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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our online application system, admissions process and decisions, scholarship opportunities, and more. If you have a question that is not addressed in this section, please feel free to contact our Admissions Office at (585) 275-3533 or by email at

Important Note: Please review our COVID-19 related application FAQs for updates on policies and submission requirements for Fall 2020 enrollment.  

Do you have any tips for completing a quality application?

Yes. Below are a few tips:

  • Read all application instructions and refer to the FAQs often
  • Review application deadlines and allow yourself ample time to prepare your application
  • Identify your references early and be prepared to list them on your application
  • Schedule required standardized tests at least 30 days prior to your desired deadline
  • Use your full legal name (as it appears on your passport) when filling out your application and registering for standardized tests
  • Complete all sections of the application before submitting; failure to do so will result in an incomplete application that will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee
  • Check your online application shortly after submission to confirm the status is "complete" (please allow 15 business days for our office to process your application)

Check out our webinar archive for additional application tips from members of our Admissions Committee.

What are the application deadlines?

Application and decision notification deadlines are available for both our MBA and MS programs.

Do you have a spring entry?

No. Fall is the only entry term for our full-time MBA and MS programs.

Which application deadline should I apply for? Do I have a greater chance of being admitted if I apply in the first deadline?

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.

We suggest reviewing 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.

Note that there is merit-based scholarship consideration 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.

What is rolling admission?

We process and review applications the moment they are received by our office. We never hold applications, which means 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.

Can I apply to more than one program?

No. Applications may be submitted to only one program in an academic year.

I have a three-year degree, can I still apply?

A US equivalent bachelor’s degree is required for admission to any Simon Business School program. If you participated in a three-year bachelor’s program (e.g. BCOM) this will satisfy the education requirement for our program.

What is the application fee and how can I pay it?

The non-refundable application fee is $90 US dollars and can be paid by credit card within the online application (just prior to signing and submitting). Applications are incomplete until payment is received. Some applicants may qualify for an application fee waiver—review our fee waiver criteria to determine if you are eligible.

How do I select the MS internship track?

Admitted domestic students will receive an email in April with instructions on how to make their track selection on the post-submission screen of the online application. Admitted international students will receive instructions as part of the I-20/DS2019 process.

Do I need to mail my hard copy official test scores, transcripts, and bank documents to your office before I submit my application?

No. Please do not mail us any hard copy official documents at the time of applying. We do not have the capacity to store paper items and therefore 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 hard copy official documents identified as part of your application at that time.

What should I include on my résumé?

We suggest limiting your current résumé to two pages and including your employment, academic, and extracurricular history. For those without full-time work experience, internships should be included.

What should I include on my work history form?

Using the template provided in the application, include the following for each position held:

  • Dates of employment (month and year of start and end dates)
  • Employer name and estimated number of employees
  • Location
  • Job title
  • Starting and ending salaries in US dollars (if an unpaid internship, indicate so)
  • Average number of hours worked per week
  • Reason for job/position change

Explain any gaps in your employment history and include post-secondary educational history, non-academic interests and activities, awards received, and examples of leadership roles.

I am reapplying, what do I need to do?

If you have applied to Simon in the past, you’re required to create a new application with a different email address from what was used on your previous application.

What is InitialView?

InitialView is a video interview platform that allows international applicants to demonstrate English proficiency through a live, unscripted interview and a writing sample. You can sign up for an interview on the InitialView website, and if you have any questions about the interview process, you can contact InitialView directly. Note that although InitialView is based in China, it is open to all applicants around the world.

How will my InitialView interview and writing sample be used?

The Simon Admissions Committee will use your InitialView interview and writing sample as part of the holistic review of your application. While this is not a required component, it is an excellent way to add another dimension to your candidacy.

Should I complete both the InitialView interview and the writing sample?

Yes. If you complete an InitialView interview, we require that you submit the writing sample as well. Submitting both components will allow you to best showcase your proficiency in English to the Admissions Committee.

Should I submit my application if my InitialView interview is scheduled past the application deadline?

We will continue to look for new InitialView submissions after the application deadline, but note that if you submit a completed application before your InitialView link is available, we will proceed with reviewing your application to avoid any delays. We will add the InitialView link to your application once available, but we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed alongside your other application materials. As such, it is strongly advised that you schedule your InitialView interview well before you submit your application to ensure we receive the link in a timely manner.

How and when will I receive an official decision notification about my application for admission?

Official notification that a decision has been made is delivered by email. Decisions are made and communicated by the appropriate notification date corresponding to the round in which your application was submitted. It is important to keep both your email address and mailing address current. Any changes to either can be made from within your online application.

I was not offered admission and want to speak to someone about this. Who do I contact?

All admissions decisions are final. However, we would welcome your application for next year. We encourage you to review the selection criteria and class profile for your desired program so 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.


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