In 1971 the University received a bequest from the estate of Frederick W. Beinecke, PhB 1909, for the creation of a program in management. Two years later, the Yale Corporation approved the creation of a School of Organization and Management, which would confer a master’s degree in public and private management (MPPM). The first class arrived in the fall of 1976.

The new school offered a two-year program designed to train managers who could be effective in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, and who would have the skills, understanding, and perspective to move among those sectors effectively. “Business and government are growing more interrelated,” an early admissions catalog said, “requiring effective managers in each sector, public and private, to understand in depth the goals and operations of the other.”

In 1994 the school changed its name to the Yale School of Management. In 1999 it began offering a master of business administration (MBA) degree, while maintaining its multi-sectoral focus.

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Reflections on the Founding of the Yale School of Management

At SOM Alumni Weekend in 1983, William S. Beinecke spoke to the Yale SOM Charter Class of 1978. A businessman and philanthropist who served on the Yale Corporation for many years and helped shape many parts of the University, Mr. Beinecke was a driving force behind the creation of the School. In his talk to the Charter Class, he described with an insider’s perspective the process of discussion and debate, over two decades, that led to the founding of the Yale School of Organization and Management, now known as the Yale School of Management. 

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In 2006 the school introduced an integrated core curriculum, designed to train leaders for the cross-functional environment of contemporary organizations. In multi­disciplinary, team-taught core courses, students learn to draw on a broad range of information, tools, and skills to develop creative solutions and make strategic decisions.

In 2012 Yale SOM convened the Global Network for Advanced Management, a network of business schools from both developed and developing economies that act together to advance understanding of global business. In the same year, the school introduced the Master of Advanced Management program, a one-year program in advanced leadership and management for those who have earned or are earning an MBA or equivalent degree from a Global Network school.

In January 2014 the school moved into Edward P. Evans Hall, an entirely new campus designed to build on the school's strengths in innovation, curriculum, community, and global engagement.

Deans of the Yale School of Management

William H. Donaldson 1975-1980
Geoffrey Hazard, Jr., Acting Dean 1980-1981
Burton G. Malkiel 1981-1987
Merton J. Peck, Acting Dean 1987-1988
Michael E. Levine 1988-1992
Paul MacAvoy 1992-1994
Stanley J. Garstka, Acting Dean 1994-1995
Jeffrey E. Garten 1995-2005
Joel M. Podolny 2005-2008
Sharon M. Oster 2008-2011
Edward A. Snyder

(Anjani Jain, Acting Dean, 2017-2018)