Category: Simon News

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 admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

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 Alipay.com, 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 admissions@simon.rochester.edu to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

After a week packed with pre-graduation festivities — including a camping trip, scavenger hunt, a Rochester Red Wings baseball game, and the Dean’s picnic — Simon celebrated commencement on Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. in the Eastman Theatre. This year, 537 graduates became newly-minted alumni.

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Members of the Class of 2018 gathered to take a pre-graduation photo in caps and gowns on the University of Rochester athletic field.

This year’s commencement ceremony honored Jihan Cooke, a student who passed away after a battle with cancer this year, with a posthumous degree, a memorial song, and honor stoles representative of Cooke’s home country, Jamaica. Cooke began her MBA degree in July 2016 and was a valued member of the Simon community, exceptionally involved in both academic and extracurricular activities. She was elected as vice president of communications of the Simon Finance and Investment Club, vice president of communications & marketing of the Simon School Venture Fund, and president of the Simon Dance Club. The Simon community supported Cooke throughout her battle and played an integral role in raising over $28,000 for her and her family.

This year’s commencement address was given by Stephen E. Rogers, who was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree from the Sacramento State College of Business Administration and graduated with his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Simon Business School in 1990. He is an experienced board member with a history of working in both profit and non-profit industries. His strong entrepreneurship skills and experience in management, governance, and investments have expanded his volunteer capacities, particularly for his alma mater.

As a member of the Simon National Council and Simon Executive Advisory Committee, his valued mentorship to students and alumni and willingness to serve as an event host has strengthened countless connections throughout the Bay Area. He is dedicated alumnus and has consistently supported the students, alumni, and intellectual capacity of the Simon Business School.

Simon also awarded an honorary degree to Ronald H. Fielding, who graduated from Simon with his MA in 1973 and with his MBA in 1976. Fielding was an adjunct professor at RIT and the Graduate School of Management (the predecessor of the Simon School) from 1975-1982, while doing corporate finance and bond portfolio work at two Rochester banks. Fielding serves on the Simon National Council and the Simon Advisory Committee. A tremendous advocate of scholarships, he established the Ronald H. Fielding Scholarship Fund in 1996 to provide support for Simon students. In 2017 the School elevated the Fielding Fellows to become the premier scholarship offered by Simon. He is the 1995 recipient of the Simon Distinguished Alumnus Award and 2014 recipient of the Simon Dean’s Medal, the School’s highest honor.

We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors! Come back to visit us as often as possible!

Simon Ranked Among Best MBAs for Women

We are pleaWomen MBA1sed to share the following very exciting news: The Financial Times has ranked Simon Business School No. 13 in the United States and No. 21 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBAs for women. The Financial Times combined several data points including salary information, pay gap, and institution reported data. Simon ranks No. 1 in the US for women closing the pay gap versus their male counterparts with a 148% salary increase from pre-MBA to post-MBA careers.

Attracting students to Simon has always been a priority. Through the Forté Foundation and Simon Women in Business, we’ve developed crucial scholarships, symposiums, and networking groups that help women flourish in business.

These rankings are a positive reflection of Simon’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We seeIWDk to continue our momentum by recruiting top students to our programs and providing a premier graduate school experience. Our ultimate goal is the success of all our graduates, and this goal is at the heart of everything we do.

These rankings were released just ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8). Simon marked the occasion by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to wear purple and to attend a Forté Foundation webinar: “Is it Just Me? Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias at Work.” We had a great turnout and came together as a community to learn about how we can all continually strive toward an equitable work force.