Category: MS Programs

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 admissions@simon.rochester.edu to discuss your candidacy.

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!

Exciting News: MS Class of 2020 Employment Results

We are excited to share preliminary information about our employment results for the MS Class of 2020! At Simon, we are committed to your career success. Even before you arrive in Rochester, you will complete online career trainings and workshops to ensure you stand out during the recruitment season. Our 2020 results speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center resources.

Within six months of graduation, across our four full-time MS programs, 95% of graduates accepted employment. Here are additional details by program:

MS in Accountancy

  • 100% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Deloitte, EY, ICBC Bank, KPMG, PwC, Walmart, Zhongshan Securities, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $50,300
  • Graduates were hired in accounting services, consulting, financial services, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, and media/entertainment

MS in Business Analytics

  • 96% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including ByteDance, Capital One, eBay, GEICO, GroupM, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LinkedIn, The Nielsen Company, PayPal, PwC, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $68,300
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, technology, consulting, media/entertainment, accounting services, retail, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

MS in Finance

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Accenture, Bank of China, Bloomberg, CITIC Securities Co., Ltd., Citigroup Inc., GF Securities, Nomura, P&G, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $66,500
  • Graduates were hired in financial services, accounting services, consulting, and media/entertainment, among other industries

MS in Marketing Analytics

  • 94% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within six months of graduation at companies including Analytic Partners Inc., Chanel, Google, Gucci, The Hertz Corporation, IRI, LVMH, Rakuten Advertising, Tencent, Wyndham Destinations, and more
  • The mean base salary for graduates employed in North America is $60,200
  • Graduates were hired in consulting, media/entertainment, consumer packaged goods, retail, technology, healthcare, and transportation/logistics, among other industries

A detailed career highlights booklet with additional MS employment information will be available in April for your review. In the meantime, we are proud to share these outcomes with you and look forward to helping you achieve career success in the future.

Discover the power of data-driven decision making and take the next step toward your future career—apply by our Round 4 application deadline on March 31.