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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 $72,350 per year. The total cost of the Yale SOM MBA program is $100,274 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 average GMAT score for the incoming class at Yale SOM is 730 median. The GMAT middle 80% range is 690 – 760.

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 average GRE score for the incoming class at Yale SOM is Median GRE Verbal: 165 and Median GRE Quant: 163.

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? (or, What is the average age of a Yale SOM MBA student?)

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

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

The average starting salary for Yale SOM MBA graduates is $127,100 (median base salary) with a median of $36,000 in other guaranteed compensation. 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 15, 2020. The Round 2 application deadline is January 7, 2021. The Round 3 deadline is April 13, 2021. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST the day of the deadline.

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 blind. 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 347 students in Yale SOM’s Class of 2020. The median GMAT score of this class is 730, with 80% of students scoring between 690 and 760, and the median undergraduate GPA is 3.71. Twenty-nine percent of students hold undergraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences, 21% in business, and 21% in economics. Twenty-nine percent of students also came from STEM backgrounds and degrees.   

Women make up 43% percent of the Class of 2020. Forty-five percent of the class is international, with nearly 20% of students coming from Asia. Twelve 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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Essay Topic Analysis

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Yale School of Management MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines Yale School of Management (Yale SOM) MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. For the fourth year running, Yale MBA hopefuls are […]

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 2023 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. 2020-2021 Yale MBA […]

Interview Reports

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 MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Second-year student / On-Campus

I went to Yale on one of their Friday interview days, where the school put on a full day of programming (all optional) to learn more about the MBA program. 30-minute interview slots are available throughout the entire day, and the interviewers stayed on schedule. The interviewer had a copy of my resume but had […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

I had my Yale SOM interview with the Adcom in Tokyo. It was a busy day for the Adcom as she also organized the info session before we met. The interview was very short, but very conversational. I thought it would not be blind as it was an Adcom interview (though usually, Yale interview is […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report / Round 1 / Adcom / Off-campus hub

The interview was very structured and the interviewer was extremely friendly. Questions: – Walk me through your resume – Greatest success at work – Failure at work – Why MBA? – Why now? – Why Yale? – Why did you select your quote? How will that impact your contribution to Yale? (We were requested to […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-campus in Mumbai

My interview with Yale SOM was a conversation with Adcom. Fun and friendly. Questions what’s your career path so far why an MBA why Yale what do you want to do after The Adcom pressed a lot on the ‘Why Yale’ question. This was emphasized more than I would expect. Maybe they were trying to […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Adcom / Skype

The interview with Yale SOM was super structured. She had a list of questions, which she mentioned the same for everyone. Ran for about 30 mins. She was super friendly and made an effort to make me comfortable. Questions: Tell me about your work experience Why MBA Why Yale A situation where you succeeded at […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

I had my Yale interview in early March, in London with an adcom. The interview was very structured, and lasted exactly for 30 minutes. The interview was blind-based, so the interviewer had only seen my CV and my quote prior to the interview. Questions Walk me through your resume. Why MBA? Why Yale? What was […]

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My Yale SOM interview was at the Hilton Hotel in London in early March, the interviewer was very friendly and followed a structured approach. The interview itself was blind-based and lasted for exactly 30 minutes. CV related questions Why MBA? What was your greatest accomplishment? What was your greatest professional mistake? What will be your […]

Yale-som Q&As

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

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The Buzz at Yale SOM: Application Volume Up, Dean on Sabbatical, Rec Letters Accepted in Spanish, Mandarin

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Yale School of Management
Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
Phone: 203-432-5635
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Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @YaleSOM

Yale-som LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for Yale SOM

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
July 29, 2020 10:59am
Accepted from Waitlist via phone.
GPA: 3.65. GMAT: 680. International.
July 29, 2020 12:42am
Accepted from Waitlist via phone.
July 29, 2020 12:29am
Accepted from Waitlist via phone.
GPA: 3.49.
July 2, 2020 7:45am
Waitlisted via email.
July 1, 2020 3:16pm
Waitlisted via portal.
GPA: 3.4. GMAT: 720. Canada.

MBA DecisionWire for Yale SOM

Enrolled: Stanford GSB
Admitted: Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
GMAT: 710
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth, UVA / Darden
GMAT: 640 GPA: 3.46
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
Enrolled: Oxford / Saïd
Admitted: Oxford / Saïd
GRE: 324 GPA: 2.96
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross, Northwestern / Kellogg, NYU Stern, Other
GMAT: 740
Post-MBA Career: Investment Banking
Enrolled: Yale SOM
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson, 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 over 90 full-time professors, in addition to approximately 70 affiliates and visiting professors. These professors help manage the school’s four 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.

After a week and a half of orientation, first-year students begin the core curriculum in mid-August, and second-year students commence classes a week 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 ten courses. Prior to graduation, students must fulfill a global studies requirement during one of the academic breaks. Students have a menu of options to choose form including a faculty-led international experience or a global network week in conjection with the Global Network for Advanced Management.

In order to graduate, each MBA student must earn 72 units of coursework. Thirty-four of these are achieved by completing the core curriculum; the remaining 38 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 Global Network partner schools during the fall 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 eight 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
  • Employee
  • 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 Life Sciences Case Competition, which is run by the Yale Healthcare and Life Sciences 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 2018 was $127,100, with a median of $36,000 in other guaranteed compensation. Approximately 24% of the class chose post-MBA positions in finance/accounting functional roles. Consulting and general management were popular functions as well, claiming about 46% and 11% of graduates, respectively. Students also found jobs, albeit in fewer numbers, in functions such as marketing and sales and operations and logistics. 

Consulting was a common industry choice for 2018 graduates, with nearly 35% of the class entering this industry. Twenty-three percent of students went into finance, 6% into retail, and 15% into technology. Members of the Class of 2018 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, nearly 48%, of its graduates in the region where the school is located: the Northeastern U.S. Just over 27% of the Class of 2018 found jobs in the Western U.S., while nearly 8% went to the Mid-Atlantic, 3% to the South, 8% to the Midwest and 7% to the Southwest. Almost 12% of students took jobs outside of the United States.


The tuition and program fees for the 2019-2020 academic year total $72,350; however, with additional expenses such as living expenses and textbooks, Yale SOM estimates that students will pay $100,274. 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 (per year) 

Tuition $72,350
Program Fee $2,210
Room, Board, and Personal Expenses $22,214
Textbooks and Photocopies $1,000
Health Insurance $2,500
Total $100,274

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