Category: MS Programs

Update from the Senior Assistant Dean: Plans for Fall 2021

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

I wanted to share an update on our plans for Fall 2021 based upon information available to us today. We expect to continue offering in-person instruction and co-curricular and social activities, with a hope to expand these opportunities to the extent that it remains feasible and safe to do so. We have learned a lot about how to offer these activities this past year, and this information will guide our decisions and plans. This will likely include mandatory mask wearing on campus and using larger classrooms where we can continue to spread out students to ensure lower density in classrooms.

Because the timing for global vaccinations and travel remains a bit uncertain, we also expect to offer a hybrid learning option with online classes that allows students (regardless of location) to study online if needed. Although the hybrid format will accommodate students with health concerns, we strongly encourage physical class attendance both to enable the advantages of in-person learning and to help build our community through the informal interactions that naturally arise before and after classes. We, of course, expect those interactions to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Similar to this year, we will continue to proactively collaborate with the International Services Office to understand the impact of our policies and practices so our international students remain “in status” and fully understand the impact of their decisions and options. We are committed to helping each student complete their Simon degree, and we realize in some cases that there are circumstances outside of a student’s control that impact location or study format preferences.

Please keep in mind that the CDC, New York State, and the University have made a number of updates in their guidance and requirements over the past year, and we will continue to adjust our plans if required.

If you have additional questions about our plans for the fall semester—or about your candidacy or the admissions process in general—please feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office. We are here to support you every step of the way!

There is still time to apply to begin your full-time MBA or MS degree in 2021! We have two remaining application deadlines for 2021 entry (March 31 and May 1), and merit-based scholarship is always available for qualified candidates. Don’t wait—apply today!

Exciting News: MS Class of 2020 Employment Results

We are excited to share preliminary information about our employment results for the MS Class of 2020! At Simon, we are committed to your career success. Even before you arrive in Rochester, you will complete online career trainings and workshops to ensure you stand out during the recruitment season. Our 2020 results speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center resources.

Within six months of graduation, across our four full-time MS programs, 95% of graduates accepted employment. Here are additional details by program:

MS in Accountancy

  • 100% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Deloitte, EY, ICBC Bank, KPMG, PwC, Walmart, Zhongshan Securities, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $50,300
  • Graduates were hired in accounting services, consulting, financial services, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, and media/entertainment

MS in Business Analytics

  • 96% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including ByteDance, Capital One, eBay, GEICO, GroupM, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LinkedIn, The Nielsen Company, PayPal, PwC, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $68,300
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, technology, consulting, media/entertainment, accounting services, retail, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

MS in Finance

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Accenture, Bank of China, Bloomberg, CITIC Securities Co., Ltd., Citigroup Inc., GF Securities, Nomura, P&G, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $66,500
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, accounting services, consulting, and media/entertainment, among other industries

MS in Marketing Analytics

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Analytic Partners Inc., Chanel, Google, Gucci, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LVMH, Rakuten Advertising, Tencent, Wyndham Destinations, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $60,200
  • Graduates were hired in consulting, media/entertainment, consumer packaged goods, retail, technology, healthcare, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

A detailed career highlights booklet with additional MS employment information will be available in April for your review. In the meantime, we are proud to share these outcomes with you and look forward to helping you achieve career success in the future.

Discover the power of data-driven decision making and take the next step toward your future career—apply by our Round 4 application deadline on March 31.

Reflections from the Assistant Dean: The Value of a Graduate Business Degree

As we “zoom” into 2021 (literally and figuratively), I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the past few months and also illuminate the road ahead for candidates who are preparing for graduate business school. Although the global pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives (some temporarily and others permanently), the value and ROI of a Simon graduate business degree remains unchanged. 

  • Throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, we have operated in a hybrid learning model with a combination of on-campus and virtual classes and have hosted programming that prioritizes the health and safety of everyone at Simon while creating connections within the community.

  • Despite some challenges in the economy, the hiring outlook for many corporate partners is stable (and in some cases even growing) with 2020 MBA salaries higher than in 2019 and employment rates comparable to the prior year. It’s clear that companies desire candidates with a STEM-designated degree who possess an analytical mindset, along with the management and leadership skills to add immediate value to their organizations.

  • Our commitment to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) remains unwavering—beginning with joining The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management more than 50 years ago—through present day, where we hold the No. 1 spot for the diversity of our student body among the top-50 business schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Economist ranked Simon No. 25 overall and No. 16 in the US among the world’s top full-time MBA programs. Simon was also ranked No. 3 for percentage increase on pre-MBA salary, which is an excellent indicator of the return on investment your degree from Simon will provide. In addition, our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, so MBA rankings are a strong signal of the value you can expect while studying at Simon—no matter which degree you pursue.

I can personally attest to the ROI a graduate business degree from Simon offers. My time at Simon spans more than twenty years of my career and also includes pursuing my MBA along the way. In two weeks I will transition to an expanded role, where I will oversee admissions for all full-time and part-time programs, along with the Office of Student Engagement, the Benet Career Management Center, and our school’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts. I look forward to working to further build on our existing strengths as we invest in the student experience (international immersions, experiential learning, student clubs and organizations, leadership, and more) and partner with our students to achieve their career goals. 

My Simon degree has given me the tools I’ve needed to be successful at every stage in my career, and I’m confident it will do the same for you. Now is an amazing time to apply to Simon Business School. In fact, if you apply by our Round 3 deadline on February 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST, your application fee will be reduced to $50 (originally $90)!

We look forward to supporting you throughout the admissions process—don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions team with any questions you have.

A Glimpse of My Life as an MSBA Student – Nodi Bui ’21

The following post was written by Ngoc Diep “Nodi” Bui, a current MS in Business Analytics in the Class of 2021

After finishing my undergraduate degree in Missouri, I moved to Rochester to attend the MS in Business Analytics program at Simon. COVID has made everything abnormal this year, yet my life at Simon has been very productive and exciting. Despite the whirlwind of activities and deliverables, I manage to keep it under control by always planning ahead and checking my online calendar regularly.

Here is a snapshot of what a typical Tuesday looked like during the Fall B term:

7:00 a.m.: My typical morning starts at 7 a.m. I wake up, shower, and have breakfast. I often go for a quick smoothie as I don’t often have big breakfast, yet I do need to give myself energy to start a busy day!

8:00 a.m.: Take the bus to Simon. I live in Southside Living Area, an undergraduate apartment. I work part-time for the University of Rochester Residential Life Office as a graduate assistant. As I supervise the resident advisors at Southside, I am assigned to live in the area. It’s about 20 minutes by foot from Simon; during the winter, I often take the bus, which typically takes 10–15 minutes.

8:15 a.m.: Stop by Starbucks on my way to Simon to get a cup of coffee.

8:30 a.m.: Attend my Analytics Design and Application class.

10:00 a.m.: Have a 20-minute break between classes. I often use this time to talk to my classmates.

10:20 a.m.: Attend my Predictive and Causal Analytics in R class.

12:00 p.m: Weekly meeting with the Simon Admissions Committee. My second part-time job is as a Simon Admissions Committee ambassador. The Committee meets up weekly for updates on admission rounds, application reading, and interviews.

1:00 p.m.: Meet with the Pricing Club Executive Board. I am the MS representative in the Pricing Club, and we meet up every week to discuss plans for upcoming plans.

2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break! I typically have lunch at noon, yet Tuesday is busier than usual, so I have lunch quite late. I often get food at the Pit, one of the University of Rochester’s dining halls.

3:00 p.m.: Meet up with my teammates (pictured), to work on our current case for Analytics Design and Application focusing on conjoint analysis. In between our meeting, we often take a 15-minute break for coffee and a snack.

5:30 p.m.: Work out at the campus fitness center.

6:30 p.m.: Take the bus back to my apartment.

7:45 p.m.: Make beef noodle soup for dinner. I often eat dinner while watching Netflix.

8:30 p.m.: Do my homework and prepare for the two classes I have on Wednesdays: Data Management and Professional Communications.

10:30 p.m.: FaceTime with my family in Vietnam. Because of my job as the Residential Life graduate assistant, I do not have any roommates, so talking on the phone with my family or my undergraduate friends in Missouri every night gives me company.

11:00 p.m.: Pack my backpack and get ready for bed.

Ever since I started the MSBA program, my schedule is busier than ever. With four classes, two part-time jobs, club activities, and networking, my weekdays are packed. As much as I like hanging out with my friends during the weekend, I cannot do it this year because of COVID. However, we do get together virtually during the weekend to bond and play board games. Even though the program is intensive, and my schedule is always busy, the learning process—both in and out of class—is fulfilling and worthwhile.