Reflections from the Assistant Dean: The Value of a Graduate Business Degree

As we “zoom” into 2021 (literally and figuratively), I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the past few months and also illuminate the road ahead for candidates who are preparing for graduate business school. Although the global pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives (some temporarily and others permanently), the value and ROI of a Simon graduate business degree remains unchanged. 

  • Throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, we have operated in a hybrid learning model with a combination of on-campus and virtual classes and have hosted programming that prioritizes the health and safety of everyone at Simon while creating connections within the community.

  • Despite some challenges in the economy, the hiring outlook for many corporate partners is stable (and in some cases even growing) with 2020 MBA salaries higher than in 2019 and employment rates comparable to the prior year. It’s clear that companies desire candidates with a STEM-designated degree who possess an analytical mindset, along with the management and leadership skills to add immediate value to their organizations.

  • Our commitment to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) remains unwavering—beginning with joining The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management more than 50 years ago—through present day, where we hold the No. 1 spot for the diversity of our student body among the top-50 business schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Economist ranked Simon No. 25 overall and No. 16 in the US among the world’s top full-time MBA programs. Simon was also ranked No. 3 for percentage increase on pre-MBA salary, which is an excellent indicator of the return on investment your degree from Simon will provide. In addition, our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, so MBA rankings are a strong signal of the value you can expect while studying at Simon—no matter which degree you pursue.

I can personally attest to the ROI a graduate business degree from Simon offers. My time at Simon spans more than twenty years of my career and also includes pursuing my MBA along the way. In two weeks I will transition to an expanded role, where I will oversee admissions for all full-time and part-time programs, along with the Office of Student Engagement, the Benet Career Management Center, and our school’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts. I look forward to working to further build on our existing strengths as we invest in the student experience (international immersions, experiential learning, student clubs and organizations, leadership, and more) and partner with our students to achieve their career goals. 

My Simon degree has given me the tools I’ve needed to be successful at every stage in my career, and I’m confident it will do the same for you. Now is an amazing time to apply to Simon Business School. In fact, if you apply by our Round 3 deadline on February 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST, your application fee will be reduced to $50 (originally $90)!

We look forward to supporting you throughout the admissions process—don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions team with any questions you have.

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