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From the Assistant Dean for Admissions: Application Tips from Our Team

Bruce DelMonico offers video excerpts and tips from our live online Application Tips Panel last week.

With less than a month remaining before the Round 2 MBA application deadline on January 7, 2021, many candidates are now turning to their applications in earnest. To help you through the process, we’ve prepared a number of resources that we hope you’ll find of value. Below are videos and advice drawn from our live online Application Tips Panel last week. The guidance and insights provided by our Admissions Committee members during this event should be a helpful starting point to you as you compose your essays, secure your letters of recommendation, and refine your résumé.

The videos below are categorized by application component. I pulled out a specific tip from each Admissions Committee member that I thought would be particularly helpful to you as you work on your application.

In addition, you can always visit our Application Guide for more videos and tips about the application. For more guidance and to answer any last-minute questions, you can join members of the Admissions Committee for an Online Chat in advance of the application deadline.

We look forward to receiving your application and getting to know you better through this 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

Academic Profile


“We look well beyond your overall GPA… We look at the qualitative performance and we go through the courses that you’ve taken, line by line. So it’s not just simply about your cumulative GPA.” —Jolene Monson, Deputy Director of Admissions for Operations

“You've probably done your research and seen on our class profiles or on our historic class statistics the average and median test scores. But I would encourage you to keep in mind that is a true average and true median and that we admit plenty of people below that one number. We also publish our 80% range, which gives you a really good idea about the full range of people that we admit, but that is an 80% as well so we admit people above and below that every year.”—Jolene Monson

“[The Behavioral Assessment] measures a set of interpersonal and interpersonal skills that our data show are associated with success in business school. So this non-cognitive assessment provides just an additional data point for us on your ability to be successful in an MBA curriculum. Sometimes we have a profile that we’re really excited about, that would bring a lot to the community and that has really great experiences, but the academic history might not be the strongest. The score on the behavioral assessment is an indicator of people who maybe don't have the best academic history but who will never nevertheless have an indication of succeeding in the MBA program.”—Jolene Monson

Professional Experience

“The résumé should communicate pretty clearly and concisely what your professional and academic experiences have been. You’re welcome to include any volunteer work, activities, or interests if you feel like they help tell your story or put your experiences into context. I would strongly encourage you to keep your résumé to one page unless you have more than 10 years of work experience.”—Jolene Monson

“A good recommendation will help explain your current work, and current performance at work, your career trajectory, and how quickly you are moving through the organization, your potential to lead, and any impacts you have had at your organization. Your recommender will usually bring those stories out into your profile. You should choose people who have worked with you closely and directly so it’s less important to have the CEO write your recommendation if you have only spoken with them once or twice.”— Jolene Monson


“Your time at business school and your path thereafter represents significant commitments and it can be valuable for us to understand how you have previously approached a commitment of major importance and the behaviors that support that… What I would say is be genuine. We want to hear about something that is meaningful and distinctive in your life and in your voice. And really what we care about is how you approach that commitment.”—Jared Liu, Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Video Questions

“I think many candidates find that 60 to 90 seconds is a very short amount of time to deliver a response. Probably many candidates finish a response feeling like there were any number of things that they wish they would have said differently or which they would have said in addition. We don't want that to shake you so just maybe use your phone or video camera on your laptop and just practice recording yourself delivering responses that are 60 to 90 seconds in time frame and I think that will really set you up for success.”—Jared Liu


“The interviews are blind, meaning that your interviewer will have only seen your résumé. Sometimes this comes up for candidates because there is something you mentioned in your essay that you want them to know. Do let them know if there is some sort of background. But it also means, know your résumé! The interview will be in large part on your professional experience.”—Jared Liu

Watch the Entire Application Tips Panel