About The School
Over the past 10 years, Yale SOM has become one of the most sought-after MBA programs with applications topping 4,000 for a class of approximately 350. Yale SOM was the first US program that required international travel for its graduates, and international students comprised 31% of the class of 2020. SOM also benefits from strong connections with Yale University, with an international network and brand recognition rivaled by only a handful of institutions on earth. Few MBA students turn down the opportunity to engage with other departments and take advantage of the rich learning environment around campus.
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 (e.g., climate change, global pandemics, extremism, global capitalism, and so on).
Strengths And Specializations
Intersection of business and society
Number of applicants (if possible) – 3,453
MBA Class size – 350
Annual tuition (converted to USD) – $149,000
6.1% Starting Own Business
Avg. Base Salary – $140,000
Salary Increase – 128%
Employment in 3 months – 90.2%
Yale SOM McCombs Rankings
Avg. Work Exp. – 4.5
Average GMAT – 720
Int’l Students – 40%
Female Students – 39%
Essay 1. “Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.”
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