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From the Assistant Dean for Admissions: 2017-18 Essay Question and Application Deadlines Announced

As the 2016-2017 academic year winds down, our admissions team already has an eye toward assembling the Yale SOM Class of 2020. To that end, I am pleased to announce our 2017-2018 application deadlines and essay question:

Round 1
Application deadline: September 13, 2017
Decision release: December 6, 2017

Round 2
Application deadline: January 4, 2018
Decision release: March 27, 2018

Round 3
Application deadline: April 18, 2018
Decision release: May 17, 2018

Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

This will be our second year using this prompt, which we developed in collaboration with Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior here at SOM and one of the lead faculty in the core leadership courses within our integrated curriculum. In asking this question, the Admissions Committee is interested not just in the commitment itself but also in how you approach the commitment and the behaviors that support it.

We’ve also decided to maintain our unique sliding-scale application fee structure, which ties your application fee to your annual compensation. The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from geographies and industries where compensation tends to be lower. We will continue to offer fee waivers for current and former Peace Corps volunteers, as well as current staff and alumni of Teach for All programs (such as Teach for America, Teach for China, and Teach for India). The application fee is automatically waived for active U.S. military or U.S. veterans, current Yale graduate students, and Yale undergraduate students applying to the Silver Scholars Program.

We’re in the process of scheduling Summer Socials and admissions events around the world. Look for those on our events page soon. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting with you and guiding you through the MBA application process.


Bruce DelMonico
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Admissions Office
Yale School of Management
165 Whitney Avenue
Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
203.432.5635, Admissions Office
203.432.6380, Visitor Center
fax 203.432.7004