Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

Simon Business School at the University of Rochester

#37

School Data

Annual Tuition: $46,000

International: 49%

Minority: 25%

Mean Age: 28

Average GMAT: 680

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 590-710

Female: 35%

GMAT Range GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.0-3.8

Full-Time Enrollment: 106

Male: 65%

Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 15th, 2016
Round 2: November 15th, 2016
Round 3: January 5th, 2017
Round 4: March 15th, 2017
Round 5: May 15th, 2017

Simon Business School has taken an analytics and economics-based approach to business for more than 50 years. It is one of the few top business schools to exhibit such an intense focus; most tenured or tenure-track faculty members are either economists or statisticians. The School’s dedication is proving to be an important advantage, as big data continues to gain prominence in big business.

Placement rates saw a marked increase, as did salary for the MBA Class of 2014; 95 percent of the class accepted job offers three months post graduation and average overall compensation package (salary plus bonus) rose $10,000 from the previous year. In addition to placing students with core employers, including Citigroup, Deloitte, HP, Unilever, and ExxonMobile, Simon has extended its reach, helping graduates land positions in new industries with prominent firms like Go-Daddy, Sling Media, and Rocket-Fuel. These advances are the result of the School’s integrated career strategy. Students work with a career consultant and have access to a host of professional services, including résumé development, mock interviews, workshops, and recruiting events to help them parlay rigorous academic preparation into successful careers.

The School has also welcomed Andrew Ainslie as its seventh dean. Ainslie, formerly senior associate dean, full-time MBA program, at UCLA Anderson School of Management, affirms his commitment to Simon’s approach saying, “Simon has a rock-star faculty and is a School that moves beyond management as usual and uses the power of data to drive smart decisions. We provide the skills students need to solve complex business issues in a range of environments with a challenging, rigorous education, and with support, coaching, and personalized attention. We believe strongly in the value of economics and statistics in the analysis of all business problems, and it is reflected in our ranking as a top five school for economics and finance. Simon offers an education that will attract students who value our analytic bias.”

Under Ainslie’s direction, the School has strengthened its MBA and MS programs in Rochester, NY, while also expanding its New York City presence with three program offerings: MS in Finance, MS in Management, and the newly announced MS in Health Care Management.

Simon’s growth is balanced by a signature close-knit community and colloquial atmosphere, which is conducive to providing students with personal attention and creating opportunities for meaningful connections among students, faculty, and alumni.

Contact Information

Location:
305 Schlegel Hall,
Rochester, NY 14627
Admissions Office:
585-275-3533
School Social Media:

From Simon:

Simon Business School has taken an analytics and economics-based approach to business for more than 50 years. It is one of the few top business schools to exhibit such an intense focus; most tenured or tenure-track faculty members are either economists or statisticians. The School’s dedication is proving to be an important advantage, as big data continues to gain prominence in big business.

The Full-Time MBA Class of 2015 had 96 percent of students accept job offers within three months post graduation. Average overall compensation package (salary plus bonus) rose $10,000 from the previous year. Simon students were hired by leading employers, including Amazon, Accenture, Bain & Company, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Dell, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, PWC, and UBS. The placement successes are the results of the School’s integrated career strategy. Students work with a career consultant and have access to a host of professional services, including résumé development, mock interviews, workshops, and recruiting events to help them parlay rigorous academic preparation into successful careers.

In addition, Dean Andrew Ainslie affirms his commitment to Simon’s academic approach saying, “Simon has a rock-star faculty and is a School that moves beyond management as usual and uses the power of data to drive smart decisions. We provide the skills students need to solve complex business issues in a range of environments with a challenging, rigorous education, and with support, coaching, and personalized attention. We believe strongly in the value of economics and statistics in the analysis of all business problems, and it is reflected in our ranking as a top five school for economics and finance. Simon offers an education that will attract students who value our analytic bias.”

Simon also offers close-knit community and colloquial atmosphere, which is conducive to providing students with personal attention and creating opportunities for meaningful connections among students, faculty, and alumni.

Simon Distinctions:

Bloomberg Businessweek, October 2015

  • No. 8 among US business schools for job placement three months post graduation
  • Full-Time MBA program ranked No. 36 among US business schools
  • Part-Time MBA program ranked No. 35 among US business schools
  • No. 1 part-time MBA program in New York State

Bloomberg Businessweek, November 2014

  • No. 3 for ROI among private US business schools

U.S. News & World Report, March 2015

  • No. 37 among the top business schools
  • No. 12 in Finance
  • No. 12 for Placement three months post-graduation among ranked Business Schools
  • No. 20 for Placement at graduation among ranked Business Schools

U.S. News & World Report, November 2015

  • No. 8 among the 10 most diverse MBA programs

The Princeton Review, December 2015

  • No. 22 among the nation’s top 25 graduate schools for entrepreneurial studies

Financial Times of London, January 2016

  • No. 86 among the top global business schools
  • No. 41 among US business schools
  • No. 9 in the world for Finance

Financial Times of London, June 2015

  • No. 5 in the US for pre-experience MS in Finance programs

América Economía

  • No. 30 among the world’s top MBA programs (2015)
  • No. 15 among the top MBA programs in the US

Academic Experience

A Simon Business School education is transformative, focused on providing you with the latest theories in the science of management and on teaching you how to effectively use those theories in practical business situations.

Simon’s integrated approach to management education, with analytics and economics at the core, sets us apart from other business schools. With Simon’s strong cross-functional curriculum, you will understand the intricacies of today’s business world. No policy is made within a vacuum; no deals are secured in isolation. It is only through cross-functionality, both in and out of the classroom, that you will learn the invaluable repertoire of proven business practices and tools that can be applied to a myriad of different situations.

Full-Time MBA

Full-Time MBA students typically select 11 elective courses to develop expertise in one or more concentrations. With nearly 80 percent of Simon graduates pursuing career paths in finance, marketing, and consulting, the five most popular concentrations are:

In order to offer specializations for the varying interests of Simon students and allow them to truly tailor their MBA experiences, eight additional concentrations are available to fit almost any future career path.

The flagship Two-Year MBA program consists of 20 courses (67 credits, 61 billable credits) and can be completed in six quarters of full-time study. Nine core courses are required in the underlying disciplines of Economics, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Organization and Strategy, and Information Systems for Management. In addition, a two-course sequence teaches students to frame, analyze, and communicate solutions to unstructured business problems. A course in business communications is also required of all full-time students.

Part-Time MBA Program Options

Other program options for busy working professionals include an Accelerated Professional MBA (PMBA and Executive MBA programs in Rochester and Bern, Switzerland.

Other Programs

In addition, Simon offers the MD/MBA in conjunction with the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program with the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Center for Entrepreneurship.

MS Programs

Simon also offers full- and part-time MS programs in specialized areas of study including Finance, Accountancy, Management and Health Care Management, as well as a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Medical Management. Simon’s Full-Time MS programs generally require only one year of dedicated study, allowing students to finish their degrees and return to the workplace at a faster pace.

Part-Time Programs in New York City

Simon also offers part-time MS options aimed at working professionals in New York City. The School has part-time MS in Finance and MS in Health Care Management programs at a convenient Tribeca location. Weekend courses and residency weeks in Rochester, NY, allow students to immerse themselves in the Simon experience while continuing to balance their careers and personal obligations.