Mastering Simon's Professional MBA Application
November 22, 2023 | April Marroquin
The following post was written by April Marroquin, senior associate director of recruitment for executive and part-time programs at Simon Business School. A Texas native, April now enjoys life in Rochester and is a recent Simon alumna, having completed a degree as a part-time student. With nearly a decade of experience in higher education admissions, April guides prospective part-time students, combining personal insight and professional expertise to showcase the best of Simon and Rochester.
Are you considering applying to the part-time Professional MBA (PMBA) program at Simon Business School? With the December 1 deadline quickly approaching, it's important to start preparing your application now. This post will guide you through some essential tips and tricks to enhance your application and maximize your chances of success.
1.) Understand the program.
Before you start, ensure you understand what Simon’s Professional MBA program offers and how it aligns with your career goals. This understanding will help you tailor your application to show that you're a good match for the program. Should you have any questions or require personalized guidance, feel free to schedule a one-on-one chat with me. You can find a time that works with your schedule by accessing my calendar—I’m here to help!
2.) Gather required documents.
Organizing and preparing your required documents is a crucial step in the application process. Ensure you have all necessary documents, such as your updated résumé, contact information for your professional references (we don’t require recommendation letters but would like to have a couple of great references available to us who can speak to your professional experience and goals), transcripts, and any other required materials. Standardized test scores are not a requirement for the PMBA program, allowing you to focus more on the other aspects of your application. For a detailed list of required documents and to ensure you have everything you need, refer to the application checklist.
3.) Polish your résumé.
When preparing your résumé for the application, it's important that it is not only up to date but also tailored to showcase relevance to the program. Focus on making your résumé clear and concise and using bullet points to highlight significant achievements, particularly those that demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills. Such skills are highly valued in business school, and showing competence in these areas can set you apart. It's also beneficial to have someone else review your résumé—a colleague, mentor, or professional within your network—who can offer a fresh perspective, identify any overlooked errors, and suggest improvements. Don’t forget to emphasize any leadership roles and the tangible impact you’ve made in your career, as these experiences reflect your potential for growth and success in the PMBA program. Lastly, pay attention to the layout of your résumé; a well-organized and professional design is crucial for making a strong first impression.
4.) Complete the required essays.
Simon requires two essays as part of the part-time application. These essays are your opportunity to express your unique voice and share your story. The prompts will be available to you in the application portal. Use these essays to discuss your motivations, ambitions, and why you believe Simon’s Professional MBA program is best for you. Be authentic and ensure that your personality and aspirations shine through.
5.) Select your references.
Simon requires the contact information of two professional references who may be contacted. Choose individuals who know you well in a professional context and can speak to your capabilities and potential. Inform them about your MBA goals so they are prepared if contacted by the admissions team.
6.) Prepare for an interview.
If invited for an interview, practice your answers to common interview questions. Be ready to discuss your experience, why you’re pursuing an MBA, and why Simon is your school of choice. Additionally, it's a good idea to have some thoughtful questions prepared for your interviewer. These questions can relate to the program, faculty, student life, or other aspects you're curious about. Asking questions not only shows your interest and engagement but also helps you gather valuable information to make an informed decision about your MBA journey.
7.) Network and stay informed.
Actively participate in Simon events, webinars, and other activities to stay informed about the program. These events often provide opportunities to network with alumni and current students, giving you valuable insights and connections. Engaging in these activities demonstrates your interest and dedication to the program and can be a significant advantage in the application process. Explore our upcoming events and opportunities for engagement to find an event that resonates with your interests.
As you prepare to submit your application for the Professional MBA program, remember that this is more than just a process; it's the beginning of an exciting journey towards your professional growth. We're thrilled at the prospect of getting to know you through your application and are eager to assist you every step of the way. The Simon community is ready to welcome you, support your aspirations, and celebrate your unique story. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff, who are always available to guide and engage with you. We can’t wait to see the unique perspectives and experiences you'll bring to our vibrant community. Good luck, and we look forward to welcoming you to Simon Business School!
P.S. If you’re looking for a way to “test drive” the Professional MBA program before applying, you can begin your studies at Simon Business School before formally applying to the PMBA program through a non-matriculated start. Non-matriculated students may start in any quarter during the year and take up to two MBA core classes. Learn more about Simon’s part-time graduate business programs at our upcoming webinar or explore your pathways to the MBA at our January event.