The Yale SOM Approach
What is the mission of Yale SOM?
The mission of the Yale SOM is to educate leaders for business and society. And Yale SOM is a place where the mission matters, where students, alumni, faculty, and staff embrace its meaning and implications. It provides both long-term strategic guidance about what the school is and should be and informs decisions and actions on a daily basis.
When was Yale SOM founded?
Yale SOM's first class arrived in the fall of 1976.
What are the distinctive qualities of Yale SOM?
Educating Leaders: The pressing challenge for all leaders today is to grapple with the fast-growing complexity of the modern world—whether that means understanding the changes wrought by technological advancement, by the increasing contact between cultures, legal systems, and political environments, or by the shifting role of governments in business. Yale SOM is a source for leadership thinking and action that contends with this complexity across sectors and regions.
Distinctively Global: The purely local enterprise no longer exists. Business leaders have to understand supply chains, data networks, trade policies, cultural differences, and political dynamics. Yale is leading the way in cultivating a broader understanding of global connections, in part through founding the Global Network for Advanced Management.
Engagement with Yale University: A comprehensive understanding of business challenges requires a broad view of the forces and trends working on an organization. Through engagement with the intellectual life of Yale University, SOM students and faculty cultivate expertise across subjects, learn about state-of-the-art thinking in their fields, pick up insights, and broaden their horizons.
What is a “raw” case?
Yale SOM has pioneered a form of open-ended online case study, called the raw case, to support our unique curriculum. These cases explore rich and challenging management scenarios and train students to find solutions in complex and unstructured problems, like the ones they will encounter in their working lives.
What does “integrated curriculum” mean?
Every MBA student at Yale takes the integrated core curriculum, which was designed from the ground up based on the needs of leaders of real-world organizations. The integrated core teaches the fundamentals of management with an emphasis on the complexities of context that arise in real situations. Ethical thinking and structured problem solving are wrapped into every class.
What is Edward P. Evans Hall?
Edward P. Evans Hall is the home for the Yale School of Management, completed in 2014. The building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard, all intended to create a teaching and learning environment that will support the school’s innovative integrated MBA curriculum and enhance the Yale SOM community.
What are some of the key features of Edward P. Evans Hall?
Key features inside the 240,000-square-foot structure include the 350-seat Zhang Lei ’02 Auditorium, the Wilbur L. Ross Library, a dining commons and coffee shop, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, and the Beinecke Terrace Room, a lecture hall/entertainment space with an outdoor terrace providing views of landscaped gardens in the rear of the campus.
What is the significance of the courtyard?
At the center of Edward P. Evans Hall will be an enclosed courtyard, which will act as the heart of the school, providing outdoor space to study and socialize. The courtyard, glass façade, and open layout will allow people to see from one area to another across the campus, creating a unifying effect, a sense that activities throughout the building are interconnected. The expansive courtyard will also link Evans Hall architecturally to other Yale buildings built around courtyards, such as the Sterling Law Building and the residential colleges.
Watch a video about the Edward P. Evans Hall courtyard.
What makes Yale SOM's classrooms unique?
The design of Evans Hall is directly inspired by the need for a teaching and learning environment to support the school’s integrated MBA curriculum. The campus will feature 16 classrooms of varying layouts and sizes, developed after an extensive study of the distinctive Yale learning experience. Breakout rooms, lounges, the library, and other common spaces—as well as faculty offices—are positioned to maximize interchange and collaboration, hallmarks of the school’s integrated approach to MBA education.
Who designed Edward P. Evans Hall?
Edward P. Evans Hall was designed by Foster + Partners, the prominent firm chaired by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62.
What are the sustainability features of the new building?
Sustainable site: Native vegetation reduces maintenance and irrigation requirements, underground parking reduces the heat island effect, stormwater collection tank and infiltration beds reduce runoff, covered parking is provided for 104 bicycles with shower/changing rooms, and infrastructure exists for electric vehicle charging stations. Water efficiency: Low-flow plumbing fixtures and reduced outdoor irrigation reduce the demand for water at Evans Hall. Energy and atmosphere: Chilled beams and radiant floor systems reduce energy consumption; fans and pumps are controlled by variable frequency drives to reduce electricity use; solar shading, high-performance windows, and reflective roof all reduce heating and cooling loads; daylight-controlled LED lighting with dimming controls reduce electricity use; garage ventilation is controlled by carbon monoxide sensors; and refrigerants avoid use of CFCs to reduce impacts on global warming and ozone depletion. Materials and resources: About 75% of construction and demolition debris was diverted from landfills, many building materials (such as steel and concrete) utilize substantial recycled content, most wood is FSC-certified, and more than 10% of materials were procured from within 500 miles of New Haven. Indoor environment quality: Adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring systems contain low levels of volatile organic compounds, a building flush-out was conducted prior to occupancy, and carbon dioxide sensors adjust fresh air volumes to the occupancy load.
How large is the new building?
Evans Hall is approximately 242,000 gross square feet in size, not including the 90,000-square-foot parking garage. It features 16 classrooms, 22 breakout rooms, three library spaces, 13 interview rooms, and office space for roughly 120 faculty and 195 staff. It comprises four million pounds of steel, 16.2 million pounds of concrete, 2.25 million pounds of glass for the exterior façade, 123 miles of copper wire, and 500 doors. Its 4.25-acre plot is sustainably landscaped.
Who was Edward P. Evans?
Edward P. Evans Hall is named in recognition of a generous gift from the late Edward P. (Ned) Evans YC '64. Evans held executive positions with a number of family businesses and was the chairman and CEO of publishing house Macmillan Inc. from 1979 to 1989. He was also a successful investor, a generous philanthropist, and a breeder and racer of thoroughbred horses.
Where is Evans Hall located?
Evans Hall is located at 165 Whitney Avenue in New Haven. The mailing address is PO Box 208200, New Haven, CT 06520-8200.
What programs does Yale SOM offer?
Degree programs: Full-Time MBA, MBA for Executives, Master of Advanced Management, Master’s Degree in Systemic Risk, Master's Degree in Asset Management, Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society, PhD, Joint Degree Programs. Non-degree programs: Executive Education, Emerging Leaders Seminar.
For the latest list of programs, visit Our Programs.
How do I apply?
Our Faculty & Research
How may I search for a member of your faculty?
Search our faculty directory. You can search by area of expertise, discipline, or by name.
I am a member of the media looking for expert commentary, how may I reach a member of your faculty?
If you’re looking for expert commentary from a member of our faculty, please contact our director of media relations.
Yale SOM Alumni
I am a graduate of Yale SOM. How may I access the portal?
As an alum of the school, you have access to the Yale SOM alumni portal and its resources. On the portal, you may update your records, search for classmates, view and apply for jobs, post a job, view Class notes, visit our reunion pages, get involved with a regional chapter through SOMAA, request a transcript and more. You will find full login instructions on the portal: http://alumni.som.yale.edu
How can I learn more about the alumni of Yale SOM?
Yale SOM graduates are leaders across sectors and industries. Get to know Yale SOM Alumni, browse our Alumni Profiles.
How do I contact a member of your Development and Alumni Relations team?
Please visit our Development and Alumni Relations contact page.
What is the Yale SOM Recruiters Guide?
Our online guide will help you create a strategy, plan the details of your on-campus visit, and get access to our CDO Recruiting System.
How should I start thinking about scheduling recruiting events at Yale SOM?
Consult the recruiting calendar to see when students will be available. With the help of your Yale SOM relationship manager, you can create a customized recruiting approach that best meets your staffing needs.
How does my company participate in an on-campus recruiting event?
Employers meet with candidates in Yale SOM’s interview suites, located adjacent to the Career Development Office. To discuss what strategy works best for you, contact one of the relationship managers in the CDO.
How can I gain access to Yale SOM’s recruiting systems?
The 12Twenty platform, CMS (Career Management System), allows recruiters to schedule a corporate presentation, coordinate interviews for on-campus recruiting, post jobs for students or alumni, or search the résumé database. If you have any questions please contact the Career Development Office.
How can I contact the CDO?
Global Network for Advanced Management
What is the Global Network for Advanced Management?
The Global Network for Advanced Management is a consortium of 28 international business schools that connects faculty, students, and deans with their peers worldwide to improve business education in an increasingly globalized world.
Who are the member schools that comprise the Global Network for Advanced Management?
Global Network member schools include the world’s leading business schools.
What are Global Network cases?
One of the chief objectives of the Global Network for Advanced Management is the development of teaching materials that better reflect the challenges that students face in a globalized world. Schools within the global network partner to develop cases that examine truly global business problems from a global perspective.
What is Global Network Week?
Each year, member schools offer visiting students from peer schools a week of intensive study organized around a theme, company visits, and networking. The program provides business school students at each school the opportunity to pursue intensive study in another country, leveraging the expertise, people, programs, and perspective of a partner school.
Who may enroll in Global Network digital courses?
Launched in 2013, Global Network courses are designed to enable students from the network's member schools, located in multiple countries, to work together as they study business issues with global dimensions. These semester-long courses currently taught by Yale SOM faculty, streamed via the web with virtual project work by student teams spread around the world. Currently only schools affiliated with the Global Network may enroll in these courses.