Category: Posts by Andrew

MS Programs End of the Year “Farewell”

By: Andrew Brayda

Last Wednesday, the Simon School held a farewell gathering for all graduating Simon MS students; many of whom are moving on to full-time employment, several who have opted to extend their MS program, and a few who are continuing their Simon education into the MBA program. Graduating MS students were joined by representatives from the Career Management Center, Admissions, Student Services and the Dean’s Office as we celebrated the year with our June graduates and MS extenders who will be graduating in December.  

At the event, Dean Conway presented The Dean’s Leadership Award to two exceptional MS students: Lingling Chen and Javaree Walker. The Dean’s Leadership Award signifies the strong contributions made by MS students to Simon this year. The Career Management Center also addressed the group with information regarding continued recruitment opportunities even as MS graduates.   

And most importantly, congratulations were shared as we wished the MS graduates well!
With the growing in popularity of specialized masters programs and the successes of our MS class, we are excited for how our specialized masters programs will grow and develop in the coming years. Please feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office with any questions about our specialized masters programs. Those programs include:

General Management
Medical Management
Information Systems Management
Manufacturing Management
Service Management

You can access more information regarding specialized masters programs offered at Simon by visiting:


Simon Leadership Fellows Program

By: Andrew Brayda

Many leading business schools are offering more generous financial support to attract the best and brightest students. Simon’s Leadership Fellows Program was developed in 2004 to meet this need and provide leadership development through service to the community and the School. The program is supported by full tuition scholarships and a newly adopted stipend program to help cover living expenses. Admitted full-time MBA applicants will compete for the fellowships during two Scholarship Weekends on February 3–5 and March 30–April 1, 2012.

These invitation-only events for admitted full-time MBA candidates include a team case competition, formal and informal interactions with Simon alumni, students, faculty and administrators, and opportunities for attending a class, networking and social interactions with peers. To be eligible, prospective students must submit an online application for admission consideration on or before January 25, 2012.

Fellowships will be awarded to full-time MBA candidates who exhibit outstanding academic and professional credentials, and who have an interest in making a significant impact on the world around them. Fellowship recipients are expected to make a commitment to giving back through active participation in community service projects. In addition to full tuition support for two years of study ($45,000 per year), the fellowships include stipends for living expenses (approximately $10,000 over the two-year program). Other benefits include alumni networking and involvement in special programming, roundtable meetings with senior staff and administrators, and access to key on- and off-campus events and speakers.  
“The Simon Leadership Fellows Program will allow us to identify and enroll students who will be the strongest contributors during their time at Simon, and ultimately, throughout their careers,” says Dean Mark Zupan.


Application Updates and Changes

By Andrew Brayda

A recent Kaplan Test Prep Survey highlights one of the major changes occurring in many business schools around the globe. The survey found that a majority of top business schools now accept the GRE as an admissions alternative to the GMAT, giving undergrads flexibility to pursue either a master’s degree or an MBA. Kaplan’s survey, which was conducted in July and August of 2011, reported that 52 percent of top business schools have the GRE option.

This summer, the Simon School joined the ranks of business schools allowing students to submit GRE test scores as an entrance exam. Keep in mind that students applying to mid-October deadlines for business schools accepting GRE scores will not be able to access their scores until early November due to the new GRE scoring system.

Here are a few additional Simon application updates or changes to be aware of:

• Make sure Internet Explorer is your browser of choice when attempting to access the application. Explorer is the only browser that cooperates with the application.
• We continue to accept unofficial copies of GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL score reports, as well as unofficial copies of your transcript – all scanned and uploaded to your application.
• Only one recommendation is required in order to complete your application.

Here is an outline of the items required to complete an application to Simon:

• One required essay
• One required recommendation
• Updated Resume
• GMAT/GRE test scores
• Unofficial copies of your transcripts.
• TOEFL (International Students)

Apply online at:

Considering Accelerated MBA – Winter 2012

By Andrew Brayda

If you are from Rochester, you probably don’t want to consider January coming any sooner than it should. However, January 2012 is right around the corner and students may now access the Full-Time Accelerated MBA application online. The Accelerated MBA program begins in January, and is an 18-month version of our MBA with identical degree requirements as our traditional 2-year program students. This cohort enrolls approximately 50-60 students annually and the Admissions Committee looks for similar qualities in its candidates for both the traditional and accelerated MBA programs. One of the key differences is winter students generally demonstrate a greater tenure of work experience if applying for accelerated study.

Winter entry for the accelerated MBA may be appealing if you:
• Have significant work experience and do not need to complete an internship
• Need more time to accumulate financial resources for graduate school
• Must remain at your job longer than expected
• Are sponsored by your employer
• Wish to accelerate earning a degree with less time away from your career

Deadlines to apply for the program are June 15th and October 15th. Please access the link below to find out more information on the Accelerated MBA program.