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University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

The Simon School of Business: Where academic excellence meets the spirit of innovation. Known worldwide for research and education in finance, Simon also provides an intimate setting where entrepreneurship, business analytics, accounting, and marketing flourish. Through guided instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, Simon graduates are equipped with skills to frame, analyze, and communicate even the most complex business situations. Now offering a new One-Year MBA for career builders, as well their highly respected Two-Year MBA, Simon prepares graduates to be standout leaders in the global marketplace.

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University of Rochester Simon School of Business Says

The Simon School of Business: Where academic excellence meets the spirit of innovation. Known worldwide for research and education in finance, Simon also provides an intimate setting where entrepreneurship, business analytics, accounting, and marketing flourish. Through guided instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, Simon graduates are equipped with skills to frame, analyze, and communicate even the most complex business situations. Now offering a new One-Year MBA for career builders, as well their highly respected Two-Year MBA, Simon prepares graduates to be standout leaders in the global marketplace.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Consulting, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Administration and Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Marketing, Operations Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#7 Most Competitive Students

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 34% accepted out of 673 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.45
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 550
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $150

Admission Considerations

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

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admission to Simon is extremely competitive. Students with exceptional GPAs, applicable test scores, and relevant leadership experience (including post-baccalaureate work and extracurricular activities) rise to the top of the pool. Applicants to the school's MBA program must submit the following: an online application, three required essays, underg...Admission to Simon is extremely competitive. Students with exceptional GPAs, applicable test scores, and relevant leadership experience (including post-baccalaureate work and extracurricular activities) rise to the top of the pool. Applicants to the school's MBA program must submit the following: an online application, three required essays, undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a current resume, an official GMAT report, and interview (if requested by the Admissions Committee). International students for whom English is not a primary language must submit an official score report for the TOEFL. This requirement is waived if students have studied for at least one full year in a college or university where English is the language of instruction.

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Important Dates

Round 1
August

1

Deadline
September

18

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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 569
Percent International Students 53%
Total Full-Time Faculty 72
Full-Time Faculty 82%

Student Life

With over 40 percent of 2011’s incoming class hailing from abroad, the student body at Simon is “very diverse, both in terms of work experience and ethnicity.” “The culture mix is amazing, but also very rewarding to the b-school experience.” Overall the student body reflects a mixture of younger students and returning executives which produces “a great bunch of students and professionals.” With many students coming fresh out of undergraduate studies, “the mix is younger on average.” The Executive MBA class “is close, and many socialize outside of class and study times. We have a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, ages, and cultures.” Overall, the atmosphere at Simon is “competitive yet very cooperative, [and] adaptive to the changing business environment.” Although some may appear “to have a chip on their shoulder about attending Simon,” [including] many wannabe investment bankers that have very little work experience,” by in large students here are “intellectually curi­ous, and very kind and helpful.” Ambition and a hard-working attitude aren’t hard to come by. Simon’s students “are the most fascinating, motivated people you could hope to meet.” “Every student is passionate about some area of business. I often find conver­sations taking place in the coffee shop about how what we are learning relates to the real world.” “Many Simon students forgo the opportunity to have an internship over the summer and end up starting companies/practices with one another. It is a small school and the close-knit nature of the students reflects that.” Life at school is “extremely busy” with “lectures, study groups, assignments, networking, corporate presentations, alumni events, club activities, and recruitment events.” In addi­tion, “students are involved in clubs and activities and course work […] with a lot of team-based assignments, ensuring that we build communications, teamwork and leadership skills.” The town of Rochester “is somewhat small, but people are friendly and there is plenty to do.” The “beautiful Ivy League-looking campus” boasts an “amazing library and resources” and “separate graduate study areas both in the business school and the library.”

Career

Students say Simon’s career center “has a great NYC recruiting program.” Others feel “the school could do more to attract top employers.” “Given that we are a small school, not many large firms are willing to devote a lot of resources to recruit on our campus.” Alumni, however, “are very responsive.” In fact, students feel that perhaps this provides an avenue which the school might tap into more heavily in the future; “I would like to see more alumni come to campus to share their experiences and help the school place tal­ented students in great positions.” Despite areas of needed improvement, students are quick to note that “it’s a tough market right now”; “The career management office is still a work in progress—they need to diversify the job openings and provide international students more skills in networking and job search.” In 2010, 73.3 percent of full-time MBA graduates seeking employment received a job offer with a mean base salary of $72,744 for those who accepted positions within three months after graduation. Constellation Brands, The University of Rochester, Deloitte, Xerox Corporation, and Citigroup were the top five employers. Most students matriculated into the financial services, consulting, and consumer industries.

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About

The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York offers an integrated, cross-functional approach to management, using economics as both the framework and common language of business, and the skills to become an effective leader. Programs offered are full-time MBA and MS programs, Executive MBA, Accelerated Professional Part-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, and MS programs.The school is accredited by the AACSB---The International Association for Management Education since 1966.

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Students Say

Founded in the 1960s under its already revered parent institution, the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration is not only a “top school in the region,” with “a strong faculty and course work and a solid reputation,” it has gone on to stake its claim as a leading business school in the nation. Known for its “small size, economic-based aca­demic framework, international diversity,” “analytic curriculum,” and “approachable fac­ulty,” “it is considered one of the best finance schools in the world.” Life at the Simon School “is very involved. Since the school is small, more responsibility is placed on students to fill leadership positions in clubs and student government. If some­body is looking to get involved both in[side] and out[side] the classroom, then Simon is definitely the place for them.” Classes are “very intense.” “Coupled with the clubs and job hunt, it can get overwhelming at times,” says one overtaxed student. “Luckily we work in teams, so everyone is going through the same thing!” Others add, “Anyone who has been through the Simon MBA knows that what you receive in challenge and stress comes back two fold in confidence and business expertise.” Small class sizes at Simon “create phenomenal professor-student interaction” and are a consistent highlight for students. “By having a class of roughly 200 students you really have the opportunity to build relationships with all of your cohorts.” Professors at Simon “are top-notch.” Many operate on an “open-door policy, and even the most disguised pro­fessors are accessible.” Others note, “The best teachers (tenured and otherwise) teach the core courses at Simon, which leaves us very well-prepared for our internships in the com­ing summer.” In addition, the school boasts “three very well-reputed journals edited on campus (Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics).” The administration here “is 100 percent behind its students” and “is willing to do whatev­er is necessary to ensure all of its students are satisfied.” “Our Dean [specifically] has impacted almost every student at our school. He is an amazing role model for all of the stu­dents and faculty.” Succinctly put, “The overall academic experience is flawless at Simon; if you are seriously interested in receiving a top-notch education, I don’t think you can con­sider any other university.”

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Academic

The Simon School's MBA programs are designed to train individuals to solve management problems as team members in a study-team structure. The curriculum emphasizes learning the principles of economics and effective decision making through a mix of lecture, case study, and project courses. Nine core courses are required. A three-credit course over two quarters in business communications is required of all full-time students. Eleven elective courses are required.

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Second Year Curriculum

8 electvies.

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First Year Curriculum

Accounting, Economics, Capital Budgeting, Framing and Analyzing Problems 1& 2, Marketing, Operations, Economic Theory of Organizations, Information Systems and 3 electives, as well as Business Communications.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Bradley Policy Research Center conducts research on topics such as corporate finance, executive compensation & monetary & fiscal policy. Other Centers include: The Center for Pricing, The Center for Information Intensive Services, The Center for Leadership Development and the Health Care Management Institute.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Pacific Basin Forum, Latin American Student organization of Simon, SimonUnited (multicultural group)

  • Minority Support Groups:

    We have a Simon National Black MBA Association, LASOS, SAWMBA, Simon United,

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Coach program, workshops

  • Research Facilities:

    The Bradley Policy Research Center conducts research on topics such as corporate finance, executive compensation & monetary & fiscal policy. Other Centers include: The Center for Pricing, The Center for Information Intensive Services, The Center for Leadership Development and the Health Care Management Institute.

  • Study Abroad:

    Foreign exchange programs available. 9 programs available: Centro de Estudios Macroeconomicos de Argentina Universidad del CEMA; Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales; Belgium Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration; Hong Kong School of Business and Management at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Leon Recanati Graduate School of Management at Tel Aviv University; Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management at WHU- University of Koblenz; Graduate School of International at the University of Japan; and the Norwegian School of Management at Handelshoyskolen B.I.

  • Women Support Groups:

    We are associated with the national Association of Women MBAs organziation.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Rochester Simon School of Business include:

Sandeep Pahwa - Vice Chairman/Head of Investment Banking , SE Asia, Barclays Capital

Mark Ain - Founder and Chairman/Kronos Incorporated

Jay Benet - Vice Chairman/CFO- Travelers Companies

Mark Grier - Vice Chairman, Prudential Insurance Co.

Douglas Petno - CEO, Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $41,211

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte, University of Rochester, Liberty Mutual, M&T Bank, KPMG

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 33% $88,662
Consulting 33% $85,171
Financial Services 31% $91,450
Consulting 26% $90,400
Marketing / Sales 18% $87,331
General Management 10% $85,090
Non Profit 7% $68,640
Manufacturing 5% $73,550
Information Technology 4% $83,526
Other 3% $80,711
Operations / Logistics 3% $88,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 65%
Three Month Employment 92%
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