ⓘ Yale School of Management. The Yale School of Management is the graduate business school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The School awards the Mas ..

Yale School of Management

ⓘ Yale School of Management

The Yale School of Management is the graduate business school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The School awards the Master of Business Administration, MBA for Executives, Master of Advanced Management, Masters Degree in Systemic Risk, Masters Degree in Global Business & Society, Masters Degree in Asset Management, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as joint degrees with nine other graduate programs at Yale University. As of August 2019, 666 students were enrolled in its MBA program, 134 in the EMBA program, 70 in the MAM program, 32 in the Master of Global Business Studies program, 11 in the Master of Systemic Risk program, and 59 in the PhD program; 122 students were pursuing joint degrees. The School has 90 full-time faculty members, and the dean is Kerwin Kofi Charles.

The School conducts education and research in leadership, behavioral economics, operations management, marketing, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and other areas. The EMBA program offers focused study in healthcare, asset management, or sustainability. The School also offers semester-long student exchange programs with HEC Paris, IESE, the London School of Economics, the National University of Singapore Business School, and Tsinghua University. Students may also propose a quarter- or semester-long exchange program with any of the 25 other schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management.


1. History

Beginning in the 1950s, Yale University started to expand coursework offerings in business and organization management. A precursor to the School of Management, the Department of Industrial Administration, grew out of the Labor and Management Center, and conferred the master in industrial administration from 1958 through 1973. Professors Thomas Holmes, Chris Argyris, and David Votaw were instrumental in founding the MIA. In 1971, Yale University received a donation establishing a program in management from Frederick W. Beinecke, PhB 1909. Two years later, the Yale Corporation approved the establishment of a School of Organization and Management. Arriving in 1976, the first class of the two-year program that awarded a masters degree in public and private management MPPM attended the campus on Hillhouse Avenue.

Historically known for its strength in studies regarding nonprofits and the public sector, the schools focus began to evolve and changed its name to the Yale School of Management in 1994. Shortly thereafter in 1999, the School began offering a master of business MBA degree and discontinued the MPPM degree.

Yale SOM launched an executive MBA program for healthcare professionals in 2005, and in 2006 it introduced its mandatory, team-taught "Integrated Curriculum" for all MBA students.

Concurrently in 2012, SOM launched the Global Network for Advanced Management and the Master of Advanced Management MAM program, a one-year program in advanced leadership and management courses, open to students who have earned or are earning an MBA or equivalent degree from Global Network for Advanced Management member schools.

In 2014, Yale SOM enrolled its first class of students in an expanded MBA for Executives program, offering the Yale MBA integrated core along with advanced study in asset management, healthcare, or sustainability. That same year in January, SOMs new building, Edward P. Evans Hall, opened at 165 Whitney Avenue, one block away from the old campus on Hillhouse Avenue.

Foster and Partners, the firm chaired by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62, designed the building with Gruzen Samton stated as the Architect of Record. Edward P. Evans Hall houses technology-enabled classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard.


2.1. Academics Integrated Curriculum

For the 2006–07 academic year, the School introduced its Integrated Curriculum, an effort to move away from the typical "siloed" teaching approach to a more cross-disciplinary curriculum. This new curriculum is composed of two components: foundational skills classes in a program called "Orientation to Management" that take place during the first semester of the MBA program and a set of classes called "Organizational Perspectives" that take place during the second through fourth quarters of the first academic year and are case- and lecture-focused courses that decompose business components into the perspectives of different stakeholders.


2.2. Academics Orientation to Management

The Orientation to Management is the first segment of the curriculum, which introduces students to core concepts and business skills. The constituent courses include Managing Groups and Teams, Global Virtual Teams, Basics of Accounting, Probability Modeling and Statistics, Basics of Economics, Modeling Managerial Decisions, and Introduction to Negotiation.


2.3. Academics Organizational Perspectives

Organizational Perspectives is a series of interdisciplinary, team-taught master classes that make up the majority of required MBA courses at SOM. These courses include Employee, Innovator, Operations Engine, Sourcing and Managing Funds, Competitor, Customer, Investor, The Global Macro-economy, and State and Society. The final Organizational Perspectives course, the Executive, focuses on solving a series of case studies involving cross-national or global business challenges and draw on the subject matter taught in the other Organizational Perspectives courses and Orientation to Management skills.

The Organizational Perspectives courses are both in lecture and case format which include cases from multi-media "raw" cases developed by SOM and the Global Network for Advanced Management.


2.4. Academics Electives

MBA candidates are able to take electives courses at the School of Management commencing during the second semester of the MBA candidates first year of instruction and during their entire second year of study. These electives include pedagogy drawing from traditional lecture and case-based instruction as well as includes independent reading and research with professors and instructors.

SOM students are also permitted to enroll in the classes offered by other graduate and professional schools and at Yale University including the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale Law School, Yale School of Public Health, and undergrad classes at Yale College.


2.5. Academics Global Studies Requirement

MBA candidates are required to complete a Global Studies Requirement prior to graduation. This requirement can be fulfilled a number of ways including an International Experience Course, a Global Network Week, a Global Network Course, The Global Social Entrepreneurship Course, the Global Social Enterprise Course, or a term-long international exchange with a partner school.


2.6. Academics Admission

Admission requirements for the MBA include an earned four-year bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent, completion of an online application form and essay, GMAT or GRE score, academic transcripts, two professional recommendations, completion of video questions, a behavioral assessment, and a fee. The behavioral assessment is a forced-choice, multiple-choice online module lasting 20–25 minutes that measures inter- and intra-personal competencies associated with business school success.

Yale SOM participates in GMACs common recommendation form.

The default application fee is $225 for applicants, but a sliding-scale exists for applicants whos compensation might be lower due to geographic considerations, or an entire fee waiver for Peace Corps volunteers, staff and alumni of Teach for All Programs, US military or US veterans, current Yale Graduate students, and current Yale College students applying to the Silver Scholars program.

Of all admitted applicants, 25% submit their application with a GRE score, one of the highest rates of any graduate business school accepting the GRE. Yale SOM has one of the highest average total GRE composite scores of 328 tied with Harvard Business School and University of Virginia Darden School of Business, one and two points behind University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business, respectively.

Yale SOM has three application rounds with rolling interviews, with 2019-2020 deadlines on September 10, 2019 for Round 1, January 7, 2020 for Round 2, and April 14, 2020 for Round 3.

During the admissions cycle of 2018-2019, for the class of 2021, the MBA class is composed of 13% under-represented students of color, total students of color composes 29% of the class, along with 18 military veterans which is the highest number of veterans ever SOM has enrolled. There were also 17 Silver Scholars matriculating, also the highest number ever for the program, and approximately 11% of students are pursuing joint degrees. Matriculating students represent 186 different undergraduate schools and approximately 18% have completed another graduate degree.

Yale SOM is the fourth most selective MBA program with approximately 10.9 applicants competing for each seat. Yale SOM trails Stanford Graduate School of Business, MIT Sloan, and Berkeley Haas, but leads other schools such as Harvard Business School, Wharton School, Kellogg School of Management, and Chicago Booth.

* International Students is a metric of "Intentional Passport Holders"

Students represent 47 international countries in the class of 2021 from countries including Armenia, Ghana, Lebanon, Mauritius, and Peru.

Collectively, the class of 2021 speaks 44 languages, with over 69% of the class speaking more than two languages, and 28% of the class speaking more than three languages.


2.7. Academics Employment statistics

For the MBA Class of 2017, the full-time median salary upon graduation was $124.900 with median other guaranteed compensation being $33.000. For the MBA Class of 2018, median internship salary was $1.904/ week. In 2016, Forbes reported the MBA class of 2012s median salary 5 years after graduation was about $200.000.


2.8. Academics Rankings

Yale is ranked Poets and Quants top ten over the past eight years, and has remained in tenth place since 2015.

From 2011 to 2017, applications rose 46% - more than any other peer school, and 2017 alone saw a 12.3% increase in applications. In 2017, total academic quality of its incoming class was second only to Stanford, and total median pay of its alumni exceeded Columbias, MITs, and U Chicago, despite more students than other peer schools pursuing non-profit work. Yale ranked number one in U.S. News & World Reports 2017 "Best Non-Profit MBA Rankings."

Yales faculty were rated #1 of all MBA faculty in the Economist survey in 2018.

The 2018 Princeton Review put SOM at #2 for "Best Green MBA," #6 for "Toughest MBA to get into," and #7 for "Best MBA for Consulting" and "Best MBA for Management."


3. Degrees

The Yale School of Management SOM offers a number of postgraduate degrees, including the two-year Masters of Business Administration MBA, MBA for Executives, Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program, Master of Advanced Management MAM, Masters of Management Studies in Systemic Risk, and several doctorate degrees.


3.1. Degrees MBA

The MBA a traditional full-time, two-year program that allows students to take a wide array of core courses and electives at the university.


3.2. Degrees MBA for Executives

The MBA for Executives at SOM during the 2017–18 academic year includes 71 students, 35% of whom are women. Graduates of the MBA for Executives program go through the full MBA-integrated core curriculum. They also take advanced management courses as well as colloquia and advanced courses in one of three areas of focus: healthcare, asset management, or sustainability.


3.3. Degrees Master of Advanced Management

The Master of Advanced Management MAM program is a one-year program based at SOMs New Haven campus for business students from Global Network for Advanced Management schools. All MAM students matriculate into the MAM program immediately after their graduation from their respective business schools to continue the studies at SOM. MAM students participate in a required series of courses and discussions oriented around major trends in global business and the role of business leaders, and customize their experience by choosing electives from throughout Yale University.

The MAM class of 2016 is composed of 63 students from 34 countries and 20 Global Network for Advanced Management schools and is 38% women.


3.4. Degrees Master of Management Studies in Systemic Risk

The Master of Management Studies in Systemic Risk is the most recent degree added to the SOM curriculum, added in the 2017–18 academic degree. The program is a specialized masters degree for early- and mid-career students who are interested in the role of central banking and other major regulatory agencies. The Wall Street Journal has described the program as a "Degree of Danger" as it focuses on training the "next generation of regulators."


3.5. Degrees Master of Management Studies in Asset Management

The Master of Management Studies in Asset management is a graduate degree program launching soon and will target students directly from their undergraduate education or those professionals with three or fewer years of work experience. The degree has been developed in collaboration with the Yale Investments Office and parallels one of the schools EMBA tracks in asset management.


3.6. Degrees Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program PhD at Yale SOM is a full-time, in-residence program intended for students who plan scholarly careers involving research and teaching in management. There are five major tracks for PhD students follow at SOM: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Organizations and Management. The program is structured so that it can be completed in three to five years. The curriculum for the first two years of PhD candidates is composed of 14 courses, which include two core courses, a social science sequence, an empirical methods sequence, a depth requirement, a breadth requirement, and electives. The program is small and admits only a few students each year; there are currently 51 doctoral candidates in the program. All admitted students are given a full stipend for five years if they satisfy the programs requirements.


3.7. Degrees Joint Degrees

The Schools joint-degree programs include the MBA/JD with Yale Law School, MBA/MD with Yale School of Medicine, MBA/PhD with Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MBA/MEM or MF with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, MBA/MArch with Yale School of Architecture, MBA/MFA with Yale School of Drama, MBA/MDiv or MBA/MAR with Yale Divinity School, MBA/MPH with Yale School of Public Health, and MBA/MA in Global Affairs with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Approximately 11% of MBA candidates of the class of 2021 are pursuing dual degrees. Further, in the 2018-2019 academic year, over 1.300 instances of non-SOM students from Yale College and other Graduate and Professional schools registered for SOM classes.


3.8. Degrees Silver Scholars

Initiated in 2001, it was originally open only to Yale undergraduates and was intended to attract more non-traditional MBA candidates with experience outside business and finance. It has since expanded to consider applications from college seniors around the world. Even so, the program remains small. In 2014, SOM admitted only 15 Silver Scholars.

Despite conventional wisdom that MBA programs require previous work experience, Silver Scholars job placement and scholarship statistics are at least as good as Yales traditional MBAs. With an approximately 5% admit rate, the program is more selective than the traditional MBA program at Yale, as well as most other early admission MBA programs, including those at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School.

The School offers the Silver Scholars Program to exceptional college seniors with a "combination of Intelligence, Maturity, and Curiosity, who aim to be leaders in their field." Its been called an "alternative" to deferred admissions policies for undergraduate applicants offered by other top MBA programs. It is distinct in that it is one of a very small number of schools to offer an MBA schedule specifically tailored to recent graduates, and the only one to offer a mid-program internship.

Silver Scholars matriculate immediately from undergrad into the School of Management and participate in a one-year, full-time internship after completing the first year of the Integrated Core Curriculum. Following their internship, Silver Scholars return to campus to complete their second year of MBA coursework. At SOM, that second year has minimal requirements, and students may take courses across all Yales grad schools. In some circumstances, Silver Scholars receive permission to defer their matriculation as a result of fellowships or other extraordinary circumstances or extend their internships by an additional year. A total of 17 Silver Scholars matriculated in the fall of 2019.


4.1. Community Student life

Students at the School, like all Yale University students and alumni, are called "Yalies" or "SOMers." They operate more than 40 MBA student clubs. There are career-oriented clubs such as Finance, Private Equity, Investment Management, Technology, Marketing, and Consulting. There are clinic-type clubs, such as Global Social Enterprise and Outreach Nonprofit Consulting, through which students complete pro bono consulting engagements with local and international non-profits. There are also athletic clubs including soccer, frisbee, crew, rugby, skiing, and squash. SOM participates in the coed MBA ice hockey tournaments during winter months. The Yale SOM Cup soccer tournament is held in October and attracts clubs from numerous top business schools. Each November, many students attend the Harvard-Yale football game known as "The Game", the location of which alternates each year between New Haven and Cambridge. Yale MBA students, like other members of the Yale graduate student community, frequent Gryphons Pub, the bar owned and operated by GPSCY Graduate and Professional Students Center at Yale.


4.2. Community Alumni and student giving

The Yale School of Management raised more than $3.9 million from a record 54.8% alumni in fiscal year 2018, the third straight year of participation of more than 50% of living alumni with an average donation size of $900.

SOM is the business school with the second-highest alumni participation in annual charitable contributions, behind Dartmouth Tuck School of Business at 70+% contribution and ahead of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business at 42% participation according to 2015 statistics.

The graduating MAM, MBA, and Executive MBA classes of 2016 all had a 100% contribution rate towards their class gifts prior to commencement.


5. Research

The School is home to the following research centers and programs:

  • The China India Insights Program
  • The Center for Business and Environment is a collaboration between the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • The Center for Customer Insights
  • The Initiative on Leadership and Organization
  • The Program on Social Enterprise
  • The Yale Program on Financial Stability provides research and training regarding risk management in global financial markets. Regular panels are convened with participants including former Secretaries of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Typical participants for master classes hosted by the Program on Financial Stability include members from over 20 central banks and several non-central bank organizations including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • The Yale Center Beijing is located in the Chaoyang district of Beijing and supports research and study from each of the Universitys schools and divisions and serves as a gathering place for alumni from throughout Asia.
  • The Program on Entrepreneurship
  • The International Center for Finance
  • The Chief Executive Leadership Institute

6. Media

Yale Insights is published by Yale SOM, covering a wide range of topics at the intersection of business and society.

Several podcasts are recorded at SOM, the most famous of which being The Design of Business | the Business of Design, hosted by Yale professors Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand in coordination with a class they teach at SOM.


7. Finances

Loan Repayment

Graduates who meet income eligibility requirements and who work full-time for government or nonprofit organizations can receive full or partial loan reimbursement for their annual debt repayment on need-based loans. It is the first program of its kind started in 1986, and "is the most generous loan repayment program among business schools," with over $1.4M in loan forgiveness provided in 2014, and $7.7M from 2010–2015.


The Schools endowment fund was valued at $861 million in 2019, which is the sixth largest endowment of any U.S. business school and third highest endowment per student. Yale University endowment fund manager David Swensen has generated exceptional investment returns over the past two decades.


8. Prominent faculty

  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld – President and founder, The Chief Executive Leadership Institute
  • Roger G. Ibbotson – Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and co-founder of Zebra Capital Management, LLC, an equity hedge fund management firm; founder of Ibbotson Associates a division of Morningstar, Inc.; financial markets expert and co-author of Global Investing
  • Sharon Oster – competitive strategy authority; author of Modern Competitive Analysis
  • Edward H. Kaplan – operations research specialist; recipient of the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award
  • David Swensen adjunct – Yale University Chief Investment Officer; manager of US$18 billion university endowment portfolio; developer of the Yale Model of investing; author of Pioneering Portfolio Management
  • William Drenttel – American Artist and Designer
  • Victor Vroom – pioneer of expectancy theory
  • Stephen Roach – Non-Executive Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia; former Managing Director and Chief Economist of Morgan Stanley
  • Robert Shiller – behavioral finance expert; Nobel Prize winner; Chief Economist and co-founder of MacroMarkets, LLC, a financial markets firm; author of Irrational Exuberance, Market Volatility, The New Financial Order: Risk In The 21st Century, and Macro Markets ; co-developer of the Case-Shiller index
  • Gary Gorton – expert in stock and futures markets, banking, and asset pricing; Editor, Review of Economic Studies
  • Barry Nalebuff – game theory specialist; co-founder of Honest Tea, Inc., a fast-growing beverage company
  • Jeffrey Garten – former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

9. Notable alumni

Also see: List of Yale University people

  • Ashwin Sanghi – Writer Chanakyas Chant The Rozabal Line
  • Andrew K. Golden – President, Princeton University Investment Company
  • Michael R. Eisenson – CEO, Managing Director, and co-founder, Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • Wendi Deng Murdoch – Director, MySpace China; former VP, News Corporation; wife of Rupert Murdoch
  • Bobby Sager – title character of NBC TV show The Philanthropist is loosely based on Sager.
  • Daniel Weiss – CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art; former President, Haverford College; former President, Lafayette College
  • Ranji H. Nagaswami – Chief Investment Officer, AllianceBernstein Fund Investors
  • Jane Mendillo – CEO and President, Harvard Management Company
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian – CEO and President, Womens World Banking
  • Susan Kilsby - chairman of Shire
  • Chad Troutwine – CEO and Co-founder, Veritas Prep
  • Tim Collins financier – CEO and founder, Ripplewood Holdings LLC
  • Constance McKee – CEO, President, and founder, Asilomar Pharmaceuticals
  • Seth Goldman businessman – CEO and President, Honest Tea; Chairman, Beyond Meat
  • Austin Ligon – Co-founder and retired CEO, CarMax
  • Trish Karter, founder of the Dancing Deer Baking Co.
  • Robert Willett – CEO and President of Cognex Corporation
  • Ned Lamont – Chairman of Lamont Digital Systems, 89th Governor of Connecticut
  • John D. Howard – CEO, Irving Place Capital formerly Bear Stearns Merchant Banking
  • Martha N. Johnson – Administrator, United States General Services Administration
  • Laszlo Bock – CEO and co-founder, Humu; former Vice President, People Operations, Google
  • Peter Frey Lavallee – Executive Director, Washington State Public Disclosure Commission; former investment banker; former Administrator, The Clinton Legal Expense Trust
  • Anne Glover – CEO and co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Roger H. Brown – President, Berklee College of Music
  • Zhang Lei – Founder and Managing Partner, Hillhouse Capital Group, recently made $8.888.888 contribution to Yale SOM
  • Indra Nooyi – former CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.
  • David S. Daniel – CEO, Spencer Stuart & Co.
  • Ellis Jones – CEO, Wasserstein & Co.
  • Donald Gips – United States Ambassador to South Africa
  • John L. Thornton – Professor and Director of Global Leadership, Tsinghua University; Senior Advisor and Former President and Co-COO, Goldman Sachs
  • Joaquin Avila – Managing Partner at EMX Capital, Former Fund Head at Carlyle Group Mexico, Former Managing Director and Head of Latin America at Lehman Brothers.
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