Simon Business School

Application Instructions

Essays and Résumé

The Admissions Committee considers the response to the one required essay question and the requested information about the applicant's employment history to be extremely important in the selection process. Please provide a well constructed essay that answers all questions in the 500 words allotted for the essay. In addition, please provide all requested information on the résumé (two-page maximum). To view résumé guidelines and the essay question, please register for the online application.


Simon Business School requires an uploaded scanned copy of an official transcript from each school attended, regardless of whether you obtained a degree. We will NOT accept self-reported, self-created, or self-translated versions. Transcripts should include degree conferred and conferral date (if applicable). Applicants must confirm that the uploaded transcript is readable prior to submitting the online application. All international transcripts that are uploaded should also include a scanned copy of the official translation into English by a certified translator, as well as an uploaded diploma (including certified English translation) indicating the degree received. Please note that the Admissions Committee will consider candidates with either a three-year or four-year bachelor's degree, so both are eligible to apply.

We will request an official transcript only after admission. Transcripts from year-abroad programs are not necessary if all courses and grades are included on your undergraduate transcript. If there are discrepancies between the self-reported academic work and official records, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. Offers of admission are not binding until academic records are verified.


There is one online recommendation required for submission. A second letter of recommendation is optional. Applicants should select recommenders who are best able to evaluate their potential for employment in business, management and leadership, and for graduate study in business. It is advisable to have at least one recommendation completed by a current or past employer or supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, or other sources not able to evaluate a candidate on professional or academic basis are unacceptable. Applicants may submit their online application prior to the letters of recommendation, however, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their recommenders submit their online evaluations on or before the application deadline. Hard copy recommendations will not be accepted.

Application Fee

The $150.00 (US) application fee is non-refundable. Forms of payment accepted are check, money order, or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover). Checks must be drawn on a US bank and made payable to "The University of Rochester." If a personal check is used, please add the applicant's name in the lower left-hand corner. Please note that the application will not be processed by the Admissions Committee until the application fee is received.


During the application cycle, interviews are by invitation of the Admissions Committee. If you are located in North America and are invited to interview, it will be held on-campus on a weekday Monday through Thursday or on select Saturdays. During your visit, you will conduct your formal admissions interview with an Admissions Committee member or alumnus, have the opportunity to sit in on a Simon class, and go on a campus tour with a current Simon student.

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