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Simon Business School Admissions Office Announces 2015 Application, Deadlines

Are you interested in applying to one of Simon Business School’s full-time MBA or MS programs?  If so, the Admissions Office is pleased to announce that the application for 2015 entry is now available!  The application has undergone minor revisions from last year, so below are a few resources and tips to support you along the way.

When should I apply?  We recommend you apply when you are ready.  From our standpoint, however, we encourage you to apply early to maximize your potential for admission and scholarship consideration.  Applicants who apply in one of our first three rounds will be considered for participation in Scholarship Weekend.  Application deadlines for the 2014-15 admissions season are as follows:

  • Round 1 – October 1510172081833_b65de271b7_z
  • Round 2 – November 15
  • Round 3 – January 5
  • Round 4 – March 15 (final deadline for International applicants)
  • Round 5 – May 15 (final deadline for Domestic applicants)

What are the application requirements?  You can refer to our Application Checklist and Application FAQ for this information.  These are useful resources to help you complete your application, but feel free to contact our office if you have further questions or prefer support from an admissions officer!

Do you accept TOEFL or IELTS?  Good news, we now accept both!  International students are required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score with their application.  This requirement is waived for applicants who have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.

Start or log-in to an existing application today!  If you are not ready to move forward with an application, create a Simon Profile in the meantime.  It is a customizable page that allows you to explore our programs, and will guarantee that you receive Simon’s latest news and event information.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Keys to Networking from a Student’s Perspective

From the day I decided to start my MBA, I have heard this term millions of times – networking!Networking is vital, it is the holy grail which will get you a job.

Brijesh Jain, '15 MBA Interning through the Citi-Financial Management Associate Program in NYC

Brijesh Jain, ’15 MBA
Interning in the Citi-Financial Management Associate Program in NYC this summer

You need to network to get an interview.  Once you get the interview, you need to network with your interviewer and guess what, even after landing the internship/ job, you need to network with the people within the organization.  As an MBA student you are encouraged to network with your peers, the second year students, the first year students, the faculty, the alumni, the guys at the coffee shop, the janitors, the grocery store owners, the bus drivers, the cab drivers, pretty much anyone.  But what is networking?  How does one network?  What does one do to get in a network, and most importantly why network?

I want to share my experiences of networking over the past year.  These are by no means the only way to do things, but hey, they helped me to land an internship.

Why network

In order to get a job, it is important for people to know YOU.  People want to know your name, your background, why are you applying for the job, what do you intend to get out of it, and how will you contribute to the company.   The hiring guys want to know whether you want to make a career for yourself in the organization, will you leave the job in 2 years, or are you applying for the job only because you have no other options available.

Think about it-it seems fair that the company/ interviewer know you and your rationale for applying.  Think of it as going to a restaurant.  You need to tell the waitress what you want to eat before she can get you the food.  Similarly, before the organization hires you, they want to know more about you.  Another example can be that of a hair-dresser – his goals are aligned to yours.  You want to get a good hair-cut and he knows that you’ll come back to him only if he does a good job.  But before he starts his work, he’s got to know something about you and your personality to suggest a style which will suit you.

How to network

There are many ways to network.  You can use emails, LinkedIn, cold calls, get introduced by someone, Twitter, Facebook, etc.  I am not going to get into those aspects.  What I do want to say is that networking should be purposeful.  You cannot be writing or calling someone ‘just to talk’ or ‘just so that the person knows who you are.’

So what is the purpose of networking?  To get a job, right?!  Well of course but that should never drive your networking efforts.  Every person who you interact with knows that you are doing so to get a favor from him or her.  But this should never be made explicit.  Actually, it should also not be stated indirectly.  That’s a Big NO NO.  So then, what’s the purpose?  You network to forge friendships.  You network to know about the other person and let other person know about you.  I know for some people (me included) talking about myself is very difficult.  I received this advice from someone about networking which is useful –think of a networking call or a networking meeting as going on 1st date.  You do not want to reveal everything about yourself but keep conversations interesting so that you get the 2nd date.

The goal of networking is to build friendships so that when there is indeed a job opening, your contact recommends you for the job and pushes your application to the front of the line.  In short, networking is the exercise of building a friendship so that the other person not only voluntarily decides to help, but is also is glad that he or she is helping you.

So for everyone who is in an MBA program or contemplating starting one – happy networking : )

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04

Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04 Vice President of Audience Development  Equate Analytics

Kevin Sheldon, MBA ‘04
Vice President of Audience Development
Equate Analytics

Prior to my position with Equate Analytics, I was with AOL.  At both AOL and now Equate Analytics, I manage programs that drive visitors to top Internet brands such as Huffington Post and Techcrunch through marketing, partnerships, and best-in-class solutions to capture traffic from major sites like Google, Facebook, etc.

I was impressed with the analytic rigor of the Simon program and the team-based structure.  In addition I was excited to go to a top ranked program in the Upstate NY area which is where I grew up.

Simon has taught me critical thinking, problem solving skills, and using numbers to garner support for ideas.  The network has also been tremendously valuable.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
An MBA is incredibly valuable, but make sure you have a clear goal for what you want to accomplish with it when finished, so you make the most of your time and money.  Also, I highly recommend taking on leadership opportunities while at Simon as it really helped in my professional development.

Alumni Spotlight: Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08

Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08 Capital One – Manager - Business Analytics, Credit Risk Management o-President – Simon School Alumni Network of Greater Washington, DC

Charles “Dusty” Riddle, MBA ‘08
Capital One – Manager – Business Analytics, Credit Risk Management
Co-President – Simon School Alumni Network of Greater Washington, DC

Since graduation, I have re-emerged into the working world with an extremely valuable asset—a Simon MBA.  I have far more insight into the variables that make a business succeed, have developed an outstanding economic framework to aid my clients, and have learned how to manage my own personal brand.

I lead the Forecasting and Analytics team that is responsible for Capital One’s Retail Card Partnerships. These partnerships include all Capital One-managed Private Label Credit Cards, such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Buy, Costco, Kohl’s, etc. Prior to joining Card CRM, I managed mortgage analytics and oversaw the modeling of Capital One’s Rep and Warranty risk exposure.

My words of advice for prospective students considering Simon Business School:
Simon prepares you to succeed by allowing you to obtain the very best business school education, by inviting you to join the strong network of Simon alumni, helping you figure out what career you want and how to get it, and by teaching you to constantly improve yourself. These are assets that will continually benefit me as a Simon alumnus.