Students Say

Business-focused women will find many reasons to be drawn to the School of Management at Simmons College, a school “known for empowering and motivating women.” Foundations of Business, a week-long symposium, kicks off the MBA program, leading directly into courses on decision-making, marketing, accounting, leadership, and other fundamentals of business. Borrowing from the case-based learning style developed at Harvard Business School, Simmons boasts a “strong track record of success” with its “focus on women in business and sustainability.” These efforts make Simmons “a leader in the business world in helping women achieve their full potential.”

Overview

Applicants
105
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.19
Years Work Experience
7.4
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT
450 - 560
GPA
2.78 - 3.6

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Round 1
February 15

Round 2
March 15

Round 3
April 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

Business-focused women will find many reasons to be drawn to the School of Management at Simmons College, a school “known for empowering and motivating women.” Foundations of Business, a week-long symposium, kicks off the MBA program, leading directly into courses on decision-making, marketing, accounting, leadership, and other fundamentals of business. Borrowing from the case-based learning style developed at Harvard Business School, Simmons boasts a “strong track record of success” with its “focus on women in business and sustainability.” These efforts make Simmons “a leader in the business world in helping women achieve their full potential.”

Giving credence to “the reputation it has as a great program for women,” there is an “emphasis placed on principled leadership and giving voice to values.” A “highly supportive and accessible” administration, along with “extremely dedicated, energetic and passionate” professors, help ensure that despite an “intense” work load students “are learning volumes every week.” However, some students say an “understaffed” administration “makes it difficult to do alternate course pathways,” while others suggest there exists “an unwillingness to share information or allow student participation … We are not involved in curriculum or scheduling decisions except for general surveying.”

Most in the MBA program are part-time students, and professors “recognize that most of us work full time and cannot make traditional office hours.” Teachers are teaching from experience. Professors “typically had a wealth of business (or non-academic) experience that they draw upon in class, which has been very helpful to solidify course concepts.” These “very accessible” instructors share “stories and experiences that help us learn.” Because “the coursework applies to real concepts” students find it is “easy to see how the assignments hone in certain concepts.” Indeed, “as a woman in the business world, Simmons has given me the voice and confidence to stand up for what I believe and to create change.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
26

92
Full-time
69
Female
11
Minority
8
Part-time


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Curriculum with social impact principles woven through core and elective courses. Elective courses include Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Analysis and Reporting, Sustainable Supply Chain, and Business and Human Rights.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Multiple opportunities exist to partner with faculty on various sustainability research efforts.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Gold Level Net Impact Chapter with a designated faculty adviser. All students are given free membership their first year in the program and are given professional development funds to attend the Annual Net Impact conference.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Giving Voice to Values Program

School's environmental commitment 3:
Gold LEED certified sustainable building

Career overview

From The School

The Office of Career Services, dedicated to the M.B.A program provides personalized and comprehensive career planning and placement services. Advice on appropriate career direction, resume writing, interview preparation, and salary negotiation is intergrated with a required Career Strategies course. The office provides students with access to job opportunities through its on-campus recruiting program, functions and industry panels, correspondence recruiting services, job bank, and job fairs that are attended by a wide range of companies.

Career Rating
89
Average Starting Salary
$60,682

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

33%
Other
17%
Marketing
15%
Finance/Accounting
13%
General Management
6%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Information Technology
4%
Consulting
4%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

89%
Northeast
6%
Mid-Atlantic
2%
International
2%
West

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 33% $67,500 $80,147 $47,500 $167,500
Marketing / Sales 17% $92,500 $85,357 $52,500 $117,500
Finance / Accounting 15% $62,500 $60,357 $42,500 $77,500
General Management 13% $60,000 $68,333 $42,500 $107,500
Information Technology 6% $117,500 $112,500 $97,500 $122,500
Operations / Logistics 6% $92,500 $89,167 $47,500 $127,500
Consulting 4% $45,000 $45,000 $42,500 $47,500
Human Resources 4% $102,500 $102,500 $102,500 $102,500
Communications 2% $67,500 $67,500 $67,500 $67,500
Non-Profit 2% $57,500 $57,500 $57,500 $57,500

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 22% $85,000 $89,583 $42,500 $152,500
Financial Services 15% $65,000 $73,333 $42,500 $117,500
Non-profit 7% $57,500 $57,500 $57,500 $57,500
Consumer Products 4% $92,500 $92,500 $92,500 $92,500
Technology 4% $77,500 $77,500 $57,500 $97,500
Government 2% $107,500 $107,500 $107,500 $107,500
Manufacturing 2% $52,500 $52,500 $52,500 $52,500
Real Estate 2% $57,500 $57,500 $57,500 $57,500

Prominent Alumni

Gail Snowden
Former VP/The Boston Foundation & Fmr EVP Fleet Financial

Maryann Tocio
President & COO/Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Donna Fernandes
CEO/ Zoo Director The Buffalo Zoo

Gail Deegan
Board Member/EMC &Former CFO& EVP/Houghton Mifflin

Sue Paresky
SVP/Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Overview

From The School

The cost of tuition for the 2002-2003 academic year is $727 per redit hour. Forty-five credits are required for the degree. The estimated cost for fees, books, and supplies is $3,000.

Financial assistance consists of scholarships, graduate assistantships, grants, and federal loans, which may be offered separately or in combination. Deans' Scholarships are available and candidates applying to the program are automatically considered. These awards are based on merit.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$33,084

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$8,949

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
97%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
63%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
83%

New Students Receiving Loans
67%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Fees (In-State)
$200
Fees (Out-State)
$200

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,280
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,280

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$15,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,000
Academic Expenses
$9,765

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
156
Out of State
5%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

28.00%
Minorities
7.00%
International

100% female
0% male

Campus Life

From The School

The School at a Glance

"A quarter of a century ago, the Simmons School of Management (SOM) was among the first to educate women for positions of power and leadership. Today, we remain the only business school in the world designed exclusively for women. Our challenge is the same: to help women succeed in business and to move from middle management into the most senior positions in organizations of every kind. Wherever senior managers meet, Simmons is determined to position skilled and confident women among them, competing equally, with insight and a real understanding of the business environment."
--Dr. Patricia O'Brien, Dean

Students

With work experience averaging eight to ten years, students come to Simmons knowing a great deal about themselves and what they want from their education. They include women in the process of a career change, women who have reached a career plateau and women with substantial management experience who want to move ahead in their careers. In the current class, minority enrollment is 10 percent and international enrollment is 30 percent, with representation this year from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Forty-six percent of the students majored in the humanities or social sciences, while 54 precent majored in math, economics, or the sciences. Study groups and structured group projects encourage team development as leaders and as followers.

Students Say

Part-time MBA students will find many others who share their varied burdens. “I’m an evening student,” one student writes, “so most of my cohort is employed full time and is juggling the demands of work, school, and family. We tend to be respectful of one another and supportive in our struggles to attain this degree.” The “intelligent, driven, diverse, hard-working, goal-oriented, inspiring” student body is glad that “Simmons makes it as easy as possible for me to balance everything while not relaxing for a moment their high academic standards.” The mutual sense of admiration is not merely strong on a personal level —“my fellow students are amazing, smart, accomplished, and interesting women,” another student proclaims—it also extends to the education itself, where those same students “consistently bring new insights to the classroom.”

Evening students regret having “so little time outside of study groups to get to know these fascinating, professional women even better,” but those with an opportunity to get more involved at the school will find no shortage of ways in which to do it. Many clubs and activities offer more than a mere diversion from the classroom; they also offer ways to further one’s education and network. These include Net Impact GOLD, Women on Boards, the Entrepreneur Connect club, the Student Ambassador teams (Recruitment, Admissions, and Marketing), career services events, company presentations, the Simmons Leadership Conference, and more. Net Impact in particular “is very active in offering students opportunities to learn about green jobs, environmental hot topics, and other responsible business practices.” Still, some students admit that “it is hard to participate heavily in the activities due to work load,” while others complain that since the otherwise “very strong” part-time program is “meant for the commuter student … not much is done to enrich the part-time experience.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Melissa Terrio
Director of Admission

Address
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Phone
617-521-3840

Email
somadm@simmons.edu
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Key Stats

105
Applicants
156
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate

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