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Yale School of Management


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 18, 2018.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $69,500

Acceptance Rate: 20%

Full-Time Enrollment: 728

Average GPA: 3.67

International: 45%

Average Age: 28

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $69,500

Median GMAT: 730

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 690-760

Median GRE: 328

Female: 43%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.38-3.94

Male: 57%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: September 12th, 2018 Round 2: January 7th, 2019 Round 3: April 16th, 2019

When Edward “Ted” Snyder took over as dean of the Yale School of Management in 2011, expectations soared. And for good reason. Snyder was essentially a miracle worker during his decade-long stint at Chicago’s Booth School–catapulting the school into a world B-school power. Nearly five full years into the job at the SOM and Snyder has somehow surpassed those lofty expectations.

The stats speak for themselves. The SOM’s entering class size for the full-time MBA program has leapt from 231 when Snyder took over to 326 this past fall. Average GMAT for the entering class of 2015 was 721–two full points higher than 2014. Meantime, the acceptance rate dropped three full percentage points to 20.7% during the same timeframe. All the while, the school has been inching up in the rankings and jumped back into the top 10 in the most recent edition of the U.S. News rankings.

Snyder has also focused on diversity. Some 10% of classes at the SOM are reserved for students outside of the school. Not to mention, he has tapped into the global resources of the larger university to increase international presence within the SOM. To top of the global emphasis of the greater B-school community, Snyder and the SOM created the Global Network for Advanced Management in 2012 to link top B-schools around the world. Four years later, the network now has 22 of the world’s most elite B-schools.

“We had a big global brand at the university level, but not at the school level,” Snyder told Poets&Quants at the end of 2015, when he was named Dean of the Year. “The organizing idea was to move us as far away as possible from a standalone business school. Being at Yale made that relatively easy, and that was the big idea coming in.”

And applicants have taken notice to the improvements. In 2014, applications jumped nearly 25% and through Round One of this year’s application cycle, applications turbocharged another 29%. Internationally speaking, applicants from Global Network Countries have jumped a whopping 51.6% from 2012 to 2015.

Of course, Snyder and the global emphasis have also altered curriculum for full-time MBAs. Starting this semester, all full-time MBAs are required to take Global Virtual Teams. The first-year course will focus on team dynamics and then place Yale students on teams with other students at partner schools in Mexico and France. Students will learn to work across countries, cultures and languages.

Other recent changes include a Leadership Development Program–required for all Master’s students, growing the number of entrepreneurship courses to about a dozen and increases in dual degrees and partnerships across schools at Yale. The SOM offers what is probably one of the only dual degrees with a School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

And employers are taking notice of the changes at the SOM, too. Once thought of a B-school that produces primarily social sector MBAs, the SOM has managed to maintain some of that social integrity while also producing graduates taking high pay private sector positions. For the graduating class of 2015, the median salary was $120,000–up $10,000 from the previous year’s class. What’s more, 96.4% of the class had received a job offer within three months of graduating. “We are closing the gap with the best best schools on employment,” Snyder says.

Clearly, the Yale SOM is trending among pretty much all key stakeholders in the MBA world. Applicants are taking notice, academics are taking notice and employers are taking notice. It will be intriguing to see just how far the school can leverage its current upwards momentum.

Ranking Analysis:

From 2011 to 2013, Yale SOM slipped from 13th to 17th in the Poets&Quants‘ composite rankings. The school has more than rebounded to 12th in 2014 and 10th in 2015. In the volatile Businessweek rankings, the school surprisingly maintained a consistent ranking of 21st for 2011 through 2013 before surging to sixth in 2014 and settling back to 11th in 2015. Over the past five years, Yale SOM has for the most part steadily climbed in the reputable rankings.

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools:  Columbia, Dartmouth, Northwestern’s Kellogg SchoolMIT SloanBerkeley
Match Schools: New York UniversityVirginiaDukeCornellCarnegie Mellon
Safe Schools: UCLANorth CarolinaTexas at AustinEmory

Yale SOM does not publish in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.

Relevant Features:

Can ‘Ted’ Snyder Work His Magic on Yale’s School of Management?

Yale’s Big, Audacious Global Bet

Yale’s Global Network for Advanced Management

Contact Information

165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
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From Yale School of Management: 

The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society.

We believe that to be an effective leader in an increasingly complex world, you’ll need to leverage connections across boundaries of function, industry and region. That’s why Yale SOM developed an integrated curriculum that uses diverse disciplines and areas of expertise to better understand management challenges. The school is closely linked to our parent university, giving you the chance to take courses throughout campus, collaborate with Yale scientists on a startup, or even get a second degree in law, environmental management, or medicine. And it is a founding member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, through which you’ll study with faculty and team with students at 27 other top schools around the world.


The integrated Yale MBA curriculum is designed to teach fundamental business tools and give you the context to understand how your whole organization works and how it impacts the larger society. In unique MBA courses taught by multiple professors, you’ll learn to take multiple perspectives and draw on multiple business disciplines as you confront a problem.

Professor Olav Sorenson on the Yale MBA core curriculum

Learn about Yale SOM’s newest core course, Global Virtual Teams

Student Experience

The Yale SOM student community is ambitious and supportive. You’ll learn from classmates with a remarkable diversity of backgrounds and aspirations, and develop your leadership skills by participating in student clubs and conferences.

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Yale SOM’s Career Development Office will help you explore career paths and pursue a summer internship and full-time position, offering one-on-one guidance and a curriculum of workshops. Your classmates and professors and the close-knit Yale SOM alumni network are also eager to help you achieve your professional goals.

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We are currently accepting applications for the MBA Class of 2018. Visit the Yale SOM web site to take the first steps toward applying.

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Visit the Yale SOM website to learn about the school’s MBA for Executives, Master of Advanced ManagementMaster’s in Systemic Risk, Master’s in Global Business & Society and doctoral programs.

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