Be among the first to benefit from this unique designation among US MBA programs—earn an MBA that’s more than a credential: apply now.

Visit Simon: Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming

The following post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Travel season is well underway, and our counselors are visiting cities throughout the US and the world over the coming months. In addition to meeting in a city near you, we also hope you will visit us on campus to get a taste of what life as an MBA student is like at Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming on October 12–13.

The event kicks off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with our Diversity Conference Programming, which includes a professional development session, a Diversity Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Diversity Leadership Panelists include:

  • Kenyatta Andrews ’06 (MBA), Fiscal Director of Federal Programs, Achievement School District
  • Ken Burkeen ’02 (MBA), Founder & CEO, Heutiful and Heutiful Salons
  • Salim Holder ’07 (MBA), CEO, Find Your Plug, LLC
  • Lydia Perez Poole ’06 (MBA), Shopper Insights & Analytics Manager, Rite Aid Customer Service, Procter & Gamble

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 highlight of the evening will be a keynote presentation by Ronald Homer ’71 (MBA), president of access capital strategies for RBC Global Asset Management. Ron leads RBC GAM’s impact investing effort and is responsible for servicing the firm’s impact investing clients and ensuring that investment solutions are implemented based on each client’s customized impact requirements. His background and extensive experience in community investing enables him to identify a broad range of impact investment solutions for clients.

On Saturday, October 12, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (if you’ve started your application)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, alumni, and students

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending our annual Fall Ball, 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 encourage you to register by Friday, September 21, to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Trista’s Tips: Preparing to Apply

We are in the midst of welcoming our full-time students to campus, which is our absolute favorite time of year. Seeing the students we’ve worked with arrive to begin their business school journeys is incredibly gratifying and exciting! We also love this time of year because we in the Simon Admissions Office shift our focus to the future—to the students we will be welcoming at this time next year, to be exact!

We know many of you are likely also turning your attention to the future. If business school is your next step, Trista Wesley Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, has advice on what you can start working on right now to prepare your most competitive business school application for Fall 2019 entry.

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If you’re curious about Simon and want to learn more, check out the recording of our “Why Simon?” webinar. We also have a “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” webinar coming up on August 29 if you’re looking for more specific advice on how to best position your candidacy.

Best of luck to you as you prepare for business school. When you’re ready to apply, we look forward to reviewing your application!

Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

We are excited to share some news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked No. 9 in the US and No. 19 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Financial Times.

TopMBAforEntrepreneurship_FT2018This specialty ranking is derived from the core data Financial Times collects during their annual global MBA ranking and uses a weighted average of entrepreneurship criteria based on alumni survey responses. Within the Entrepreneurship category, Simon performed well in Equity (% of entrepreneurs who raised at least a third of equity via private investors) and Still Operating (companies that were still operating at the end of 2016). We also received high marks in all of the alumni network categories as well as the extent to which the School helped to both start and staff the business. This ranking is a testament to the School’s longstanding entrepreneurial focus and our strong partnership with the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship.

We are so proud of our graduates and their success in start-ups and innovative small businesses. (In fact, one of our 2016 MBA graduates was recently featured in The New York Times for his entrepreneurial venture: Mo Shaikh co-founded the tech start-up Meridio—a Brooklyn company focused on introducing blockchain technology to real estate.) We seek to continue our momentum in this field and can’t wait to see the future accomplishments of our Simon MBAs.

To learn more about our world-class MBA program, please visit our website or contact us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu to speak with one of our admissions officers.