Commitment to Diversity

The Yale School of Management is fully committed to diversity along many dimensions—racial, ethnic, national, and socioeconomic background; sexual orientation; gender; age; veteran status; religious belief; thought and opinion; professional aspirations; and more.


The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society, and our commitment to diversity is an essential component of that mission. We recognize that diversity is an essential force in the business world today, and that diversity of perspectives leads to better problem framing and decision making. Regardless of career path, our alumni will be more effective and successful when they learn about and embrace the experiences, ideas, and values of people with different backgrounds and aspirations.


Yale's integrated MBA curriculum teaches students to take a broad view of the roles they will take on as business leaders and to view decisions in a wide context. The diversity of viewpoints in our community enriches our classroom discussions.

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Yale SOM is small compared to other leading business schools, and our students form close bonds of mutual support with their classmates. Having diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and perspectives on campus yields benefits for every community member. We believe in open dialog, respect for individual points of view, and lifelong learning, and we strive to ensure that our commitment to diversity contributes to meaningful and ongoing professional development.


In 2007, Yale SOM students, faculty, and staff came together to form a Standing Task Force on Diversity. The group authored the "Vision Statement on Diversity," which was affirmed by the Yale SOM community. In 2011, Dean Edward A. Snyder formed a Diversity Advisory Group, which continues to work on initiatives that keep diversity at the forefront of dialog and action at the school.

The school also sponsors a Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program, which aims to increase opportunities for students from populations typically underrepresented in management education. The two-week program brings college students and recent graduates to campus to teach important career skills and introduce them to the value of an MBA degree.


Student Clubs

With more than 40 student clubs, the Yale School of Management provides abundant opportunities and resources for students to connect and collaborate with others who share similar backgrounds, personal interests, or professional aspirations. 

Sample Yale SOM Student Clubs  [complete list]
Black Business Alliance Jewish Students Association
Business and the Environment Korea Club 
Christian Fellowship Latino Leadership Association
Consulting Club Media and Entertainment Club
Economic Development Club Partners Club
Global Social Enterprise Private Equity Club
Greater China Club Q+ Gay/Straight Alliance
International Club South Asian Business Forum
Investment Management Club Veterans Club
Japan Club Women in Management Club
If you’d like to find out more about a particular club, contact our Admissions Ambassadors, current Yale students who are available to talk with you about their respective organizations.


To help identify some of the many financial resources to help promote diversity in the Yale School of Management student body, the school has compiled a list of scholarship resources from organizations outside the university that are available to students. In addition, through our partnership with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, select students are eligible for merit-based fellowships equivalent to the cost of tuition and required fees.

Yale SOM also offers a wide range of merit scholarships, a number of which are designated for individuals with specific backgrounds or professional aspirations. Recent additions to our merit scholarship offerings include funds reserved for alumni of Teach for America, and opportunities for active-duty military officers to attend Yale SOM at significantly reduced tuition.

Commitment to Joint Degree Programs

Yale SOM is distinctive in the number and quality of joint degree programs it offers in conjunction with other schools at Yale University. Twelve percent of Yale MBA students participate in a joint degree program, the two most prominent of which are the MBA/JD with Yale Law School and the MBA/MEM or MBA/MF with Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Joint degree programs strengthen the school’s connection to the larger University and promote diversity of thought.

Strategic Partnerships

The Yale School of Management actively seeks to engage with organizations committed to diversity in MBA education. 

Partner Organizations

Underrepresented Minorities
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
National Black MBA Association
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The Robert A. Toigo Foundation
Riordan Fellows Program
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Choctaw Nation
MBA JumpStart
85 Broads
Forte Foundation
Reaching Out MBA
Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO)

Admissions Events

The School’s Admissions Office sponsors or participates in a number of MBA admissions events throughout the year. View the complete calendar of Yale SOM Admissions Events.

Explore Diversity Days provide prospective students with an opportunity to experience the diversity and excellence of the Yale School of Management first-hand. From special presentations, interacting with alumni and faculty, to one-on-one interactions with Yale MBA students, Explore Diversity is our chance to introduce you to our supportive community and to demonstrate our commitment to our mission of educating leaders for business and society.

Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program

Yale SOM’s commitment and innovative approach to diversity are reflected in this annual program, which invites (at no tuition cost) college sophomores, juniors, and seniors and recent college graduates from populations typically under-represented in management education to attend a two-week course of study on the Yale campus in June. The program introduces them to the fundamentals of management education and provides tools necessary to develop their individual leadership skills.

Global Network Weeks

Yale SOM has created a pioneering international educational experience for Global Network for Advanced Management schools. Each Global Network Week features a subset of Global Network schools that host an academic program open to graduate students from participating schools. The program gives business students the opportunity to pursue intensive study in another country, leveraging the expertise, people, programs, and perspective of a partner school.