A Special Message to International Candidates from the Assistant Dean

After an unprecedented year, I wanted to share some thoughts and encouragement if you are considering overseas graduate study. Simon Business School at the University of Rochester has welcomed and supported international students for more than 30 years, with our 18,000+ alumni representing more than 80 countries around the world.

Here are a few reasons Simon may be a great fit for your graduate business study:

  • Our longstanding history of student global diversity uniquely equips us to anticipate needs as we support our international students.
  • We celebrate the global diversity of our students through special monthly “Broaden Your Horizons” events that showcase the culture, food, and ways of doing business in different regions of the world.
  • With STEM-designated MBA and MS programs, the majority of our international students secure internships or full-time employment in the United States for up to three years post-graduation while remaining on their student visa.
  • Despite the COVID-19 global pandemic, we enrolled a slightly larger cohort of international MBA students this fall from 19 different countries. The large majority of those students arrived to Rochester for face-to-face learning during the first few weeks of school.
  • After receiving a US-based education, you’ll enter our network of Simon alumni who are eager to help one another. Because Simon graduates are all over the globe, it’s likely you’ll make short- or long-term professional connections in your home country or region.

Following the recent US election, I expect policy changes that will further benefit and support international students, so now is a fantastic time to invest in yourself with graduate study. I’m confident a Simon Business School STEM-designated degree will equip you with the analytic and quantitative skills that employers expect.

I encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Applying earlier in the cycle not only maximizes your consideration for both admission and merit-based scholarships, but it also allows ample time to secure a student visa and arrive in the US to begin your studies.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions—we are here to support you every step of the way.

We hope to review your application soon!

Excerpt from DEI Executive Chat with James Cuthbert ’09S (MBA)

Back in October, we had the privilege to host an executive chat with James Cuthbert, a 2009 MBA graduate of Simon Business School. James is an award-winning marketing professional and youth advocate with over 15 years of experience, including four global CPG companies (Red Bull North America, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg’s, and General Mills), two non-profit organizations (KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools and The Center for Youth Services), and BET, where he is currently the senior vice president of brand and marketing strategy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. In 2017 and 2018, he was named a “40 Under 40 Brand Marketer” by Brand Innovators (the largest network of brand marketers in the United States).

James chatted with Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, for nearly an hour as prospective students, current students, and Simon faculty and staff listened in to learn about his professional path and hear examples of the ways diversity, equity, and inclusion have impacted his career. In reflecting on his career, he gave the following advice to prospective and current students—advice that guides him as he navigates new professional opportunities:

Black and white portrait of James Cuthbert.

I went through this process several years ago, early on in my career while I was at Simon, and I was like, “what really moves me?”  So I asked myself three questions. To me, these are kind of like the pillar questions you could ask yourself if you’re trying to figure out what is your purpose, what are you meant to do, what should you be striving for? 

The first question is “what do I love?” What are the things that get you up, that get you excited?  What would you be doing if you weren’t getting paid? That’s that first bucket. The second bucket is “what do you have experience in?” What have you been doing with your time? What would you spend 10,000 hours doing? And the last bucket is, “what are your God-given talents?” What are those things that you’re naturally good at? In that intersection of what you are good at, what you have experience in, and what you’re passionate about or what you love, forms the triangle about where you should go. 

When I went through this process, I landed on three pillars that I think describe my personal brand—who I am. The first one is this idea of brands or brand strategy. The second piece that kind of makes me up is this idea of culture—specifically for me, youth culture or hip hop culture—which is really global popular culture. The last piece is community advocacy. This idea of really reaching back, of not forgetting not just where you came from but that there’s somebody else that needs a helping hand. So if you add these buckets together you have brands, you have culture, and you have cause.

If you’re looking for more events that will inspire you as you prepare for your career, we encourage you to keep an eye on our Simon Virtual Events page. We hope to “see” you soon!

Four Reasons We’re Thankful at Simon

Here in the United States we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday—a time when we pause and reflect on what enriches our lives. After a difficult year, we thought it also might be a good opportunity to think about what we are most thankful for about Simon, so here are a few reasons we feel grateful today and every day:

  • Our students. Simon students continuously impress and inspire us—they are exceptionally bright, hard-working, involved, and committed to making an impact on our community. This year our students have shown us their remarkable ability to innovate, adapt, and persevere despite unprecedented challenges, and we couldn’t be prouder of all they have accomplished.
  • Our faculty. At Simon, you will work one-on-one with thought leaders in finance, accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Our faculty are currently offering a mix of in-person and online classes to meet every student’s needs, further demonstrating their commitment to providing a rigorous, high-quality graduate business education.
  • Our location. Rochester, New York, is a great place to pursue a graduate business degree. You will be a one-hour flight away from New York City and other major metros and enjoy affordable cost of living—a two-bedroom apartment in a complex is roughly $750 per month. Plus, you’ll get to experience four seasons and all the beauty each has to offer.
  • Our impact. There are numerous ways for you to lead—not only in the Simon community but also in the greater Rochester community as well. Whether it’s participating in Simon Volunteers’ annual Secret Santa program, which helps 100 local families annually, or getting involved in PIECES, an educational equity program with Rochester City School District, the Simon family is committed to making a difference.

Our next application deadline is January 5, but if you’re ready to take the next step toward your future career, don’t wait—apply now! Here’s one more thing to be thankful for: if you apply by November 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST, your application fee (a $90 value) is waived! 

We wish you the best as the year comes to a close, and as always, we are here to support you every step of the way through the application process, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

P.S. If you’re interested in a Simon MS degree, there is a special opportunity available to begin your MS studies sooner, in January 2021. If you’re interested in this option, please reach out to us for next steps.

Attend Our Women’s Conference Week Virtual Sessions Nov. 11–13

WC Email HeaderSimon Business School is deeply committed to creating opportunities for female leaders to learn and excel within their chosen professions. This is particularly important because 42% of Simon’s MBA Classes of 2021 and 2022 are women. Please join us for Women’s Conference Week—a series of webinars and virtual events where current and former students will offer insights and share their experiences with prospective women MBAs.

Please register for as many sessions as your schedule allows—those who attend one or more sessions live will receive an application fee waiver and be eligible for Simon gear giveaways!

Women’s Conference Week:
Cultivating Wellness: How Taking Care of Yourself Leads to More Creativity, Authenticity, and Excellence
Wednesday, November 11
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET
(Video optional)
The MBA journey will empower and evolve who you are in so many ways. This session will explore the importance not just of taking care of yourself, but staying true to who you are at every step of your career. Kathryn Flaschner, an alumna from our MBA Class of 2017, will be joining us virtually from San Francisco to share reflections from her personal journey and what she has learned about the intersection of wellness and building a meaningful career. Kathryn is a brand strategist at Walmart, a yoga and meditation teacher, and an actor and storyteller in the Bay Area. During her time at Simon, Kathryn served as president of Simon Women in Business, was named one of Poets&Quants’ MBAs to Watch, and served as an assistant coach to the University of Rochester field hockey team. 

Negotiations Workshop – How to Get a “Yes”
Friday, November 13
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Negotiation is a key skill in your professional life and in your personal endeavors as well. Join Andrea Holland, executive communications coach, to learn how to get a “yes”—whether it’s salary negotiations, asking for that big promotion you’ve had your eye on, or even more effectively managing personal relationships and commitments in your day-to-day life.

Women’s Alumni Leadership Panel Webinar
Friday, November 13
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET
(Attendees will be in listener-only mode)
Join a panel of MBA alumni as they discuss their career paths since leaving Simon and offer advice for prospective students as they embark on their business school journey. Our panelists have current or prior work experience at Deloitte, GE, Pandora, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and more—don’t miss this opportunity to learn from their post-MBA experience!

Ask Anything Happy Hour with Current and Former Women MBAs Hosted by Forté and Simon Women in Business
Friday, November 13
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual happy hour with current Simon women and alumnae to learn about the benefits of Simon MBA experience.

Register for Your Sessions

We hope you will join us at these upcoming events to learn more about the various ways we support and champion our future women business leaders. If you have any questions, please contact events@simon.rochester.edu