Category: MBA

It’s Not Too Late to Begin Your Studies in 2022!

Good news: while our final deadline has passed, we are accepting applications to our full-time MBA and MS programs on a space-available basis—meaning it’s still possible for you to begin business school this summer! To simplify the process, your $90 application fee is waived.

Every year promising candidates apply after May 1, are admitted, and go on to find success in our programs. One such example is soon-to-be graduate, Andrew Black ’22S (MBA). We asked Andrew about his experience applying after the final deadline, what his transition to business school was like, advice for those considering applying now, and more.

Andrew Black ’22S (MBA)

What made you want to apply to business school? Why did you choose to apply after May 1?
I knew that at some point in my career, an MBA degree from a top business school was going to be imperative for taking on greater professional leadership roles. Because of that, I wanted to be proactive in terms of obtaining my MBA degree early in my career.

In 2020, I was planning on applying to MBA programs during the fall (for 2021 intake), but during the pandemic some key target schools shifted deadlines and encouraged candidates to apply. This made my decision to apply very easy, as I realized that the worst outcome that would come from my late application would be that I receive valuable feedback on my candidacy for my original 2021 targeted timeline. The risk was really low, and I wanted to explore all of my options.

What factors weighed in to choosing Simon?
Distilling it down to one factor, I would say the intercommunity support. Relationships are important at Simon. When I was making my business school decision, it became apparent from conversations with alumni and current students just how much everyone in the Simon student body supports one another, particularly through the career search process. Now, having gone through the MBA program, my belief that intercommunity support is a pillar of the Simon experience has only been reaffirmed.

How was your transition to b-school on a relatively tight timeline?
My transition was a relatively smooth one. While there were some onboarding tasks to complete, the transition from professional work to Simon was more about getting mentally prepared than completing any one task. Onboarding was streamlined, and I devoted a small portion of every day toward getting myself ready for Simon (i.e., résumé reviews, logistics, career research), which made the process feel very manageable.

What resources helped you prepare for your MBA after applying later in the admissions process?
The Benet Career Management Center was the most valuable resource post-admittance. I met with my career advisor (Steve Simpson) after accepting my admission offer, and Steve helped lay the groundwork for what the next 3–6 months would look like. This level-setting conversation with Steve continued throughout the summer and was highly impactful in making sure I was ready to hit the ground running for recruitment that took place at the end of August.

What has been your favorite part of your MBA experience?
I would say being a Benet Career Peer (BCP). Last year I worked very closely with two BCPs: Toby Motyka and Gabi Pacheco. In November of 2020, my first internship offer came from Verizon, and my second came a week later from Microsoft. Toby Motyka and Gabi Pacheco interned and now work at Verizon and Microsoft, respectively. The correlation between Toby’s and Gabi’s backgrounds to my offers was no accident. I was in the fortuitous position to decide between two exceptional companies because Toby and Gabi invested themselves in my career progression.

At Simon we call this “pay it forward.” It’s an axiom that permeates the school—one I try to uphold. This year as a BCP, I learned a lot about myself through coaching, mentoring, and providing career guidance as Toby and Gabi did for me. The process has been incredibly rewarding. It is extremely gratifying to see others realize their full potential, and I am lucky to play a small part in that.

What’s next after graduation?
I will be moving to Seattle later this summer to begin as a product marketing manager at Microsoft, where I will be working in Cloud Marketing.

What advice do you have for prospective MBA students wondering if they should apply this time of year?
A simple cost-benefit analysis reveals that the risk of applying now is limited. I distinctly remember wondering if I was making the right decision by applying late, but I soon realized that there was no application outcome that would equate to failure. Best case, I get into a top-tier business school and then have a difficult decision to make (whether to move up my timeline by a year and pursue my MBA sooner than expected); worst case, I receive a rejection, but in the process I’ll learn what I should work on for the following application cycle.

If you are on the fence about applying, consider my thought process above. There is significant value in exploring all options, and taking risks is essential to success.

Learn more about Andrew, who was just named one of Poets&Quants’ Best and Brightest MBAs of 2022!

If you are an international student and you do not currently have a student visa, please note that there are time sensitivities surrounding the visa process. We encourage you to work through the application with urgency. If you have questions or would like to discuss your individual candidacy or next steps, reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

Trista’s Tips: Preparing for Your Interview

Join Trista Kukucka, associate director of MS and online admissions, as she walks through her best advice on how to prepare for your Simon Business School interview. Learn more about when interview invitations are extended, who your interviewer might be, what a “blind” interview is, and more. Trista also shares her biggest tip—actually something to avoid—that will ensure authenticity in your admission interview.

As Trista mentioned, we extend interview invitations on a rolling basis, so you could receive your invitation any time between when you submit your application up until when an admission decision would be due. We encourage you to follow these tips so you’ll be prepared to conduct your interview at any point, and we wish you the best of luck!

Exceptional Career Outcomes for Simon’s MBA Class of 2021

Our 2021 MBA Career Highlights report has been finalized, and we are excited to share detailed information about our employment results for the Class of 2021 and internship outcomes for the Class of 2022. Here are a few excerpts from the report:

  • 93% of our graduates accepted employment within three months of graduation, and among those employed, 100% accepted offers within the United States
  • The average base salary plus sign-on bonus is $154,529*
  • Our most popular post-MBA functions are Finance/Accounting (33.0%), Marketing/Sales (27.8%), and Consulting (22.7%)
  • Graduates are employed in a variety of industries, with Technology (34.0%), Financial Services (20.6%), and Consulting (16.5%) being the most popular
  • This year, hiring companies for full-time employment include 3M, Accenture, Amazon, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Cognizant, Deloitte, EY, Google, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, KPMG LLP, McKinsey & Company, Merck & Co., Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nike, and Western Digital, among many others
  • 75.3% of full-time offers were facilitated by the school through its network/resources, job postings, job fairs, and school-facilitated internships
  • 100% of those seeking project work or an internship in the Class of 2022 secured a position
    *Based on U.S. News & World Report calculations

These record-breaking results are a reflection of our ongoing desire and commitment to facilitate excellent career outcomes for all of our graduates. The data include both domestic and international graduates from the Class of 2021 and speak to the hard work and determination of our students, the strong support provided by our Benet Career Management Center and passionate alumni network, and the value of the Simon MBA.

As you plan for your MBA, we encourage you to prioritize completing your online application by our January 5 deadline. (If you apply a few days early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1—your application fee is waived! When you’re ready to submit, you’ll bypass the payment page; it’s as simple as that.)

Keep in mind that finalizing an early application will increase your opportunity for merit-based scholarship consideration. If you have questions about the Simon MBA, the STEM-designated option, application requirements, financial aid, or career opportunities, please reach out to let us know how we can assist you.

Simon’s Admissions & Programs 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 the upcoming New Year holiday, our office will be closed Friday, December 31.

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!