Category: Simon News

Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

We are thrilled to share very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has received a STEM designation for its full-time MBA program and is the first MBA program in the country where a STEM option is available for every specialization.

“Since our curriculum is heavily weighted toward quantitative analysis, we felt like this made a lot of sense for our students,” said Andrew Ainslie, dean of Simon Business School. “Data analysis has been at the cornerstone of what Simon has been doing for decades, and we like to think that this designation is recognition of a ‘job well done.’”

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We have seen a trend of increased demand for a STEM-focused program from domestic and international students because of the career opportunities the designation opens. It signals to corporate recruiters that students will arrive on the job with analytic tools and leadership skills that impact a company’s bottom line.

In addition, a STEM designation helps international students transition to employment in the United States. Students receive an additional 24 months optional practical training (for a total of 36 months), which helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa if they secure a STEM-eligible role.

We invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity during our upcoming webinar, Introduction to Simon’s STEM MBA Option, on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. EDT. Rebekah Lewin, our assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, will be hosting the interactive session, and she looks forward to answering your questions!

The STEM MBA option will be available for all full-time MBA students starting this fall. Be among the first to benefit from this unique designation among US MBA programs—earn an MBA that’s more than a credential: apply now.

Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

We are excited to share some news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked No. 9 in the US and No. 19 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Financial Times.

TopMBAforEntrepreneurship_FT2018This specialty ranking is derived from the core data Financial Times collects during their annual global MBA ranking and uses a weighted average of entrepreneurship criteria based on alumni survey responses. Within the Entrepreneurship category, Simon performed well in Equity (% of entrepreneurs who raised at least a third of equity via private investors) and Still Operating (companies that were still operating at the end of 2016). We also received high marks in all of the alumni network categories as well as the extent to which the School helped to both start and staff the business. This ranking is a testament to the School’s longstanding entrepreneurial focus and our strong partnership with the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship.

We are so proud of our graduates and their success in start-ups and innovative small businesses. (In fact, one of our 2016 MBA graduates was recently featured in The New York Times for his entrepreneurial venture: Mo Shaikh co-founded the tech start-up Meridio—a Brooklyn company focused on introducing blockchain technology to real estate.) We seek to continue our momentum in this field and can’t wait to see the future accomplishments of our Simon MBAs.

To learn more about our world-class MBA program, please visit our website or contact us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Application for 2019 Entry is Live!

We are very excited to announce that our application for 2019 is now open! Our first deadline is October 15, and we encourage applicants to apply early for maximum scholarship consideration. I have included a few resources and tips below to support you during the application process.

Application Timing
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Application rounds for 2019 entry are as follows:

Round 1  |  July 15–October 15
Round 2  |  October 16–January 5
Round 3  |  January 6–February 15
Round 4  |  February 16–March 31
Round 5  |  April 1–May 1

Applicants who apply by January 5 will be considered for participation in Scholarship Weekend—an invitation-only event where our largest merit awards, including full-tuition fellowships and named scholarships, are awarded.


Application Requirements and Updates
Below are two online resources that you may find useful in completing your application:

Application Checklist
Application FAQ

We recognize that applying to business school is a time-consuming and expensive process, so we’ve identified areas where we can better support our applicants and make applying easier. Two notable updates that we have made to the application this year are:

Application Fee
We have decreased our application fee from $150 to $90.

Letters of Recommendation
We no longer require or accept letters of recommendation. As part of the online application, you will be asked to supply contact information for two references. If the Admissions Committee decides to contact either of your references during the application review process, you will be notified. We strongly suggest listing references who are familiar with you in a professional capacity.

Essay Prompts
Keep in mind that fully answering each question, staying within the word limit, and using correct grammar and spelling are all important elements of writing a successful essay. Start developing your essays early and then read, re-read, and edit them accordingly.

Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA or post-MS. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (250-500 word limit)

Essay 2: In 25 words or less, provide us with an interesting fact about yourself not expressed elsewhere in your application. (25 word limit)


Next Steps
First, register for an upcoming webinar:

Why Simon?
Wednesday, July 25 from 9–10 a.m. EDT

Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid
Wednesday, August 29 from 12–1 p.m. EDT

Then, once you’re ready, I encourage you to work on your application. As always, if you have questions or need assistance in any way, please reach out to the Admissions Office—we’re here to help you throughout this exciting journey of applying to B-school. We look forward to receiving your application and connecting soon!

Simon is Headed to a City Near You!

 

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The 2018 Simon travel season has begun, and we hope to meet you out on the road! Check out our upcoming July and August travel dates (alphabetized by location) below. You can also visit our website for a complete list of upcoming events. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to meet up throughout the summer.

Atlanta, GA: MBA Tour – July 19

Boston, MA:

Washington, DC:

Let’s meet one-on-one
Are you interested in meeting with a Simon admissions representative outside of a recruiting event? We’d love to schedule a time to have a more personalized conversation about your candidacy while we’re in your city! If you are interested in meeting, please email us a copy of your résumé. In your message, include which city listed above you would like to meet in. Availability is limited, so please respond at your earliest convenience.

We hope to see you soon!