THE MISSION OF THE YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT IS EDUCATING LEADERS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY. The school’s students, faculty, and alumni are committed to understanding the complex forces transforming global markets and using that understanding to build organizations—in the for-profit, nonprofit, entrepreneurial, and government sectors—that contribute lasting value to society. The school’s integrated curriculum, close ties to Yale University, and active connection to the Global Network for Advanced Management ensure that Yale MBAs both acquire crucial technical skills and develop a genuine understanding of an increasingly complex global context.
Yale SOM offers the following programs:
- Full-Time MBA
- MBA for Executives
- Master of Advanced Management
- Doctoral Programs
- Executive Education
- Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program
Our faculty is leading researchers and teachers in all areas of business scholarship. The school has unique strength in leadership, behavioral approaches to management, competition and strategy, healthcare, global business, and innovation, startups, and venture capital.
Centers and Initiatives
The school’s centers and initiatives pull together faculty from across the university to advance understanding of critical questions in business and organization scholarship.
- Center for Customer Insights
- International Center for Finance
- Program on Social Enterprise
- Center for Business and the Environment at Yale
- Program on Financial Stability
- China Enterprise Initiative
- Initiative on Leadership and Organization
Frequently asked questions and answers related to admissions in Yale School of Management
What are the requirements for applying to the Yale School of Management?
To apply to the Yale School of Management, applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent and must have taken either the GMAT or the GRE. Applicants must also fill out the online application form (including an essay), provide transcripts from every college or university attended, submit two professional recommendations, complete the video questions, and pay the application fee.
What is the application fee to apply?
To make the application process as affordable as possible for candidates from developing countries and with diverse backgrounds, the Yale School of Management has a sliding-scale application fee structure. The standard application fee is $225. For applicants earning less than $20,000 a year, the application fee is $175. For applicants earning less than $10,000 a year, it is $125. The application fee is based on the self-reported compensation information you provide in the application. If you are admitted and enroll, we will verify this compensation information and your offer of admission is contingent on successful verification.
Does Yale SOM accept the GRE in place of the GMAT?
Yes. Yale SOM will accept GRE scores in place of, or in addition to, GMAT scores, for applicants who have taken that test.
Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement?
There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply to Yale SOM.
How long is my GMAT/GRE score valid? If I designated Yale SOM as a score report recipient two years ago, does the Admissions Office have my score report now?
GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. If you took the exam within the past five years and have designated Yale SOM as a score report recipient, we will have access to all of your GMAT and/or GRE scores from that period.
I’ve taken the GMAT and/or GRE more than once. Does Yale SOM consider all of my scores?
We see and consider all the scores you have received as we review your application, although we credit the highest score you achieved. We do not average scores.
What are the school codes I should use to have official test score report(s) sent directly from ETS or GMAC to Yale SOM?
You can request GMAT score reports through www.mba.com (use code 3TJ-BX-45) and GRE scores through www.ets.org (use code 3986).
Do I need to submit official transcripts and degree certificates when I apply?
You do not need to submit official, paper transcripts or the corresponding degree certification to apply. We allow applicants to upload scanned transcripts and degree certificates or submit them using our special fax submission system. If you are admitted, you will need to submit official transcripts and the corresponding degree certificates to enroll. The degree certificate must indicate the type of degree conferred, the institution/location from which you received the degree, and the date of degree confirmation. Please note that if your transcript indicates this information, there is no need to provide us with an additional degree certificate.
All offers of admission are conditional until the receipt and verification of official transcripts and degree certifications.
The application requirements state that I need to send in transcripts from all institutions I have attended. What if the grades from my coursework at other schools appear on my primary undergraduate transcript? Do I need to send in multiple transcripts?
The Admissions Committee needs to see the grades you received in all of your courses. If your primary undergraduate transcript shows the courses you took at other schools—such as summer courses or courses taken during a study abroad program—along with the corresponding grades, you do not need to send in a separate transcript. If the grades do not appear on your primary transcript, then you do need to submit transcripts from other schools.
If my GPA is not reported on my transcript, do I need to calculate it in order to complete the academic record section of the application?
No, if your GPA is not reported on your transcript, you should not calculate it for the application.
What is the purpose of the additional information section? What do most applicants use it for?
The additional information section is an optional section that should be used to communicate information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may not fit into another part of the application. Applicants typically use it to explain issues regarding their undergraduate record or GMAT score, information about a job transition, or other information that is not apparent from the rest of the application.
Is full-time work experience a requirement for admission?
Although full-time work experience is strongly encouraged, it is not a requirement for admission. Our incoming students have an average of three to five years of work experience when they start the program, although the overall range of experience is wider than that. We also admit a select group of students, called Silver Scholars, directly from college.
What types of recommendations does the Admissions Committee like to see?
The application requires two professional recommendations, one of which should ideally come from your most recent supervisor. Please select recommenders who know you well and can speak to your strengths. Do not choose recommenders simply because they are in high-level executive positions at your company.
Is an interview required for admission to Yale SOM?
Yes. All applicants who are offered admission will have had an interview. Interviews are granted by invitation of the Admissions Committee.
What is the application process like for a joint degree applicant?
The application process is exactly the same for joint degree applicants as it is for other applicants. Applicants need to submit a separate application to each program and be admitted to each program to enroll as a joint degree candidate. Admissions decisions are made independently.
What is the application process like for a re-applicant?
If you have applied within the last two years, you do not need to submit new supplemental materials (GMAT score report, transcripts, and recommendations) because we will already have them on file. You are required, however, to submit a new application form and new essays, and to pay the application fee. Although it is not required, you may want to submit new recommendations if they would provide insight into what you have done since your last application.
If you applied more than two years ago, you will need to submit an entirely new application and provide all required supplemental materials.