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Witnessing a Unique Event at Simon

The following blog post was written by Andrew Belliveau, 2015 MBA Candidate

This week at the Simon Business School, students had a chance to witness a unique event: the conferring of an MBA degree that was earned 47 years ago. The degree was given to Gerald Gitner, and it was an honor to attend the event and learn about Gitner’s career since he attended Simon. He matriculated at the business school directly out of undergrad. After leaving Simon, his career took off in the airline industry. After just four years at Trans World Airlines (TWA) he became an executive and he served in increasingly important roles in several other companies in the industry, such as Pan American, before he started People Express Airlines. 

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Gitner’s degree recognition was an inspiring event to witness for several reasons. Firstly, it is always nice to meet Simon alumni who have accomplished such incredible things with the skills they refined here. Secondly, I particularly associated with Gitner’s background since I also came to Simon directly from undergrad. Hearing his story about being recognized as a leader early on in his tenure at TWA gave me confidence as I embark on my own career. Thirdly, it was so nice to see Gitner return to Simon to accept his degree so graciously.

I hope that I will be able to stay connected to the school as an alumnus and this event was an example of what that might look like. I believe this is the beginning of a time of even stronger alumni relations at the school. 


Tips for Creating a Competitive Application

SenthilThe following blog post was written by Senthil Sevugan, 2015 MBA Candidate.

Narrowing down the schools you want to apply to is half the job. Applying to them is probably the other, more significant half. Like anything else that is important in life, a b-school application requires thorough research and groundwork.


We know the key pillars of any b-school application are GMAT score, work experience, undergrad GPA and application essays. SenthilThe first three pillars previously mentioned are static parts that you cannot influence during the application process. For instance, the most you could do is retake the GMAT in an attempt to improve your score, but even that plateaus after a certain number of tries. Your biggest remaining opportunity is the application essays. The good news is that these carry a lot of weight.  I went through the application process a couple of years ago and I thought it would be helpful to share the below tips on how to make your essays – and overall application – more competitive.Senthil

  • Know how to tell a good story in your essays. Align your story with the school’s identity. The Admissions Committee will need to determine if the school is the right fit for you and if it will help you achieve your goals. If your ambition is to become an entrepreneur and the school doesn’t have a historical trend of producing such placements, you may want to position your story carefully or even consider applying to schools that have a stronger entrepreneurship profile.
  • Connect with current students and alumni. This is the best way to learn about the school. Ask questions about their school experience, what the culture is like, how the school helped them succeed, etc.
  • Attend on-campus and off-campus events. MBA and MS fairs and off-campus and on-campus admission events are great ways of experiencing the b-school firsthand. Besides, these events also get you in front of the admissions staff, which could be a great endorsement to your application. When thousands of applications are submitted electronically, creating a personal impression can go a long way.
  • Conduct online research. This includes reading the school’s website and student blogs. (If you are reading this, you are already ahead of the game!) Not everyone gets a chance to connect with current students and alumni so the next best option is internet resources. Apart from the school’s website, you should consider checking out Poets and Quants, The MBA Tour and other b-school forums like PaGaLGuy.

I encourage you to consider these efforts as you develop and finalize a competitive application – at the very least, these efforts will help you reflect on who you are and where you want to be!

Simon Revamps MS Business Analytics Program

The rise of “Big Data,” an avalanche of computer-generated information across industries, has created an increasing demand for highly skilled business analysts proficient in quantitative analysis.  I am pleased to announce that Simon is revamping its existing MS Program in Business Analytics in response to the ever-growing “Big Data” world.  In talking with our corporate recruiters, we received feedback that the ability to extract useful business insight from huge amounts of structured or unstructured data is crucial to the career of our graduates.  Our MS Program in Business Analytics aims to provide business students with this training.10172023905_b7a4d4b683_z

In addition to the rigorous classroom instruction grounded in data analysis that we are already known for, Simon has introduced more practical experience both in and out of the classroom:

  • Two new boot camp courses will be offered to prepare students in R and SQL technologies.
  • Two additional courses are being introduced: Advanced Data Mining and Machine Learning covers advanced analytics techniques such as neural networks and clustering high dimensional data; and in the Consulting Practicum, students will work with corporate clients, assessing the business context, and applying frameworks to suggest that identification of new strategies and technologies are key competencies.
  • An optional internship track is also available that will extend the program from 11 to 17 months allowing time for a summer internship for students who enroll with limited professional work experience.

Our goal is to enhance the technical skills we provide with more opportunities for direct engagement with companies that have needs in the business analysis area.  These curricular enhancements will begin with the class entering in August 2015.  We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are!  For more information, visit our website and contact the Admissions office at or 1-585-275-3533.

Meet Simon’s New Dean

Cover squareSimon Business School welcomed its seventh dean, Andrew Ainslie, this past summer. The writers of Simon Business Magazine sat down with Dean Ainslie for a Q&A, which was featured in the magazine’s most recent issue.

The article is a great insider’s look at what attracted the Dean to Simon and what he envisions for the school’s future. Beyond Simon, he addresses the business education industry at large and his strategy for keeping up with its ever-changing landscape. The Dean also discusses his professional experience running the MBA program at UCLA Anderson.

Click here to access the full Q&A article to learn more about Dean Ainslie!