• 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 Business School Welcomes Dean Sevin Yeltekin

TPR_Yeltekin_2018_8460_finalWe’re pleased to let you know that Dr. Sevin Yeltekin has been appointed Dean of Simon Business School at the University of Rochester! Dean Yeltekin is currently the Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor of Economics and Senior Associate Dean of education at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Her appointment will begin July 1.

She succeeds Dean Andrew Ainslie, who has led the school since 2014. 

Dean Yeltekin is a highly respected macroeconomics scholar, well-known for her research in the design of sustainable monetary and fiscal policies in environments where policymakers and the public have informational asymmetry. She teaches fiscal policy design, social insurance design, computational economics and asset pricing implications of macro policy.

She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Wellesley College, and master’s and PhD degrees in economics from Stanford University.

Prior to joining the Tepper School, Dean Yeltekin was a member of the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Learn more about the new Simon Business School dean here.

We look forward to welcoming Dean Yeltekin to Simon! 

Wallace Gundy, Benjamin Moskoff named to Poets & Quants’ 2020 List of Best & Brightest MBAs

Congratulations to Wallace Gundy and Benjamin Moskoff, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of Best & Brightest MBAs in the Class of 2020! After graduation, Wallace is headed to Amazon in the Retail Leadership Development Program, and Benjamin will join Credit Suisse as an investment banking associate on the Consumer & Retail team.  

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Wallace Gundy '20 (MBA) will be working in Amazon's Retail Leadership Development Program after graduation.

Wallace Gundy ’20 (MBA) will be working in Amazon’s Retail Leadership Development Program after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school? Size was the deciding factor. I wanted access to professors and staff, a tightly knit class, experiential learning options, and opportunities for leadership. These are the learning avenues that I value and found at Simon. In a class of just over one hundred students, everyone knows everyone. Together, we built a vital, dynamic, talented business school network with worldwide representation. I have received a distinctive education at Simon where all of my needs and graduate school goals have been met ten-fold.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program? Be three dimensional in your application. Let your personality shine through in your essays. The Simon admissions team has mastered the craft of assembling a dynamic class. We are not defined by GMAT scores alone. Simon students have a remarkable breadth and depth of personal and professional experiences, backgrounds, and interests. Convey who you are and how you will leave this school stronger than you found it. We are Simon strong!


Benjamin Moskoff '20 (MBA) will join Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst on the Consumer & Retail team after graduation.

Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA) will join Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst on the Consumer & Retail team after graduation.

Why did you choose this business school? Simon has a phenomenal student culture and community. Daily life at the school is an integrative experience where students are intimately involved in the program and activities. Throughout my journey prior to joining Simon, I experienced the admissions staff, current students, and alumni to be warm and welcoming. This made me feel confident throughout the process and gave me the platform to be myself and bring my strengths and experiences to the table.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program? Know that you bring value to the program through your experiences. There will be plenty of students who come along with you who have such amazing stories and résumés. It can be easy to fall into the trap of not feeling good enough or, on the other hand, an overwhelming competitive urge. I advise students to be their genuine selves and reveal their strengths while being honest about their dreams and goals in life. Ultimately, when choosing a business school, there should be a mutual fit that will create an environment for you to thrive.

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Building a Strong Application for Fall 2020

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

Rebekah.LewinEach year around this time, we begin to hear from applicants wondering if it’s “too late” to apply or worrying about submitting their application after several rounds of applications are already under review. This year in particular, there may be even more uncertainty around your plans and questions you may have about specific elements of the application, such as transcripts and test scores.

Feeling like so many things are up in the air can be intimidating, but here’s my advice: Don’t wait on business school. If this is a goal you’ve set for yourself, now is a great time to refine existing skills and develop new tools that will empower you to make an immediate impact in your next professional role.

Now more than ever, it’s important to choose a business school that will deliver strong ROI. After a bold move to lower our MBA tuition in 2015, Simon tuition has risen just over 2% since that time.  Additionally, more than 85% of MBA students receive scholarship support from the school. The MBA Class of 2019 earned an average base salary plus sign-on bonus of $142,166—up 17% from the previous year—and 91% of graduates were hired within three months of graduation. It’s easy to see why The Economist ranked us No. 3 among private US business schools for ROI, based on percentage increase on pre-MBA salary (2019).

Prospective Simon MS students should consider that our specialized master’s programs offer shorter programs of study, so there is lower opportunity cost and a quicker re-entry to the workforce. Pair that with the fact that all four programs boast employment rates of over 90% within four months of graduation, and it’s clear that a Simon MS degree is a great way to invest in your future career in analytics/STEM-related fields that are in high demand.

We know these are unprecedented times, and we at Simon have continued to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 carefully. As you know from a previous post, the University of Rochester is taking social distancing seriously—our current students have been taking online courses since mid-March and Simon faculty and staff are working remotely. In addition, we’ve made a few adjustments to simplify the application process for our prospective students:

  • Flexing the methods of assessment for some of our application requirements (learn more on our MBA and MS FAQ pages)
  • Waiving our $90 application fee for those applying for Fall 2020
  • Adding a June 15 application deadline for Fall 2020 entry
  • Canceling our Pre-Fall orientation and academic coursework so that the fall semester will begin on Wednesday, August 26

If you’re working through your application to begin business school this fall, I want to offer a few tips that will help you stand out to the Admissions Committee as a competitive candidate:

Be confident. Regardless of your reason(s) for applying in the spring, you should be confident in your talent and work diligently on all aspects of the application. Show the Admissions Committee how you will be an asset to the school not only as a student, but as a member of its alumni community as well.

Do your research. Be thorough in researching your target B-schools so you understand the culture of the schools and can clearly express why you are a “good fit” for the program. Typically, the essay and interview components are good opportunities to express this to the Admissions Committee.

Be ready to interview. The interview timeline will likely be compressed given the time of year, so be prepared to quickly respond if/when an offer is extended.

Here’s one more tip if you’re admitted: Don’t wait to secure your spot in the class. This time of year the deadline to respond to our offer will likely be roughly one or two weeks. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to start career on-boarding activities as soon as possible—make sure you ask critical questions up front so that you are prepared to commit and enroll if you are admitted.

Each year we admit—and award merit-based scholarships to—great students in the spring, and this year we hope you will be among them! Our remaining application deadlines for 2020 entry are as follows (rolling admission occurs in between the deadlines):

  • May 1, 2020
  • June 15, 2020 (deadline added in response to COVID-19)

Most importantly, please accept my best wishes for health and safety for you and your loved ones. The well-being of our Simon community is paramount, so we’ll continue to monitor over the coming weeks and months to ensure we provide an excellent learning experience in a healthy and stable environment. 

In the meantime, we are here to support you as you put the finishing touches on your Simon application and through the entire application process, so please reach out to us if you have any questions.

URMC, Simon Alumni Contribute to Pandemic Response

At Simon Business School we always consider ourselves fortunate to be part of the University of Rochester, but in this moment it has been incredible to watch the partnership and leadership demonstrated by our U of R community.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), along with researchers and faculty at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, is on the forefront of the local and national COVID-19 response. URMC is participating in an NIH-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an antiviral drug in hospitalized adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Faculty members, along with the Medical Center’s Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit (VTEU), will lead the Rochester study involving COVID-19 patients at Strong Memorial Hospital. One of only nine VTEU sites in the US, Rochester’s unit conducts clinical trials of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics for known and emergent infectious threats.

We encourage you to follow the @urmc_heroes Instagram account to stay up to date on everything our UR Heroes are doing for our community.

In addition to our University colleagues and friends at URMC, several Simon Business School alumni are lending their expertise to the COVID-19 response in their industries.

  • James Cuthbert ’09 (MBA), senior vice president of brand marketing & strategy for BET, shared the network is launching a series of initiatives with the goal of helping Black communities hardest hit by the virus, including “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” a special hosted by Kelly Rowland, Terrance J, and Regina Hall that will air on April 22.
  • Melanie Huet ’03 (MBA), executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Serta Simmons Bedding, shared that Serta donated 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Gary Lewin ’02 (MBA), senior buyer, ExOps, at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, shared that the company recently launched a COVID-19 antibody test to market, and testing kits should be available within the month.
  • Jonathan Muniz ’17 (MBA), senior manager of digital product management at CVS Health, noted his company is working to help communities during the pandemic in several ways, including:
    •  – Delivering bonuses to employees who are required to work on-site during the coronavirus pandemic
    •  – Opening three rapid drive-thru testing locations in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island in collaboration with federal and state officials, which can detect positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in as little as thirteen minutes
    •  – Announcing that Aetna would waive costs to patients for hospital admissions related to COVID-19
    •  – Announcing free Rx Delivery during the epidemic to encourage people to stay home
  • Brianne Wojtesta ’15 (MBA) is chief of planning for Harborview Medical Center’s COVID-19 response in Seattle, WA. It is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, which serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

We’ll continue to provide updates on the amazing work our University colleagues and our #SimonStrong alumni are doing to help keep our communities safe during this challenging time. In the meantime, we send our very best wishes for your health and safety.

If beginning business school later this year is one of your goals, please check out our MBA and MS COVID-19 application related FAQs for the most up-to-date information, flexibility on requirements, and more. To show our support, your $90 application fee is waived when you apply for Fall 2020 entry. Simply choose the fee waiver option on the payment screen when you’re ready to submit and we’ll take care of the rest.