Yale School Of Management Mba Essays

Yale is often one of the earliest to begin issuing interview invites and we saw that again already for Round 2. Fingers crossed for you!!

 
 

The Class of 2020 SOM MBA essay is a non-trivial assignment — if you’re considering applying, you may want to pick up our Yale essay guide for some advice! The Class of 2019 at Yale has an average GMAT of 727 (two points higher than prior year, even though they simultaneously increased their class size) and their average GPA is a daunting 3.67.
 
 


The 2017 Yale MBA Application Guide is chock-full of ideas, tips and strategies for how to develop a positive approach for your SOM application through the single “commitment” essay, the video essays, the recommendations and the interview.

 

2017 Yale MBA Essay Question – Class of 2020

Yale’s essay question is staying the same this year:

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

Woo-hoo! This is a great question, though it’s certainly not a simple one. All the posts we’ve offered early this Spring in our series on Authenticity will totally and completely apply as you wrestle through what to say and how to say it.

Our Yale SnarkStrategies Guide has been updated with even more insights and guidance to help you get started.

One big hint we can offer, just as we did here last year: We strongly suggest that you don’t talk about getting married to your spouse as your “biggest commitment.” Instead, you should honor Yale’s interest in sharing its values with you, by taking this opportunity to share your values with them.

Here’s their May 2017 announcement on their MBA blog about this year’s app where they explain the origins of the question. You may also want to check out our section on the 2016 (and prior) application at the bottom of this page, which offers some insights into this school and some thinking behind their essay prompts.

The average GMAT for the Class of 2018 at Yale SOM is 725 (it was 721 the year prior). This appears to be an all-time high for them, which is more reinforcement that they’ve become an in-demand and highly selective MBA program.

For international students: The TOEFL is never required at Yale. The only other school that (in the past) has not required a TOEFL of anyone is MIT Sloan.

 

 

 
 

One to watch: Yale made our list of 5 favorite business schools in 2014 and they are only getting better!

 
 

Yale 2017 Deadlines

Yale SOM MBA Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: That’s about when it was last year, too, and it’s in the same timeframe as schools like Stanford. Interview invites from SOM in past years have been done in trickle-mode; they don’t have the batch / release process that some schools do, though they do start issuing invitations fairly quickly after deadline. However, be prepared for a wait! It might be awhile before you finally hear something.
  • Round 2: – Grrrr! Yale actually pulled the deadline in this year, by almost a week! This is such a bummer! Last year we’d been singing their praises about a January 10th Round 2. Not this time. 🙁

Like other top schools, Round 3 is not recommended at Yale.
 

Yale 2017 MBA Recommendations

Yale is using similar standard recommender questions to some other schools in 2017 – but they are not totally the same.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Four main questions plus one optional one for your recommenders to answer

 

Yale School of Management General Info

Here’s previous MBA class profile data for comparison.
 

Yale information and insights (and some snark) from the EssaySnark blahg:

 

We’ve now got a few Yale essays discussed on the blahg, too:

In addition, these posts on other schools’ questions about “impact” might also be useful for some BSers — because if you’re making a commitment to something, then it’s because you care about it, and are determined, and it’s because you’re going to work towards that thing in some way, right? (Not every “commitment” answer will have an “impact” angle in this way, but some most certainly will.)

These other essays from schools like Haas and Duke might also give you some good ideas for how to present yourself to Yale (hint hint interview):

The Yale MBA application guide was totally updated for 2016 too.

 


The Yale SOM Video Essay Questions

Yale also has a video essay component which in the past has worked like this: A couple days after the app deadline, they’ll send out instructions to everyone who submitted in that round. You have about a week to log onto the application and do your video, which is recorded through your browser.

See Yale’s June 2013 blog post announcing the 2013 essays and video questions and their post in October 2013 that further explains the video essay process .

The video essay came up in the Yale webinar we live-tweeted on 10/29/14:

Video questions in @YaleSOM app: 3 short recorded questions, not an interview, not live, do it whenever you like.

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

. @YaleSOM video Qs: "Gives us a sense of your professional presence, we're looking at your English ability – no TOEFL because of this."

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

.@YaleSOM video Qs: "Does not replace formal interviews; we extend interviews to abt 1/3 of applicants. Prepare for video Qs as for intrvw."

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

.@YaleSOM Preparing for video Qs: "Find 20 standard MBA interview Qs on the internet. Practice w/ a friend on Skype to get used to vid exp."

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014


Or use our Automated Interview Prep service!

.@YaleSOM Preparing for video Qs: "Put on a suit jacket over your pajamas. Pay attention to what's in the background of the video."

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

.@YaleSOM for video Qs: "Tell your roommate so nobody walks in on you when you're recording your answers!"

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014


And finally, some reassurance:

.@YaleSOM adcom: "You all do better on the video questions that you think you did."

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

What to wear for your video essay

Yale has given conflicting information on this. In 2013 they suggested business casual attire for your video. However as you saw above, in a webinar in October 2014 they mentioned that you should wear a suit jacket.

How to prepare for your video essay

Some people have reported technical challenges both with Yale’s video interviews and with Kellogg’s too.

From a Yale webinar in October 2014:

A 1Y at @YaleSOM says it took her an hour to upload her video questions into the app last year (!) – she was in the Peace Corps in Cameroon

— Essay Snark (@EssaySnark) October 22, 2014

Leave yourself plenty of time to go through the whole process. It would not help if you get frustrated during your recording!

Also, be sure to clean up your desk! You don’t want them to see how messy your space is normally. 🙂

If you want more help preparing, our Automated Interview Prep offers a similar computer-driven audio interview experience to these video essay questions in a practice environment.

 

For Reference: Yale SOM Past-Season Questions

Included in case anyone wants to see what Yale asked before.

Click to view last year's questions

2016 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

Yale’s essay question is interesting! And challenging! To help you out, our Yale SnarkStrategies Guide is available!

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

This is an incredible question – and we do recommend that you please don’t talk about getting married to your spouse. Instead, you should honor Yale’s interest in sharing its values with you, by taking this opportunity to share your values with them.

Here’s their June 2016 announcement on their MBA blog about this year’s app .

Yes we have updated the Yale essay guide for this one! You may want to check out our section on the 2015 application at the bottom of this page, which offers some insights into this school and some thinking behind their essay prompts.


The 2016 Yale MBA Application Guide is chock-full of insights, tips, and strategies for how to develop a positive approach for your SOM application through the single “commitment” essay, the video essays, the recommendations and the interview.


[end discussion of last year’s questions]



Click to view 2015 questions

2015 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

The same question again this year:

“The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum)

This is actually a good question. It allows you to talk about some actual event in your life where you did something important. Yale is a school that traditionally changes essays every year, but we can understand why they’ve not done so this time. Here’s their announcement on their MBA blog about this year’s app .

Our biggest tip for you: “Influence” is another word for “impact” – the story you tell should not be about a subtle occurrence. It needs to be obvious how you changed things. “Influence” also carries important connotations of working with people; the best stories for this question show your soft skills. Our Yale Essay Guide covers all of this and more to help you construct a quality response.

There are also some in-app video questions, which they started in 2013 (see advice on the Yale video essay questions below). These do not replace the invitation-only interviews.

Also, you won’t need a TOEFL to apply – nobody does. They don’t require it of anyone (neither does MIT). It would be nice if more bschools adopted this policy.

 

From Fall 2014, some discussion on changes to class size (it had increased! these comments refer to the admissions season from two years ago)

Loved addressing 385 amazing new @YaleSOM students during orientation; 54% have nationality other than US #globalpic.twitter.com/Dq9xtPwsoU

— David Bach (@DBachGlobal) August 19, 2014

The SOM Class of 2016 is 323 students (up from prior year’s 291) [update June 2016: Oddly, only 301 of them graduated, per Yale’s commencement announcement . -ES]. SOM Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico posted a few details about the Class of 2016 profile in August 2014.

GMAT scores went up – from 714 to 719 – which is notable since they increased the class size. Things have become ever more competitive at this school in the past few years.

Yale Class of 2016 is 39% international . Dean Snyder is pushing for ‘global’ as a big theme at SOM. This Class of 2016 39% international stat is a very big jump from Class of 2015 at 32%, particularly considering the ’16 class size increased by 11% over ’15.
[end discussion of 2015 questions]



Click to view 2014 questions

2014 Essays – EssaySnark’s Analysis

Here’s what we said when last year’s questions came out… remember this analysis is from *last year*.

See the Yale essay question posted on the SOM admissions blog (for whatever reason, they don’t post the question on the actual admissions site). Here’s what Yale asked and what we said about it at the time:

“The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization—as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum)

This is pretty great; it’s clear and direct, and it will let you showcase your unique contributions. Since schools care about leadership and impact, then it makes sense that they would actually ask about that in the essay that they want you to write. So, nice job, Yale! Writing this essay should be a positive experience for you – not necessarily an easy process, but one that will be worthwhile to go through, and useful for the adcom to get.

There’s also an in-app video question, just like last year (see advice on the Yale video essay questions below).

[end discussion of 2014 questions]


Click to view 2013 questions

For reference: 2013 Yale Essays – including the new video – EssaySnark’s Analysis

These are identical to what they asked in 2012 — except that literally all they want to know about now is why do you want an MBA from Yale. This is basically the same approach as Harvard is taking, just through a different lens: Yale is relying on the evidence of leadership and achievement that will come through the rest of the application – your transcripts, your GMAT or GRE, your resume, and especially your recommendations – to tell the story of who you are. The essays are still important but they don’t need you to hype up a bunch of stories to try and prove how awesome you are; they’ll get that from the other assets (like the video!).

Here’s the 2013 Yale essay questions, including an explanation of the new in-app video essay:
Two essays:

  1. What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA? (300 words maximum)
  2. What motivates you to apply to the Yale School of Management for your MBA? What will you contribute to Yale and Yale SOM? (450 words maximum)

The video essay was new in 2013; we have a full section of video essay tips and insights below.

The other big change? Yale is joining MIT as the only top bschools who waive the TOEFL requirement for everyone.
[end discussion of 2013 questions]




Click to view 2012 questions

2012 Essays – these are REALLY OLD

The 2012 Yale MBA application and what we said about it
Four essays:

  1. What prompted your decision to get an MBA? When did you realize that this was a step you wanted – or needed – to take?
  2. Describe a difficult professional decision you had to make. What were the consequences, and what, if anything, did you learn? Would you make the same decision again?
  3. The Yale School of Management provides a leadership education characterized by broad-minded and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds, a distinctive integrated curriculum, connections to one of the great research universities in the world, and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools. What will you contribute to the Yale SOM community, and how will being part of it help you extend your professional vision?
  4. What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment? Why?

[end discussion of 2012 questions]



The app guide has been updated with latest-greatest insights from the 2016 season to help you with your Class of 2020 MBA app to the SOM. Get lots of advice for the “biggest commitment” question – including writing about your husband or wife!

 

[Index of essay questions by business school]

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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