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     By Back2US 14 15
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I chose SOM to transition from traditional consulting to social impact consulting. Some observations:
- SOM is extremely strong for social impact, especially given quality of classmates (many with nonprofit backgrounds), courses offered (e.g. took "Managing Social Enterprises", "Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations" and "Nonmarket Strategy" this last semester) and focus on "business & society" even in core (accounting, finance, etc) more so than other programs
- Social impact careers are available; financial support through Loan Forgiveness Program for full-time and Internship Fund for summer are great, and there are some former classmates who landed nonprofit jobs with $100k+ salaries (quite an aspiration)
- In addition, all top consulting companies recruit here (got MBB interviews coming up) as well as many of the smaller ones
- Connection to wider Yale is incredible and easy to facilitate; I took graduate classes with School of Forestry and Environment, Global Affairs, School of Music, Philosophy Department, and undergrad classes on Fractal Geometry and Astronomy (at the observatory)
- Student life is great; many events, the student clubs are very active with something for everyone, and the parties are fun
- New Haven is not as bad as one would think: There are many offerings, especially cultural (musicals, concerts, theatre, museums, etc) and culinary; and if one still gets bored, NYC is

Overall BSchool experience
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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Social Impact

Can be improved:

Alumni Network


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MBA Program Review
Excellent
December 04 | 2015
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     By aerien 1590 572
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The Yale SOM experience is an all-including experience. You join the SOM community from the first day you set foot on-campus, and immediately you are immersed with your fellow students, the faculty members, and staff. As anything you do, the experience is dependent on how much effort you put into it -- and you'll see that Yale SOM students put their hearts and souls into the school and into the community. I am always amazed at how much everyone cares for each other, helps other students through interview processes, and genuinely cares about each other. My friends (from other business schools and non bschool students) all comment at how "nice" and "grounded" Yale SOM students are and how much they differ from the stereotype of business school in general. I am proud of that. Yale SOM is a special place, and the people make it so.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Faculty is a huge aspect of my SOM experience. They know your names, your background, your interests. They encourage students to take courses regardless of your experience -- they take the time to make sure you're learning what you WANT to learn, what you're interested in ... and give you the opportunity to shape your business experience. And they get to know you outside of class through barbecues at their houses, workouts at the gym, and hanging out at SOM. I think one aspect of what makes SOM special is that everyone realizes each person in Evans Hall and across the Yale campus is a person -- each person has a story to bring and many layers of personality and interests. Together we make up the Yale community and we all want to contribute to that.

About job placement process

The alumni network is amazing. Use it to the best of your advantage during your recruiting process. SOM alums will drop anything to help you.

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     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Location


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MBA Program Review
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     By HandSOMdan18 1 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

As a professional engineer and operations manager with 12 years experience, I was looking for a business school that would provide me with the financial and marketing skills that I would need transition into the next phase of my career. Originally drawn to Yale's mission of educating leaders for business and society, the culture around SOM is much more collaborative than other programs. As a student in the EMBA program, I have most enjoyed the lively debates between student and faculty as academic theory meets real world application. For someone considering an Executive MBA program, I would highly recommend spending a weekend on campus to speak with the admissions team and sit in on a class. Nothing you read online can replicate the energy and experience of being on campus.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The CORE curriculum of the MBA program was a tremendous opportunity for me to expand on my technical background and evaluate how to drive business strategy over multiple functions.

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     (5.0)
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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     By 09991460 1 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The program, curriculum, faculty and students have all exceeded my high expectations. Yale's mission of educating leaders for business and society is a key differentiating point. Broader strategy courses require students to analyze the needs of all stakeholders to develop an all encompassing and sustainable approach. The integrated curriculum drives consistency throughout courses where each course builds directly on those preceding it.

As challenging as the coursework is, the true challenge of the program is balancing academic responsibilities with personal and professional responsibilities. Managing through the program requires settting realistic expectations.

I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Best of luck to you in your admissions process.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Alumni Network


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     By YaleSOM-MBA-ADVICE 7 3
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I came into the EMBA with about 10 years of experience in Marketing and a Director role. The program is very high quality, with a lot of attention on the students.
The reason I chose the school was that it was an actual MBA, with the same classes, faculty and class hours as the full-time MBA. I also chose Yale SOM because the curriculum has a great mix of academic classes and more practical workshop-style classes, which makes it easy to bring the learning back to the office on Monday after class.
The school has a unique perspective and philosophy of business and leadership, that they infuse in the teaching and community - and that's very encouraging for those who aspire to lead effectively and make a difference through their business ventures.
The class is a very cohesive group of well-rounded professionals, all senior in their fields, and extremely supportive of each other's growth. The admission team does an excellent job keeping the program relatively small, and being very selective, by making sure they only admit people who will do something great with their MBA. After a year in the class, it really feels like everybody has been growing individually, but also that we have grown as a group.
All in all, it is an excellent program for professionals looking to broaden their understanding of business and gain a more holistic understanding of leadership. Get ready to work very hard though, as the classes are extremely demanding.

About professors, classes and curriculum

You will get to choose between three tracks - Healthcare, Asset Management, or Sustainability. This mostly affects your classes during the second year, as the first year is devoted to the core curriculum.

About job placement process

There is absolutely no doubt that the brand is synonymous with excellence, which automatically gives you an advantage, within or outside your organization.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

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MBA Program Review
Yalesom
August 13 | 2017
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     By Thedahl 1 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I can't say enough good things about SOM and am so glad I made the choice to go here. The culture is driven by our shared commitment to "business AND society," so if that resonates with you, this may be your place. My classmates have been the best part of this experience -- I have already built a network of professional contacts who I know will also be very close personal friends for the rest of my life. I'm very glad that I made the choice to go to a school outside of a major urban area, it brings the community much closer and enables you to get to know your peers and faculty better than you might if there were the distractions of a city.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Yale Executive MBA
August 13 | 2017
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     By hooverdm 1 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Overall, great school. Classmates are absolutely wonderful. That, in my opinion, is the single biggest strength of the program. They recruit great people from a broad selection. If Yale is on your list, definitely visit the campus. I initially had no intention of enrolling and that completely changed when I visited campus and met other students and prospective students.
The program has exceeded my needs and expectations. Many of the professors are very interactive and many appreciate teaching an Executive class vs. full-time. You will find that the experiences shared by EMBA students are grounded in a much longer employment record. We have CEO's, head counsels, and business owners among the ranks. It's impressive.
The EMBA staff is tight-knit and knowledgeable about their students. Any time there is a problem or issue, they are very responsive. This is crucial when you are juggling a career and school at the same time. No matter where you go for an EMBA, make sure you look into this aspect because it will make a big difference throughout the year.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I am in the Sustainability track for my MBA. I actually love the fact that we are able to take a specialization in the EMBA program. I ran across very few Executive programs that actually allowed for specialization. Because the three different tracks are equally weighted in class size, it ensures that you don't get a class of nothing but financiers or investment bankers.

About job placement process

I have not personally started any sort of recruiting process. The resources at hand, however, are significant. Job placement is also quite different in the Executive MBA program. Most of your leads are going to come from classmates instead of the school. The purpose of the EMBA program is not to get you a new job, but it does make it very easy for you to do so.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities


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Exceeding my expectations
August 13 | 2017
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     By Joefaiella 1 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Yale Executive MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Going to Yale SOM, I was not sure how my experience would compare to other educational experiences. It has exceeded my expectations. From the great culture created through the students In my class to the outstanding and committed professors, I have been amazed at the outstanding experience I am receiving. The Healthcare track focus track has been great for me, and allowing other tracks in sustainability and asset management has created the perfect blend of the student body. However, this program is demanding and requires a significant commitment of your time. There are other, easier EMBA programs out there. So if you want to be challenged and have an outstanding experience, I would recommend applying to Yale's SOM program.

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     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Strengths of the program:

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Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Healthcare

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Management

Healthcare

Can be improved:

Location


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MBA Program Review
My experience at SOM
June 16 | 2017
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     By bigblue87 9 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I thought it was an eye-opening, expansive experience as far as my understanding of traditional top-tier MBA programs go. The student body is warm, incredibly bright, fascinating background-wise, and motivated to help each other get through the rigors of the first year curriculum. The curriculum itself is a bit too theoretical and not practical, even though as an intellectually oriented person I found everything fascinating and new. The real benefit in my experience was the amount of people from unconventional backgrounds who had to band together and really help each other out, and those bonds have lasted past business school for sure.

As I was looking to go into food and beverage niches post-graduation, the program was a nice mark on my resume and profile as a candidate for some positions and opportunities, but not directly correlated with my ability to find opportunities. It was a lot of DIY for me, granted I was going into a niche area.

About professors, classes and curriculum

It's very academic in terms of the main subject areas, and while fascinating, does not always lend itself to post-MBA practical skills. but I believe it is being fine-tuned for more of a practical orientation.

About job placement process

The big names are Amazon, Pepsi, the IB names from new york, and a bunch of social enterprise/nonprofit foundations, charities, organizations, cultural entities.

Overall BSchool experience
     (3.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Social Enterprise

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support


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Hail Yale
June 01 | 2017
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     By yabadabadoo 9 0
This review is for: Yale
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Yale SOM has an amazing community. People are really down-to-earth and humble. The fact that the class is small also add values. You know almost everyone in your class and connections are deep.
Campus recruitment cell need to improve dramatically though. It has a traditional focus on Consulting and Investment Banking and much of it is driven by the clubs at campus and not by career services.
There also seems to be less structure and coordination between different departments. For instance there is a course during the first week of Jan which asks students to be present on campus despite vacations or job interviews.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support


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