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The Yale School of Management (SOM) is located near the center of Yale University’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut. While Yale has made concerted efforts to expand its class size in recent years, it is still one of the smaller leading MBA programs; hallmarks of Yale SOM include its close-knit student body and multidisciplinary approach to business education. In addition, students at the school benefit from a high degree of integration with Yale University as a whole and have the ability to take elective courses across the university. 

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What is the tuition for Yale SOM's MBA program?

The tuition for Yale SOM’s MBA program is $74,500 per year. The total cost of the Yale SOM MBA program is $104,752 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

How hard is it to get into Yale SOM’s MBA program?

The acceptance rate for Yale SOM is 23.7% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted. For example, the median GMAT score is 730.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Yale SOM’s MBA program?

The median GMAT score for the incoming class at Yale SOM is 730.

Does the Yale SOM MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Yale SOM MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to Yale SOM’s MBA program?

The median GRE scores for the incoming class at Yale SOM are 166 Verbal and 165 Quant.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Yale SOM’s MBA program?

Yale SOM does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Yale SOM’s MBA program?

The average number of years of work experience among students in Yale SOM’s MBA program is 5.

What is the median starting salary for graduates of the Yale SOM MBA program?

The median starting salary for Yale SOM MBA graduates is $140,000 with a median of $30,000 in signing bonuses. The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

What are the application deadlines for Yale SOM’s MBA program?

The Round 1 MBA application deadline is September 14, 2021. The Round 2 application deadline is January 6, 2022. The Round 3 deadline is April 12, 2022.

What percent of Yale SOM MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at Yale SOM that are women is 43%.

What type of interview does Yale SOM use for MBA admissions?

Yale SOM offers interviews by invitation. The interviews are resume-based. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials, except for their resume.


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Yale SOM Class Profile

There are 349 students in Yale SOM’s Class of 2023. The median GMAT score of this class is 730 and the median undergraduate GPA is 3.69. The middle 80% of GMAT scores ranged from 690 to 760. The middle 80% range of undergraduate GPAs ranged from 3.3 to 3.92. For those who chose to take the GRE, median scores landed at 166 Verbal and 165 Quant.

Women make up 43% percent of the Class of 2023. Forty-four percent of the class hold passports for a country other than the U.S. and represent 38 different countries altogether. Forty-nine percent identify as U.S. student of color and another 20 percent identify as a U.S. underrepresented minority.

Application Procedures

Applicants can apply to Yale SOM during one of three rounds of admission; these typically occur in mid-September, early January and mid-April. The admissions committee requires that applicants submit a completed online application form covering personal and biographical information, a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts from all academic institutions attended. Applicants must also submit a GMAT or GRE score report, and typically a $250 application fee.  Application fees are priced on a sliding scale depending on the applicant’s income. Interviews are conducted by invitation only and are required for admission to the MBA program. Applicants may be interviewed by members of the Yale SOM admissions committee or trained second-year students.

Applicants who have displayed commitment to encouraging diversity in American businesses may also apply to Yale through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. 

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  • GMAT/GRE score(s)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Application fee
  • Video Questions
  • Behavioral Assessment

Essay Topic Analysis

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Yale MBA Essays & Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines Yale School of Management (Yale SOM) MBA admissions essays. The Yale MBA essay is for the 2021-2022 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. For the fifth year […]

Recommendation Questions

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Yale SOM MBA Recommendation Questions

The Yale MBA recommendation questions for the Yale School of Management MBA Class of 2024 are below.  Yale uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC. Two professional recommendations are required, and at least one of the recommenders should be in a position to assess your performance at your most recent job. 2021-2022 Yale MBA […]

Interview Reports

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Interview was very casual and conversational. The student interviewing me noted that he had a few questions he was obligated to ask, and would be taking notes, but overall the tone was more conversational than formal. Questions 1. Tell me about yourself, specifically why MBA? 2. Why MBA now? 3. Short / long term goals? […]

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

The interview was with a second-year student via Zoom. The interview atmosphere was fairly relaxed and conversational. The interviewer stated that he read my resume prior to the interview and had a set list of questions he had to ask. List of interview questions: 1. Please give me a 60 second introduction about yourself. 2. […]

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Alum / Zoom

We started with a little chit-chat about our shared backgrounds (both Chinese), then talked about the following (with probes from the interviewer throughout): 1) Tell me about your career thus far. 2) Why SOM? 3) Who have you spoken to about SOM? 4) What will you contribute to the SOM community? 5) Why the specific […]

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Interviewed with a second-year student working in an unrelated field to me. Very relaxed, resume-based interview. No surprises, they follow a script. Biggest professional achievement? ST/LT goals Why MBA? Why Yale? How will you contribute to diversity at Yale? Tell me about your quote? A time when you listened to someone and they changed your […]

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Interviewed with a 2Y student. Very casual but structured, lasted about the 30 minute mark. He told me that the questions are predetermined. 1. I won’t ask you to go through the whole resume, maybe choose one professional experience where you succeeded at something and talk about what the outcome was. 2. Next question that […]

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Was a typical zoom interview. You enter the call at your scheduled time. Blind interview by a second-year student. Seems randomly chosen, regardless of your background. 1. Took a good 3-4 minutes chit-chatting; talking about football games, travelling 2. Run through the resume, but focus on the work experience 3. Had follow-up questions about my […]

Yale SOM Video Essay: Round 2 / Video Essay Component / Online

After signing in, I got the opportunity to test my computer and prepare two sample questions. For the real questions, there would be a video of an Admission Officer saying the prompt and the text below it. After the video ended, a timer would start with time to prepare the answer. Then, the recording would […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / On-Campus

Questions asked: Please tell me a little more about your current role. Why do you want an MBA? Greatest success? Biggest failure? What will you contribute to Yale SOM? Notes: The interview itself was very conversational. The interviewer, a 2nd-year student, told me that it was blind. Only thing that threw me off in the […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Skype

The interview was blind and went for ~32 minutes. I am an international student and was matched with another international student, which was a bit of surprise to me. She briefly explained about the nature of the interview and we jumped right in. It seemed that she was advised to ask a list of questions […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second-year student / on-campus

Interviewed on-campus on Friday and attended the whole day activity including a campus tour and a faculty presentation. The interviewer was a second-year student, very friendly and explained the process at the beginning of the interview. The latter lasted 30 min with the last 5 min for questions and answers. The questions were the following: […]

Yale-som Q&As

Admissions Director Q&A: Bruce DelMonico of the Yale School of Management

In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, Bruce DelMonico, the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Yale School of Management, joins us to discuss the leading MBA program.  He started at Yale SOM, which is based in New Haven, Connecticut, in October 2004 and has led the Admissions Office since November 2006.  Before Yale, […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Bruce DelMonico of the Yale School of Management

We continue our Admissions Director Q&A series with the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Yale School of Management, Bruce DelMonico. He has been at the school for close to 15 years, and has been running the Admissions Office for roughly 13 of those years. During that time, he has seen the school grow both […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Bruce DelMonico of the Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management (SOM) Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico has been leading the charge at the New Haven business school since 2006.  This past summer, Clear Admit’s Jeanette Brown had an enlightening conversation with the admissions gatekeeper.  Read on for more about the ins and outs of admissions at Yale SOM, advice on essays, the […]


Median GMAT730
Median GPA3.69


Mailing Address:
Admissions Office
Yale School of Management
Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
Phone: 203-432-5635
Fax: 203-436-8901
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://som.yale.edu/
Blog: https://som.yale.edu/programs/mba/blog
Twitter: @YaleSOM

Yale SOM LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for Yale SOM

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
November 25, 2021 12:23am
Rejected via email.
GPA: 3.5. GMAT: 720. Korea.
November 15, 2021 10:26pm
Rejected via email.
GPA: 3.6.
November 1, 2021 11:34am
Interview Invite via email.
GPA: 3.72. GMAT: 730.
October 30, 2021 1:25am
Rejected via portal.
GPA: 3.5. GMAT: 750. India.
October 29, 2021 2:51pm
Rejected via email.
GPA: 3.6.

MBA DecisionWire for Yale SOM

Enrolled: Harvard Business School
Admitted: Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
GMAT: 730 GPA: 3.9
Post-MBA Career: Private Equity
Enrolled: Dartmouth / Tuck
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck, Yale SOM
GMAT: 760
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
Enrolled: UCLA Anderson
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua, UCLA Anderson, Yale SOM
Post-MBA Career: Consulting



Yale SOM boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of six to one. Across its eight disciplinary groups, the school employs 100 full-time professors, in addition to approximately 70 affiliates and visiting professors. These professors help manage the school’s five research centers, which cover topics ranging from business and the environment to corporate governance and performance.


Yale SOM’s MBA program is designed to be completed over four semesters of 12 weeks each, with students completing an internship during the summer between the first and sec­ond years. Each semester is divided into two six-week quarters; while the majority of electives last an entire semester, all core courses and some electives last only one quarter. Professors at Yale SOM use the “Raw Case” approach, which challenges small teams of students to analyze real-world case studies using data, news reports, and interviews.

Typically, first-year students have a week and a half of orientation, then begin the core curriculum in late August; second-year students commence classes a few days later. The fall semester ends in mid-December. Classes resume in mid-January and run until early May, with commencement occurring later that month.

All first-year students are required to complete Yale’s core curriculum, which is made up of two segments. The first segment, Orientation to Management, lasts for seven weeks and teaches students the basics of business disciplines such as economics, accounting, management, data analysis and decision-making. Rather than focusing on disciplinary topics, the next segment, Organizational Perspectives, is team-taught and designed to help students look at the business world in an integrated manner by examining different internal and external roles. Organizational Perspectives runs for two quarters and is comprised of 11 courses. During spring break, each first-year student fulfills an international experience requirement by going on one of several faculty-led fieldtrips to various international destinations.

In order to graduate, each MBA student must earn 72 units of coursework. Thirty-four and a half of these are achieved by completing the core curriculum; the remaining 37.5 are fulfilled through elective courses. First-year students take four units of electives in the spring semester, and the second-year curriculum is comprised entirely of electives. In addition to the wide variety of electives offered through Yale SOM, MBA students may fulfill their elective requirement by cross-registering for courses offered at other schools within Yale University. Students may also study abroad at one of Yale SOM’s international exchange partner schools during the fall or spring semester of their second year.

Other MBA Degree Options

In addition to its two-year full-time MBA program, Yale SOM offers an Executive MBA program for leaders in the asset management, healthcare, or sustainability sectors. The school has joined with Yale Law School to offer three-year and four-year MBA/JD programs. There are nine other joint degree options available, through which students can earn their MBA as well as a degree from another Yale graduate school. These include, among others, an MBA/MPH with the Yale School of Public Health, an MBA/MD with the Yale School of Medicine, and an MBA/MA in Global Affairs with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Core Courses at Yale SOM

Orientation to Management

  • Basics of Economics
  • Basics of Accounting
  • Introduction to Negotiation
  • Modeling Managerial Decisions
  • Probability Modeling and Statistics
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Global Virtual Teams

Organizational Perspectives

  • Competitor
  • Customer
  • Investor
  • Power and Politics
  • The Global Macroeconomy
  • Sourcing and Managing Funds
  • State and Society
  • Workforce
  • Innovator
  • The Executive
  • Operations Engine

Degree Offerings at Yale SOM

Full-time MBA Program

Executive MBA Program
MBA for Executives: Leadership in Asset Management, Healthcare, or Sustainability

Joint Degrees

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

Students at Yale SOM have ample opportunities for extracurricular involvement.  The school has over 50 student-run clubs, which vary in focus from professional to social.  On the professional side, the Consulting Club helps students learn about the consulting industry and recruiting process through weekly club meetings, interview workshops and case study practice sessions.  In addition, each year the Consulting Club coordinates with Net Impact, another student group, to organize a case competition for first-year students.  SOM students also have the opportunity to participate in other competitions including the annual Yale Healthcare Case Competition, which is run by the Yale Healthcare Club.

Yale SOM’s student clubs host a variety of conferences each year.  These include the Private Equity Club’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Symposium and the Education Club’s Education Leadership Conference.  There is also the student-run Philanthropy Conference, as well as the annual Yale Healthcare Conference, run by Yale SOM and the Health Professional Schools at Yale University.

Campus Space

Yale SOM is situated in the center of Yale University’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut. The business school campus is housed in Edward P. Evans Hall, a 240,000 square foot facility that opened in January 2014 and includes a 350-seat Zhang Auditorium, the Ross Library, a dining commons and coffee shop, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms and the Beinecke Terrace Room.

While the Graduate Housing Office does offer dormitories and apartments to graduate students and their families, the school notes that most graduate students opt to live off campus in the residential neighborhoods of New Haven. Students can learn more about how to pursue off-campus housing options through Yale SOM’s Office of Student Affairs.

MBA Careers

Career Services

Yale SOM’s Career Development Office (CDO) provides students with a wide range of career counseling services, such as speakers, workshops and individual advising appointments. In addition, the CDO boasts a large library where students can find information about preparing for interviews, guides to writing cover letters, and other career development resources. The CDO also organizes a variety of recruiting events throughout the year to enable students to meet potential employers. These include corporate presentations, industry-specific networking nights, and trips to visit companies on site. Moreover, the CDO oversees a busy schedule of on-campus interviews; second-year students begin interviewing for full-time positions in late September, and first-year students begin interviewing for summer internships in mid-January.

Career Statistics

Upon graduation, the median starting salary for Yale SOM’s Class of 2020 was $140,000, with a median of $30,000 in signing bonuses. Approximately 36% of the class chose post-MBA positions in consulting functional roles. Finance/accounting and marketing/sales were popular functions as well, claiming about 25% and 14% of graduates, respectively. Another nine percent chose general management roles. Other functions included law, operations/logistics and more.

Consulting was a common industry choice for 2020 graduates, with nearly 37% of the class entering this industry. Twenty-three percent of students went into finance, nearly 9% into retail, and 13% into technology. Members of the Class of 2020 also found positions in nonprofit organizations, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare, manufacturing, and media and entertainment, among other industries.

As often occurs at business schools, Yale SOM placed a large proportion, 47%, of its graduates in the region where the school is located: the Northeastern U.S. Around 29% of the Class of 2020 found jobs in the Western U.S., while 76% went to the Mid-Atlantic, 3.5% to the South, 6% to the Midwest and almost 7% to the Southwest.  Thirteen percent of students took jobs outside of the United States.


The tuition and program fees for the 2021-2022 academic year total $74,500; however, with additional expenses such as living expenses and textbooks, Yale SOM estimates that students will pay $104,752.  A large number of merit-based scholarships are available through the school to help students pay for their education.  Every applicant is automatically considered for these scholarships, with no separate application necessary. Students are also encouraged to pursue scholarships from outside sources.  For additional sources of financial aid, students can apply for a variety of loans.  These include federal loans for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as the loans through Prodigy Finance and Quorum Federal Credit Union, both of which do not require a co-signer and are open to all international students at Yale SOM.  Alumni who pursue post-MBA careers in the public or nonprofit sectors within 10 years of graduation are eligible for extensive loan repayment support through the Yale SOM Loan Forgiveness Program.

Two-Year Program Tuition

  • Tuition $74,500
  • Program Fee $2,270
  • Room, Board, and Personal Expenses $24,284
  • Textbooks and Photocopies $1,000
  • Health Insurance $2,698
  • Total$104,752

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