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The Yale School of Management is on a hot streak of late: Dean Edward Snyder was named Dean of the Year by Poets and Quants and has been reappointed to a second term; full-time MBA application volume is up; and post-graduation salaries rival peer schools such as University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

The SOM has once again made news with the recent announcement that a donation from alumna Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc, makes her the most generous alumni donor in the school’s history, and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top business school, the Indra Nooyi Deanship. The amount has not been disclosed.

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“My gift to this wonderful institution pales in comparison with the gift that Yale gave me — the fundamental understanding that leadership requires an expansive worldview and a deep appreciation of the many points of intersection between business and society,” Nooyi said in a press release.

This gift will establish the Fifth Decade Innovation Fund, so named because the first class entered the business school in 1976 and the SOM now celebrates its 50th year. The fund aims to advance the SOM’s mission of cultivating leaders with a global mindset, and is open to additional contributions that would further develop and support the infrastructure and technology required of future initiatives.

According to a bio statement released by Yale SOM, Nooyi has served as chief executive officer of PepsiCo since 2006, and chairman since 2007. She is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s promise to deliver top-tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into its business strategy and leaving a positive imprint on society.

Snyder, who is the inaugural Indra K. Nooyi Dean, lauded her accomplishments at PepsiCo and said, “Having the deanship named in her honor communicates to the world the school’s model of purposeful and broadminded leadership.”

For more information about Nooyi and this historic gift, please read: PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi ’80 Endows Deanship at Yale School of Management.
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The Yale School of Management is on a hot streak of late: Dean Edward Snyder was named Dean of the Year by Poets and Quants and has been reappointed to a second term; full-time MBA application volume is up; and post-graduation salaries rival peer schools such as University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

The SOM has once again made news with the recent announcement that a donation from alumna Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc, makes her the most generous alumni donor in the school’s history, and the first woman to endow a deanship at a top business school, the Indra Nooyi Deanship. The amount has not been disclosed.

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“My gift to this wonderful institution pales in comparison with the gift that Yale gave me — the fundamental understanding that leadership requires an expansive worldview and a deep appreciation of the many points of intersection between business and society,” Nooyi said in a press release.

This gift will establish the Fifth Decade Innovation Fund, so named because the first class entered the business school in 1976 and the SOM now celebrates its 50th year. The fund aims to advance the SOM’s mission of cultivating leaders with a global mindset, and is open to additional contributions that would further develop and support the infrastructure and technology required of future initiatives.

According to a bio statement released by Yale SOM, Nooyi has served as chief executive officer of PepsiCo since 2006, and chairman since 2007. She is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, the company’s promise to deliver top-tier financial performance over the long term by integrating sustainability into its business strategy and leaving a positive imprint on society.

Snyder, who is the inaugural Indra K. Nooyi Dean, lauded her accomplishments at PepsiCo and said, “Having the deanship named in her honor communicates to the world the school’s model of purposeful and broadminded leadership.”

For more information about Nooyi and this historic gift, please read: PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi ’80 Endows Deanship at Yale School of Management.
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Fresh on the heels of being named Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants, Edward Snyder has been appointed to a second term as dean of the Yale School of Management.

“I am delighted that he is willing to continue in this capacity and foster SOM’s continued excellence and prominence on the world stage,” President Peter Salovey announced in a letter to the SOM community.

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During his tenure, Snyder has expanded the SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society by further connecting with Yale’s other professional schools, opening ultra modern new facilities, and by greatly expanding its international footprint through its Leadership Center in Beijing and the Global Network for Advanced Management.  The Global Network, founded by Snyder in 2012, currently has 28 member schools from all over the world.

Salovey noted that many members of the Yale SOM community wrote to recommend the dean’s reappointment.

“In reading the comments that so many of you took the time to send me, I was struck anew by the many facets of the dean’s leadership and the abundance of connections he has forged for the school,” Salovey said.

“You wrote of his talent for motivating colleagues, uniting faculty, staff, and students in a strong sense of purpose. You lauded his clear agenda toward transforming SOM into one of the world’s elite business schools. And you spoke of his commitment to Yale SOM’s unique mission to educate leaders for business and society,” he continued.

Snyder began his term as dean of Yale SOM in 2011, and is regarded as the most successful business school dean in the nation, former Yale University President Richard C. Levin said at the time. Prior to accepting the position at Yale SOM, Snyder served as dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and had also held that position at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and antitrust economics.

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The Yale School of Management has announced the 2016-2017 full-time MBA application deadlines. They are as follows:
Round 1
Application due: September 14, 2016

Decision released: December 6, 2016
Round 2
Application due: January 10, 2017

Decision released: March 23, 2017
Round 3
Application due: April 19, 2017

Decision released: May 18, 2017

For more information about applying, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.
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Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean for admissions at Yale School of Management, has previewed the new essay question that will be a part of the fall 2017 MBA application. The Yale SOM admissions committee would like you to:

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

This seemingly simple and straightforward prompt, DelMonico says, was developed in collaboration with Yale SOM professor of organizational behavior Amy Wrzesniewski.

The SOM will continue using a slide-scale application fee, which ties your application fee to your total annual compensation, for the upcoming year, DelMonico adds.

“The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from countries where pay scales are different from the United States and from industries where compensation varies,” he writes.

The 2016-2017 application goes live in mid-July. For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.
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Yale School of Management continues to have only one required essay as part of the MBA application, yet has streamlined that question this year and left the answer open ended.

Because there is only one essay question to highlight your personal qualities and leadership ability, and no specific career goals essay, make sure your resume and recommendations showcase your key accomplishments.

You may want to highlight specific projects at work that have most excited you and shaped your future goals on your resume and ask your recommenders to comment on those same projects. Strategically designing all of the application components to support your key accomplishments and showcase your best qualities will enhance your candidacy.

Keep in mind the Yale values: “Leaders for business and society think broadly about global trends and challenges, bring a sense of purpose to their work every day, and move forward with analytical rigor.”

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

As you approach this essay remember the type of MBA student Yale is most interested in admitting. Ideally you are coming across as an intellectually curious student with a diverse background deeply interested in the integrated curriculum.

Behavioral questions like this one (the tip off is “describe”) seek to understand how you actually operate in various situations. Try to be as specific as possible about how you positively influenced the organization. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result?

Start by describing each step in detail in terms of what you did, the reaction of others and your own reaction. From there you can cut out anything that is too detailed or too superfluous to the story to maintain the 500 word maximum.

You may decide to focus on a key solo accomplishment at work, and that may be entirely appropriate since most MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you can demonstrate how you work with others as a leader. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team accomplishment it should show a significant positive impact on the organization or people within the organization.

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Yale has a brand new question this year. And one that is fairly distinctive among bschools.

As you did last year, you need to make the most of that single essay, but you also need to take the time to make every box in the application a home run.  They are not after-thoughts. Your job descriptions and activity history are very important. Write and edit them carefully. Focus on achievements. Quantify when possible and keep in mind Yale's commitment to "educating leaders for business and society."

My tips are in blue.

[b]Essay Question:[/b]

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)
This essay would do really well with an anecdotal response telling the story of the commitment you made. What was the challenge or problem that triggered this commitment. How did you follow up? What were the results? Did you solve that initial problem or successful achieve your goals in meeting that challenge? You can start with the moment of challenge or the moment of triumph. If you choose the latter, then go back, provide context, and tell your story of commitment, resolve, hurdles overcome, and challenge handled. If the impact has lasted -- on you and others -- say so.

Optional Essay:

If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation (unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, promotions or recognitions, etc.), please provide a brief description here. (200 words maximum)

"Explanation" equals context.

It's easy to understand when talking about negatives for example your grades went down one semester because you were in a car accident. Provide the context and point to your GPA without that one semester affecting it.

Yale also gives you an opening here to provide context for positives, for achievements. So you got a promotion. A lot of applicants can talk about promotions. What makes yours particularly noteworthy is that you are the youngest person in the company at this level. The bolded sentence is important context for the admissions committee, and you may add to the context by saying why you believe you were promoted at such a young age.

Don’t use this optional essay as a grand summary of your application or reasons for wanting to attend Yale. And don't repeat information found elsewhere. Make sure the optional adds value.

Video Questions:

After you submit your application, you will be asked to answer one of three video questions. These questions are intended to give you another opportunity to tell us about yourself. Yale will use your video to get to know you, to assess your English fluency, and These questions are not meant to be difficult and should not require extensive preparation or special knowledge to answer. After hearing each video question, you will have 20-30 seconds to formulate a response, followed by up to 60-90 seconds to respond.

To prepare for your webcam session, you need to practice for the experience of talking to a video camera with no responses from another human being. It is a weird experience. For tips on how to prepare and behave during the webcam session, please see: Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions and listen to this interview with Yale’s Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Yale SOM.

Here are Yale's tips on preparing for the video question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W860-0l ... e&t=26m20s

Required for Reapplicants Only: 

Since your last application, please discuss any updates to your candidacy, including changes in your personal or professional life, additional coursework, or extracurricular/volunteer activities. (200 words maximum)

This is the key question that every re-applicant has to answer. Why should Yale SOM admit you this time around? What's changed? What's improved?

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By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted and co-author of the definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business SchoolsMBA Admissions A-Z: 26 Great Tips
• Bruce DelMonico on The Yale School of Management
• Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

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Which MBA program just revealed that over half its alumni network gives back to the school? Yale SOM. That’s more than double most schools’ giving rate.

Which MBA program experienced a 6% increase in applications in 2016 on top of a whopping 25% increase in 2015? Yale SOM.

And which MBA program is in the top 10 for average GPA, average GMAT, and overall selectivity in Accepted’s Selectivity Index? You guessed it – Yale SOM?

And as it happens, the AST podcast we did with Bruce DelMonico about Yale SOM a few years back is one of our top 5 MBA admissions podcasts.

Bruce DelMonico joins us again today. He’s Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Yale School of Management. He has been on the admissions team at Yale since 2004, becoming the director in 2006 and the Assistant Dean in 2012. Welcome!

What’s new at Yale SOM? [2:10]

There’s been a lot going on in the last 2 years! When we last spoke, we were just starting our entrepreneurship program. Now we’re 2 years in: we have a dozen new courses, a startup weekend, and lots of activity and business being created.

Our Global Network for Advanced Management is celebrating its 5th anniversary this spring – there are lots of opportunities for students to engage globally.

And our centers for excellence are very active – for example, the YCCI (Yale Center for Customer Insight) brings companies to campus with real problems for students to work on.

Our leadership program is changing in an exciting way, with new and reconfigured courses. And we’re excited to have many distinguished new faculty members coming onboard. We’ve also been working on diversifying the faculty – our FT faculty is approaching 30% women.

In terms of job placement, we don’t have the final numbers for the class of 2016, but it’s on pace with the last few years. There’s a strong diversity of interest among Yale SOM grads: 130 different companies for a class of 325 (and half of the top 10 hiring companies turn over every year). More companies are coming every year: our career services are adept at sourcing opportunities.

Yale SOM’s mission is “to educate leaders for Business and Society.” Dean Snyder’s video on Yale SOM’s mission highlights 3 key elements in achieving that mission: 1) SOM’s connection to its home university, Yale, 2) Distinctively global, and 3) Best source of leaders. Practically, what does that mean? Starting with leadership. [7:55]

We really think about how our grads can lead across sectors. Our core curriculum is different from other b-schools in that we don’t divide the material into functionally discrete courses (marketing, etc). Our core orients material according to stakeholder perspectives – it’s much more interdisciplinary, and helps students to see content across functions/industries and see how sectors interact.

In terms of leadership training: we require leadership training throughout the 2 years (not a single course). This year some of those courses are being realigned. We want to scale up from individual-team-organization-perspectives in leadership.

In the first year, we used to have courses called “leadership fundamentals” and “advanced leadership.” Now they’re being consolidated into a course called “Power & Politics” (through our Organizational Behavior group).

The other big change is that in the second year, instead of lockstep curriculum, students can choose from a menu of electives to satisfy the leadership requirement.

What are some of the options for the second year? [12:08]

The courses include: Leadership Practicum; Strategic Management of Non-Profits, Human Capital Strategy; Strategic Management Across Sectors; Non-Market Strategy; Managing Global Catastrophes.

How does Yale SOM take advantage of its connection to Yale University? [13:10]

We’ve always been well-integrated with Yale, but we’re trying to emphasize that.

When you take your electives, you can take them anywhere across the university. Yale is a very open place, and taking courses in other fields (public health, law, etc.) can help you get a deeper and richer understanding of issues. Also, about 15% of our students pursue a joint degree with another program at Yale, which is a high percentage.

On the flip side, students from across the university take courses at SOM (about 1200 students from outside SOM took our courses last year).

The connectivity extends to conferences that engage students across the university (public health, medicine, nursing, law, etc.), as well as clubs that span the university (entrepreneurship, etc.).

And that connection continues in your life as an alum – there are joint alumni boards in many cities.

You can start taking electives in the spring of your first year? [17:05]

Yes. It’s a customizable curriculum.

One example: imagine a student who’s planning to go into Real Estate/Finance. In addition to courses at the SOM, s/he can take sustainable development courses at the School of Forestry and Environmental Science; real estate law classes at the law school; and classes at the architecture school.

The other part of the mission is “distinctively global.” What does that mean? [18:25]

When our integrated curriculum rolled out 10 years ago, we required an international trip. Now we have a menu of international experiences available – different opportunities than you might have at other US b-schools.

An important part of that is the Global Network – a network of b-schools across the globe. Students can participate in Global Network Weeks (during fall and spring breaks), where they travel to one of the other Global Network schools to learn there with students from a variety of other schools from around the world. The last program in Turkey had 17 participating schools.

There are also Global Network online courses – which you take with students around the world. You do projects with them in a virtual setting.

(As an aside: one of our new programs is “Global Virtual Teams.” Students learn to work virtually across time zones and geographies.)

We also have international courses: for example, social entrepreneurship in India and elsewhere. And there are semester-long international exchange programs.

The virtual global network courses are unique to Yale. [24:05]

Some of the Global Network schools are in developed countries, some are in developing countries.

Yale SOM alumni giving: to what do you attribute this impressive rate of giving? [25:55]

It’s a big achievement this year! It went up this year when other schools’ giving went down. We had over 50% giving, and over $50 million. Beyond the (impressive!) work of the development team, it speaks to the level of engagement of the alumni: there’s a sense that the school is doing good things and building momentum.

You have a new essay question this year: “Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.” Why the change, and why this question? [28:10]

Our previous question focused on impact – we liked it and kept it for two years.

We asked this question specifically because we wanted to get a sense of how you think about commitment. To be successful here (and after graduation), you need to be someone who makes commitments, who honors commitments, who really gives of yourself.

We wanted to get a sense of how you think about that. So the question helps us focus on commitment: it helps people differentiate themselves, and helps us get information on a trait that’s important.

In looking at responses: we’re not looking to make value judgments about what commitment you choose – it’s more about demonstrating how you fulfilled the commitment (the actions you took). (On the other hand, maybe don’t tell us about committing to watching all of GOT.)

You require a video essay: how has it helped you, and how has it changed this year? [32:00]

We’ve experimented with the video for 5 years. This’ll be the 4th year it’s required for all applicants.

One major thing it allows us to do is assess English language skills. We added the video and dropped the TOEFL/IELTS requirement – so it helped us and hopefully is less cumbersome on the applicant.

It gives us a 3-dimensional view of the applicant. The application process is inherently artificial. On paper, you see only a thin slice. Adding the video allows us to see how well you think and speak on your feet, and see your language skills and presentation skills. Three to four minutes of you speaking won’t outweigh your professional background – we don’t see this as something disqualifying, but as something that can help people stand out.

There are three questions. After you submit your application, you get a link to the video questions, which allows you to record your answers using your webcam.

The first has to do with leadership. The second is a behavioral question. And the third is a “thought question” (a statement that presents a conclusion – we ask you to agree/disagree, and why. Your stance is not important – we’re interested in your thought process and how you support your stance).

There are practice questions available so you can test your connection. People often find recording by webcam to be the most disorienting part.

We understand these are extemporaneous and we don’t expect perfection.

What’s the worst advice you’ve heard given to MBA applicants? [39:55]

I haven’t heard it given directly, but we see the results. We often see applicants who’ve tried to create a non-profit orientation/angle to their application, when it doesn’t fit their profile, because someone told them we’re a “non-profit” school. My sense is that’s how people approach other schools – School X is known for X, therefore I need to say X. Just apply based on your profile. Otherwise the application looks misaligned.

[Linda: It comes down to telling the school what you want them to know vs what you think they want to hear.]

Any advice for applicants just starting out? [43:50]

Don’t overthink it! People get so tripped up in thinking about what the adcom is looking for vs just making their case. Our application isn’t overly complicated. Just keep it simple.

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In an effort to preserve its unique and close-knit culture, the Yale School of Management has announced it will put the brakes on the ballooning admissions increases it has seen over the past six years and cap the class at around 340 students.

According to the Yale News, the MBA program is 150 percent larger than it was in 2010, going from 238 to 334 students.

In its latest MBA admissions cycle for the incoming class of 2018, which ended this summer, the SOM received 3,649 applications — exactly 200 more than the record-breaking number last year. The school admitted 692 applicants, registering an admissions rate of 19 percent, one of the lowest in its history.

“We are bucking the trend. All the schools have not seen the same increase [in applicants] that we have,” SOM Assistant Dean of Admissions Bruce DelMonico told Yale News. “It is a testimony to all the positive things happening here.”

The school is also touting this year’s very diverse cohort; woman make up 43 percent of the MBA Class of 2018, 46 percent are international students, and 13 percent are from underrepresented ethnic groups.

Also, more than a quarter of the incoming students have a STEM background, which DelMonico calls an unusual case at business schools.

SOM Senior Associate Dean for the MBA Program Anjani Jain attributes the school’s increase in popularity to the fact that employers are becoming more aware of the unique attributes of the Yale MBA, notably its integrated core curriculum, interconnectedness with Yale’s other professional schools, and the Global Network for Advanced Management, founded by SOM Dean Edward Snyder in 2012.

For students and alumni reportedly worried that the SOM’s sudden expansion would have a negative affect on the school’s culture, this plan to cap the class is welcome news.
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Hey everybody! We’re back with another installment of “Ask the AdCom,” where we share a wide range of tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top business schools. Since AdCom members are human, too, we know our readers will enjoy seeing  a different side of what makes these guys tick.

This fun space is not really about the application process but more about real-life topics, like what’s a good book to readbest place to study, where you can find a killer meal near campus, and all the fun stuff happening at b-school that creates those lifelong, cherished memories for MBA students.

We hope you become inspired, too!
Today’s Question is: What are some fun student clubs?
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Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Admissions at CMU Tepper School of Business, says the most popular student clubs are the Culinary Club, Brewmeisters Club, Poker Club, Robber Barons, Tepper Cares, and the Soccer Club.

Melissa Fogerty, Director of Admissions at Yale School of Management: The Design & Innovation Club, one of the largest clubs at the SOM, introduces students to design frameworks, ideation strategies, and the value of rapid prototyping and experimentation. Through workshops, club members put their D&I and integrated MBA curriculum into action by completing real world, hands-on client projects for organizations like SYPartners and IDEO.

Their fun social events include drink and draw, game nights, Closing Bell (Thursday night happy hour), and #openEVANS. They also facilitate relationships and career opportunities with design organizations and design thinking leaders through job treks, Mock Madness, career coaching, and visiting speakers from Disney Imagineering, Dalberg Design Impact Group, PepsiCo, Citi Ventures, and others.

One of SOM’s longest-running traditions is the Internship Fund, which has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in stipends to students interning in the nonprofit and public sectors and each year subsidizes approximately 10% of the class. In 2016, 96% of the Class of 2017 supported the Internship Fund by participating in the Internship Fund Auction, Fit for Thought (a student-run Evans Hall gym), and Student Fundraising Week.

The popular, themed Internship Fund Auction is attended by over 300 students, faculty, and staff, and past auction prizes have included skydiving with a professor, a trip to a Guatemalan coffee farm and nature preserve owned by SOM alumni, a week in the Virgin Islands, cooking lessons with a professional chef, golf with Dean Snyder, and a behind the scenes look at NBA Entertainment.

Allison Jamison, Admissions Director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business: The Wine Club is a very popular student club that hosts an Around the World event every term.  Students say it’s a great way to meet and get to know other classmates through this event in which hundreds of students participate.

There is also Fuqua Vision, our version of “Saturday Night Live,” which hosts a spoof show each term, and the Culinary Club, that hosts potlucks for those who like to cook.  The Latin American Student Association (LASA) is famous for its barbeque parties, and the Improv Club is cited by our international students as being a great way to break through communication barriers and learn some good jokes.

Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business: We have a number of industry-specific clubs that support students in their job searches. Some of our social- and community-focused clubs include Q@Haas for LGBT students and allies; the Haas Beer Club, the Wine Industry Club, and Culinary Club which take advantage of the Bay Area’s foodie community; an Investment Club & even a Golf Club. Women in Leadership offers a fantastic community, and the Haas Partners Club welcomes students with partners and families.

John Roeder, Assistant Dean Graduate Admissions  at SMU Cox School of Business: The Cox Wine club is a popular club at Cox.  It is an educational and social origination focused on increasing students’ knowledge, respect, and enthusiasm for wine, spirits & craft beers through formal tastings, education, and networking events alongside industry professionals. Most students will be involved in intramural sports as a way to de-stress on throughout the semester.

Judi Byers, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management polled students for their recommendations:
  • Peter Su, MBA ’17: Johnson on Tap, Greater China Business Club
  • Sydney Chernish, MBA ’16: As former club president, my vote is for the Wine Club. We meet bi-weekly for education about wine production, tasting and the industry.
  • Najeen Riazi,MBA ’17: Wine Club for the Luxury Champagne tastings, Johnson on Tap for the social aspect, and Hispanic American Business Leaders (HABLA).
  • Daniel Greenhaw, MBA ’16: Johnson on Tap

Rodrigo Malta, Director of Admissions at UT McCombs School of Business: Some of our most popular social clubs include the Graduate Wine Club, The MBA Brew Club, and one that is uniquely Austin – The MBA Live Music Association!
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The leaders in the MBA admissions space—mbaMission and Manhattan Prep —are coming together to make sure you will be ready for the 2017–2018 MBA admissions season. Join us for a free, five-part webinar series called “Your Dream MBA: 5 Steps to Getting In.” Senior Consultants from mbaMission will address and explain different significant admissions issues, while experts from Manhattan Prep will help you tackle some of the toughest challenges GMAT test takers face, offering valuable insight and advice.

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Are you applying to Columbia Business School (CBS) or the Yale School of Management (SOM)? If so, you will not want to miss this chance to learn from the schools’ very own admissions officers! On May 10, 2017, mbaMission’s founder/president, Jeremy Shinewald, will facilitate a two-hour webinar for the final installment of our five-part series: “Your Dream MBA: 5 Steps to Getting In.” From 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT, Jeremy will take and share questions from attendees, while Bruce DelMonico (assistant dean and director of admissions at Yale SOM) and Amanda Carlson (assistant dean of admissions at CBS) offer invaluable insight and advice.

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Bruce DelMonico
has been at the helm of Yale SOM admissions for the past 12 years. After earning a JD from the University of Virginia’s School of Law and working as an attorney, Bruce made the transition into admissions when he accepted the position of deputy director of admissions at Yale SOM in 2004. In the years following, DelMonico moved on to assistant dean and director of admissions at the school, which has seen a 70% increase in application volume since he started. Last year, mbaMission was lucky enough to conduct an exclusive interview with DelMonico, in which he discussed the admissions committee’s consensus approach to admit decisions and the number one thing applicants should do when they find themselves on the waitlist (among other topics). Now, we are pleased to welcome Bruce back for the second year in a row for the final installment of our Dream MBA series.

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Edward A. Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management, will go on a sabbatical leave beginning August 1, 2017, the school has announced. During that time he’ll continue to work on strategic projects such as the ongoing development of the Global Network for Advanced Management, but he’ll step away from day-to-day management responsibilities for the upcoming school year to pursue a research agenda.

Anjani Jain, currently senior associate dean for the MBA program, will serve as acting dean. David Bach, currently senior associate dean for the executive MBA and global programs, has been promoted to deputy dean and will also take on additional responsibilities.

The website Poets & Quants named Snyder as the 2015 Dean of the Year, an honor only four other business school deans have received. In the announcement, P&Q’s editor-in-chief John A Byrne, wrote, “On virtually every single metric of quality—from application volume and average class GMAT scores to MBA rankings and starting compensation for graduates—Yale SOM can boast major improvements,” with Synder at the helm.

In an email to the Yale community, President Peter Salovey wrote, “I am grateful to Dean Snyder, Dean Jain, SOM’s leadership team, and the school’s faculty, students, and staff for their ongoing commitment to advance SOM’s mission and to foster innovative collaborations with our colleagues across campus. I would also like to thank the school’s large number of supporters for their role in making Yale SOM distinctively global among U.S. schools of business and management.”

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Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean of admissions at the Yale School of Management, has previewed the required essay for the Fall 2018 full-time MBA application. It remains unchanged from last year’s prompt.
Required Essay Question
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

“In asking this question, the Admissions Committee is interested not just in the commitment itself but also in how you approach the commitment and the behaviors that support it,” DelMonico writes.

Yale SOM will continue to maintain the sliding-scale application fee structure this upcoming season, which ties your application fee to your annual compensation.  “The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from geographies and industries where compensation tends to be lower,” DelMonico explains.

For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean of admissions at the Yale School of Management, has previewed the required essay for the Fall 2018 full-time MBA application. It remains unchanged from last year’s prompt.
Required Essay Question
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

“In asking this question, the Admissions Committee is interested not just in the commitment itself but also in how you approach the commitment and the behaviors that support it,” DelMonico writes.

Yale SOM will continue to maintain the sliding-scale application fee structure this upcoming season, which ties your application fee to your annual compensation.  “The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from geographies and industries where compensation tends to be lower,” DelMonico explains.

For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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The Yale School of Management has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-2018 admissions season.
Round 1
Application due: September 13, 2017
Decision released: December 6, 2017
Round 2
Application due: January 4, 2018
Decision released: March 27, 2018
Round 3
Application due: April 18, 2018
Decision released: May 17, 2018

Applicants should note there is no difference between Rounds 1 and 2 in terms of selectivity, though Yale SOM states it may be more difficult to be admitted in Round 3, where space availability may become an issue.

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The Yale School of Management has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-2018 admissions season.
Round 1
Application due: September 13, 2017
Decision released: December 6, 2017
Round 2
Application due: January 4, 2018
Decision released: March 27, 2018
Round 3
Application due: April 18, 2018
Decision released: May 17, 2018

Applicants should note there is no difference between Rounds 1 and 2 in terms of selectivity, though Yale SOM states it may be more difficult to be admitted in Round 3, where space availability may become an issue.

For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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