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Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs

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.

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 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 prospective students and applicants. If you have additional questions about the application process, please reach out to us at For the latest on the University of Rochester’s guidelines regarding COVID-19, visit the University’s dedicated website.

I have not taken my standardized test(s), and testing centers are closed in my location. What are my options to meet the application requirements?

There are a few possibilities: :

  • We encourage you to explore if you qualify for a standardized test waiver.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Do you accept Duolingo English Test scores?

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.

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

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.

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