Tepper | Mr. Climb The Ladder
GRE 321, GPA 3.1
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GMAT 690, GPA 3.64
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineering To Finance
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Indian Non-Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 9.05/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian Engineer + MBA Now In Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 8.7 / 10
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
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UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
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Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
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Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
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GRE 324, GPA 4.0
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GRE 300, GPA 3.4
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Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
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Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
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Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

Yale School of Management


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 18, 2021.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $74,500

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $74,500

Average GPA: 3.66

Median GMAT: 730

Median GRE: 166V/165Q

International: 44%

Minority: 20%

Female: 43%

Male: 57%

Average Age: 27

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - September 14, 2021 | Round 2 - January 6, 2022 | Round 3 - April 12, 2022

The Yale MBA: What You Need To Know

Once upon a time, Yale School of Management was known as a school that churned out MBAs to NGOs and the social sector. These days, that ethical backbone is still present, but as the $243 million Foster + Partners-designed centerpiece Edward P. Evans Hall suggests, the world of Yale has moved on a bit.

That’s not to suggest that Yale SOM has forgotten its ethos. Not at all. Its motto is “Educating leaders for business and society,” and a growing focus of the school is changing the world for the better through ethical and sustainable business practices. That means preparing people who can thrive in a complex world where, as they say, “Sectors, regions, and cultures intersect in an increasingly connected world.”

Yale SOM students are right in the thick of it all. Of the most recent cohort, 20% came from a consulting background, with the same figure for financial services and nonprofit/government combined. The average self-reported salary three years after graduation is $173,000, according to Financial Times figures, putting Yale alumni’s earning power on a par with graduates from Tuck and above those from Kellogg and London Business School. Incidentally, the school’s MBA was ranked 11th in both the FT and Bloomberg Businessweek’s most recent rankings and 9th in U.S. News’s.

One of Yale’s SOM’s unique selling propositions is that it makes a big effort to make use of faculty from all over the university to teach courses. Even better, academics from different disciplines often teach sessions together to bring in various perspectives. And when it comes to electives, Yale SOM students have the opportunity — rare, even in business schools that are embedded in world-class universities — to take as many as they like from other university schools and departments. SOM students take advantage of this amazing opportunity, too. In recent years, MBA candidates have taken such perspective-broadening courses as Native American Art & Architecture and Faith & Globalization. Those studying for an MBA also have to fulfill a Leadership Distribution Requirement by taking at least one elective that focuses on leadership in a particular industry, or that looks at a major ethical and societal challenge.

Another way this school stands out from the crowd is its approach to case studies. Yale has moved well beyond the conventional case-based style of teaching, employing a whole team of people both at the university and in the wider Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) network of over 30 international schools to put together its unique “raw” cases. Rather than tidy, paper-based cases, students are presented with a mass of information in a number of media such as video, news reports, interviews, and data; there is, by design, too much for any individual to absorb, meaning that students are forced to work in teams to create a coherent analysis. The point, of course, is to mimic the way information presents itself, and the way people make decisions, in the real world.

Of course, part of this focus teamwork is the idea of leadership, which is also central to this MBA. At Yale SOM, they look at developing leadership in four dimensions: individual, which involves developing skills and knowledge, but also understanding your own strengths and limitations and ways to persuade and influence others; working in, and leading, teams; seeing an organization as a whole, rather than broken down by geography or function; and being aware of global challenges such as inequality and climate change.

The logical extension of this focus on understanding the big picture is Yale SOM’s internationalism. It was the founder of GNAM, and its MBA candidates are encouraged to develop a global perspective by traveling to partner schools for courses. For instance, students have visited IE Business School in Madrid for a course on the euro crisis, and Renmin University Business School in China to learn about entrepreneurship in emerging markets. If they like, they can take courses in languages or international relations.

A truly diverse cohort, plus world-class education, means that this MBA is worth a look for anyone looking for an experience that is out of the ordinary.


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 leaped from 231 when Snyder took over to 326 this past fall. The 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 a big idea coming in.”

Applicants noticed 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 the curriculum for full-time MBAs. All full-time MBAs are required to take Global Virtual Teams, a first-year course that focuses on team dynamics and then places Yale students on teams with other students at partner schools in Mexico and France. Students 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 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 upward momentum.

Yale MBA Rankings Data

Yale MBA Employment Stats

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.


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

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

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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.

Welcome To Yale

View student profiles

Read the MBA Blog

Visit Edward P. Evans Hall


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.

View employment data for the Classes of 2015 and 2016


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