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Simon Business School at the University of Rochester


Location: 305 Schlegel Hall, Rochester, NY 14627

Admissions Office: 585-275-3533



Simon Business School

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.

Two-Year MBA Admission Deadlines:

Round One: October 15, 2015
Round Two: November 15, 2015
Round Three: January 5, 2016
Round Four: March 15, 2016
Final Deadline: May 15, 2016

Simon has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.

Annual Tuition: $47,053

Median GMAT: 680

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 600-720

Average GPA: 3.41

GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.01 - 3.92

Acceptance Rate: 32%

Full-Time Enrollment: 98

International: 49%

Female: 44%

Male: 56%

Minority: 19%

Mean Age: 28

From Simon:

Simon Distinctions:

  • 3 for ROI among private US Business Schools (Bloomberg Businessweek, December 2014)
  • 12 for job placement three months post graduation among leading US schools (U.S. News & World Report, March 2015)
  • 5 in the World for Finance (Financial Times of London, January 2015)
  • 3 in the World for Economics (Financial Times of London, January 2015)
  • 38 among top US Business School (Bloomberg Businessweek, November 2014)
  • Simon School faculty regularly earn an A in teaching quality (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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), Part-Time Flexible MBA, 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, MS in Management, and MS in Health Care Management programs at a convenient Manhattan 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.

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