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16 Yale SOM facts every international MBA applicant should know

Yale School of ManagementIt may be passé to start a piece on Yale School of Management (Yale SOM, SOM) with a recounting of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi’s “landmark” gift to her alma mater in early 2016.

But the fact is that Nooyi’s gesture put SOM firmly in the minds of bright and ambitious MBA aspirants once again.

We gathered some data specially for those with Yale SOM in their sights:

16 things every Yale MBA applicant should know


1. Location

Yale SOM, part of the Ivy League Yale University, is located in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven has warm and humid summers and cold winters with moderate snowfall, and the temperature ranges from -5 to 38 degrees Celsius. The city has numerous parks and arts centers, and is a foodie’s delight, with many restaurants offering cuisines, including Indian.

The campus of Yale University, New Haven’s largest tax-payer and employer, is dotted with historical buildings, including museums.

SOM is situated in the northern part of the university, in a new 225,000-sq-ft building complex, Edward P. Evans Hall, named after Evans as thanksgiving to this leading owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, an alumnus who donated $50 million to the school.

2. High ranking

The SOM website reports that the US News & World Report has ranked the school eighth in the US (March 2016); FT ninth in the US and 18th globally (January 2016); Bloomberg Businessweek 11th in the US (October 2015); Forbes 11th in the US (September 2015); and The Economist 13th in the US and 19th globally (October 2015). In 2018, FT ranked it 15th globally. These ranking organizations used different criteria.

3. Faculty

The SOM faculty includes professors from all over the world, including India, teaching subjects as diverse as management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and political science.

4. Programs

SOM offers a two-year MBA program, an MBA for Executives program, a Master of Advanced Management program, and doctoral and joint degree programs.

5. Curriculum

Yale SOM has evolved an integrated curriculum that takes management studies across various disciplines to help alumni better understand their organization as a whole and society in all its diversity.

SOM maintains H3 ties with Yale University, whose professors help enrich the school’s think-tank. Many SOM courses are taught by professors from various disciplines together.

SOM also uses the “raw case approach,” by which teams of students work on data from real situations and put forward their analyses.

6. Yale MBA Application Requirements

International students with 16 total years of education can apply. Typically, successful applicants have a postgraduate degree if they have fewer than 16 years of education, although this is not mandatory.

GMAT or GRE scores are required. Applicants must fill out an online application, including an essay, provide transcripts from every college attended, submit two professional recommendation letters, complete the video questions, and pay the application fee.

International students need not have taken TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. Every applicant is interviewed.

There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score, and no minimum work experience is insisted upon, although, typically, successful applicants have an average of between three and five years of experience. Students for the Silver Scholars program are recruited directly from their colleges.

Students for the Silver Scholars program are recruited directly from their colleges.

7. Fee, expenses

Yale MBA tuition is close to $70,000 apart from a program fee of the order of $2,000. Along with living expenses of the order of $25,000 (room, board, personal expenses, textbooks, health insurance, etc), total student budget for a year comes out to be about $100,000.

8. Scholarships, aid

All SOM students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Industry associations, fraternal and athletic organizations, foundations, and ethnic associations provide financial assistance.

Although SOM advises successful applicants to look for funding from their home countries, it provides information about lenders in the US. Alumni who work for public and nonprofit sectors are considered for loan forgiveness programs if they meet the eligibility conditions.

9. Student clubs

“SOMers” can be members of over 50 MBA student clubs, including career-oriented clubs, education clubs, innovation clubs, South Asian clubs, and even food and wine clubs. The clubs are forums for discussion and workshops that develop business and leadership skills.

10. USP

Yale SOM seeks to educate leaders of business and society with an understanding of the interconnectedness of economies and enterprises around the world through the Global Network of Advanced Management, a consortium of global b-schools that it established in 2012.

SOM’s mission is to equip leaders to thrive in the ever-changing global economy by providing them with the big picture through management education. It aims at achieving this objective by bringing international business leaders to its campus, by implementing an integrated curriculum, and by disseminating its expertise in leadership and organizational behavior.

Historically, Yale SOM has held the upper hand in government and nonprofit management.

The Yale SOM Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program provides financial backup for Yale graduates venturing into their own startups. This adds to the already impressive Yale USP.

11. Class Profile | Admission statistics

The Yale SOM MBA usually has about 350 students, over 40 percent of whom are women. The middle 80 percent GMAT score usually ranges from 690 – 760, with the average in the neighborhood of 720. The middle 80 percent undergraduate GPA falls within 3.4 to 3.9. Average class age is 27 years.

International students comprise nearly half of the class strength, US citizens and permanent residents about 40 percent. The majority (over 30%) of undergraduate majors belong to Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by Business, Engineering and Computer Science, Economics, and the least, roughly 10% percent, in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

12. Career development

SOM’s Career Development Office provides assistance to students in writing their résumé and the cover letter. It also makes resources available for improving their interviewing and negotiation skills. The office offers one-on-one career counseling and also brings top recruiters to the SOM campus.

13. Jobs after Yale MBA

Statistics show that well over 45 percent of the SOM graduates go into Consulting careers, followed by Finance and Financial Services, Technology, and smaller numbers in various eCommerce, Nonprofit, Consumer Goods, Energy, and more.

A significant number (over 80%) get placed within the United States, with the rest in comfortable international positions. Yale graduates are also well received in the employment world, with over 90% securing job offers within the first three months of graduation.

14. Employers

Here’s a representative list of Yale MBA recruiters.

Industry Recruiting Companies
Consulting services A. T. Kearney, McKinsey, Accenture, Bain and Company, Boston Consulting, Infosys, Ernst and Young
Consumer packaged goods Pepsi, Colgate, Philips
Energy GE Power, Exxon, Shell
Finance services American Express, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Chase, Citi, J. P. Morgan Chase, World Bank Group
Government White House, IMF
Healthcare Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer
Manufacturing Cummins, Delta Air Lines
Media/entertainment Thomson Reuters, Time Warner, Sony Playstation
Nonprofits WWF, Special Olympics, United Nations Foundation
Retail Amazon, eBay
Technology Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn


15. Yale MBA Salaries

The base annual salary range follows an impressive stat as well. In the recent past, the median salary has been around $125,000. Graduates are also privy to other compensations and benefits that could be as high as $50,000.

16. Notable alumni

Among SOM’s famous alumni are, besides Nooyi, Ashwin Sanghi, Indian novelist; Ranji H. Nagaswami, Chief Investment Advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; John L. Thornton, former President of the Goldman Sachs Group; Edward Miner Lamont, Jr., businessman and politician; and Wendi Deng Murdoch, film producer.

SOM raised more than $3.5 million from a record 53 percent of its alumni in 2017. These support scholarships, curriculum, research, immersion learning opportunities and Yale SOM centers and programs.

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9 thoughts on “16 Yale SOM facts every international MBA applicant should know”

  1. Hii Sameer

    Need Suggestion I am 28 years Old and Wanted to do MBA and I have more than 4.5years of Experierence in Banking Sector what would be ideal for me is it Executive MBA or Full time MBA

    Abhishek P

  2. Am working as a phone banking executive with icici bank now I want grow in my career .
    I require your suggestion for my career .
    am interested it doing the course in 6 months .

  3. I have 4yrs of IT experience-purely technical. I am interested in management/finance side. Can i go for MBA after having 4yrs technical exp? Will my profile support for MBA? Not sure what job profile i will be getting after having MBA degree since i have technical experience. Can somebody throw light on it?

  4. Hey Sameer,

    Can I get your email id.
    I have few concerns regarding MBA from Ivy colleges abroad.
    Please let me know how can I connect with you.

  5. I’m in my final year of bcom and I would like to do my MBA abroad. Which Universities offer mba without work experience and 3 Year degrees? In which month does the 2017 mba batches start? Do I need to take tofel if I’m an American citizen.

  6. @Abhishek: Full-time 2 year MBA in the US would be a good option for your experience level.

    @Mamidi: I’m not aware of any full-time MBA that can be completed in 6 months.

    @Vijaya: Yes, you can. In fact, you’d fall in the biggest applicant pool i.e. Indian IT engineers. So, you have plenty of company and competition.

    @Ritesh: If you scroll all the way to the top or to the bottom, you’ll get our email ID.

    @Varsha: It would be better for you to get a few years of experience before considering an international MBA. Read these related articles:

  7. I have done CA and have joined my dad’s business will the 3 year internship done while pursuing Chartered Accountancy count as work ex? Want to do full time mba course from an Ivy league college. Please advice

  8. Hi,

    I am an Indian Male student. I have completed by BE-Industrial Engineering and MBA-Finance from Thapar University Patiala. Currently, I am enrolled in MPhil program at Thapar University.

    I want to join a PhD program or equivalent in Finance. I am exploring my options.

    I have CGPA 8.53/10.0 or 3.52/4.0. My GMAT score is 700 (Q49 V34).

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,

  9. Hi….. I am planning to take my GMAT exam on Jan 2018…. however I don’t have 16 years of education…. I have 15 years of education plus four years of experience working in banking sector… will that be a barrier( not having 16 years of education)??
    Thank you


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