Category: Admission Tips

Advice from the Senior Assistant Dean: Five Reasons Why Now Is the Ideal Time to Start Business School

The following post was written by Rebekah Lewin, senior assistant dean of admissions and programs

There are many factors to consider when you’re deciding when you should pursue your graduate business degree. Timing is an important one—here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait to take the first step toward your future career at Simon:

1.) If you were hesitant about pursuing your MS or MBA degree due to the cost of tuition, consider that Simon Business School’s Full-time post-MBA salaries are at an all-time high—which means an even more impressive ROI after you complete your studies. Just as noteworthy, data in our most recent career highlights report shows that 95% of our full-time MS graduates secured employment offers within six months of graduation. Additionally, our working professional students continue to earn an income (and sometimes qualify for employer tuition benefits) to financially support their studies.

Even more compelling is the opportunity to qualify for scholarship support. Scholarship levels scale from mostly smaller partial awards if you are considering part-time study while continuing to work to both partial- and full-tuition awards for candidates considering full-time graduate study. The availability of merit-based scholarships, loans, and a significant salary increase provide a persuasive case to pursue your MBA or MS degree now.

2.) Simon offers flexibility to waive or complete the standardized test requirement, which could fast-track your application process without the time and cost involved with test prep. Starting in Spring 2020, Simon introduced new opportunities to qualify for a test waiver. Learn more about the standardized test waiver criteria on our website, and contact us with any questions you have.

3.) All Simon MBA formats (full-time, part-time, and executive) and our full-time MS programs are STEM designated—sending a strong signal to potential employers of your quantitative and analytic skills and your readiness to contribute or manage in a world that increasingly depends on data to drive business decisions. Furthermore, international students in any of our full-time programs qualify for three years of post-degree employment in the United States while remaining on a student visa.

4.) Simon offers application advice to prospective students to guide you through the application process and allow you to put your best foot forward with the Admissions Committee. This includes Application Tips webinars with opportunities for live Q&A and 1:1 informational meetings with a member of the Admissions team (offered on a space-available basis). If you didn’t attend our Round 2 Application Tips webinar live, I encourage you to review the recording if you’re planning to submit your application to one of our full-time programs by January 5.

5.) Simon’s enduring commitment to EDI is woven into the fabric of our B-school experience, with longstanding partnerships with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Forté, ROMBA, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. As a result, our Full-Time MBA was ranked the No. 1 most diverse MBA program among top-50 schools by U.S. News & World Report. We offer both virtual and in-person engagement opportunities to meet our students and alumni, confirm what makes Simon distinctive and special, and learn how you fit in our community.

Interested in taking the next step in the application process? There’s still time to meet our January 5 application deadline for full-time programs. Don’t forget: if you apply a few days early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1—your $90 application fee is waived! When you submit your application, you’ll bypass the payment screen; it’s as simple as that.

If you’re interested in our part-time or executive programs, contact the Admissions team for information about the application and admissions process—the early admission deadline for Fall 2022 entry is February 15, so there is still plenty of time to work on your application.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about any of our programs. We’re here to help you find the program that best fits your personal and professional goals. Best of luck to you as you continue to prepare for B-school!

Apply by January 1 and Your Application Fee is Waived!

As Simon Business School’s Round 2 – January 5 application deadline approaches, you might be wondering what the benefits are of applying to our Full-Time MBA or one of our Full-Time MS programs now versus one of our spring application deadlines. Consider the following:

  • You will be considered for an invitation to our Scholarship Competition: an exclusive virtual event where participants compete for scholarships 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 no later than March 31.

Looking for an additional benefit? If you submit your application a few days early—by January 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST—you can apply for free! When you submit your application, you’ll bypass the payment screen—it’s as simple as that.

Check out our recently recorded Round 2 Application Tips webinar to walk through the MBA and MS application process, receive tips on constructing a competitive application, and get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about applying to Simon Business School.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to assist you. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and all inquiries will be responded to within two business days. Note that with upcoming holidays in the US, our office will be closed on December 24 and December 31.

We hope to see your application by January 1!

A Sneak Peek at 2022 Application Requirements & Essay Prompts

With a month until Simon Business School’s full-time application for Fall 2022 entry launches, we wanted to provide you with some additional information so you have everything you’ll need to apply well before our first deadline (October 15).

First, if you didn’t attend live, be sure to view this excerpt of our recent webinar, Applying to Simon: How to Prepare Your Best Application, to receive advice directly from members of Simon’s Admissions Committee.

You’ll need the following to complete Simon’s online application:

  • Transcripts (undergraduate as well as any graduate transcripts)
  • GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment* (EA is for MBA only)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test* (international applicants only)
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Optional: Video Essay
  • Two References
  • $90 Application Fee
  • Optional: InitialView (MS Only)

*Waiver available.

Our application has two mandatory essays. When you are preparing your responses, make sure you fully answer the question, stay within the word count (250–500 words), and run your responses by a friend or family member before submitting—if they can guess what the prompt was, chances are you did a great job addressing it! The essays for 2022 entry are as follows:

Essay One:

  • Describe your short-term and long-term post-graduation goals.
  • Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable.
  • How does your past education and experience support your career objectives?
  • Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study?

Essay Two:

Simon’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been long-standing and demonstrated by our diverse student profile. An essential part of our mission is to foster diversity of thought throughout our wide breadth of curricular and co-curricular activities in order to help develop students into global business leaders. In recognition of this, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Simon as the most diverse MBA program among its top-50 business schools. As a Simon student, how will you contribute to Simon’s pledge to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access?

We encourage you to fill out our application interest form if you haven’t already so you can receive application tips from the Simon Admissions Committee and updates regarding the opening of the 2022 application. If you have any questions, reach out to us at

We wish you all the best as you prepare for business school!

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!