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Selection Criteria and Process

Simon Business School considers all aspects of your application when making an admission decision. Here are some guidelines to assist you in preparing a competitive application.

Personal Qualities and Leadership Potential

Simon values well developed communication skills for all graduate applicants. We seek self-motivated individuals who believe that graduate study will significantly enhance both their technical and personal skill sets. Additionally, the Admissions Committee seeks evidence of team experiences and leadership skills, shown through extracurricular experiences and/or on-the-job projects. The committee uses the admissions interview, combined with your résumé and essays, to assess these qualitative aspects of your application.

Work Experience and Goals

When making admissions decisions, Simon Business School considers work experience to include both internships and/or post-baccalaureate experience. The quality and quantity of working experience, combined with career goals, are equally evaluated. Your decision to pursue graduate study should be consistent with the career goals typically offered for this program.


The Admissions Committee seeks candidates committed to academic excellence. We review GMAT and/or GRE exam scores and consider the overall results, as well as your quantitative and verbal distribution on the exam. Additionally, we evaluate all undergraduate and graduate coursework that has been completed prior to applying. Specific review of business, accounting, and mathematics grades, as well as your overall trend through the bachelor degree, is considered in addition to your cumulative GPA. Applicant concerns on any dimension of the academic profile should be briefly addressed in the optional essay.

For International Applicants

Every enrolling MBA and MS student must successfully demonstrate excellent English communication skills. We highly recommend a minimum TOEFL score of 100 with sub-scores in the mid-20s or a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 with sub scores of at least 7.

In addition to required ESL test scores, Simon applicants have the opportunity to provide an InitialView interview and writing sample to demonstrate their English proficiency. Visit the InitialView website to sign up for an interview and send your results to Simon Business School. The Simon Admissions Committee will then use this 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.

Helpful Hints

The admissions interview is an important two-way communication and you should treat the interview as you would a job interview. Dress professionally, arrive a little ahead of schedule and come prepared to discuss your background, while also preparing a few questions to allow you to learn more about Simon and the admissions process.

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