Three Most-Asked Questions about Simon’s MS in Business Analytics Program

The following blog post was written by Jen Park, MS in Business Analytics Class of 2018

Choosing a graduate program is as hard a decision as choosing the right b-school. Thus, I want to address the three most-asked questions I receive as an MS in Business Analytics student at Simon.

  1. Do you need programming background? No! In fact, I didn’t have programming experience before coming to Simon. However, as you might have guessed from our admission process, which does not require you to take computer science or tech-related classes, our program is designed to train students from “ground zero” to professional level by the time of graduation. During our first term, we took classes on R programming, stats, economics, and marketing. Once we became more familiar with programming, we were ready to tackle the next introductory classes on business analytics. Essentially, our classes build upon each other, and in winter and spring, we will work on a project with professors and companies to apply the skills we acquired in classes to real-world business situations.
  2. Do you nJen Parkeed an undergraduate degree in business? Some prospective students worry that they are unqualified to apply because they do not have an undergraduate business major, such as economics or marketing. Rest assured that you do not need a business major in order to apply. My classmates come from various academic backgrounds, including physics, biology, mathematics, and engineering. And, similar to my previous answer, there are introductory business classes in the program to help all students get on the same page. The most important thing is not where you are coming from, but your passion for data analytics!
  3. What do you like about your business analytics classes? First off, Simon has always been big on data, even before it became a trend – Simon professors are very knowledgeable and experienced working in this area. Secondly, I like how we are learning the most important skills to become a data analyst: R, Python, SQL, and Tableau. They are not only interesting subjects to learn, but also the most wanted skills in the industry. Lastly, taking business classes is advantageous. Since Simon is a business school, we have the advantage of taking both data analytics classes and business classes! The majority of my classmates will be looking for full-time work after graduation so understanding the business landscape is another crucial asset.

If you’re considering applying to Simon’s MS in Business Analytics program, I hope you found this blog post helpful! Please feel free to contact the Admission Office or a Simon Admissions Ambassador if you have questions.

Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards

The following blog post was written by Koji Takagi, MBA Class of 2019

I recently took a big risk. I left my comfortable job. I left a familiar place. Most difficult of all, I moved 6 hours and 36 minutes away (by plane) from my wife. I did these things so I could further develop myself by earning an MBA at Simon. Several times a week, I mutter to myself: “why in the world did I do this? My life was so comfortable.” True, my life was comfortable, but that does not mean that I was living up to my potential.

To remind myself that this risk was worthwhile, I want to take some time to number several of the rewards that have resulted from taking this risk:

Koji1) I gained a network of brilliant, kind individuals. I haven’t met someone yet who would not be willing to help me. I have a classmate who took the time to teach me some calculus just because he wanted to help. I have a classmate who, hopefully, will become a business partner someday. I have also met a number of alumni who have taken the time to get to know me and have shared their experiences. These interactions have helped me realize that what I am doing will help me get to where I want to go.

2) I am learning so much. Simon wants everyone to be aware of its reputation: a program that is unabashedly analytical. I can vouch for this 100 percent. Every class takes an analytical approach to learning, which is shoring up my skills in this area. Simon also has world-class faculty. Lectures are engaging, even subjects that I am indifferent to, like accounting.

3) I am having new experiences. I did a ropes course and I went zip lining during Orientation, two things that I would never have done before. By the way, I probably won’t do either again. But, I am happy I tried. I went to New York City for networking events and Philadelphia for a networking conference. So much happens during an MBA.

This list could easily go on for a while, but I think you get the idea. Sometimes it is good to get out of your comfort zone and take a risk. A wild ride and some unexpected rewards are likely waiting for you.


Trista’s Tips: Stay in Touch with Simon!

With our first application deadline behind us, we know many of you are in various stages of the admissions process – whether you’re contemplating applying, working diligently on your application, or waiting for an interview invitation after submitting your application. Trista Wesley, assistant director of admissions, has one valuable piece of advice: stay connected with Simon!

Learn the best ways to keep in touch with us in her latest Trista’s Tips video:


Be sure to check out our upcoming webinar schedule for sessions that might be of interest to you, and keep in mind that you receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) when you attend a live session! Our website also offers many ways to keep in touch with Simon, including speaking with current MBA or MS students, as Trista mentions in the video.

If you haven’t already done so, we would encourage you to apply now, as applying in earlier rounds maximizes your scholarship potential. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the application or admissions process. We look forward to reviewing your application soon!

Five Tips from a B-School Student for Navigating the Admissions Process

The following blog post was written by Lucas Nudelman, MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2018

Even though I have nearly half of my MS program under my belt (which is hard to believe!), I can easily remember the application process. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect, here’s my best advice for prospective students applying for fall 2018 entry: lucas_nudelman

1.) Visit every target school (within your budget). For some interviews, I was allowed to utilize Skype, and for others, I was required to visit campus. At first I saw this as an inconvenience, but it truly did help me make my decision. It’s a great chance to evaluate if you can see yourself on campus, at that business school, and in that city for the next 1-2 years.

2.) GMAT/GRE scores aren’t everything. This works both ways, which is to say that amazing scores cannot save an otherwise weak applicant, just like an otherwise qualified applicant should not be discouraged by scores falling outside the ‘typical’ applicant range for any given school. If you have a dream school, pursue it.

 3.) Apply ASAP. Often, the early deadlines are your best chance of admission to any B-school and they are also likely your best chance for scholarships or other financial support.

4.) Do your research. It is so important to know what you are getting yourself into, and please keep in mind that rankings alone are not a good indicator of your personal best fit. Does the school place well in your target cities/industries/companies? How much does the school invest in career-building and networking opportunities? Is the curriculum geared toward your career interests? These questions are important to consider when narrowing your target schools.

5.) Reach out! Make an effort to speak with professors, current students, career services, etc. before making a decision. Not only will this help you make the right choice, but it will also show the admissions staff how interested and serious you are about pursuing your advanced degree.

Here’s a bonus tip: Be yourself. Whether it’s a Skype conversation or a campus visit, let your personality shine through. Admissions staff do not only look at your resume, essays, transcripts and scores–they look at who you are as a person! Do you have an engaging personality? Would you add a new perspective to your classes and the school? I remember having a 10-minute conversation with an admissions officer at a recruiting weekend about my passion for preparing meals solely in a toaster oven. To this day, I believe that personal connection is one of the factors that helped get me to Simon.

I wish you the best of luck in your search and hope to see you in Rochester for a visit to Simon! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!