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Essays Short Answers Please answer each of the four questions below with a short paragraph of no more than 150 words. This is an opportunity to distill your core ideas, values, goals and motivations into a set of snapshots that help tell us who you are, where you are headed, and why. (150 words maximum per question) 1. What are your professional goals immediately after you receive your MBA? 2. What are your long-term career aspirations? 3. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA and why now? (If you plan to use your MBA experience to make a significant change in the field or nature of your career, please tell us what you have done to prepare for this transition.) 4. What attracts you specifically to the Yale School of Management’s MBA program?
Personal Statements Choose two (2) of the following topics and answer them in essay form. Please indicate the topic numbers at the beginning of your essays. (500 words maximum per essay) 1. What achievement are you most proud of and why? 2. What is the most difficult feedback you have received from another person or the most significant weakness you have perceived in yourself? What steps have you taken to address it and how will business school contribute to this process? 3. Describe an accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The description should include evidence of your leadership skills, the actions you took, and the impact you had on your organization. 4. An effective leader for business and society is one who is able to hear, understand and communicate with people from all segments of society. In order to educate such leaders, Yale SOM is committed to promoting diversity and creating a community that cultivates a wealth of perspectives. In this spirit, describe an instance when, as part of a team, you played a role in bringing together individuals with different values or viewpoints to achieve a common goal. 5. For Reapplicants (answer this topic plus one of the other topics): What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application?
Employment Statistics Median Base Salary: $96,000 Top Industries: Financial Services (39%), Consulting (20%), Consumer Products (10%) Top Locations: Northeast (61%), International (13%), Mid-Atlantic (11%) Number of students starting their own business: Unavailable
The heart of the first-year curriculum is a series of multidisciplinary team-taught courses, called Organizational Perspectives, that teach students to draw on a broad range of information, tools, and skills to develop creative solutions and make strategic decisions.
The Operations Engine
Sourcing and Managing Funds (or CFO)
The Global Macroeconomy
The State and Society
The Yale SOM core culminates in the Integrated Leadership Perspective class, which gives students practical experience in synthesizing the lessons of the core through a series of case studies and group projects involving organizations of varying scale and purpose.
International Experience The International Experience trips are a mandatory component of the Yale integrated MBA curriculum. Each of the trips, led by SOM faculty members, is fully integrated with the school’s curriculum. Students prepare for the trips by researching industries in their destination countries, giving presentations to classmates, and hearing from experts on the region.
The school’s team of case writers continually work on developing new teaching materials that require students to view business problems from multiple perspectives, unlike traditional business cases, which typically present a business problem from a single point of view.
SOM’s pioneering web-based "raw" cases are open-ended, multi-perspective presentations that can feature thousands of pages of relevant material that students must analyze, such as 10-Ks, analyst reports, news articles, stock charts, and interviews with key players. This format reflects the way managers must access and analyze information to make informed business decisions.
Students at Yale SOM are encouraged to work together in a cooperative and supportive manner. To encourage such an atmosphere, the school does not compute grade point average or class rank.
Grades are intended primarily for internal purposes. Grade records are not released to potential employers or others outside the School, with the exception of the grade of Distinction.
Nonetheless, students are held to rigorous standards at Yale SOM. Student performance is graded on a four-point scale. Two grades (Distinction and Proficient) indicate proficiency in a course and two (Pass and Fail) reflect nonproficient work. Students must receive proficient grades in a majority of their courses to graduate.