Category: Admission Tips

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

ESSAYS
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 admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

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!

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!