January 12, 2017

Joined: Dec 17, 2014

Posts: 14

Kudos: 15

Self-reported Score:
710 Q47 V40

Transition from Consulting to Social Impact


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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity
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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