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Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs

Application Implications

Amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our thoughts immediately turn to our prospective student and applicant communities in the areas most impacted. The Simon Admissions Team has care and concern for you, your family and friends, and all those affected—please accept our very best wishes for health and safety.

To show our support, we have added a $90 application fee waiver to your account that may be used to apply for Fall 2020. Simply choose the fee waiver option on the payment screen when you're ready to submit and we'll take care of the rest.

As this situation evolves, we are committed to supporting our applicants who are based in affected regions during this challenging time. As a result of COVID-19, we have made adjustments to our application deadlines and provided clarification on certain application requirements. Please note that the applicant qualities that indicate success in our MS programs are the same as they have always been—we are simply offering some flexibility on the methods for assessment of those qualities in response to this unprecedented global health crisis.

Below please find answers to our most commonly asked COVID-19 related application questions from prospects and applicants. If, after reviewing these FAQs, you still have questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office. For the latest on the University of Rochester’s guidelines regarding COVID-19, visit the University’s dedicated website.

Is Simon still accepting applications for the Full-Time MBA and MS programs for Fall 2020 entry?

Yes, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply at your earliest opportunity. If you are an international student and you do not currently have a student visa, please note that there are time sensitivities surrounding the visa process. Contact us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu if you have questions or would like to discuss your individual situation and next steps.

I saw the program is supposed to begin in July. Is that still the case?

No—in another effort to respond to the challenges COVID-19 has presented around the globe, we have canceled our Pre-Fall orientation and academic coursework and shifted our entering date to August 2020 to allow each entering student more time to arrive in Rochester. We hope this additional time will also ensure that more students can enjoy a face to face learning experience in a healthy and stable environment.

I have not yet taken my standardized test(s) and testing centers are closed in my location. Is there any way to take my exam(s)?

There might be. We received notification that the GMATGRE, and TOEFL iBT are temporarily being offered from home in certain locations, and recently we learned the TOEFL ITP Plus for China is now available in mainland China. If you are able to take advantage of these options, we suggest you register for and complete your exam as soon as possible. We realize these at home testing opportunities are not available to everyone—for those who are not able to take advantage, please see the options for submitting your application in the questions below:

  • What if I don’t have a GMAT/GRE score and I am unable to take a test at home? What should I do?
  • What if I don’t have a TOEFL/IELTS score and I am unable to take the test at home? What should I do?

I was scheduled to retake my TOEFL/IELTS and/or GMAT/GRE, but my testing center has closed and/or canceled my scheduled appointment. What should I do?

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 by reading through the questions below:

  • What if I don’t have a GMAT/GRE score and I am unable to take a test at home? What should I do?
  • What if I don’t have a TOEFL/IELTS score and I am unable to take the test at home? What should I do?

I’m scheduled to take the GMAT/GRE and/or TOEFL iBT/TOEFL ITP Plus for China exam at home—can I submit my application before receiving my score report?

Yes. If you are scheduled to take the temporary at-home GMAT/GRE and/or TOEFL iBT/TOEFL ITP Plus for China exam, please follow the below steps when submitting your application:

  • Enter the date of your scheduled exam for the test date
  • Enter zeros (0) for your test scores
  • In the Test Score Material Upload section, upload a word or PDF document stating you are taking the at-home exam option and will send your score report to us when it becomes available

What if I don’t have a GMAT/GRE score and I am unable to take a test at home? What should I do?

If you do not have a GMAT/GRE score and you would like to apply to Simon for Fall 2020 entry, you may qualify for a waiver. We are offering a test score waiver to candidates with a 3.2 cumulative GPA from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution. Please do the following:

  • Enter 01/01/1900 for the test date
  • Enter zeros (0) for your test scores
  • Upload a document in the Test Score Material Upload section with any supporting information, such as:
    • Your cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA
    • Copies of applicable licenses and certifications (ex. CPA, CFA, etc.) that may support your candidacy
    • Confirmation that you wish to have your test score waived
  • If your GPA is not on a 4.0 grading scale, please use WES iGPA Calculator (or another certified third-party service) to convert your school’s grading system into a 4.0 grading scale. When you receive the emailed results of your equivalency, please upload the document in your support materials for the GMAT/GRE waiver.

Remember that we take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, which means we consider academic history, professional experience, leadership skills, cross-cultural experience, and community involvement to get a full picture of an applicant’s fit for our MS programs. Based on your cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA and other applicable criteria, you may qualify to waive the test score requirement.

What if I don’t have a TOEFL/IELTS score and I am unable to take the test at home? What should I do?

If you do not have a TOEFL/IELTS score and you would like to apply to Simon for Fall 2020 entry, please review our options below:

  1. You may be eligible for a language exam waiver
    Applicants who 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 are eligible for a waiver. Please refer to the application for further instructions.
  2. If the above option does not apply to you, we recommend supplementing with an InitialView interview and writing sample. This provides an additional opportunity for applicants to demonstrate English proficiency to the Admissions Committee.

If you plan to take an InitialView interview in lieu of the TOEFL/IELTS exam, please do the following when submitting your application:

  • Enter 01/01/1900 for the test date
  • Enter zeros (0) for your test scores
  • In the Test Score Material Upload section, upload a word or PDF document stating you are taking an InitialView interview in place of the TOEFL/IELTs exam. You will also need to indicate the InitialView date within your application.

Do you accept Duolingo standardized language test scores?

No. We currently only accept the TOEFL or IELTS, but please review the previous question to see if you qualify for a language exam waiver.

I’m looking for a way to showcase my English language skills. Are there any options beyond the TOEFL/IELTS?

In this case, we recommend supplementing with an InitialView interview and writing sample. This provides an additional opportunity for applicants to demonstrate English proficiency to the Admissions Committee.

My school is closed or is unable to process my transcript request due to COVID-19. Can I submit my application without my recent transcript?

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:

  • Enter all College/University information
  • Upload your year three or in-progress course information, including online grades if you can obtain them, OR
    • Upload a Word document explaining your situation—including why you are unable to request or obtain a current transcript or electronic academic record (courses/grades)

Please note: At the time of enrollment, all admitted students are required to submit official transcripts showing proof of a bachelor's degree.

I'm concerned that I may not graduate on time at my current undergraduate institution. Will I still be able to attend Simon?

In addition to the Simon Admissions Team, the University of Rochester is closely monitoring the situation daily. We are committed to working with you and navigating the situation as best as possible. If all of your undergraduate course work is completed and you are awaiting your diploma or final transcript, we will work with you to finalize a timeline to receive these items. Please keep in constant communication with your admissions counselor and share updates regarding your personal situation as they arise. As well, we will communicate further updates with you via email and on this webpage; therefore, we encourage you to check back regularly!

 
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