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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 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

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