Category: Simon News

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.

Simon’s MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 3 in the US by Financial Times

MSF_Ranking_2020_Social_1We are pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM-designated MS in Finance program by Financial Times. Simon is ranked 3rd in the US in this year’s survey of pre-experience finance programs.

The ranking is a weighted average of alumni career progress, school diversity, international course experience, and faculty research. While Simon performed well across multiple criteria, we performed particularly well in career progress. This area is calculated according to changes in the level of seniority and the size of company alumni work for before their master’s and today.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, with particular strength in finance, and we are pleased to again be recognized for our world-class MS in Finance program by Financial Times in its June 15, 2020, issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years and the Benet Career Management Center’s support for our MS students.

Our graduates obtain employment in a variety of finance roles at companies such as Bank of China, BlackRock, Bloomberg, China Everbright Limited, CICC, Citigroup, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, Guotai Junan Securities, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Moody’s Investors Service, Morgan Stanley, and Standard Chartered Bank.

To learn more about our world-class MSF program, please visit our website or contact us to speak with one of our admissions officers.

Jazmine Carter, Tady Chen named 2020 MBAs to Watch by Poets & Quants

Congratulations to Jazmine Carter and Te-chien (Tady) Chen, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of 2020 MBAs to Watch! After graduation, Jazmine is headed to Johnson & Johnson in the Human Resource Leadership Development Program, and Tady will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst.

Here are excerpts from their longer bios:

Photo of Jazmine Carter

Jazmine Carter ’20 (MBA), will be working in Johnson & Johnson’s Human Resource Leadership Development Program after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
My favorite MBA tradition at Simon is our weekly Keeping Simon Social event held at local Rochester establishments as a school-wide networking night. All students are invited to come together for fellowship and celebration and to foster the strong bonds of friendship that make our community unique. It is a great way to connect with the incoming class and stay connected with your classmates. This student-led initiative (shout out to Josh West) truly reflects how close we are as a school community and how much we prioritize maintaining our strong culture.

Why did you choose this business school?
Undoubtedly, I choose Simon Business School because of the strong, diverse culture and community. I can genuinely say from the moment I stepped foot on campus that I felt at home. My interactions with alumni, admissions, and current students were authentic, welcoming, and inspiring. I felt surrounded by life-long learners also striving to better themselves and those around them. The opportunity to make an impact while also being impacted left a strong impression.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be your authentic self and allow your personality to shine in every interaction and touch point with Simon. At Simon, we genuinely want to know who you are and what makes you tick just as much as we want you to get to know us. Invite us into your journey and we welcome the opportunity to impact your story.


Tady Chen '20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

Tady Chen ’20 (MBA) will join WineDirect as an FP&A analyst after graduation.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school?
JIHAN JAM, it’s a Simon Community celebration of the life of Jihan Cooke ’18S (MBA). She passed away because of cancer in 2018 and Simon MBA decided to pass her love to the future generation. Last year, we collectively raised more than $2,300 at the event for the Wilmot Cancer Institute. It really shows how our students and the school values the community and care about each other.

Another signature event I really enjoy is the Diversity & Inclusion Talent Show. There are so many talents in our school and this is the event that makes people shine. The event and other D&I events such as Global Showcase connect students from different backgrounds together even more than before, and you would know some of the hidden gems of our classmates!

Why did you choose this business school?
From the start, I felt there’s something special about this school. I enjoyed the conversation with the admission directors Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda. These discussions showed how they valued my own thinking processes and reflected genuine interests in me as an applicant. They also shared valuable information about Rochester and answered any questions I had. I then started to reach out to alumni of the school to learn more about it. After I did all the research, I felt this is the environment that could help me learn and grow.

After arriving at Simon, I was surprised by how strong the school community is. I have great and supportive advisors for career, student life, and clubs. The amazing professors, the student council, the club leaders, the coach, the Student Career Advisors, and the tutors (Yes! we have free tutors here for everyone at Simon!) are all important parts of this community and make us thrive.

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s MBA program?
Be authentic and learn how to tell your story well. It will help even when you need to interview for different roles in the future. In addition, try to reach out to people in this program so that you can know what differentiates Simon from other business schools, and incorporate your findings in your story of why you chose Simon.