Category: MS Programs

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng

Next up are Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng, MS graduates from Simon’s Class of 2021:

Julia Myers (MS in Marketing Analytics)

Where are you headed over the summer?
I am spending the summer with family out on the North Fork of Long Island. I’ll be starting my job as an analyst at NielsenIQ remotely, but I hope to move to NYC at the end of the summer!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Analytics Design and Application with Professor Mitch Lovett. It gave me an idea of what kinds of analytics techniques are used in the industry and how we could apply them to real world client projects, which is really helpful experience to have as I begin my career!

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Challenging, rewarding, and encouraging.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
I believe that the networking and communication experience that I gained while at Simon will be the most helpful in my career. I’ve learned how to not only communicate my analytics insights effectively but also how to communicate and network with coworkers and industry leaders.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory was our graduation ceremony. It was so fun to be able to celebrate with my classmates, and as a University of Rochester undergrad Class of 2020 graduate who had the ceremony canceled due to the pandemic, it was really special to finally have a celebration on campus.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
My advice would be to take advantage of all the learning opportunities at Simon and get involved outside of the classroom. There are so many clubs, networking opportunities, and social events that can really enhance your experience at Simon and further prepare you for your career.

Jonathan Eng (MS in Accountancy)

Where are you headed over the summer?
After graduation, I’m heading to the DC area! I’ll be working for EY in assurance.

What was your favorite class and why?
Professional Communications was one of the most rewarding classes I’ve taken at Simon. Public speaking was something I really wanted to work on, and this course helped me become more comfortable communicating to and within groups of people.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Challenging, empowering, and motivating.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
One of the biggest things I learned from Simon is how to take on new challenges. The demands and pace of the program were a steep learning curve, but working through that has equipped me to navigate unfamiliarity in the future.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
One of the best aspects of Simon for me was the admissions process. I felt supported by the admissions staff the entire way, and having that positive experience was a great start to my time here at Simon.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors or Benet CMC advisors! They really do want to get to know you as a learner and as a candidate and are rooting for you to succeed.

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!

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Brandon Suber and Zeyu Yuan

Next up in our Class of 2021 Spotlight series are Brandon Suber and Zeyu Yuan, MS graduates in the Class of 2021:

Brandon Suber ’21 (MS in Finance)

Where are you headed over the summer?
This summer I will be moving to New York City to begin working as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in their risk practice. Before moving, I hope to travel down to Mexico to scuba dive on Paradise Reef!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class at Simon was Professional Communications with Professor Estad. I personally believe learning how to communicate in a business setting is the most important thing you can do to prepare for your career. This class fostered a comfortable and inclusive environment for everyone to grow as speakers. By having the opportunity to give and receive live presentation feedback, I felt more connected to my fellow students and invested in their success at Simon and beyond.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Community, quantitative, and teamwork.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
In the past year, I learned a lot about how to quantify a company’s downside risk based on its underlying exposures. Getting into the mindset of dividing risk into its component factors will help me to faster identify and address the root cause of problems that my clients face throughout my career.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
In the week before graduation, Simon did a great job setting up socially distanced events for soon-to-be grads. My favorite memory was getting together and having fun with my friends that week. We went to an outdoor dance, played games at a picnic, and got to see so much more of what the Rochester area has to offer.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Network early and often! Do not be afraid to reach out to alumni on LinkedIn at the start of your program. This is the best way to learn about what you are interested in and the different opportunities available to Simon graduates. Once you know the industry you want to work in, getting a referral is the name of the game. Be sure to connect with the Benet Center for tips on how to get one!

Zeyu Yuan ’21 (MS in Business Analytics)

Where are you headed over the summer?
I will join Guidewire Software as a cyber data science intern this summer.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite course was GBA424 Analytics Design & Application because it allowed us to immerse ourselves in a sea of analytics projects tackling real-world problems, and it provided us with exceptional practical experience that we can proudly showcase to others/potential employers.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Intensive, supportive, and transformative.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
What I believe will help me most in my future career is the analytics mindset that I developed throughout the program—knowing how to break problems into analytical tasks and generate business insights from data.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
I am honored and grateful to be a member of the Master’s Advisory Council, which gave me the opportunity to be a voice for my classmates by sharing their questions and improvements they would love to see, as well as to organize a series of networking events reinforcing the connections between current MS students and our alumni.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Stay motivated and manage your time at Simon wisely.

Simon Students Make a Positive Impact in the Rochester Community

Social impact is a key part of our Simon culture. Students pursue campus leadership opportunities to make a difference not only in our business school community but also in Rochester, the city we call home. 

To celebrate Earth Day this year, Simon students volunteered at several local organizations, sprucing up community gardens and even building a tiny library where local residents can pick up something new to read and leave books they would like to share with others. 

But our commitment to social impact goes way beyond Earth Day. During the 2020–2021 academic year, the Graduate Business Council and Net Impact created the Simon Impact Initiative, which culminated with a Net Impact award ceremony. To be eligible to win, Simon clubs were posed the following challenges:

  1. Have an impact—both with the club’s voice and its budget.
  2. Document the impact consistency throughout the year.
  3. Communicate that impact effectively in a way that demonstrates value to the club’s stakeholders.

After submitting both a metrics report and white paper to three committees consisting of faculty, alumni, and staff, Simon Volunteers won the social club category, Simon Black Student Alliance won the DEI club category, and the Simon School Venture Fund won the professional club category. Each winning club received additional budget to be used for impact-focused programming next year. We are so proud of our student leaders’ hard work and dedication to making a difference.

Here’s a look at the Simon Impact Initiative by the numbers:

  • 132 impact events held
  • 740 hours volunteered
  • 4,015 people engaged
  • $66,764 donated to or invested in community initiatives

Learn more about the Simon Impact Initiative in this video created by Andrew Datu ’21S (MBA):

If you’re looking to take the first step toward your future career while having a lasting impact on your business school and local community, you belong at Simon.

We are still accepting MBA applications for 2021 entry on a space-available basis and prospective students interested in our full-time MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—can apply through June 15 to begin their studies this year. Better yet: our $90 application fee is waived for all 2021 applicants!

Contact to discuss your candidacy.