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Simmons College School of Management Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Business Analytics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Administration and Management, Marketing, Non Profit Management, Organizational Behavior
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#1 Greatest Opportunity for Women

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 63% accepted out of 153 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 31
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.34
  • Average Years Work Experience: 7
  • Application Fee: $75

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Candidates are evaluated individually and are selected for admission based on both their aptitude and promise. To apply, students must submit an application and essays, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary education, a current resume, and official GMAT scores. International applicants must submit TEFL scores.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

15

Deadline
September

4

Start
Round 2
February

15

Deadline
September

4

Start
Round 3
March

15

Deadline
September

4

Start
Round 4
April

15

Deadline
September

4

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 180
Percent International Students 10%
Total Full-Time Faculty 28
Full-Time Faculty 84%

Student Life

Part-time MBA students will find many others who share their varied burdens. “I'm an evening student,” one student writes, “so most of my cohort is employed full time and is juggling the demands of work, school, and family. We tend to be respectful of one another and supportive in our struggles to attain this degree.” The “intelligent, driven, diverse, hard-working, goal-oriented, inspiring” student body is glad that “Simmons makes it as easy as possible for me to balance everything while not relaxing for a moment their high academic standards.” The mutual sense of admiration is not merely strong on a personal level – “my fellow students are amazing, smart, accomplished, and interest­ing women,” another student proclaims – it also extends to the education itself, where those same students “consistently bring new insights to the classroom.”Evening students regret having “so little time outside of study groups to get to know these fascinating, professional women even better,” but those with an opportunity to get more involved at the school will find no shortage of ways in which to do it. Many clubs and activities offer more than a mere diversion from the classroom; they also offer ways to further one’s education and network. These include Net Impact GOLD, Women on Boards, the Entrepreneur Connect club, the Student Ambassador teams (Recruitment, Admissions, and Marketing), career services events, company presentations, the Simmons Leadership Conference, and more. Net Impact in particular “is very active in offering students opportunities to learn about green jobs, environmental hot topics, and other responsible business practices.” Still, some students admit that “it is hard to partic­ipate heavily in the activities due to work load,” while others complain that since the oth­erwise “very strong” part-time program is “meant for the commuter student … not much is done to enrich the part-time experience.”

Career

Women seek a business education at Simmons because “the network is incredibly strong and wide, and every alum I talked to said that the network has been integral in her suc­cess.” Indeed, the view is that the opportunities offered here “couldn't even be approached by any other business school.” Students need only “find a professor, work with them constantly, and prove to them your abilities and then you will find plenty of opportunities to seize,” opportunities which will “undoubtedly help me secure a great position after school.” Staff here “have made it their mission to ensure that each of us is known and seen and has access to the resources that we need.”Entrepreneurship opportunities, career symposiums, employer luncheons, industry pan­els, company presentations and more are among the benefits offered by the Career Services Office. Individualized career counseling and networking is also available. The strengths of the Simmons network are most noticeable locally, where “employers inevitably make favorable comments about the SOM.” Graduates from Simmons have ended up at companies like American Express, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deloitte, Digitas, Four Seasons Resort, The Gap, Genzyme, Harvard University, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan, Kraft Food, Monster Worldwide, MOMA, Partners Healthcare, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sun Microsystems, Time Warner, Turner Construction, and Unisys.

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Students Say

Business-focused women will find many reasons to be drawn to the School of Management at Simmons College, a school “known for empowering and motivating women.” Foundations of Business, a week-long symposium, kicks off the MBA program, leading directly into courses on decision-making, marketing, accounting, leadership, and other fundamentals of business. Borrowing from the case-based learning style developed at Harvard Business School, Simmons boasts a “strong track record of success” with its “focus on women in business and sustainability.” These efforts make Simmons “a leader in the business world in helping women achieve their full potential.”Giving credence to “the reputation it has as a great program for women,” there is an “emphasis placed on principled leadership and giving voice to values.” A “highly sup­portive and accessible” administration, along with “extremely dedicated, energetic and passionate” professors, help ensure that despite an “intense” work load students “are learning volumes every week.” However, some students say an “understaffed” adminis­tration “makes it difficult to do alternate course pathways,” while others suggest there exists “an unwillingness to share information or allow student participation … We are not involved in curriculum or scheduling decisions except for general surveying.” Most in the MBA program are part-time students, and professors “recognize that most of us work full time and cannot make traditional office hours.” Teachers are teaching from experience. Professors “typically had a wealth of business (or non-academic) experience that they draw upon in class, which has been very helpful to solidify course concepts.” These “very accessible” instructors share “stories and experiences that help us learn.” Because “the coursework applies to real concepts” students find it is “easy to see how the assignments hone in certain concepts.” Indeed, “as a woman in the business world, Simmons has given me the voice and confidence to stand up for what I believe and to create change.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Simmons School of Management also houses the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), an innovative research center that analyzes gender dynamics in organizations and focuses on the conditions required for women's success. Through research, educational programs, convening conferences, seminars and workshops, CGO is committed to improving organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in both the profit and non-profit sectors worldwide. Simmons also hosts the Women's Initiative Forum in Boston and the Simmons Leadership Conference, which is a well-renowned conference focused on women leaders from all aspects of business, non-profit, entertainment, the arts and more.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International foundations and mentoring program.

    http://my.simmons.edu/som/resources/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://my.simmons.edu/som/resources/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://my.simmons.edu/som/resources/

  • Research Facilities:

    Simmons School of Management also houses the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), an innovative research center that analyzes gender dynamics in organizations and focuses on the conditions required for women's success. Through research, educational programs, convening conferences, seminars and workshops, CGO is committed to improving organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in both the profit and non-profit sectors worldwide. Simmons also hosts the Women's Initiative Forum in Boston and the Simmons Leadership Conference, which is a well-renowned conference focused on women leaders from all aspects of business, non-profit, entertainment, the arts and more.

  • Study Abroad:

    India - Indian Institute of Mgt Calcutta (foreign exchange program) Brazil China Japan UAE UK

  • Women Support Groups:

    Simmons MBA was designed specifically for women so the program includes a high level of support/focus in both curricular and co-curricular activities. Clubs such as "women of color" and "women in business" are obviously very active. Students engaged in research with School of Management faculty and the Center for Gender and Organizations. There are numerous events focused on women -- women in leadership, women entrepreneurs, women in finance, etc. Simmons School of Management also hosts the Women's Initiative Forum and the college hosts an annual Leadership Conference that brings together women from around the world and features speakers and workshops featured women leaders in all areas of business, non-profit, entrepreneurship, entertainment and the arts.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Simmons School of Management include:

Sue Paresky - SVP/Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Gail Deegan - Board Member/TJX &Former CFO& EVP/Houghton Mifflin

Donna Fernandes - President/Buffalo Zoo

Maryann Tocio - Pres & COO/Bright Horizons

Gail Snowden - VP/The Boston Foundation & Fmr EVP Fleet Financial

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $39,432

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: BNY Mellon, Harvard University, Vanguard, EMC, Ocean Spray

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 51% $68,214
Other 45% $72,857
Marketing / Sales 20% $78,750
Financial Services 14% $86,357
General Management 10% $87,500
Operations / Logistics 10% $66,500
Consulting 8% $50,000
Finance / Accounting 8% $79,167
Non Profit 6% $55,000
Consulting 6% $82,500
Manufacturing 2% $147,500

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 72%
Three Month Employment 81%
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