Master of Science in Business Administration

William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester

Program Description

Master of Science in Business Administration

William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester

When you enroll in the Simon Schools M.S. program, you have a lot of flexibility. The programs are designed to be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, and there are nine different areas of study from which to choose. The Simon School M.S. degree provides management training for individuals who wish to pursue Finance, Marketing, Accounting, General Management, Medical Management, Information Systems Management, Manufacturing Management, Service Management, or Technology Transfer and Commercialization.

As a student in the M.S. program, you will have the opportunity to take classes with M.B.A. students, work on multicultural teams, participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, and receive guidance and assistance from our Career Management Center. The program consists of a balance of theoretical training, as well as applied projects courses.

M.S. in Accountancy- The Simon Difference in Accounting

Simon’s cross-functional curriculum, based upon applied economics, offers students the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to succeed in a complex and ever-changing global marketplace.

Simon’s small size and team structure provides meaningful interaction inside and outside the classroom, with excellent opportunities for networking and personal growth.

Students are qualified to sit for the C.P.A. examination in New York State and obtain subsequent licensure. The Simon School tailored this program to meet the states new 150 credit-hour rule which officially takes effect on August 1, 2009.

In August 2004, Ross Watts and Jerold Zimmerman received the American Accounting Association for Seminal Contributions to Accounting Literature Award.Only the fourth time to be presented since its inception in 1986, Watts and Zimmerman join a small and distinguished group of leading scholars who have received this honor, widely considered to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Accounting for their groundbreaking research.

A recent study placed the Simon School first among colleges and universities in the world with the highest certified management accountant (C.M.A.) exam pass rate from 1992-2001. The data was compiled by The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (I.C.M.A.).

Degree Requirements (12 courses/36 credits)
The course of study for students begins in September and concludes in June the following year. Because of the personalized nature of the program, each student will work with an academic adviser to select courses to meet the degree requirements and also meet the requirement to sit for the C.P.A. Due to the focused nature of the program, a bachelor degree in Business, Economics, or Accounting is required for admission consideration.

Concentration in Information Systems Management

The Information Systems Management concentration appeals to prospective candidates who are committed to careers in information systems and who need management expertise. The program emphasizes both management principles and an understanding of the modern technical aspects of information systems in an organization. Graduates of the program have pursued careers in information systems management, information technology consulting, and network administration.

The concentration is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and requires the completion of a minimum of 39 credit-hours, corresponding to 12 courses. There are seven required courses and five courses to be chosen from 14 possible electives. Students who study on a full-time basis may complete the program in nine months beginning in the fall. Part-time study is available through enrollment in any of the four quarters.

Concentration in Finance


The M.S. degree with a concentration in Finance is available as follows:

Students who have already earned an M.B.A. with a general management or non-finance focus, and need additional training in the finance area and/or are considering a career change.

Students with a completed Bachelor degree and a demonstrated quantitative aptitude.  There are two additional graduate courses required for students who do not already hold an M.B.A. degree.

The concentration is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and classes are taught by a faculty internationally known for financial expertise.  Full-time students complete the program in nine to eleven months depending on whether the candidate already holds an M.B.A. degree. 

Concentration in General Management


This program is designed for individuals with quantitative or technical backgrounds (e.g., computer science, engineering, optics) whose careers would be enhanced by learning the foundations of successful management. The program requires completion of 12 classes. Nine of these are required core classes that cover the principles of finance, accounting, marketing, operations, information systems, managerial economics, and data-driven managerial decision making. The 3 remaining classes are electives that students can choose according to their interests. A student pursuing the M.S.B.A. General Management on a full-time basis completes the program in three quarters. A variety of part-time scheduling opportunities are possible.

Concentration in Marketing


The Simon School one-year M.S. with a concentration in Marketing offers a compact, highly-focused program designed to equip students with the skills and experience necessary to excel in a wide range of marketing positions. While students will be exposed to a variety of career possibilities during the course of their studies, most students are likely to assume a position related to one of the concentrations three main emphases: marketing research, sales or advertising.

Who should consider a graduate degree in marketing?

The ideal candidate for the Simon School M.S. program is someone with high energy, who is excited about the prospect of learning advanced skills in a compact time frame, and subsequently pursuing a successful marketing career. As many marketing jobs involve data analysis and interpretation, the Simon program has a strong quantitative component. Applicants should have taken some mathematics and/or statistics as undergraduates, and be ready for advanced statistical training in the program. For those with limited mathematics background, the School offers a Math for Management review course prior to the start of classes.

Program Requirements

The full-time program begins with two, 5-week Foundations Courses that start in August and conclude in September. Students take nine additional courses during the academic year - three each during the fall, winter and spring quarters. Additionally, students participate in a sales workshop during the spring quarter. Part-time study is available with flexible entry points.

Concentration in Manufacturing Management or Service Management

This M.S. degree with a concentration in Manufacturing Management or Service Management provides management training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in operations. The program can help operations managers and industrial or manufacturing engineers gain further expertise in operations management and stay current with the most recent developments in the field. The M.S. concentrations are more technical and focused than the general M.B.A. degree. Each program requires 12 courses and 39 credit-hours of study with a 3.0 grade-point average, and is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who pursue Service Management on a full-time basis may complete the program in nine months if they begin their studies in the fall quarter. Full-time Manufacturing Management degree candidates can do the same, but only if they complete an introductory operations management course prior to the fall quarter

Upon graduation, students who concentrate in Manufacturing Management are prepared to engage in a career managing the manufacturing function, as well as those supporting it in finance, accounting and marketing. Students who study Service Management are ready to pursue careers with line responsibilities or consulting, as well as in service-oriented industries such as finance, and retailing.

Concentration in Medical Management


The Simon School is one of only a few internationally ranked schools of business to offer a dedicated program in the area of Health Sciences Management. Our newly introduced M.S. degree in Business Administration with a focus in Medical Management provides physicians, hospital administrators and medical professionals with management tools and an understanding of the key business issues that confront health care providers. More importantly, it teaches practical business skills to enable participants to formulate competitive strategy, develop quantifiable business plans and manage their operations and employees towards their desired goals.

The Medical Management Masters is specifically designed to accommodate your busy schedule by allowing you to complete the classes for this program in one calendar year. The in-class time commitment is one night per week and one weekend per month. During a typical school quarter, students enroll in one Simon School core class for one night per week for ten weeks. In that same quarter, the student also takes a class on two separate weekends to cover the health care component of the module. Students also complete a six-credit team project that provides additional credit for completion of the degree.

 The project is on a topic of the students choosing with input from the senior leadership at their organization and the program directors at Simon.

To accommodate the students on weekend classes, we provide light refreshments during breaks, buffet dinner on Friday and buffet lunch on Saturday. In addition to the meal services, textbooks and course materials are also delivered to our students prior to the start of each quarter.



The Medical Management Masters program commences in September with an introductory weekend that reviews the curriculum and some preparatory material for the program’s first module. Thereafter, students enroll in one designated core course each quarter and meet for one weekend per month to study health care management applications. They also work continuously throughout the year on a team project guided by a faculty advisor.

Concentration in Technology Transfer and Commercialization

At the intersection of technology and commercialization, there is a growing demand for skilled facilitators who can bridge the gap between emerging technologies and dynamic markets. The Technology Transfer and Commercialization masters program appeals to professionals committed to careers in technology transfer who need management expertise. The program emphasizes both management principles and an understanding of the latest issues and methods in the transfer and commercialization of technologies in universities and emerging venture settings. Students also get hand-on experience through a unique practicum experience in addition to building their entrepreneurial skills.

The M.S. with a concentration in Technology Transfer and Commercialization is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and requires the completion of a minimum of 39 credit hours, corresponding to 9 core courses and 3 electives. The program can be completed full-time in nine months, by enrolling in the program in September. Part-time study is also available with flexible entry options.


Rochester, University Of Rochester Campus

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Approximately 36 Credits
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