Category: MS Programs

Have Application Questions? Check Out Our Application Tips Webinar!

Our Round 5 – May 1 application deadline is less than a month away, and we know many of you targeting Fall 2020 entry have questions about application requirements in this uncertain time. Please know the Simon Admissions team has care and concern for you and your loved ones, and we’re here to support you through every step of the admissions process.

If you’re looking for a way to connect with members of our Admissions Committee, we encourage you to attend our upcoming Application Tips webinar on Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. You’ll receive advice from two of our counselors and get answers to your application related questions.

You’ll also:

  • Walk through the application process step by step
  • Learn what parts of the application allow for flexibility on satisfying requirements due to COVID-19
  • Receive tips on submitting a competitive application
  • Participate in a live Q&A—you may realize there were questions you didn’t even know you had!

This webinar is highly recommended for everyone planning to submit an application by May 1 but would also be beneficial to those submitting for June 15 (the deadline we added in response to COVID-19).

We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and we look forward to speaking with you next Wednesday!

We will cover several COVID-19 related application questions and topics during the webinar, but if you have immediate questions, please refer to our MBA and MS FAQs for assistance.

New on Simon Bizcast: Making Your Decision

Panel photoOn the most recent episode of Simon Bizcast, Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, moderates a conversation with current students about how they made their decision to pursue a graduate degree at Simon Business School. The students discuss when they applied, what criteria were most important in making a decision, what resources helped them decide to enroll at Simon, and more!

Student Panelists (left to right):
Vihang Shah ’20 (MS in Finance)
Jake Wittig ’20 (MS in Accountancy)
Toby Motyka ’21 (MBA)
Hawa Sultani ’21 (MBA)

If you’re in the process of making your decision—or have general questions about business school—we encourage you to reach out to our MBA or MS students to learn more about life at Simon.

Check out past episodes of Simon Bizcast on our website, and stay up to date on new episodes by subscribing: search for “Simon Bizcast” in iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify.

A Week-by-Week Guide to Applying to Simon

We know getting ready to apply to business school can be hectic. There’s a lot to do, and while you’re writing essays and collecting transcripts, you’re also juggling professional and personal commitments. To simplify the process a bit, below you’ll find what you need to do each week to complete your application by our next full-time application deadline on February 15. 

This week (Week of January 12):

  • Prepare to submit your standardized test scores electronically through our online application:
    • – When submitting GMAT scores, use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting GRE or TOEFL scores, use the “Examinee Score Report”
    • – When submitting Executive Assessment scores (MBA only), use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting IELTS scores, use the “Test Report Form”
  • If you are an MS applicant, consider scheduling an InitialView interview. InitialView provides you with the unique opportunity to enhance your application by including an unscripted interview and a writing sample with your application. This adds an additional dimension to your candidacy and ultimately provides the following benefits: 
    • A guaranteed opportunity to showcase your English language skills.
      As you may know, admissions interviews at Simon are conducted by invitation only. By providing us with an InitialView interview, you are guaranteeing that the Admissions Committee will assess your skills during the application review process, rather than waiting for an invitation to interview.
    • Potential to waive your admissions interview.
      Depending on the strength of your InitialView interview, the Admissions Committee may extend you the courtesy of waiving your formal admissions interview; we have admitted candidates based solely on the strength of their application and InitialView submission.

Week of January 19:

  • Write your essays. Stick to the word limit and be sure to answer the question being asked. Also, don’t forget to use the optional essay to explain anything you don’t want the Admissions Committee to make assumptions about, such as employment gaps or a difficult academic period.
  • Collect your academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study as well as from any transfer institutions.
  • Attend our “Financial Aid Prep” webinar on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. EST for an overview of the financial aid process and options available to students.
  • Attend our “Q&A with MBA Alumni” webinar on Saturday, January 25, at 11:15 a.m. EST. 

Week of January 26:

  • Update your résumé. We require a business formatted résumé and recommend it be no longer than two pages. Focus on quantifying your accomplishments and keep the formatting clean and easy to read.
  • Attend our “Round 3 Application Tips” webinar on Wednesday, January 29, at 9:00 a.m. EST. 
  • Keep in mind: If you apply early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February, 1—your application fee is waived! (Look ahead to the weeks of February 2 and February 9 to be sure you complete those steps before applying!)

Week of February 2:

  • Select who you will list as your references. Professional references are recommended, but if you have limited work experience, you may prefer to choose a professor who is familiar with your passions and work ethic.
  • Review the MBA or MS application checklist to make sure you’ve gathered all the required elements of the application and are ready to hit submit.

Week of February 9:

  • Proofread all of your materials. In fact, have a friend or family member proofread your résumé and essays with fresh eyes.
  • When you’re ready, submit your application. We encourage you to not wait until the final hours of February 15 to ensure everything is submitted on time.

As always, if you have any questions about the application process, your candidacy, or Simon in general, please email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu. Best of luck as you continue to work on your application!

New on the Podcast: MS Admissions Ambassador Roundtable

podcast_MS AAsJoin Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, for a chat with four current MS students about all things Simon: favorite classes, club involvement, where to live in Rochester, advice for prospective students, and more!

Panelists include (left to right):
Tuan Ngo, MS in Finance Class of 2020
Shirley Zheng, MS in Accountancy Class of 2020
Hector Abreu, MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2020
Luke Bamburoski, MS in Business Analytics Class of 2020

We invite you to reach out to our students if you have more questions about life as a Simon MS student, but please note that response times may be a bit longer than usual as our students are on Winter Break until mid-January.

Check out past episodes of Simon Bizcast on our website, and stay up to date on new episodes by subscribing: search for “Simon Bizcast” in iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify.

Happy listening!