• 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 […]

    Jul 20, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 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

Things We Love About Simon

With one day remaining until our February 15 full-time application deadline, we figured we would use Valentine’s Day—a day to celebrate camaraderie, friendship, and love—as an occasion to tell you a few things we love about Simon:

  • Our students. Simon students impress us every day—they are exceptionally bright, hard-working, involved, and committed to making an impact on our community. Our students are the heart of everything we do at Simon.
  • Our faculty. At Simon, you will work one-on-one with thought leaders in finance, accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Our faculty will challenge your assumptions, guide your intellectual pursuits, and provide astute industry advice. It’s no wonder they routinely receive an “A” for teaching quality from Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Our location. Its proximity to New York City and other major metros combined with its affordability—a two-bedroom apartment in a complex is roughly $750 per month—make Rochester, NY, a great place to pursue a graduate business degree. Plus, you’ll get to experience four seasons and all the beauty each has to offer. 
  • Our community. At Simon, clubs, case competitions, and other experiential learning opportunities will introduce you to students across all our full-time programs. You will get to know your peers on a professional and personal level and build a network that will support and enrich you throughout your career.

We would love to have you join the Simon family. Take the first step toward your future business career: our Round 3 full-time application deadline is tomorrow. Don’t wait—apply now!

Stay Connected with Simon: Subscribe to Simon Bizcast

SimonBizcast_podcast_logo_MR1_LightWe are excited to announce Simon Bizcast, our new podcast designed for prospective business school students exploring the application process and looking to get a taste of the student experience!

In our most recent episode, Nicole Guzski, senior assistant director of admissions, hosts and facilitates a panel discussion with current MS in Finance students; Dan Burnside, clinical professor of finance and faculty advisor for the MS in Finance program; Helen Wang, assistant director of finance for the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center; and Karen Platt, director of MS advising in the Office of Student Engagement. The group shares information about the program structure, course offerings, STEM designation, and career outcomes for our MS in Finance program

Never miss an episode—subscribe to the podcast by doing one of the following:

  • Visiting our website (tap the “subscribe” link in the top right corner from your smartphone),
  • Searching for “Simon Bizcast” in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Happy listening!

Don’t forget, our Round 3 application deadline is February 15. If you’re ready to take the next step toward your future career, apply now. 

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Three Reasons to Submit Your Application by February 15

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

Rebekah.LewinI meet many MBA and MS candidates each February who are still in the midst of working on their application materials and are often stressing over the optimal timing to submit their application. Should you take the GMAT or GRE again or submit with your current score? And what about your essays—are further edits needed, or should you go with what you have already prepared? 

Beyond just concentrating on the application itself, I encourage you to focus on the reasons why you are applying for an MBA or MS degree to keep you motivated. You want to grow your career potential and 2019 is a great time to prioritize your professional advancement!

Here are three reasons to target our February 15 application deadline:

  • The Admissions Committee has not issued Round 2 decisions, so your application will be considered alongside Round 2 applicants. This means the majority of our spaces in each of our programs are still available. Even better, there is still ample scholarship support available for well-qualified candidates.
  • MBA candidates have the opportunity to attend our March 8–9 Experience Simon Weekend event where you can visit campus, network with alumni and current students, attend a sample class, and learn more about why were named “MBA Program of the Year” by Poets & Quants for 2018.
  • You will receive an admission decision no later than April 15, which will allow plenty of time to plan and transition to B-school by mid-July for orientation if admitted.

If you have concerns about your application or the best time for you to apply, connect with our Admissions Office at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1 (585) 275-3533 for assistance. We welcome the opportunity to connect with prospective students and provide advice as you work through the application process.

Don’t delay—apply now and ensure that you can make your academic and career dreams a reality for 2019!  We look forward to seeing your application. 

Scholarship Weekend Reflections: Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA)

This post was written by Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA) about his experience at Scholarship Weekend, an invitation-only annual event for admitted MBA and MS students to compete for scholarship support beyond what was awarded at the time of admission. Scholarship awards range from partial to full tuition and include named scholarships, such as the full-tuition Meliora Scholarship and the Fielding Leadership Fellowship, which is a full-tuition award with a $10,000 stipend. If you’re an admitted MBA or MS student who has been invited to Scholarship Weekend, we highly recommend you attend!

Benjamin MoskoffAttending Scholarship Weekend was one of those decisions in my life that I look back on and think: “Wow, that was awesome!”

After receiving the offer to join the full-time MBA program, there was still a significant cost required to fund my tuition and living expenses at Simon. It would have made moving from Johannesburg to study at Simon almost impossible. I knew coming to Scholarship Weekend was a great opportunity, but even the flight from South Africa was expensive. On top of that, I wasn’t sure whether I could get leave from work—and how would I explain taking leave at an awkward time of the year?

Fortunately, things fell into place. The school was incredibly generous and gave me a travel stipend that paid part of my airfare, my boss happily gave me leave without asking why I needed it, and ultimately, I was unbelievably fortunate to be selected for the prized Fielding Leadership Fellowship. As we MBA students often do, I looked back and tried to figure out the return on investment of coming to Scholarship Weekend: a whopping 6,700%.

However, it would be foolish to only view the weekend through this lens. While Simon is indeed known for its analytical approach (the only school in the US where all MBA specializations are STEM designated), it has other strengths of equal weighting. One is the MBA community and the people at Simon. The experience during Scholarship Weekend certainly prepared me for what to expect from my MBA experience, and I was given the opportunity to network with other potential students, first-year MBA students who would become our seniors, and second-year MBAs who currently have fantastic jobs.

I arrived in Rochester a day early, which gave me the time to tag along with a first-year MBA and experience a typical day at Simon, from the classroom to Starbucks. The first official day of the event got off to a great start listening to a panel of second-year MBAs reflecting on their time at Simon over the two years. After networking with them, we were put into our teams and started working on our case! Within 14 hours (and with little sleep) we did our presentation on Saturday morning. With the stress of presenting behind us, we all let our hair down and neworked with some impressive people during campus events, dinner, and the happy hour.

Scholarship Weekend was an unforgettable experience. I made lasting friendships, figured out my housing situation, got an on-the-ground feel for what my life would look like for the next two years, and then the big one: I received the scholarship that made coming to Simon possible. As an added bonus, I networked with second-year MBAs who have now graduated and are working in investment banking who helped prime me for the interview process. It’s largely thanks to them that I can now look forward to a summer internship at Credit Suisse investment banking in New York City.