It’s Not Too Late to Begin Your Studies in 2022!

Good news: while our final deadline has passed, we are accepting applications to our full-time MBA and MS programs on a space-available basis—meaning it’s still possible for you to begin business school this summer! To simplify the process, your $90 application fee is waived.

Every year promising candidates apply after May 1, are admitted, and go on to find success in our programs. One such example is soon-to-be graduate, Andrew Black ’22S (MBA). We asked Andrew about his experience applying after the final deadline, what his transition to business school was like, advice for those considering applying now, and more.

Andrew Black ’22S (MBA)

What made you want to apply to business school? Why did you choose to apply after May 1?
I knew that at some point in my career, an MBA degree from a top business school was going to be imperative for taking on greater professional leadership roles. Because of that, I wanted to be proactive in terms of obtaining my MBA degree early in my career.

In 2020, I was planning on applying to MBA programs during the fall (for 2021 intake), but during the pandemic some key target schools shifted deadlines and encouraged candidates to apply. This made my decision to apply very easy, as I realized that the worst outcome that would come from my late application would be that I receive valuable feedback on my candidacy for my original 2021 targeted timeline. The risk was really low, and I wanted to explore all of my options.

What factors weighed in to choosing Simon?
Distilling it down to one factor, I would say the intercommunity support. Relationships are important at Simon. When I was making my business school decision, it became apparent from conversations with alumni and current students just how much everyone in the Simon student body supports one another, particularly through the career search process. Now, having gone through the MBA program, my belief that intercommunity support is a pillar of the Simon experience has only been reaffirmed.

How was your transition to b-school on a relatively tight timeline?
My transition was a relatively smooth one. While there were some onboarding tasks to complete, the transition from professional work to Simon was more about getting mentally prepared than completing any one task. Onboarding was streamlined, and I devoted a small portion of every day toward getting myself ready for Simon (i.e., résumé reviews, logistics, career research), which made the process feel very manageable.

What resources helped you prepare for your MBA after applying later in the admissions process?
The Benet Career Management Center was the most valuable resource post-admittance. I met with my career advisor (Steve Simpson) after accepting my admission offer, and Steve helped lay the groundwork for what the next 3–6 months would look like. This level-setting conversation with Steve continued throughout the summer and was highly impactful in making sure I was ready to hit the ground running for recruitment that took place at the end of August.

What has been your favorite part of your MBA experience?
I would say being a Benet Career Peer (BCP). Last year I worked very closely with two BCPs: Toby Motyka and Gabi Pacheco. In November of 2020, my first internship offer came from Verizon, and my second came a week later from Microsoft. Toby Motyka and Gabi Pacheco interned and now work at Verizon and Microsoft, respectively. The correlation between Toby’s and Gabi’s backgrounds to my offers was no accident. I was in the fortuitous position to decide between two exceptional companies because Toby and Gabi invested themselves in my career progression.

At Simon we call this “pay it forward.” It’s an axiom that permeates the school—one I try to uphold. This year as a BCP, I learned a lot about myself through coaching, mentoring, and providing career guidance as Toby and Gabi did for me. The process has been incredibly rewarding. It is extremely gratifying to see others realize their full potential, and I am lucky to play a small part in that.

What’s next after graduation?
I will be moving to Seattle later this summer to begin as a product marketing manager at Microsoft, where I will be working in Cloud Marketing.

What advice do you have for prospective MBA students wondering if they should apply this time of year?
A simple cost-benefit analysis reveals that the risk of applying now is limited. I distinctly remember wondering if I was making the right decision by applying late, but I soon realized that there was no application outcome that would equate to failure. Best case, I get into a top-tier business school and then have a difficult decision to make (whether to move up my timeline by a year and pursue my MBA sooner than expected); worst case, I receive a rejection, but in the process I’ll learn what I should work on for the following application cycle.

If you are on the fence about applying, consider my thought process above. There is significant value in exploring all options, and taking risks is essential to success.

Learn more about Andrew, who was just named one of Poets&Quants’ Best and Brightest MBAs of 2022!

If you are an international student and you do not currently have a student visa, please note that there are time sensitivities surrounding the visa process. We encourage you to work through the application with urgency. If you have questions or would like to discuss your individual candidacy or next steps, reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

Introducing Simon’s Data-Driven Leaders Scholarship Competition

We are excited to announce Simon Business School’s virtual Data-Driven Leaders Scholarship Competition—a special event for prospective students interested in Simon’s new Online MS in Business Analytics for Mangers program! Participating offers a valuable experience for your résumé, an introduction to Experiential Learning, an understanding of the different types of analytics, and insight into the Online MSBA for Managers program experience, including preparation for coursework.

The competition is completely virtual, making participation easy and hassle free. As an added bonus, there is no cost to participate and there are prizes for all competition participants. Finalists will receive priority consideration for admission, tuition scholarship, and Simon gear, and the competition winner will receive a guaranteed $24,500 scholarship (50% tuition) if they apply to the Online MSBA for Managers program for Fall 2022 entry and are admitted!

How does the competition work?
• We begin with an information session on April 21, which is a great way to learn more about the simulation-based competition, including expectations, timelines, and details about how the simulation will work. Attending will help you decide if you want to participate!

• The competition will then run between May 2 and May 16, and during that time, you will read a brief case that provides necessary background information, explore the data and submit decisions in the simulation platform, and produce an executive summary explaining your rationale for your decisions and reflecting on the outcomes and lessons learned.

• Finalists will be invited to a “Report to the Board” event, where they will present their executive summary and simulation results to the simulation company’s Board of Directors.

Interested in participating? Take the first step and register for our information session:

Data-Driven Leaders Scholarship Competition Information Session
Thursday, April 21
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT
Register Now!

Key Dates
April 29: Competition Registration Deadline (11:59 p.m. EDT)
May 2: Competition Begins (10:00 a.m. EDT)
May 16: Competition Ends (Noon EDT)
May 20: Finalists Announced
June 2: Finalists Report to the Board (5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT)

We hope to see your registration soon and wish you the best of luck in the competition!

Advice from the Senior Assistant Dean: Now is the Time for Business School

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, senior assistant dean of admissions and programs

Deciding to pursue an MBA or MS degree is a big decision. Even if you are content with your current job, don’t underestimate the power a graduate business degree has to transform your career and propel you to the next level. At Simon Business School, you’ll discover how to use data to inform decision-making and effectively communicate insights that drive strategy.

Here are a few additional reasons not to put off your graduate degree any longer:

Merit-based scholarship is available.
Scholarship ranges vary based on your program of interest, but support is always available for competitive candidates. More than 85% of our full-time MBA students receive scholarships. Part-time students typically receive smaller awards since they are continuing to work while pursuing their degree, and several are sponsored by their employer or receive tuition benefits from the University of Rochester. There are many avenues to consider when financing your degree, including competing for a scholarship to our new Online MS in Business Analytics for Managers program by participating in Simon’s Data-Driven Leaders Scholarship Competition. Register now through April 29!

You can choose to waive or complete the standardized test requirement.
If your academic record, work experience, or other credentials are well rounded and competitive, Simon offers the flexibility to waive the standardized test application requirement. (If you’ve taken a test and have a score within or above the middle 80% range noted in the class profile for your program of interest, we encourage you to include the score with your application to support your candidacy.) Learn more about the standardized test waiver criteria on our website, and contact us with any questions you have.

It’s worth noting that not all programs include a standardized test requirement in the application, and if you’re interested in the Professional MBA, choosing the non-matriculated start is a popular way to not only get your feet wet in the program but also to opt out of submitting a test score.

You’ll join a powerful network.
One of the reasons our MBA and MS students are so successful is because of Simon alumni: more than 18,000 strong in 80 countries around the world. Our alumni are eager to help one another and jump at the chance to offer support both remotely and in person.

Earn a STEM-designated degree.
All Simon MBA formats (full-time, part-time, and executive) have a STEM-designated option and all four full-time MS programs are STEM designated—sending a strong signal to employers that you have the quantitative and analytic skills necessary to contribute or manage in a world that increasingly depends on data to drive business decisions. Furthermore, international students who opt for a STEM-designated MBA or are enrolled in a full-time MS program qualify for three years of post-degree employment in the United States while remaining on a student visa.

Interested in taking the next step in the application process? The next application deadline for our full-time MBA and MS programs is May 1, but we encourage you to apply as soon as you have assembled your best application to maximize your chance for admission to begin your studies in Fall 2022. Merit-based scholarship support is always available for competitive candidates, and if you apply by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 1, your application fee (a $90 value) will be waived!

If you’re interested in our part-time or executive programs, contact the Admissions team for information about the application and admissions process—the next application deadline for Fall 2022 entry is April 15, so there is still time to work on your application.

You can also stay up to date on what’s happening at Simon by following us on social media, listening to a podcast, attending a webinar, and more. Check out our website for more details.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for business school and hope to review your application soon!

Trista’s Tips: Preparing for Your Interview

Join Trista Kukucka, associate director of MS and online admissions, as she walks through her best advice on how to prepare for your Simon Business School interview. Learn more about when interview invitations are extended, who your interviewer might be, what a “blind” interview is, and more. Trista also shares her biggest tip—actually something to avoid—that will ensure authenticity in your admission interview.

As Trista mentioned, we extend interview invitations on a rolling basis, so you could receive your invitation any time between when you submit your application up until when an admission decision would be due. We encourage you to follow these tips so you’ll be prepared to conduct your interview at any point, and we wish you the best of luck!