Category: MS Programs

Advice from the Assistant Dean: How to Craft Your Best Application

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions at financial aid

As we end summer and begin “back to school” season, you are undoubtedly preparing your check list for applying to business school if you are targeting 2019 entry. Here are a few factors to consider so you can put your best foot forward with the Admissions Committee:

  • Rebekah.LewinBe thorough. I don’t recommend waiting until the last minute or pulling an all-nighter to get everything done in the final hours before an application deadline. Many of the aspects of the application take time to do well, and the timelines of some are even outside of your control—especially elements such as transcripts. and Plan out your timeline early and take control of your application process.
  • Be original. Avoid the temptation to use the same essay template for more than one school. While the essay topics may look similar, there are usually some differences. It is obvious to the Admissions Committee if your essays do not fully answer the questions asked, or worse, if you accidentally reference another school.
  • Be resourceful. Do your research so can avoid reaching out to ask questions that can easily be found in an FAQs section on a school’s website. Instead, make the most of your engagement opportunities by identifying some thoughtful questions that will help to showcase your interest in the school. Admissions Committee members appreciate when you have taken the time to get a baseline understanding of the program you’re applying to.
  • Be natural. It’s difficult, but try not to overthink how you present yourself. It’s natural to want to be the “best you” throughout the application process, but also stay focused on being the real you. Schools are looking for candidates who are genuine and have integrity, and we really want to get to know you during the application process. Use the essays and interview to help the Admissions Committee learn about your unique capabilities and distinctions as they evaluate your future potential.

I hope this advice is helpful as you are working on your application, and I encourage you to check out our future webinars and blogs for more tips as you prepare for B-school. Specifically, this week’s webinar, “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” on Wednesday, August 29, would be great to check out as you make your business school plans.

We hope to see your MBA or MS application to Simon Business School soon!

Meet Our Newest Full-Time MBA and MS Students!

August is always a very exciting time of year for our community because it’s when our students settle into their new lives in Rochester and at Simon!

Before classes officially began, students got acquainted at Orientation. MBA students had the opportunity to participate in the Niagara Trek, where they experienced the best Western New York has to offer. They also conquered a ropes course at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures, went on a tour around the City of Rochester, and lent a hand in the community by participating in Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s “Framing Frenzy,” where they built frames for two houses in a Rochester neighborhood. Our MS students enjoyed a “Taste of Rochester” lunch, had a chance to take a bus tour of the city, and participated in the “Amazing Race”—an interactive experience where students worked in teams to move through 10 stations around campus. The team with the fastest time won some special Simon gear!

photo of two women MBA students at the Habitat build.

Two first-year MBA students at the Flower City Habitat for Humanity “Framing Frenzy.”

Teamwork is a primary focus of Orientation and one of the core values of a Simon education. Here’s a closer look at our new “teams” by the numbers:

Full-Time MBA Class of 2020:

  • 104: Students
  • 17: Countries of citizenship
  • 5.5: Average years of work experience
  • 35: Percentage of female students
  • 18: Percentage of underrepresented US minority students
  • 3.13–3.85: Middle 80% undergraduate GPA
  • 600–710: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 28: Average age

Students in the MBA Class of 2020 have work experience at the following companies: Accenture, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Fidelity Investments, GEICO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Peace Corps, PwC, Southwest Airlines, Tesla, and the United States Army, among others.

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the "Amazing Race."

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the “Amazing Race.”

Full-Time MS Class of 2019:

  • 406: Students in the Class of 2019
  • 19: Countries of citizenship
  • 64: Percentage of female students
  • 3.04–3.8: Middle 80% GPA
  • 640–730: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 22: Average age

Students from our four MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—have work experience at the following companies: Apple Inc., Bain & Company, Bank of China, China Construction Bank Corporation, CITIC Securities Co. Ltd., Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, L’Oréal, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Nike, PwC, The Coca-Cola Company, and Volkswagen AG, among others.

We are excited to see where Simon takes our new students, and we hope that you will be among next year’s incoming class! Get started—apply now.

Working on your application? Attend our upcoming webinar “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” on Wednesday, August 29 at 12 p.m. EDT. We hope you can listen in!

Simon’s MS in Accountancy Program Receives STEM Designation

We have exciting news to share about a recent distinction for our MS in Accountancy program: we are now designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program under the United States Department of Homeland Security, effective the 2018–2019 academic year!

MSA photoOur MS in Accountancy is one of the few graduate accountancy programs in the US to achieve this designation, while also offering the academic preparation required to sit for the New York State CPA exam. In response to feedback from current students, recent graduates, and corporate partners, we have built on our longstanding strength in analytics to enhance our program as we strive to live by the University of Rochester’s motto, Meliora, which means “Ever Better.” The MS Accountancy STEM designation is an external stamp of approval that recognizes the many distinctive qualities already present in the Simon MSA curriculum, with modest changes to our existing coursework. STEM will provide many benefits to you as an incoming MS in Accountancy student, including:

  • Creating expanded offerings in the program’s core curriculum, including new courses in statistics using R and programming for analytics
  • Allowing eligible graduates on an F1 international student visa to remain in the country for an additional 24 months of optional practical training (OPT)—for a total of 36 months without the requirement of a work visa
  • Signaling program quality and rigor to employers

If you have questions, please to reach out to us at

MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

We have exciting news to share: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM designated MS in Finance program by the Financial Times!

No5forPre-Experience_social_MSF v2 (1080x1080)Simon is ranked 5th in the US in this year’s survey and 42nd among the top 65 Master’s in Finance programs in the world. The ranking is a weighted average of alumni career progress, school diversity, international course experience, and faculty research. While Simon performed well across multiple criteria, our primary areas of strength were the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals, salaries increased, and percentage of international students.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, with particular strength in finance, and we are pleased to again be recognized for our world-class MS in Finance program by the Financial Times in its June 18, 2018, issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years.

Our graduates obtain employment in the financial services sector at premier companies such as, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Discover Bank, Goldman Sachs, Nomura Securities, and Société Générale, as well as in a variety of other finance roles at firms such as Accenture, Dell, American Airlines, EY, Gartner, PwC, and Sprint. To learn more about our world-class MSF program, please visit our website or contact us at to speak with one of our admissions officers.