Simon School Popularity on BusinessWeek Specialty Rankings

Aerial photo of the Simon School located on the University of Rochester River Campus

By Lilly

There are many factors that students consider while determining “which is the right b-school for me?”  The cost.  The location.  The reputation of faculty.  Placement statistics and post-graduation compensation.  Study abroad opportunities.  The demographic mix of the student body.  The list goes on…

There are also many intangibles that need to be considered: the culture and atmosphere of the program, the size of the student body that thereby affects how much one-to-one time a student has with professors, whether students must use the team model and collaborate or are intensely competitive, et cetera.

For a number of students, ranking matrices alone are used to decide the number and nature of schools they wish to target in the application cycle.  Recently, Bloomberg BusinessWeek offered a unique perspective on what students should look for in the MBA and proposed that students look at the specialty offerings and rankings of a program.  The Simon School was one of the top competitors on the list; we ranked in the top 10 in five specialty areas:

  • 3rd in Accounting
  • 3rd in Teamwork
  • 5th in Analytical Skills
  • 6th in Operations
  • 8th in Most Innovative Curriculum

Simon also ranked 13th in Finance and 16th in Global Competition, while only five schools placed more frequently in the top 10 to Simon in the ranked categories.  Knowing that business is now global and highly competitive, we’re quite proud to be ranked so highly in teamwork, analytical skills, innovative curriculum and global competition.  Each of these areas are relevant, and honestly, crucial for success and development in today’s business marketplace.

However, these rankings are from just one journal.  The Financial Times ranked Simon as 24th among US business schools, 5th among finance programs and 6th for accountancy in January 2010.  The US News & World Report ranked Simon as 27th among the top 50 business schools and 13th for finance in April 2010.

Regardless of what encourages you to apply and ultimately matriculate, I encourage you to explore all options available in the hugely competitive MBA market.  Keep in mind that rankings change year to year, but being certain through diligent online research, campus visits, and more candid conversations with Admission staff, students and alumni is the best way to really grasp the quality and strength of a program. 

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