Simmons School of Management
Simmons' MBA program is specifically designed to help women be successful leaders and managers. In addition to general business management skills, Simmons' MBA curriculum looks at how gender dynamics shape women's leadership opportunities, strategies for managing gender dynamics and corporate social responsibility.
Simmons uses the Harvard Case Study Method where students are placed in real-world situations and asked to make decisions based on their analysis of the problem. Learning methods include group discussions, team projects and collaborative research and presentations. Hands-on learning opportunities include research and publishing with faculty, client-focused market analysis, and externships with entrepreneurial companies.
Of the 200 students enrolled in the Simmons MBA program, 80% are part-time students. 22% of Simmons MBA students are minorities and 8% are international students. The average student age is 29 and 7 years of work experience and a GMAT score of 521. Most Simmons MBA students (62%) hold undergraduate degrees in humanities, social sciences and the arts. 47% of students have worked for non-profit organizations.
Career Strategies, a required course for Simmons MBA students, teaches students skills they need to find new jobs or advance in their current positions. Employers who have hired Simmons MBAs include:
- American Express
- Children's Hospital Boston
- Four Seasons Resorts
- The Gap
- Harvard University
- Kraft Foods
- Monster Worldwide
- Partners Healthcare
- Sun Microsystems
Simmons' 16-month full-time MBA program provides all the content of a two-year MBA program in a compressed time frame. Internship and international study opportunities are available to full-time students.
Simmons' part-time students can choose from 2-year and 3-year options.
Students who want to jump start their full-time MBA program can start out as part-time students in January before they join their full-time cohort in the fall. Students also have the option of taking one or two classes to help them decide if an MBA is the right choice for them.
Simmons' combined BA/MBA Program is designed for women who already have 20 to 80 undergraduate credits, but have been unable to complete their undergraduate degrees. Simmons students can enroll in both undergraduate and graduate courses on a part-time or full-time basis.
Simmons' MSW/MBA program is designed for students who want to work at non-profits in leadership, clinical practice and administrative roles. This is a three-year program; most students enter the MBA program first.