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YALE School of Management – Introduction


The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society.

We believe that to be an effective leader in an increasingly complex world, you’ll need to leverage connections across boundaries of function, industry and region. That’s why Yale SOM developed an integrated curriculum that uses diverse disciplines and areas of expertise to better understand management challenges. The school is closely linked to our parent university, giving you the chance to take courses throughout campus, collaborate with Yale scientists on a startup, or even get a second degree in law, environmental management, or medicine. And it is a founding member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, through which you’ll study with faculty and team with students at 27 other top schools around the world.


The integrated Yale MBA curriculum is designed to teach fundamental business tools and give you the context to understand how your whole organization works and how it impacts the larger society. In unique MBA courses taught by multiple professors, you’ll learn to take multiple perspectives and draw on multiple business disciplines as you confront a problem.

Overall Yale is one of the Ivey league schools in US but when it comes to Yale MBA is not quite there yet in the top 7. But never the less it a good brand with significant weightage if you have it on your CV.

Good Facts:

– Big name helps in bringing the big bucks as well. Yale’s median salary for last class was $ 125K. However it drops down significantly to $104K for any international placements. That’s a big drop of 17%. Whao..better stay in US if you are going to yale. Atleast Leverage the name for your first gig.

– As usual with B-schools highest number of candidates goes to consulting, but I am surprised that yale placed a massive 48% candidates in consulting function. That’s almost close to INSEAD numbers. You make it into yale, you have a great shot at consulting.

– Its interesting to see technology edge out financial services to be at second spot when it comes to placements by industries..I guess yale is just not into finance that much. Finance geeks better head over to NYU.

Not so good facts:

– Last year Yale received 4098 applications and doled out invites to 713 candidates for a class of 350. That represents the conversion rate of 17% which is pretty low but not as low as 10 % for Harvard or Stanford.

– 2 great things about Yale’s class profile is 1) 43% women candidates which is pretty high compered to 30% average of B-schools and 45% international candidates which is again very high when benchmarked against US B-schools.

– Yale’s median GMAT for the class was 730, and a overall range of 690-760. That’s a very high bar. Especially for Indians it would be safe to assume the average GMAT score of 740 or 750 to get into Yale.

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Yale SOM MBA Sample Essays


Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

Dropping out of high school was the most difficult decision I had to make as a teenager, but a medical condition did not leave me much choice. While the taste of failure was bitterly devastating at first, it dawned on me that dropping out of school was not going to be how my story ends. I resolved to take charge of my learning process, eventually achieving a perfect SAT score and receiving admissions letters from top universities in the US and Korea. I chose to pursue joint degrees in law and business in college, and to serve as an officer in the Korean Air Force to capture the opportunity to play an active role in Korea’s defense and diplomacy sector.

It was during my military service that I became deeply fascinated by the aerospace industry with its knowledge intensive nature and reliance on multinational cooperation. I realized that while Korea was an economic force in industries such as consumer electronics, it was lagging behind in the aerospace arena. I decided to I embark on my biggest life commitment and pursue my passion by joining Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), where I served as lead negotiator in the largest joint aerospace program in the history of Korea and Indonesia to develop over 100 fighter jets…Continue Reading Here.

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

I come from a family of seven kids: Tristan, me, Rae, Mario, Ysa, Jr, then Angel. My mom has been divorced twice, and my grandmother stood in as a second parent for most of my formative years. People, things, and ideas have come and gone in my life, but my family has always been there for me. Supporting them has been my biggest commitment I have ever made.

I grew up in a small rural town in the southern island of the Philippines. My mom and my grandmother believed that a good education was essential, so in 4th grade, my brother Tristan (who is three years older than I am) and I moved to Manila. We traveled 700 miles from home because Manila had better schools with more structured curriculum. Unfortunately, my mom worked for the government in our rural town, and her salary was the sole source of income for our family. Therefore, she could not come with us, so my brother and I were alone in Manila for three years, with occasional visits from Mom. We figured out how to get around and budget our weekly finances. When I was in 7th grade, my mom was able to move herself, my grandmother, and my other five siblings to the city..Continue Reading Here.

Yale SOM MBA Interview


Yale put on an entire day of events for the students on campus to interview (everyone there was invited to interview). I interviewed in the morning slot, so they provided some breakfast and refreshments as we could socialize before our interview. My interview lasted 30 minutes. It was the most formal feeling interview of the schools that I interviewed with 2nd year students (all similar rank to SOM).

The interviewer started out by stating that it would last 30 minutes and we had a set of questions to work through. Here they are:

  • Describe your current role.
  • Walk me through your progression at your company.
  • Why an MBA?
  • What’s your career goal immediately following business school?
  • What’s your proudest accomplishment leading a team?
  • What’s a time you made a mistake and how did you fix it?
  • Why SOM?
  • How did you research your career goal and SOM?
  • What clubs do you plan to be in while at SOM?
  • You had to submit a quote prior to your interview. What was it and can you tell me a little about it?
  • Is there anything else you would like me to know?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

The most surprising thing to me was the amount of questions that were asked. There wasn’t much time for discussion-based on the amount of questions we got through. I think SOM is looking for a candidate who is very strong intellectually and collaboratively. After the interview, there was a full day of activities ranging from tours to professors talking about courses and curriculum…Continue Reading Here

Yale SOM MBA Application Essay Tips


The Yale School of Management has published its required MBA essay for the 2019-2020 admissions season. Today, we’re sharing our Yale MBA essay tips to help you create a positive impression through your application materials.  Make sure you read the essay questions carefully and research Yale MBA admissions criteria. One great resource is the Yale MBA admissions blog. This essay should clearly highlight your personal qualities and leadership qualities. With only one essay question in the application, you’ll need to make sure your resume and recommendations can answer any questions about your career and accomplishments.

Essay 1: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

Behavioral questions like this one (tip off word: “describe”) require you to describe how you act in specific situations. Choose an example from your past experiences, and think about what a commitment meant to you. Was it a job or an organization that you were involved in? Or, maybe your commitment relates to a value or a person. Provide detailed specifics about your commitment and why it qualifies as the biggest one you have ever made. What did you think or say? Describe the actions you took. How did you feel about the result? The commitment should be large enough to show the admissions committee at Yale SOM who you are and what motivates you.

Solo commitments might be appropriate since many MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you will demonstrate how you work with others as a leader and team member. Leadership and commitment often go hand-in-hand, because the best leaders commit to making the team and organization better. Also, Yale focuses on making a difference in the world. The topic of this question demonstrates your values. Those values ideally include actions that impact the greater community or world. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team commitment, make sure you show a significant positive impact. Keep in mind the Yale SOM’s mission while writing this essay. As explained by Dean : “Yale SOM is persistent and disciplined in our efforts to connect to big issues, to integrate with Yale, to be distinctively global, and to work across all sectors. All of our efforts are guided by a strategy that accounts for how the world has changed over the last several decades and the implications for leadership. The success of our efforts depends entirely on extraordinary alignment and superior teamwork—internally and externally.”

A note on word counts

The 500-word limit can be daunting. Don’t censor yourself on the first draft and limit what you write. Instead, start by describing each step of your accomplishment in detail. Describe what you did, the reaction of others and your own feelings. From there cut out anything too detailed or too superfluous to the story. This will help you maintain that 500-word maximum. Another great tactic is to use an outside reader. Someone removed from the application can help you decide what is most important to the story and streamline your essay

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