• 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

NYC Career Day Reflections — Raazgi Haidri MBA Class of 2020

The following blog post was written by Raazgi Haidri, MBA Class of 2020

There is something about boarding a bus at Times Square with suits on hangers!

Recently, 104 of us from Simon’s MBA Class of 2020 traveled from Rochester to New York City for the MBA Career Day. For many of us, this was our first time in NYC, and for most us it would be the first of many, as New York City is known for its finance, real estate, technology, and health care industries.

raazgi.haidriDuring Career Day, the Career Management Center hosted panel discussions with alumni and allies of the school who shared their insights into various MBA roles in different industries. We learned about diverse career experiences in consulting, marketing, product management, pricing, finance, and entrepreneurship roles. Panels also shared valuable advice about recruiting and interviewing for different jobs.

One of the main themes that stood out for me during discussions and Q&A sessions was the concept of “career exploration.” Our class is a vibrant mix of candidates from a variety of backgrounds such as finance, travel, consulting, education, non-profits, media, the military, and more. I realized that exploring various career options before embarking on a pointed career search was great advice, and the career panels were a valuable tool in doing exactly that. I particularly enjoyed learning more about the advantages and challenges of collaborative roles like product management and consulting. During Career Day, our class was also able to make meaningful connections with panelists and alumni. We are honored that they shared their stories and insights with us.

Armed with deeper knowledge of roles and industries, a better network, and great memories of NYC, we begin fall term this week. There surely is something special about walking the streets of Manhattan in business suits—see you again, NYC!

Advice from the Assistant Dean: How to Craft Your Best Application

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

As we end summer and begin “back to school” season, you are undoubtedly preparing your check list for applying to business school if you are targeting 2019 entry. Here are a few factors to consider so you can put your best foot forward with the Admissions Committee:

  • Rebekah.LewinBe thorough. I don’t recommend waiting until the last minute or pulling an all-nighter to get everything done in the final hours before an application deadline. Many of the aspects of the application take time to do well, and the timelines of some are even outside of your control—especially elements such as transcripts. and Plan out your timeline early and take control of your application process.
  • Be original. Avoid the temptation to use the same essay template for more than one school. While the essay topics may look similar, there are usually some differences. It is obvious to the Admissions Committee if your essays do not fully answer the questions asked, or worse, if you accidentally reference another school.
  • Be resourceful. Do your research so can avoid reaching out to ask questions that can easily be found in an FAQs section on a school’s website. Instead, make the most of your engagement opportunities by identifying some thoughtful questions that will help to showcase your interest in the school. Admissions Committee members appreciate when you have taken the time to get a baseline understanding of the program you’re applying to.
  • Be natural. It’s difficult, but try not to overthink how you present yourself. It’s natural to want to be the “best you” throughout the application process, but also stay focused on being the real you. Schools are looking for candidates who are genuine and have integrity, and we really want to get to know you during the application process. Use the essays and interview to help the Admissions Committee learn about your unique capabilities and distinctions as they evaluate your future potential.

I hope this advice is helpful as you are working on your application, and I encourage you to check out our future webinars and blogs for more tips as you prepare for B-school. Specifically, this week’s webinar, “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” on Wednesday, August 29, would be great to check out as you make your business school plans.

We hope to see your MBA or MS application to Simon Business School soon!

Meet Our Newest Full-Time MBA and MS Students!

August is always a very exciting time of year for our community because it’s when our students settle into their new lives in Rochester and at Simon!

Before classes officially began, students got acquainted at Orientation. MBA students had the opportunity to participate in the Niagara Trek, where they experienced the best Western New York has to offer. They also conquered a ropes course at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures, went on a tour around the City of Rochester, and lent a hand in the community by participating in Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s “Framing Frenzy,” where they built frames for two houses in a Rochester neighborhood. Our MS students enjoyed a “Taste of Rochester” lunch, had a chance to take a bus tour of the city, and participated in the “Amazing Race”—an interactive experience where students worked in teams to move through 10 stations around campus. The team with the fastest time won some special Simon gear!

photo of two women MBA students at the Habitat build.

Two first-year MBA students at the Flower City Habitat for Humanity “Framing Frenzy.”

Teamwork is a primary focus of Orientation and one of the core values of a Simon education. Here’s a closer look at our new “teams” by the numbers:

Full-Time MBA Class of 2020:

  • 104: Students
  • 17: Countries of citizenship
  • 5.5: Average years of work experience
  • 35: Percentage of female students
  • 18: Percentage of underrepresented US minority students
  • 3.13–3.85: Middle 80% undergraduate GPA
  • 600–710: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 28: Average age

Students in the MBA Class of 2020 have work experience at the following companies: Accenture, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Fidelity Investments, GEICO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Peace Corps, PwC, Southwest Airlines, Tesla, and the United States Army, among others.

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the "Amazing Race."

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the “Amazing Race.”

Full-Time MS Class of 2019:

  • 406: Students in the Class of 2019
  • 19: Countries of citizenship
  • 64: Percentage of female students
  • 3.04–3.8: Middle 80% GPA
  • 640–730: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 22: Average age

Students from our four MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—have work experience at the following companies: Apple Inc., Bain & Company, Bank of China, China Construction Bank Corporation, CITIC Securities Co. Ltd., Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, L’Oréal, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Nike, PwC, The Coca-Cola Company, and Volkswagen AG, among others.

We are excited to see where Simon takes our new students, and we hope that you will be among next year’s incoming class! Get started—apply now.

Working on your application? Attend our upcoming webinar “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” on Wednesday, August 29 at 12 p.m. EDT. We hope you can listen in!

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.’”

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We 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.