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Find answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you still have questions after reviewing our FAQs, please contact our Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 275-3533.
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.
It depends on the program you’re applying to.
Simon’s MS in Accountancy program is highly focused and specialized, so it is helpful to have a background in business, economics, accounting, or another related area. Simon’s MSA is a CPA licensure qualifying program, which means that there are several prerequisites that applicants must meet in order to be considered for the program. While we do not provide transcript reviews prior to receiving an application, you may find it helpful to review our list of MSA prerequisites to determine whether or not you have completed the necessary coursework. Our program faculty advisor will review an applicant’s transcripts prior to rendering an admission decision.
For the MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, and MS in Marketing Analytics programs, there are no minimum score requirements or prerequisites, and we accept applications from anyone with an undergraduate degree achieved in three or more years.
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.
Admitted students who have paid their enrollment deposit will receive instructions on how to make their track selection. Domestic students will receive an email in April, while international students will receive instructions as part of the I-20/DS2019 process.
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 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 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.
No, the video essay is optional. The video essay can add a unique dimension to your application that otherwise is not available, as it allows the Admissions Committee to watch you respond to an interview question.
If you do opt to include a video essay, your video essay link will appear in your checklist on your applicant portal. You have 24 hours to complete your video essay after submitting your application and paying your application fee. If you do not complete your video essay within 24 hours, it will no longer be considered as part of your application. Even if you indicated you would complete the video essay in your application, you will not be penalized if you do not submit one.
First, be sure you have a secure internet connection, computer with a webcam and microphone, and an updated version of Adobe Flash—all are necessary to complete the video essay. In addition, you will need to use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you forgot your password, please follow the instructions located on the Application Login Page to reset.
If you forgot the email associated with your application and/or are still having trouble logging in, please contact Simon Admissions at email@example.com.
Emailed updates will be sent to the email account associated with your application and will originate from firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your email settings to allow emails from our address.
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.
Application and decision notification deadlines for our full-time MS programs are available here.
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.
Full-Time Two-Year MBA Program: WX9-8-R-10
Full-Time MS Program: WX9-8-R-13
All Programs: 2972
All Programs: 7260
During the exam, choose from the pull-down menu: University of Rochester - Simon Business School
After you have taken the exam, contact the test center and file a request.
There is no code to submit your Duolingo English Test scores. Please enter your scores on the Test Score screen, and send us your certified test results.
Simon Business School encourages submission of a GMAT or GRE to support your application for MS 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:
If you have documentation to verify your institution’s GPA scale or your degree’s classification and your cumulative GPA per the criteria above, you do not need to provide a WES or Josef Silny educational credential evaluation. If you do not have the documentation to prove to the Admissions Committee that you meet the waiver criteria, you will need a credential evaluation from a third party, such as WES or Josef Silny, in order for us to approve your test waiver.
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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
We Accept the following exams:
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.
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.”
Yes. We strongly encourage international applicants to complete the InitialView interview and writing sample. While this is not a required component of the application, it is an excellent way to add another dimension to your candidacy that the Simon Admissions Committee will use as part of the holistic review of your application.
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.
Applicants who choose to submit a Duolingo English Test score will be required to share their score with Simon at the time of submission.
We only accept TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date; however, if you would like to provide us with your MyBest score in addition to your TOEFL iBT score, we will consider it as part of our review process.
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.
For individuals testing on or after July 1, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after your test administration date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2016, are reportable through July 2, 2021.
For individuals who tested between August 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (as indicated in the GRE® Information and Registration Bulletin from that testing year). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2016, are reportable through June 30, 2021.
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.
In addition to uploading a scanned copy of your official transcript to the online application, you should also upload your diploma, making sure it includes your degree and the date of conferral.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
If you have additional questions about the application process, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
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