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Yes. Below are a few tips for submitting a competitive application:
Check out our webinar archive for additional application tips from members of our Admissions Committee.
No. Applications may be submitted to only one program in an academic year.
If you participated in a three-year bachelor’s program (e.g., BCOM), this will satisfy the education requirement for our program.
The non-refundable application fee is $90 US dollars and can be paid by credit card within the online application. Applications are incomplete until payment is received. Some applicants may qualify for an application fee waiver—review our fee waiver requirements to determine if you are eligible.
No, please do not send us any official documents at the time you apply. We do not have the capacity to store paper items and will not open, process, or review any hard copy materials sent to us.
Should an offer of admission be extended and then accepted, we will request official documents identified as part of your application at that time.
We suggest limiting your current résumé to two pages. Please include your employment, academic, and extracurricular history. For those without full-time work experience, internships should be included.
We do not accept letters of recommendation. As part of the online application process, you will be asked to supply contact information for two references. If the Admissions Committee decides to contact either of your references during the application review process, you will be notified. We strongly suggest listing references who are familiar with you in a professional capacity.
All applicants are required to submit a new application. Please note, Simon has recently launched a new application system and does not have access to previously submitted materials.
Unfortunately, updates are not allowed after an application is completed and sent to the Admissions Committee for review.
Yes. Once your application is processed, you will be able to see whether or not we have received your materials and if they are under review on your status page. To access your status page, please log in to your application and you will be redirected to your Applicant Status Page. Please wait at least 15 business days after submitting your application to allow for sufficient processing time. If you have questions or suspect an error in the processing of your materials, email us at email@example.com.
Keep in mind that the timing for you to hear a decision from us varies depending on which deadline you choose—those who apply for an early deadline with a completed application are guaranteed to receive their decision sooner.
First and foremost, do not rush to submit your application just to hit the earlier deadlines. We would rather see your most competitive application—including retaking the GMAT for a more competitive score or waiting until an anticipated promotion goes into effect to strengthen your résumé—even if this means that you wait to submit your application for a later deadline. Simon uses a waitlist to ensure that we can make admission offers across every application deadline. We do not have a specific number of available offers for any given application deadline; each year our offers vary depending on the quality and size of the applicant pool.
Second, review our deadlines and take into consideration all that will need to be done to submit your application by your targeted deadline, including receiving your copies of test scores and transcripts. Keep in mind that the timing for you to hear a decision from us varies depending on which deadline you choose—those who apply for an early deadline with a complete application are guaranteed to receive their decision sooner.
Third, merit-based scholarship consideration is available throughout all application rounds. As the application cycle progresses, available scholarship funds diminish; however, there will always be scholarship funds for highly qualified and competitive applicants.
We process and review applications the moment they are received by our office. We never hold applications, which means that if you apply earlier in an application window, there's a strong likelihood you will receive your decision sooner than the “guaranteed by” decision date for that round.
No. Fall is the only entry term for our full-time MBA and MS programs.
Official notification that a decision has been made is delivered by phone and/or email to the number/email address on file in your application. Decisions are made and communicated by the notification date corresponding to the round in which your application was submitted and are accessible via the status page. It is important to keep both your email address and phone number current. Any changes to either can be made from within your online application.
All admission decisions are final. However, we welcome your application for next year. We encourage you to visit our online selection criteria and class profile so that you may compare your candidacy to those who have already enrolled at Simon. To improve your candidacy for next year, we recommend relevant work experience (including internships as well as part-time and full-time experience), a competitive academic profile, strong communication skills, and a demonstrated potential for leadership.
If on the day of your exam you are given the option to provide your results to Simon free of charge, you may use the below codes to do so. We will only access your results if you are a confirmed student for the purpose of marking your scores “received official” in your application.
Simon Business School encourages submission of a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment to support your application for MBA study and to provide an assessment of verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills. If you are unable or prefer not to submit a standardized test score, please note that you may waive this requirement if you meet one of the following criteria:
We encourage candidates who attended institutions that are outside the US and are not on a 4.0 grading scale to submit a WES or Josef Silny educational credential evaluation to support eligibility for a test score waiver, as this will expedite our assessment of your application materials.
Regardless of your cumulative GPA and eligibility for a test score waiver, if you have limited or weak performance in math or business courses, we recommend either taking non-matriculated courses or submitting a standardized test score to demonstrate your capabilities.
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Each candidate receives a holistic evaluation of all aspects of the application. Simon values diversity in our student body, and the Admissions Committee actively seeks candidates who can make unique contributions during and after their study. While we do not have any test score minimums, admission is competitive. We encourage you to review the selection criteria and class profile for the program you’re interested in to learn more about our currently enrolled students.
All scores are submitted electronically through the online application.
Official exam results only need to be provided to us if you are offered admission or if your scores will expire prior to the start of your program. If any of your exam results will expire before the start date of the program to which you are applying, you should provide your official scores to us at the time you submit your application, or you will need to retake the exam.
An English proficiency exam is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Simon Business School accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test. This requirement is waived for applicants who meet the following conditions prior to matriculation at Simon:
Attended 3 or more academic years (at least 6 semesters/9 quarters/9 trimesters, not including summers) of post-secondary education taught solely in English and received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university where English was the language of instruction.
If you qualify for the waiver, please indicate that in your application. You will be required to upload supporting documentation stating “I meet the English Language Proficiency waiver requirements.”
TOEFL: Screenshots of TOEFL scores will be accepted as appropriate supporting documentation. Upload a full screenshot (including name and address in English) or scanned copy of your online TOEFL score report into the application.
IELTS: Screenshots are not accepted. Upload the scanned copy of your score report with the Test Report Form Number visible.
TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test scores expire two years from the test date. Your application must be submitted prior to the test score expiration date. If your score will expire shortly after your submission date, have an official score report sent to yourself and our office before the expiration date. ETS, IELTS, and Duolingo will not send an official score report after expiration.
Standardized test sections of your application must have one of the following to be considered complete:
Applications missing this information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Ensure that all proper support documentation has been successfully uploaded to your application before submitting.
The Admissions Committee will only consider documents that are included in your online application. We do not accept official paper test score reports at the time of applying and will not be checking for receipt of your official scores until after an offer of admission has been made.
*Please note: if you took the Duolingo English Test, be sure to send Simon Business School your certified score before submitting your application.
Transcripts must be in English or translated to English. The translated version should be certified and notarized or otherwise authenticated. Both the original and translated transcript should be uploaded to your application.
No. Screenshots of transcripts are not accepted as supporting documentation. We require a scanned copy of your transcript, issued by the institution attended. We cannot accept a copy of your online academic record.
No. It is not necessary and is not required as part of the application process. If you feel these materials positively support your application, we suggest mentioning these accomplishments in your optional essay.
You do not need to submit new grades. The Admissions Committee will contact you for an updated transcript if one is needed. If you receive an invitation to interview, you are welcome to share new grades at that time.
Detailed information about educational benefit options is available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The University of Rochester also offers one of the strongest financial aid programs in the country, including UR Yellow Ribbon, which covers 100% of your remaining tuition costs after the post-9/11 GI Bill. You can find more on the University of Rochester Veteran & Military Family Services page.
Veteran: Photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility
Dependent of veteran:
You or your parent must qualify for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program and UR Yellow Ribbon, which will cover all of your remaining tuition costs.
The River Campus (where Simon is located) and the Eastman Campus are participants.
The following are just a few of the many resources available to veterans: College Center for Academic Support, University Counseling Center, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Disability Services, and Office for Residential Life and Housing Services.
There are a few possibilities:
1.) We encourage you to explore if you qualify for a standardized test waiver.
2.) If you’re looking to satisfy the English proficiency exam requirement, we now accept the Duolingo English Test, which can be taken online worldwide. Learn more below.
3.) The GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, and TOEFL iBT are temporarily being offered from home in certain locations, and the TOEFL ITP Plus for China is now available in mainland China. If you are able to take advantage of any of these options, we suggest you register for and complete your exam as soon as possible.
We know you want to submit the strongest application possible, and we want to see your best application! If you’re unhappy with your current standardized test scores, there are a few options. First, you can determine whether you are able to complete a test at home (see previous question). If not, you may explore your eligibility for a test waiver.
Yes! Simon Business School accepts the Duolingo English Test, in addition to the TOEFL and IELTS exams. The Duolingo English Test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample, which are shared with Simon Business School when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of your test session and can be sent to schools for free.
You may find more information on sharing your Duolingo English Test scores here.
We will allow any student based in an affected region to submit an application without copies of official transcripts—we will accept online transcripts and course grades from online student accounts for applications to be submitted and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. To submit an application, please follow these steps:
Please note: at the time of enrollment, all admitted students are required to submit official transcripts showing proof of a bachelor’s degree.
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