Category: MS Programs

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.

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Happy listening!

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Prepare to Submit Your Round 2 Application

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

Rebekah.LewinAs of today, we are one month away from our second round application deadline. It’s an exciting time for us on the admissions team, as this deadline typically has a major impact on shaping our enrolling MBA and MS cohorts. Here are some tips to help you as you prepare your application:

Be yourself and use your essays, résumé, and other qualitative components to help us understand why you are a great fit for Simon (and why Simon is a great fit for you)! This can be an important distinguishing factor that will help you stand out among candidates who may have a similar academic or work profile to you. 


Engage with the Admissions Committee. Join a webinar (or two), meet us at an off-campus recruiting event, or signal your interest in coming to Rochester by registering for an Experience Simon Weekend MBA event. This is a fantastic opportunity for face-time with the admissions team, but these events also often include current students, alumni, and other Simon staff who will help you learn more about the program and the student experience to ultimately confirm “fit.”

So, if you are considering graduate business study beginning in 2020, I strongly encourage you to take the necessary steps to prepare your application and put your best foot forward to the Admissions Committee. Now is a great time to be at Simon. Consider the following:

  • We were named the MBA Program of the Year by Poets & Quants for 2018
  • Our MBA and MS programs are STEM designated—sending a signal of quality to potential employers of the academic rigor and analytic skills that you develop during your study
  • Our MBA program is ranked No. 29 overall and No. 4 for learning by Bloomberg Businessweek, and with faculty who teach across all of our master’s programs—and many student activities that are offered to both MBA and MS students—all of our graduate students benefit
  • Our MS in Finance Program is ranked No. 5 in the US by the Financial Times
  • Our curriculum and co-curricular activities all center around enhancing the career outcomes for our graduate students—this includes international immersions, career treks, and experiential learning activities that build your résumé and provide enhanced learning outside the classroom

We look forward to providing advice and assistance as you work through the application process.  Feel free to reach out with your questions to Good luck, and we hope to review your application soon!

Speak with a Current MS Student!

If you’re interested in one of Simon’s four full-time specialized master’s programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—we encourage you to reach out to our current students. Finding a program that can support your professional and personal goals is one of the keys to thriving in business school, and no matter where you are in the admissions process, speaking to a student is one of the best ways to assess fit.

If you’re curious about the work load, benefits of STEM designation, internship track, career search, or even something as simple as where to find the best food on campus, feel free to email any one of our students—they are eager to connect with you!

Luke.Bamburoski '20 (MSBA)
Luke Bamburoski ’20

MS in Business Analytics
From: Rochester, NY
Post-MS plans: Pursue a position in health care analytics
Favorite thing about Simon: My favorite thing about Simon is our collaborative culture.
Simon clubs: Simon Vision Consulting, Simon Volunteers



Tuan.Ngo '20 (MSF)
Tuan Ngo ’20
MS in Finance
From: Hanoi, Vietnam
Post-MS plans: Investment banking analyst 
Favorite thing about Simon: I am impressed by how much the school cares about students’ career outcomes. There are so many networking opportunities for professional development, and the workshops with Wall Street Prep and Training The Street are awesome! 
Simon clubs: Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon VISION Consulting


Hector.Abreu '20 (MSMA)

Hector Misael Abreu ’20
MS in Marketing Analytics
From: Harlem – New York, New York
Post-MS plans: Analytics role within the tech industry
Favorite thing about Simon: Due to how small Simon is in comparison to other B-schools, I feel that it creates an environment where we can truly connect with other members and as a result, explore our interests with greater detail.
Simon club: Simon Marketing Association


Shirley.Zheng '20 (MSA)Shirley Zheng ’20
MS in Accountancy

From: New York, New York
Post-MS plans: Take the CPA, public accounting with tax focus
Favorite thing about Simon: Mentality of Simon is much different; everyone wants you to succeed, but you have to make it your goal to do well.
Simon club: Simon Consulting Club, UNCorked


These are just some of our MS students who regularly communicate with prospective students—reach out to them for answers to all your b-school questions.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for your master’s degree!

Alumni Answers: Jin Xu ’13, MS in Finance

The following is a Q&A with Jin Xu, a 2013 graduate of Simon’s MS in Finance program and market risk modeler at Freddie Mac. We caught up with Jin on a recent trip back to Rochester during which she spent time mentoring current Simon students.

Jin.XuTell us a little about you and your career since you left Simon.
About six years ago, I finished my internship as a risk analyst for a commodity trading desk at Washington Gas here in DC as I was completing my last semester of studying remotely. I graduated from Simon with an MS in Finance degree in 2013 and went on to my first full-time position in Chicago as a credit risk modeler at Northern Trust. I then came back to DC for a model validator position at E-Trade, and now I’m working as a market risk modeler at Freddie Mac, focusing on the prepayment modeling in the mortgage industry.

How did you know Simon was right for you?
As an international student with a general business management background, I was looking for a program that could not only further my study in the field of finance but could also equip me with advanced and tangible quantitative skillsets so that I would be better prepared for a job market that’s moving towards the direction of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Who impacted you the most while you were at Simon and why?
Professor John B. Long, who taught the Futures, Options, and Derivatives Markets class, and Assistant Professor Diana Knyazeva, who taught the Financial Institutions class, helped tremendously with my academic studying at the time and, in particular, ignited my interest and passion in the field of risk management, which is the career path I’ve been traveling on for the past six years.

Fill in the blank: While you are in Rochester, you absolutely have to ____________.
Practice networking. The reason I mentioned “to practice networking” instead of “to network” is because networking, just as everything else, really is a learning process. The earlier you start practicing by reaching out to and communicating with alums and hiring companies, the better prepared you are when the real deal comes along. Networking is such an essential skill in the work place that you will not only need it to land a job, but you’ll also need it to advance your career while at your job.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a big fan of playing sports and working out. I play basketball, tennis, and golf regularly. This past summer, I went to a few 5K/10K runs organized by my company. I’m also a member of the board for our community’s homeowners’ association and volunteer my time to help manage the matters of the community from operational, financial, and social perspectives.

What would you say was your most memorable Simon experience?
I often talk to Wendy Clay, executive director of the Benet CMC, about my very first on-site interview experience in the US and how nervous I was throughout that entire process. I still vividly remember the time when I received the phone call one afternoon from Wendy telling me about this interview opportunity with Barclays Investment Bank and how it was set up with the help of an alum’s wife. I remember how I was still nervously asking Wendy about potential interview questions on the bus from Rochester to NYC the night before the interview. Even though I didn’t get that job in the end (a classmate of mine actually did), it was great comfort and encouragement to know that as a student at Simon, you’ll always have access to all the resources and help you need to succeed when the right opportunity comes along.

What is your advice for prospective students? Or what was the best piece of advice you received?
Stay very close to the Benet CMC and try to participate in every event they organize, if possible. The Benet CMC is going to be one of the most important “windows” students have opening towards the real outside world. Whether it’s alums coming back to share their experiences or programs organized to take students on corporate treks—every opportunity is valuable because they are part of the real world experience you gain at Simon. To this day I’m benefiting from things I’ve learned at the seminars the career center organized back when I was at Simon. Stay active and stay outside of your comfort zone with the Benet CMC’s guidance.