Simon Business School University of Rochester

Simon Business School University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
October 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
7 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A Message From Mark Zupan, Dean of the Simon School

"The Simon School's integrated, cross-functional approach to management is enhanced by our small size and significant international composition. The School's small size promotes communication and collaboration among faculty members and students. The international student body, combined with the School's emphasis on student teams, brings the global workplace to life for the Simon School student."

--Mark Zupan, Dean

Programs and Curricular Focus

The Simon School offers an array of full- and part-time MBA and MS programs designed to train individuals to solve complex management problems as members of a study-team. The curriculum emphasizes learning the principles of economics and effective decision making through a mix of lecture, case study, and project courses.

The full-time MBA program requires 67 hours (20 courses) 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 theory, and management and information systems. In addition, a two-course sequence teaches students to frame, analyze, and communicate (FACt) solutions to unstructured business problems. A course in business communications is required of all full-time students.

Eleven elective courses are required. Students select their electives to develop expertise in one or two concentrations. The 15 concentrations offered are corporate accounting, public accounting, accounting and information systems, business environment and public policy, business systems consulting, competitive and organizational strategy, computers and information systems, electronic commerce, entrepreneurship, finance, health sciences management, international management, marketing, operations management-manufacturing, and operations management-services. In marketing, students may also choose from two tracks--brand management and pricing.

Simon also offers full- and part-time MS programs in specialized areas of study including accountancy, finance, general management, information systems management, manufacturing management, marketing, medical management, and service management. Simon's growing MS programs generally require only one year of full-time study, allowing students to finish their degree and return to the workplace at a faster pace. Simon recently introduced an MS Finance program in New York City aimed at working professionals in the world's financial capital, capitalizing on Simon's high global rankings in finance (No. 3 in the world for finance and No. 4 in the world for economics according to the Financial Times of London, January 2012).

Simon's other options for busy working professionals include an Accelerated Professional MBA (PMBA), Part-Time Flexible MBA, and Executive MBA programs in Rochester and Bern, Switzerland.

Joint degree programs include the MD/MBA and MBA/MPH with the University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program with the University's Hajim School of Engineering and Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Students and the MBA Experience

Each August, approximately 110 students enter the Simon community as members of a cohort. Another 50 students join their classmates in January. Each cohort takes core classes together.

August entrants complete the first-year core courses during the fall, winter, and spring quarters; January entrants typically complete core courses during the winter, spring, and summer quarters. Within each cohort, students are assigned to a study team of four or five members. Each team typically includes representatives from at least three countries and a variety of personal, professional, and academic backgrounds.

Simon students enter the program with a wide range of educational, professional, and geographic backgrounds. Undergraduate majors include economics, humanities, social sciences, business and commerce, engineering, and math and science. The class of 2013 includes 31 percent women and 17 percent of US students are members of under-represented minority groups. Prior full-time work experience averages 5.3 years, and the average age is 28, with approximately one quarter enrolling with fewer than three years of post baccalaureate work experience.

Global Focus

Of the leading U.S. business schools, the Simon School is one of the most geographically diverse. Approximately 50 percent of its students come from outside the United States. In the class of 2013, 18 countries are represented. Approximately one third of its alumni live and work outside of the US and about one third of its tenure-track faculty members have non-US backgrounds. A Simon School education combines rigorous training in the business disciplines and functions with cross-cultural training and lifelong professional contact with an international alumni network.

During regularly scheduled Broaden Your Horizons seminars, students present lunch hour talks about their various countries' cultures, economies, political environments, and business protocols. International exchange programs are offered with schools in nine countries, each approved by a faculty committee for compatibility with Simon MBA program objectives. Interested students may pursue study abroad during one quarter of their second year of study.

During regularly scheduled Broaden Your Horizons seminars, students present lunch hour talks about their various countries' cultures, economies, political environments, and business protocols. International exchange programs are offered with schools in nine countries, each approved by a faculty committee for compatibility with Simon M.B.A. program objectives. Interested students may pursue study abroad during one quarter of their second years of study.

Special Features

During the one-week Orientation Program, students participate in self-assessment exercises, personal selling and communication skills instruction, corporate leadership training, and one-on-one career counseling. The goals of the orientation include acclimating students to campus life, assessing and building on specific skills, and introducing the valuable programs of the Career Management Center. Students also participate in several modules designed to enhance leadership skills in the areas of team building, training in diversity issues, ethical decision making, and social responsibility.

The Faculty

The Simon School faculty is known internationally for leading scholarship in management education. There is a long tradition at Simon of coordinating teaching and research as well as integrating knowledge from all of the functional areas into the curriculum. Teaching awards for the best professors are presented annually by each MBA class, and teaching is improved continuously through a formal faculty peer review. Leading-edge research is intrinsic to teaching the basic scientific principles of management. Many research findings used by the Simon faculty members in classroom study have served as foundations for corporate practices in use today. Simon faculty members serve as editors on three major academic journals, and recent studies of research productivity rank them among the top five faculties in the United States.

The Business School Network: Corporate Partnerships

The Frederick Kalmbach Executive Seminar Series features senior corporate executives who lecture monthly on current issues in management. Each year, speakers include members or professional associates of Simon's internationally prominent Executive Advisory Committee. Simon students organize and participate in annual marketing case competitions and consulting case competitions. Students work directly with worldwide corporations, such as Xerox Corp., Sprint, AT Kearney, Mercer, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Procter & Gamble, and Constellation Brands, in project courses offered as part of the academic curriculum.

Prominent Alumni

The long list of successful Simon alumni includes:

Doug Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Sandeep Pahwa, Vice Chairman and Head of Investment Banking/M&A at Barclays Capital

Jay Benet, Vice Chairman and CFO of The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Mark Ain, Chairman of Kronos, Inc.

Mark Grier, Vice Chairman of Financial Management at Prudential Insurance

Pramit Jhaveri, Head of Global Banking India and Vice Chairman Asia Investment Banking at Citigroup

Mike Ryan, Chief Investment Strategist -- Americas at UBS

Jack Davies, Founder of AOL International

Kathy Waller, Vice President and Controller of The Coca-Cola Company

Tim Cost, Executive Vice President of PepsiCo, Inc.

The College and Environs

The Simon School is part of the University of Rochester, a leading research university offering graduate study in approximately 50 fields, with a combined enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students totaling 10,000. Situated near Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, the metropolitan Rochester area (population 1 million) is home to many major international corporations and entrepreneurial ventures, including Johnson & Johnson, Bausch + Lomb, and Xerox Corporation's marketing group. Numerous cultural and recreational opportunities include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the University's own Eastman School of Music.


Schlegel Hall is the Simon School's classroom and student services building. It contains case-style classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and rear projection equipment, study rooms, a student lounge, and its own Computing Center. The center provides a wireless network for student's laptops, laser printing via local area networks, and access to several external data sources, such as Bloomberg and Business News. James S. Gleason Hall, a 38,000-square-foot addition, was completed in October 2001. On-campus graduate housing, both high-rise apartments and town houses, is available to Simon students. Off-campus housing is also available.

Career Management Center

The Career Management Center (CMC) offers one-on-one career counseling, targeted education, and the development of a personalized job-search strategy. Simon students are poised to secure meaningful internships and full-time opportunities in finance, investment banking, consulting, marketing, technology, and operations.

Simon's CMC is dedicated to serving graduate business students and alumni needs for job and career preparation. The Center provides individual counseling, career workshops and training, campus recruiting events, guest speakers and lecture series, and related student events. The CMC establishes and maintains relationships with employers across multiple industries, with highest concentration in finance -- both corporate and investment. These relationships are cultivated to generate both full-time jobs and internship opportunities.

The CMC is structured with professional staff/specialized teams that consist of both a career counselor(s) and a corporate relations professional(s) covering the following industries and job functions respectively that target graduate students: Industries ( Financial Services, Brand Management, Media/Technology, Consulting and Operations, Energy and Health Care). Functional areas (Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Consulting and Operations, Service/Manufacturing Management, General Management). The goal is to develop a personalized approach for students, and market talent directly to employers within the target industry segment. CMC's specialized teams serve as subject matter experts within their respective industries/sectors to continuously add value to students' career goals.

Location & Contact

Simon Business School

University of Rochester

Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

Mark Zupan


Phone: 585-275-3316

Ms. Rebekah Lewin

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Engagement

Phone: 585-275-3533

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 288
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


21% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 3,416
    • Accepted 724
    • Acceptance Rate 21
    • Enrolled 362
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $150
    • Application Fee - International $150
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline October 15th October 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Spring deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT/GRE, bachelor's degree
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students841
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students841
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty83
    • Full-time Percentage72%
    • Part-time Percentage28%
    • Female Percentage17%
    • Male Percentage83%




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