Category: MBA

Update from the Senior Assistant Dean: Plans for Fall 2021

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

I wanted to share an update on our plans for Fall 2021 based upon information available to us today. We expect to continue offering in-person instruction and co-curricular and social activities, with a hope to expand these opportunities to the extent that it remains feasible and safe to do so. We have learned a lot about how to offer these activities this past year, and this information will guide our decisions and plans. This will likely include mandatory mask wearing on campus and using larger classrooms where we can continue to spread out students to ensure lower density in classrooms.

Because the timing for global vaccinations and travel remains a bit uncertain, we also expect to offer a hybrid learning option with online classes that allows students (regardless of location) to study online if needed. Although the hybrid format will accommodate students with health concerns, we strongly encourage physical class attendance both to enable the advantages of in-person learning and to help build our community through the informal interactions that naturally arise before and after classes. We, of course, expect those interactions to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Similar to this year, we will continue to proactively collaborate with the International Services Office to understand the impact of our policies and practices so our international students remain “in status” and fully understand the impact of their decisions and options. We are committed to helping each student complete their Simon degree, and we realize in some cases that there are circumstances outside of a student’s control that impact location or study format preferences.

Please keep in mind that the CDC, New York State, and the University have made a number of updates in their guidance and requirements over the past year, and we will continue to adjust our plans if required.

If you have additional questions about our plans for the fall semester—or about your candidacy or the admissions process in general—please feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office. We are here to support you every step of the way!

There is still time to apply to begin your full-time MBA or MS degree in 2021! We have two remaining application deadlines for 2021 entry (March 31 and May 1), and merit-based scholarship is always available for qualified candidates. Don’t wait—apply today!

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.

Simon MBA Ranked Most Diverse Among the U.S. News Top 50 Business Schools

In a major milestone for a school already renowned for its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access, U.S. News & World Report has announced that among the 2020 full-time MBA programs ranked within the top 50, Simon is the most diverse MBA program (No. 1) in a list of highly-ranked public and private business schools. The term “most diverse” is defined by the percentage of African American, Black, Hispanic American, and Native American students enrolled in our Full-time MBA program last year. You can find more information here.

Simon Business School not only boasts a 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 their students into global business leaders. The full-time MBA Class of 2022 hails from 19 different countries; 46% of its domestic students are from historically underrepresented groups, and 42% of its full-time MBA students are women.

Simon’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been long-standing. In 1968, we were one of the first schools to join The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which promotes diversity among American businesses. We also partner with other organizations supporting students from traditionally underrepresented communities, including Prospanica, Forté, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and ROMBA, to name a few.

Sevin Yeltekin, dean of Simon Business School, noted that “it is encouraging to see an acknowledgment of our efforts by an objective third party such as U.S. News. As Black History Month [begins], this recognition is even more meaningful. It’s also an excellent opportunity to heighten the conversation on this critical issue.”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values deeply rooted in Simon’s identity and are a core part of the school’s guiding principles. Dean Yeltekin adds, “While we celebrate this important milestone by U.S. News, we also recognize the work and commitment required to make our school, community, and workplace ever better.”

The Economist Ranks the Simon MBA No. 25 Overall, No. 16 in the US

We are very pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: 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.

If you’re interested in one of our MS programs, it is important to note that our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, and our MBA rankings are a strong signal of the value you can expect while studying at Simon—no matter which degree you pursue.

The past year has been challenging, and The Economist ranking is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and success of the students, faculty, and staff at Simon. We seek to continue our momentum by recruiting top students to our programs and providing a premier graduate school experience. Our ultimate goal is the success of all our graduates, and this goal is at the heart of everything we do.

Where will Simon take you? Apply now to find out. Remember, if you apply by our Round 3 – February 15 deadline, your application fee will be reduced to $50 (originally $90).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions team.