Category: Admission Tips

It’s Never Been Easier to Apply to Simon!

Did you know there is still time to apply and begin your full-time MBA or MS degree in 2021? Check out this video to hear Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, talk about Simon’s flexible application requirements, including the potential to waive a standardized test if you meet certain criteria, the ability to apply without an application fee, and more!

Our Round 5 application deadline is Saturday, May 1, but we will continue to accept applications after that date on a space-available basis. In fact, if you’re interested in one of our four full-time MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—you can apply through June 15. It’s not too late to begin your graduate business degree this year. Don’t wait—apply now!

Our Gift to You: Apply for Free by January 1

Our Round 2 – January 5 application deadline is just two weeks away and if business school is on your wish list this year, we have the perfect gift for you: if you apply a few days early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1—we will waive your application fee (a $90 value)! When you’re ready to submit, you’ll bypass the payment pageit’s as simple as that.

This time of year is known for its hustle and bustle, so we want to make it as straightforward as possible for you to hit submit. A Simon education will accelerate your career by teaching you to make data-driven business decisions so you can have an immediate impact—what better gift to give yourself?

Here are some additional reasons to apply now:

  • You will be considered for an invitation to our upcoming virtual Scholarship Weekend event, where you will compete for additional scholarship support beyond what is awarded at the time of admission.
  • Applying early in the cycle provides you with the best chance to earn merit-based scholarship awards.
  • You will receive an admission decision notification no later than March 20.

If questions arise as you’re working on your application, we encourage you to contact us. We are open over the holidays, with the exception of December 25 and January 1, and emails sent to admissions@simon.rochester.edu are guaranteed a response within two business days. 

We wish you all the best the season has to offer, and we hope to ring in the New Year by receiving your application!

Apply by November 1 to Begin Your Full-Time MS Studies in Spring 2021

A full-time MS degree from Simon Business School can accelerate your professional goals, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of a special opportunity to take the first step toward your future career sooner than next fall. If you apply by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 1, you can begin your MS studies during our Spring 2021 semester in January.

Consider the following:

  • It’s an exclusive opportunity. Simon is one of the few top-ranked graduate programs offering a cohort-based experience with a spring semester intake.
  • You’ll take advantage of all the typical benefits of our MS programs on an earlier time frame. All four of our MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—are STEM designated. In addition, you’ll have the choice to pursue the internship track and will complete required project-based courses for unique experiential learning opportunities.
  • The format is flexible. You may choose to study on campus in Rochester, engage in a hybrid model, or complete your program remotely, depending on personal preference and circumstances.

Learn more about the benefits of starting your degree in January at our webinar on Friday:

Don’t Wait to Start Your MS Degree: Begin in Spring 2021
Friday, October 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t forget: if you attend the session live and have not yet submitted your application, an application fee waiver (a $90 value) will be applied to your account within two business days. Please keep an eye on your email for a confirmation.

If you have any questions about beginning on of Simon’s full-time MS programs in January, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar and reviewing your application soon! 

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Tips Before You Apply

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

Rebekah.LewinAlthough the past six months have been such an unusual season of life in so many ways, I am thankful that the value of the Simon MBA and the career outcomes for our graduates remain constant. As we gear up for another busy admissions recruitment cycle, I wanted to share a few thoughts and tips for prospective students who are planning to apply to Simon. 

Be prepared. Make the two-sided case for “fit” with Simon—both the value you bring to Simon and the value Simon will provide to you. This should be based upon research on the program, personal introspection, and any connections or conversations you have had with Simon stakeholders.


Find ways to engage with Simon
. This will actually support my first piece of advice by helping to affirm things you may have heard about the school or information you are still hoping to learn. We are participating in a variety of MBA and MS virtual events with partners such as The Consortium, Forté, Inside the MBA, QS, Access Masters, and more. In addition, the Admissions team is hosting many sessions featuring current MBA students and MBA alumni and a series of webinars for our prospective MS students. We also offer an opportunity to Check Your Eligibility—or fit—for Simon, which will allow you to receive feedback from the Admissions team before you apply.

Be introspective. Understand your personal strengths and weaknesses, why you want a graduate degree at this stage of your life, and where you see the degree taking you in your career. Practice how you present your ideas and your story. This will benefit your interactions with the Admissions team and ultimately be excellent preparation for future networking conversations with current students, alumni, and corporate recruiters.

Start your application now! Whether you are planning on our Spring 2021 MS entry (November 1 deadline) or our Fall 2021 MBA or MS entry (October 15 and January 5 deadlines), now is the time to open an application and get started. Once you open the application, you can see what is required and budget enough time to put your best foot forward. Additionally, you will also receive timely reminders to ensure you stay on track with important deadlines.

Applying for B-school is a big time commitment, but it is an exciting next step in your career journey. We are excited to partner with you in your plans for graduate study and look forward to seeing your application to one of our full-time MBA or MS programs. Good luck and feel free to reach out to the Admissions team with any questions you have throughout the process!