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Yale School of Management

Yale is one of those names that is simply synonymous with excellence in higher education. The University of Yale was founded in 1701, making it one of the oldest universities in the United States and part of the fabled Ivy League group of American universities. The School of Management was officially established in 1976 – though precursors to it had existed throughout the 1950s and 1960s – and nowadays its MBA program is ranked in the top 15 globally by the likes of the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Economist.

The mission of Yale SOM is to educate leaders for business AND society. This is partly achieved by expanding the lens of the MBA program to focus not only on business, but also how it fits into a wider global and societal context. All Yale MBA students must complete a module with an international element, which could be anything from an intensive week of learning at one of Yale’s partner schools to spending a whole semester at a prestigious international business school. Additionally, students here are actively encouraged to work with students from across the wider university by participating in dual degrees, taking electives in other departments or joining the Program on Entrepreneurship. They are all perfect opportunities for MBA students to understand one of the keys to great leadership: being able to work with individuals from different disciplines and backgrounds to achieve success.

At Yale SOM you can choose to study the full-time two-year MBA or the Executive MBA as well as a range of Management Masters, Executive Education programs and the aforementioned dual degrees. The Yale MBA is one of the most competitive programs in the world with 10.9 applicants for each spot, but if you’re one of the lucky ones to pass through these famous doors then you couldn’t be much better placed for future success.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for applying to the Yale School of Management?

To apply to the Yale School of Management, applicants must have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent. Applicants must submit the online application (including an essay), and the following materials:

– Transcripts from every college or university attended
– Two professional recommendations
– Complete the video questions
– Official GMAT or GRE score (valid within 5 years of exam date)
– Pay the application fee

Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement?

There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply to Yale SOM.

What is the Behavioral Assessment?

The Behavioral Assessment is an online admissions tool administered by the research division of ETS, which measures a set of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies associated with business school success.  It is a forced-choice module that takes about 20-25 minutes to complete, and should be completed in a single sitting.  Applicants do not need to do anything in advance to prepare for the assessment, nor does it require any specialized knowledge, background, or information to complete.

How will the Behavioral Assessment be used in the admissions process?

At Yale SOM, we look for broadminded, intellectually curious students that represent a diversity of backgrounds and interests.  With this goal in mind, we consider applications holistically, and review each candidate within the context of the overall pool without fixed weight given to specific pieces of the application.  The Behavioral Assessment is one piece of this puzzle, and we will use it with a light touch within the overall set of admissions considerations.  While the assessment alone will not be the deciding factor for admission, it can provide valuable information when used in context with other elements of an application. 

What transcripts will I need to apply?

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide transcripts for all undergraduate, graduate, study abroad, transfer and non-degree programs you have attended and for which you were issued university-level course credit.  Professional and personal development activities not taken for university-level credit, such as CPA, CFA, and online classes for which you did not receive course credit, do not require transcripts.

You do not need to submit official transcripts to apply, but you should provide a transcript generated by your school, such as a copy of a transcript released to you by the institution, or a screenshot of a transcript available to you online. Transcripts should clearly show the name of the institution, all course descriptions and grades. Submit all available pages of each transcript, including pages that detail your institution’s grading scale. We will require official transcripts once you enroll at Yale SOM; all offers of admission are conditional until the receipt and verification of official transcripts and degree certifications.

If your transcript is not in English, we request both a copy of the original untranslated transcript as well as a notarized English translation.

If grades from transfer courses or a study abroad program are not included on your undergraduate transcript, we will require a separate transcript with this information.

Is an interview required for admission to Yale SOM?

Yes. All applicants who are offered admission will have had an interview. Interviews are granted by invitation of the Admissions Committee, and can be extended at any point during an admissions round.

In which round should I apply?

Candidates should apply when they feel they can submit their best application. There is no difference in your individual chances of being admitted in Round 1 versus Round 2. There are fewer spaces available for Round 3 applicants than there are in the first two rounds, which may affect the chances of gaining admission.

*In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2019-2020 Application cycle Yale SOM is offering a 10 day extension to all Round 3 applicants to send in their GRE or GMAT scores. Additionally, we have added an Extended Round 3 deadline of May 27, 2020 for those candidates who are unable to submit their application by the standard Round 3 deadline, or whose applications are not complete by that deadline. We will notify Round 3 Extended applicants of their admission decision in the second half of June.

How can I check the status of my application?

Once you submit your application online, you will be able to check your online status by signing in with your email address and password. You will then be able to see which materials our office has received and which we are still awaiting. It can take up to a week to receive your official test scores.

What do I need to do to be considered for a merit scholarship?

All applicants are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There is no need to take any additional steps to be considered. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified at the same time you learn of your admission to the program. If you do not receive a merit scholarship, there are other means of financing your MBA studies, including outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. Please visit the Affording Your MBA page for more information.


The University of Yale was founded in 1701, making it the third oldest university in the United States


Aside from being ranked in the top 15 in the world across the board, Yale also has the #1 ranked faculty in the world (The Economist, 2018) and the fourth most selective MBA program globally


Entrepreneurship at Yale: Yale SOM’s Program on Entrepreneurship draws students from across Yale


The most recent MBA class comprises some 345 students, 42% of which are female and 44% international – a figure which has been steadily rising over recent years


Yale MBA graduates in recent years have predominantly gone on to jobs in the Consulting and Financial Services industries, with a median base salary of $130,000