Advice from the Senior Assistant Dean: Five Reasons Why Now Is the Ideal Time to Start Business School

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

There are many factors to consider when you’re deciding when you should pursue your graduate business degree. Timing is an important one—here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait to take the first step toward your future career at Simon:

1.) If you were hesitant about pursuing your MS or MBA degree due to the cost of tuition, consider that Simon Business School’s Full-time post-MBA salaries are at an all-time high—which means an even more impressive ROI after you complete your studies. Just as noteworthy, data in our most recent career highlights report shows that 95% of our full-time MS graduates secured employment offers within six months of graduation. Additionally, our working professional students continue to earn an income (and sometimes qualify for employer tuition benefits) to financially support their studies.

Even more compelling is the opportunity to qualify for scholarship support. Scholarship levels scale from mostly smaller partial awards if you are considering part-time study while continuing to work to both partial- and full-tuition awards for candidates considering full-time graduate study. The availability of merit-based scholarships, loans, and a significant salary increase provide a persuasive case to pursue your MBA or MS degree now.

2.) Simon offers flexibility to waive or complete the standardized test requirement, which could fast-track your application process without the time and cost involved with test prep. Starting in Spring 2020, Simon introduced new opportunities to qualify for a test waiver. Learn more about the standardized test waiver criteria on our website, and contact us with any questions you have.

3.) All Simon MBA formats (full-time, part-time, and executive) and our full-time MS programs are STEM designated—sending a strong signal to potential employers of your quantitative and analytic skills and your readiness to contribute or manage in a world that increasingly depends on data to drive business decisions. Furthermore, international students in any of our full-time programs qualify for three years of post-degree employment in the United States while remaining on a student visa.

4.) Simon offers application advice to prospective students to guide you through the application process and allow you to put your best foot forward with the Admissions Committee. This includes Application Tips webinars with opportunities for live Q&A and 1:1 informational meetings with a member of the Admissions team (offered on a space-available basis). If you didn’t attend our Round 2 Application Tips webinar live, I encourage you to review the recording if you’re planning to submit your application to one of our full-time programs by January 5.

5.) Simon’s enduring commitment to EDI is woven into the fabric of our B-school experience, with longstanding partnerships with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Forté, ROMBA, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. As a result, our Full-Time MBA was ranked the No. 1 most diverse MBA program among top-50 schools by U.S. News & World Report. We offer both virtual and in-person engagement opportunities to meet our students and alumni, confirm what makes Simon distinctive and special, and learn how you fit in our community.

Interested in taking the next step in the application process? There’s still time to meet our January 5 application deadline for full-time programs. Don’t forget: if you apply a few days early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1—your $90 application fee is waived! When you submit your application, you’ll bypass the payment screen; it’s as simple as that.

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

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about any of our programs. We’re here to help you find the program that best fits your personal and professional goals. Best of luck to you as you continue to prepare for B-school!

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