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About Yale SOM 

Yale SOM has become one of the most sought-after MBA programs, with an average of more than 4,000 applications for a class of approximately 350. Yale SOM was the first US program that required international travel for its graduates, and international students now comprise on average half of the class.

SOM students benefit from Yale’s international network and brand recognition, as well as the opportunity to explore courses in other departments and immerse themselves in the rich learning environment around campus. The MBA offers several specializations that all align with the school’s mission and values, which emphasize responsible business leadership and a broader societal impact.

Yale SOM is a great school for people who are intrigued by complex, dynamic problems that will require big ideas and multi-disciplinary solutions. It might be fair to think of it as a “liberal arts” approach to business education. It’s a place for curious, forward-thinking students who like to make new connections and see old problems from new angles. The school has distinguished itself as a leader when it comes to DEI and has invested heavily in programs and partnerships that elevate traditionally underrepresented voices in business and business education.

Finally, Yale SOM very much considers management – not “business” – a profession on par with law, medicine or architecture. That is, practitioners should not be blind to the moral dimensions of their work and its impact on the public good. Thus, the school is a natural fit for leaders with a strong interest in ESG and applicants who are drawn to the power and promise of public-private ventures of the kind required to address the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, global pandemics, extremism and global capitalism.

Strengths and Specializations

Sustainability and environmental responsibility, social impact and nonprofit management, ethics, healthcare, finance, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology

Graduating Class of 2025

Number of Applicants: 3076

MBA Class Size: 339

Avg. Work Experience: 5.1 years

Avg. GPA: 3.64

Avg. GMAT: 720 

International Students: 50% 

Female Students: 40% 

Tuition: $84,900/year

Post-MBA Careers (class of 2023)

Career Sector: Consulting 44.2%;  Finance 22.2%;  Technology 10%; Retail 6.5%; Starting Own Business 3%

Avg. Base Salary: $175,000; Salary Increase: 135% (Source: FT Rankings 2024)

Top Recruiters: Kearney, Bain, Deloitte, McKinsey, BCG, L.E.K., PwC,  Pepsi, P&G, Amex, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, JP Morgan, Citi, Credit Suisse, Pfizer,  Apple, Google, TikTok, Uber, Tesla,

Employment offered within 3 months of graduation: 91.5% 

Yale SOM Rankings


Deadlines: R1: Sept 12, 2023; R2: Jan 4, 2024; R3: Apr 9, 2024


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Fortuna Tips & Advice 

Read Fortuna’s Essay Tips & Strategy for Yale SOM and related article, Yale SOM Pre-Interview Questions & Quote. 

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