The Simon MBA: What You Need To Know
Ranked the most diverse full-time program among top business schools by U.S News & World Report, Simon Business School is dedicated to EDI: equity, diversity, and inclusion. “Our dedication to equity and inclusion empowers our graduates to positively impact the companies where they work and the communities where they live,” says Rebekah Lewin, senior assistant dean of admissions and programs.
The Simon community is small by design, with an average class size of between 108-115 students. A smaller cohort allows for an array of perspectives and opinions, where students challenge each other in new ways that will prepare them for the challenges they will face entering the workforce. Among other materials, applicants are asked to submit GMAT or GRE scores, and two essays; one focused on goals, and the other explaining the applicant’s commitment to EDI.
Simon’s two-year MBA offers an economics-based approach to decision-making. “Our degree programs inspire a new level of clarity about how analytical frameworks drive success in business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary global workplace, and about professional growth and goals,” says Lewin.
The curriculum has a reputation for quantitative work with nine required courses; a Communicating Business Decisions sequence, and a client project aligned with future career interests. While there is a focus on quantitative thinking, students will also work closely with the Benet Center to develop soft skills that help them become competent and capable leaders.
Simon secures the title as the first business school in the U.S. to offer a STEM-designated option for its full-time specializations, which benefits students by helping them stand out in the job market. Simon offers 10 specializations under three tracks; Asset Management, Banking, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital & Private Equity under the Finance Track, Brand Management and Product Management under the Marketing Track, and Operations, Pricing, Strategy, and Technology under the Consulting Track.
With success in mind, Simon requires full-time students to complete a summer internship where they can practically exercise the skills they’ve learned in their MBA in an actual business setting.
Students often participate in learning opportunities such as international immersions, working abroad with real businesses and stakeholders, case competitions where they craft and present solutions to real-world problems, and service/industry-focused clubs to enhance professional development and create a positive impact within the community.
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