Tag: "MS"

A Week-by-Week Guide to Applying to Simon

We know getting ready to apply to business school can be hectic. There’s a lot to do, and while you’re writing essays and collecting transcripts, you’re also juggling professional and personal commitments. To simplify the process a bit, below you’ll find what you need to do each week to complete your application by our next full-time application deadline on February 15. 

This week (Week of January 12):

  • Prepare to submit your standardized test scores electronically through our online application:
    • – When submitting GMAT scores, use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting GRE or TOEFL scores, use the “Examinee Score Report”
    • – When submitting Executive Assessment scores (MBA only), use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting IELTS scores, use the “Test Report Form”
  • If you are an MS applicant, consider scheduling an InitialView interview. InitialView provides you with the unique opportunity to enhance your application by including an unscripted interview and a writing sample with your application. This adds an additional dimension to your candidacy and ultimately provides the following benefits: 
    • A guaranteed opportunity to showcase your English language skills.
      As you may know, admissions interviews at Simon are conducted by invitation only. By providing us with an InitialView interview, you are guaranteeing that the Admissions Committee will assess your skills during the application review process, rather than waiting for an invitation to interview.
    • Potential to waive your admissions interview.
      Depending on the strength of your InitialView interview, the Admissions Committee may extend you the courtesy of waiving your formal admissions interview; we have admitted candidates based solely on the strength of their application and InitialView submission.

Week of January 19:

  • Write your essays. Stick to the word limit and be sure to answer the question being asked. Also, don’t forget to use the optional essay to explain anything you don’t want the Admissions Committee to make assumptions about, such as employment gaps or a difficult academic period.
  • Collect your academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study as well as from any transfer institutions.
  • Attend our “Financial Aid Prep” webinar on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. EST for an overview of the financial aid process and options available to students.
  • Attend our “Q&A with MBA Alumni” webinar on Saturday, January 25, at 11:15 a.m. EST. 

Week of January 26:

  • Update your résumé. We require a business formatted résumé and recommend it be no longer than two pages. Focus on quantifying your accomplishments and keep the formatting clean and easy to read.
  • Attend our “Round 3 Application Tips” webinar on Wednesday, January 29, at 9:00 a.m. EST. 
  • Keep in mind: If you apply early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February, 1—your application fee is waived! (Look ahead to the weeks of February 2 and February 9 to be sure you complete those steps before applying!)

Week of February 2:

  • Select who you will list as your references. Professional references are recommended, but if you have limited work experience, you may prefer to choose a professor who is familiar with your passions and work ethic.
  • Review the MBA or MS application checklist to make sure you’ve gathered all the required elements of the application and are ready to hit submit.

Week of February 9:

  • Proofread all of your materials. In fact, have a friend or family member proofread your résumé and essays with fresh eyes.
  • When you’re ready, submit your application. We encourage you to not wait until the final hours of February 15 to ensure everything is submitted on time.

As always, if you have any questions about the application process, your candidacy, or Simon in general, please email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu. Best of luck as you continue to work on your application!

Scholarship Weekend Reflections: Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA)

This post was written by Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA) about his experience at Scholarship Weekend, an invitation-only annual event for admitted MBA and MS students to compete for scholarship support beyond what was awarded at the time of admission. Scholarship awards range from partial to full tuition and include named scholarships, such as the full-tuition Meliora Scholarship and the Fielding Leadership Fellowship, which is a full-tuition award with a $10,000 stipend. If you’re an admitted MBA or MS student who has been invited to Scholarship Weekend, we highly recommend you attend!

Benjamin MoskoffAttending Scholarship Weekend was one of those decisions in my life that I look back on and think: “Wow, that was awesome!”

After receiving the offer to join the full-time MBA program, there was still a significant cost required to fund my tuition and living expenses at Simon. It would have made moving from Johannesburg to study at Simon almost impossible. I knew coming to Scholarship Weekend was a great opportunity, but even the flight from South Africa was expensive. On top of that, I wasn’t sure whether I could get leave from work—and how would I explain taking leave at an awkward time of the year?

Fortunately, things fell into place. The school was incredibly generous and gave me a travel stipend that paid part of my airfare, my boss happily gave me leave without asking why I needed it, and ultimately, I was unbelievably fortunate to be selected for the prized Fielding Leadership Fellowship. As we MBA students often do, I looked back and tried to figure out the return on investment of coming to Scholarship Weekend: a whopping 6,700%.

However, it would be foolish to only view the weekend through this lens. While Simon is indeed known for its analytical approach (the only school in the US where all MBA specializations are STEM designated), it has other strengths of equal weighting. One is the MBA community and the people at Simon. The experience during Scholarship Weekend certainly prepared me for what to expect from my MBA experience, and I was given the opportunity to network with other potential students, first-year MBA students who would become our seniors, and second-year MBAs who currently have fantastic jobs.

I arrived in Rochester a day early, which gave me the time to tag along with a first-year MBA and experience a typical day at Simon, from the classroom to Starbucks. The first official day of the event got off to a great start listening to a panel of second-year MBAs reflecting on their time at Simon over the two years. After networking with them, we were put into our teams and started working on our case! Within 14 hours (and with little sleep) we did our presentation on Saturday morning. With the stress of presenting behind us, we all let our hair down and neworked with some impressive people during campus events, dinner, and the happy hour.

Scholarship Weekend was an unforgettable experience. I made lasting friendships, figured out my housing situation, got an on-the-ground feel for what my life would look like for the next two years, and then the big one: I received the scholarship that made coming to Simon possible. As an added bonus, I networked with second-year MBAs who have now graduated and are working in investment banking who helped prime me for the interview process. It’s largely thanks to them that I can now look forward to a summer internship at Credit Suisse investment banking in New York City.

If at First You don’t Succeed, be Persistent!

Fahad Mahmood ‘12 overcame many challenges on the way to obtaining the Simon MSF degree and then landing a job with Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory Services in their Boston, MA Office.   In his own words, here’s the story of his journey:

“I’m a candidate from Pakistan who got into the Simon School MS Finance program in 2010 but was ultimately denied a student visa to travel to the US. I did not give up and re-applied for admission to the Simon MSF program with a stronger profile in 2011. I was ecstatic to be re-admitted and offered a better scholarship, but that quickly turned to distress when I was denied a student visa again in 2011.

“This was when the Simon School took my case to Senator Chuck Schumer. He contacted the US consulate in Islamabad, Pakistan and pushed my case for approval. I re-applied and got the student visa within a week and ultimately joined the program, graduating with the MSF in 2012.

“It did not end over there. Completing my MS degree and graduating in June 2012 with a good GPA was just one step in the right direction. Landing a valuations job with a firm like E&Y was a big challenge, especially in current market conditions. During the job search, I remained steadfast and optimistic, along with the highest level of preparation and persistence to finally get the offer.

“Although I am early in my career journey, it is my utmost goal to make everyone who helped me or took a chance with me proud. Thank you so much once again – it would not have been possible without the support of the Simon School!”

What an inspiring story – this is a great reminder about why we do what we do here in the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office!  And a great reminder to each of you as you start 2013 – if at first you don’t succeed, be persistent.  Results don’t always come on the timeline that you want, but success may be right around the corner if you stick with it!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

We Welcome our January 2013 entry Students

On behalf of the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office – Happy New Year!  This week we are excited to welcome incoming full-time MBA, MS and Exchange students to the Simon School for January 2013 entry and orientation.  Here’s an early look at the incoming class:

  • We expect to enroll just over 40 Full-time MBA students and 9 MS or Exchange students.
  • Within this cohort, 19 countries of origin are represented including Azerbaijan, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Peoples’ Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, the USA, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.  What a diverse group of incoming students!
  • Students have a wide variety of industry and company backgrounds with prior work experience at a number of top companies including Aon Hewitt, Bank of Nova Scotia, Deloitte Consulting, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SMBC, and US Bank.
  • Members of the class have academic backgrounds that are wide-ranging and include such areas as accounting, biology, business, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, law, linguistics, political science, and Spanish.

We extend a warm welcome into the Simon community and best wishes as students begin Business school classes next week!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration