Update from the Senior Assistant Dean: Plans for Fall 2021

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

I wanted to share an update on our plans for Fall 2021 based upon information available to us today. We expect to continue offering in-person instruction and co-curricular and social activities, with a hope to expand these opportunities to the extent that it remains feasible and safe to do so. We have learned a lot about how to offer these activities this past year, and this information will guide our decisions and plans. This will likely include mandatory mask wearing on campus and using larger classrooms where we can continue to spread out students to ensure lower density in classrooms.

Because the timing for global vaccinations and travel remains a bit uncertain, we also expect to offer a hybrid learning option with online classes that allows students (regardless of location) to study online if needed. Although the hybrid format will accommodate students with health concerns, we strongly encourage physical class attendance both to enable the advantages of in-person learning and to help build our community through the informal interactions that naturally arise before and after classes. We, of course, expect those interactions to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Similar to this year, we will continue to proactively collaborate with the International Services Office to understand the impact of our policies and practices so our international students remain “in status” and fully understand the impact of their decisions and options. We are committed to helping each student complete their Simon degree, and we realize in some cases that there are circumstances outside of a student’s control that impact location or study format preferences.

Please keep in mind that the CDC, New York State, and the University have made a number of updates in their guidance and requirements over the past year, and we will continue to adjust our plans if required.

If you have additional questions about our plans for the fall semester—or about your candidacy or the admissions process in general—please feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office. We are here to support you every step of the way!

There is still time to apply to begin your full-time MBA or MS degree in 2021! We have two remaining application deadlines for 2021 entry (March 31 and May 1), and merit-based scholarship is always available for qualified candidates. Don’t wait—apply today!

Exciting News: MS Class of 2020 Employment Results

We are excited to share preliminary information about our employment results for the MS Class of 2020! At Simon, we are committed to your career success. Even before you arrive in Rochester, you will complete online career trainings and workshops to ensure you stand out during the recruitment season. Our 2020 results speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center resources.

Within six months of graduation, across our four full-time MS programs, 95% of graduates accepted employment. Here are additional details by program:

MS in Accountancy

  • 100% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Deloitte, EY, ICBC Bank, KPMG, PwC, Walmart, Zhongshan Securities, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $50,300
  • Graduates were hired in accounting services, consulting, financial services, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, and media/entertainment

MS in Business Analytics

  • 96% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including ByteDance, Capital One, eBay, GEICO, GroupM, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LinkedIn, The Nielsen Company, PayPal, PwC, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $68,300
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, technology, consulting, media/entertainment, accounting services, retail, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

MS in Finance

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Accenture, Bank of China, Bloomberg, CITIC Securities Co., Ltd., Citigroup Inc., GF Securities, Nomura, P&G, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $66,500
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, accounting services, consulting, and media/entertainment, among other industries

MS in Marketing Analytics

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Analytic Partners Inc., Chanel, Google, Gucci, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LVMH, Rakuten Advertising, Tencent, Wyndham Destinations, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $60,200
  • Graduates were hired in consulting, media/entertainment, consumer packaged goods, retail, technology, healthcare, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

A detailed career highlights booklet with additional MS employment information will be available in April for your review. In the meantime, we are proud to share these outcomes with you and look forward to helping you achieve career success in the future.

Discover the power of data-driven decision making and take the next step toward your future career—apply by our Round 4 application deadline on March 31.

Reflections from the Assistant Dean: The Value of a Graduate Business Degree

As we “zoom” into 2021 (literally and figuratively), I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the past few months and also illuminate the road ahead for candidates who are preparing for graduate business school. Although the global pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives (some temporarily and others permanently), the value and ROI of a Simon graduate business degree remains unchanged. 

  • Throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, we have operated in a hybrid learning model with a combination of on-campus and virtual classes and have hosted programming that prioritizes the health and safety of everyone at Simon while creating connections within the community.

  • Despite some challenges in the economy, the hiring outlook for many corporate partners is stable (and in some cases even growing) with 2020 MBA salaries higher than in 2019 and employment rates comparable to the prior year. It’s clear that companies desire candidates with a STEM-designated degree who possess an analytical mindset, along with the management and leadership skills to add immediate value to their organizations.

  • Our commitment to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) remains unwavering—beginning with joining The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management more than 50 years ago—through present day, where we hold the No. 1 spot for the diversity of our student body among the top-50 business schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Economist ranked Simon No. 25 overall and No. 16 in the US among the world’s top full-time MBA programs. Simon was also ranked No. 3 for percentage increase on pre-MBA salary, which is an excellent indicator of the return on investment your degree from Simon will provide. In addition, our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, so MBA rankings are a strong signal of the value you can expect while studying at Simon—no matter which degree you pursue.

I can personally attest to the ROI a graduate business degree from Simon offers. My time at Simon spans more than twenty years of my career and also includes pursuing my MBA along the way. In two weeks I will transition to an expanded role, where I will oversee admissions for all full-time and part-time programs, along with the Office of Student Engagement, the Benet Career Management Center, and our school’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts. I look forward to working to further build on our existing strengths as we invest in the student experience (international immersions, experiential learning, student clubs and organizations, leadership, and more) and partner with our students to achieve their career goals. 

My Simon degree has given me the tools I’ve needed to be successful at every stage in my career, and I’m confident it will do the same for you. Now is an amazing time to apply to Simon Business School. In fact, if you apply by our Round 3 deadline on February 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST, your application fee will be reduced to $50 (originally $90)!

We look forward to supporting you throughout the admissions process—don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions team with any questions you have.

Simon MBA Ranked Most Diverse Among the U.S. News Top 50 Business Schools

In a major milestone for a school already renowned for its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access, U.S. News & World Report has announced that among the 2020 full-time MBA programs ranked within the top 50, Simon is the most diverse MBA program (No. 1) in a list of highly-ranked public and private business schools. The term “most diverse” is defined by the percentage of African American, Black, Hispanic American, and Native American students enrolled in our Full-time MBA program last year. You can find more information here.

Simon Business School not only boasts a diverse student profile; an essential part of our mission is to foster diversity of thought throughout our wide breadth of curricular and co-curricular activities in order to help develop their students into global business leaders. The full-time MBA Class of 2022 hails from 19 different countries; 46% of its domestic students are from historically underrepresented groups, and 42% of its full-time MBA students are women.

Simon’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been long-standing. In 1968, we were one of the first schools to join The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which promotes diversity among American businesses. We also partner with other organizations supporting students from traditionally underrepresented communities, including Prospanica, Forté, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and ROMBA, to name a few.

Sevin Yeltekin, dean of Simon Business School, noted that “it is encouraging to see an acknowledgment of our efforts by an objective third party such as U.S. News. As Black History Month [begins], this recognition is even more meaningful. It’s also an excellent opportunity to heighten the conversation on this critical issue.”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values deeply rooted in Simon’s identity and are a core part of the school’s guiding principles. Dean Yeltekin adds, “While we celebrate this important milestone by U.S. News, we also recognize the work and commitment required to make our school, community, and workplace ever better.”