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The Yale MBA – Yale University

The Yale School of Management was founded in 1976 and offers a two-year MBA program. The program is mid-size and specializes in non-profit management, strategy and finance.

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Average GPA of admits: 3.63
Average GMAT of admits: 720
Class size: 326
Average Age of admits: 28
  • Write clear, concise essays which clearly answer the question asked, paying attention to word limits.
  • The school is trying to show that it is not just a ‘non-profit’ school, that has strong finance and marketing programs as well.
  • If completed BA after less that 16 full years of education (i.e. did the BA in three years), it is recommended though not required to complete the 16 years by doing an additional Masters degree.
  • More open to people from non-traditional backgrounds.
  • Seem to be trying to increase international orientation of school.
These traits make you more likely to get accepted into Yale’s MBA program:

Trait Importance
(4 is highest, 1 is lowest)
Leader/Manager 3.5
Team Player/Relationship Builder 3
Smart 3.5
Initiates 3
International/Cultural 2.5
Creative 2
Presentation Skills 1
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 3
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 2
Promotions 3
Credible Names 2
Story is unique 3
Learn more about the meaning of these traits and how they are reflected in your application.

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Non-profit, (Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Small school.
  • Have a somewhat more theoretical (as opposed to practical) orientation than other business schools. Has been characterized as ‘the thinking person’s b-school’.
  • Strong emphasis on ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Generous loan forgiveness program for those entering non-profit/government jobs.
  • Ability to take courses at other Yale schools.
Unique ‘integrated curriculum’- rather than individual courses in the traditional disciplines (i.e. finance, accounting etc.), first-year courses are structured around the constituencies a manager must successfully engage – the Investor, Customer, Operations Engine etc. The courses are taught by teams of professors from different fields.
  • Someone interested in business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Someone interested in academic side of b-school experience.
The school has an academic-theoretic orientation (as opposed to other schools which emphasize a practical orientation), and stresses ethics and social responsibility. The school is relatively open to applicants from unconventional backgrounds, and is trying to strengthen its international orientation.

Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: James Kelley (President of Vestar Capital Partners), Daniel Weiss (President of Lafayette College), Indra Nooyi (CEO, Pepsico), Tom Ascheim (CEO, Newsweek) and James Firestone (President of Corporate Operations at Xerox).

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