MS in Accountancy Grad Heads to Deloitte

After graduating with an undergraduate business degree, Kal Tiruneh ’17 MS in Accountancy, managed accounts payable and receivable for two New York City restaurants. This experience helped her realize that she needed a master’s degree to build technical accounting skills. Simon’s MS in Accountancy program was the right fit for her because of its academic credentials (the curriculum satisfies the academic requirement to sit for the New York State CPA exam) and its close-knit, collegial community.

At Simon, she sharpened her accounting knowledge – even auditing a class to strengthen her foundation – and learned how to lead a diverse team of peers, tapping into each person’s unique strength. These are the talents she’ll bring with her when she joins Deloitte as an audit staff member, where she will support the audit team and advise clients on their financial statements.


Where will Simon take you? Take the first step toward your future and apply today.

As you work on your application, we encourage you to attend our upcoming webinar:

MS in Accountancy Information Session – Tuesday, October 10 at 12 p.m. EDT

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the MS in Accountancy program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes
  • Hear from current Accountancy students
  • Receive an introduction to the Career Management Center
  • Meet Heidi Tribunella, faculty advisor for the program
  • Receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) if you attend the live session

We hope to review your application soon, and look forward to speaking with you on Oct. 10!

Aspiring Portfolio Manager Sharpens Skills with an MS in Finance

While working at Goldman Sachs after completing her undergraduate degree, senior managers at the firm encouraged Jenny Gao ’17 MS in Finance to pursue a specialized master’s to open doors to more opportunities. When it came to making a decision about where to pursue her degree, she chose Simon because she was impressed with the School’s academic environment and employment outcomes.

Jenny nurtured a close relationship with the Career Management Center right away, and quickly realized that the connections fostered by that office pay big dividends to the students. Companies are frequently in touch with CMC to inquire about hiring Simon students, and those same companies are often willing to come to Rochester to conduct interviews, making it convenient for busy students.

She landed a position as a treasury intern with Conduent in New Jersey, one of the companies that came to Simon for an interview day. Jenny looks forward to building expertise in corporate finance, as well as where that expertise will lead her in the future.


One year can change a career. Get started at Simon.

As you work on your application, we encourage you to attend our upcoming webinar:

MS in Finance Information Session – Monday, October 9 at 12 p.m. EDT

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the MS in Finance program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes
  • Hear from current Finance students
  • Receive an introduction to the Career Management Center
  • Meet Jerry Warner, faculty advisor for the program
  • Receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) if you attend the live session

We hope to review your application soon, and look forward to speaking with you on Oct. 9!

Four Reasons to Apply by October 15

As our Round 1 deadline approaches, we wanted to share a few reasons to “hit submit” on your application to one of Simon’s full-time programs — the MBA program or one of our four MS programs — by October 15:

  • Guaranteed scholarship support. For those requesting scholarship consideration, you will receive at least a $5,000 scholarship if you are admitted in Round 1. There is also potential for up to a full-tuition scholarship for top candidates.
  • Best chance for admission. All openings for the full-time MBA and MS programs are available, and our Admissions team is eager to begin making offers to qualified applicants. Past years indicate that Round 1 applicants are more likely to receive admission than in any other round.
  • More time to decide. All Round 1 applicants are offered an admissions decision no later than December 15 – many even sooner! And with an enrollment response deadline in early 2018, you’ll have a longer decision window than applicants in subsequent rounds. This will also allow for more time to finalize personal plans before business school.
  • Your application fee is waived if you apply by October 15. Simply check the fee waiver box within the payment screen and your waiver will be activated.

At Simon, you’ll gain a new level of clarity about how analytical frameworks drive business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary, global workplace; and about your professional growth and goals. Get started today – submit your application. We look forward to reviewing it during Round 1!

Looking for more information? View our “Round 1- Application Tips” webinar recording for guidance on the application process and advice about how to construct your most competitive application.

The Application Process Part 2: Work Experience, Recommendations, and Essays

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin ’02 MBA, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Blog -- Steps to A Simon AdmissionWhen the Admissions Committee reviews your application, a significant component is the review of your personal and professional potential for an MBA or MS degree. This includes evaluation of your communication skills, demonstrated teamwork and leadership, co-curricular or community engagement, and future career plans. There are a variety of ways that we assess these characteristics, and I will discuss how a few areas of the application can impact your chances for admission.

Work Experience:

The Admissions Committee will consider both the quality and quantity of your prior and current work experience in relation to your future career goals and the degree you are targeting.

For MS candidates, we are expecting to see relevant internships or a short period of full-time work experience after your undergraduate degree. For example, if you are pursuing the MS Accountancy degree, we would expect you to have one or more internships in corporate or public accounting.

For MBA candidates, we are seeking several years of full-time work experience with demonstrated accomplishments and transferrable skills that will add value to your future post-MBA employer. Your experience does not need to be the same as your future career goals, but you will need to provide context for your motivation to change careers and share information on how an MBA will help you to achieve this goal.

During the application review, the Admissions Committee will assess your résumé, recommendations, and essays to rate the quality and amount of prior work experience and how relevant it is to your future goals. Your résumé provides an overview of what you have done and how well you did it – think of it as a combination of your job description and your performance evaluation. Your essays and recommendations can add a bit of detail with one or more examples that validate and substantiate your work experience to date. You will also want to address why you are pursuing the MBA or MS degree at this particular stage of your career.

Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication Skills:

Keep in mind that the Admissions Committee will also be trying to assess your “soft” skills during the application review. The essays, résumé, and recommendation letters all provide an opportunity for you to shine in these areas. Leadership and teamwork can be demonstrated in both work and non-work situations, and you will want to have several examples that you can share.

Make sure to carefully proofread your essays and keep within required word limits. You will want to answer the question(s) in a way that puts you in the best possible light, while also being yourself.

Simon Fit:

One of the other significant things that the Admissions Committee will be looking for in the essays, and possibly even the recommendations, is assessing “fit” for Simon. The “fit” factor is a culture and career fit – assessing how we think you will be involved as a student, how your career goals fit with the types of opportunities that are typically available post-MBA or post-MS, and balancing a desire to find candidates with characteristics that make you stand out from other candidates, while also expecting some similar qualities of drive, motivation, and commitment to personal and professional advancement.

If you are invited to interview (after submitting your application), then many of these skills and capabilities will be evaluated. The interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase additional examples of how you can contribute in these areas both during the MBA or MS program and with your employer after business school.


This is an important opportunity for someone familiar with your work contributions to validate your potential to the Admissions Committee. Recommenders are often supervisors, but we also receive letters from clients, vendors, colleagues, or someone an applicant worked closely with on a project. We do prefer a professional recommendation over an academic one, but we understand this isn’t always possible.

Make sure you are giving your recommenders enough time to write a positive and detailed recommendation letter. I suggest that you schedule a meeting with each recommender ahead of time to share your goals for B-school, why you are applying to Simon, how our program fits with your career interests, and the deadlines for getting materials submitted. Hopefully, if you thoughtfully approach the process, your recommenders will have adequate context to help your application shine.

In the meantime, I encourage you to begin or continue working on your application. We look forward to reviewing it soon!

Interested in more advice? Tune in to our “Round 1 Application Tips” webinar Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m EDT.