We’re about a month away from our Round 2 application deadline on January 7, 2020—our largest round in terms of the number of applications we receive. As we close in on the home stretch, I thought it would be helpful to provide a timeline geared toward meeting that deadline.
Whether or not you’ve officially started an application, you should be able to jump into the process at any point. Of course, you can submit your application whenever it’s ready, but know that we don’t begin reviewing applications until the deadline date, so there’s no benefit to rushing to submit far in advance of that.
In addition to the following advice, I encourage you to consult our Application Guide as you complete each component of the application to get useful tips directly from Admissions Committee members.
Week 1: December 7 to 14
The application is currently live, so if you have not done so already, take some time to look through and complete the personal information sections, and start brainstorming your answers to our short answer questions. Aim to have all of this done by mid-December so you can turn to other pieces of the application then.
At this point, you should identify your recommenders and ask them to provide a recommendation on your behalf. Ideally, try to have a brief conversation with them to help them articulate your reasons for pursuing an MBA, as well as to discuss with them your work experience and the impact you have had during your time working with them. You can add the two recommenders to your application, which will trigger the online recommendation email to them. (Note that we accept recommendations written in Spanish and Mandarin and will translate those recommendations here at Yale, which may help broaden the scope of possible recommenders who are available to you.)
If you’re contemplating taking the GMAT or GRE again, now is the time to do so. Keep in mind that we begin reviewing applications immediately after the deadline date, so you’ll want your best scores represented in your submitted application. However, if for some reason your test scores will be a few days late, you can add an update to your application at any time on the status page that will be available once you submit your application.
Now is also a good time to request transcripts from all the universities you have attended. As a reminder, if you studied abroad and the grades from that experience do not appear on your degree-granting transcript, you will need to submit the study abroad transcript as well. Additionally, if your transcript is not in English, you will need to have the transcript translated and you will need to submit both the original and the translated version. We allow students to upload the transcript at this point in the application process, which should make things fairly seamless.
Week 2: December 15 to 21
Use this week to work on your essay. It may take you longer than a week to complete, and that is O.K. You’re starting early, which should leave you plenty of time to proofread and make changes. A reminder: our essay topic is “Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.” You should resist the impulse to address other topics, like “Why Yale?” or “Why an MBA?” We get that information at other points in the application process; this is your chance to tell us something unique about you.
Also, be on the lookout for admissions events happening around the world. Our current students are about to depart for the winter break and will be hosting winter socials in cities around the globe. I encourage you to take a look at our calendar and register for an event. More events will be posted in the coming weeks.
Week 3: December 22 to 28
It’s a good idea to check in with your recommenders either this week or next if they haven’t submitted their recommendations—just as a friendly reminder of the upcoming deadline.
Keep working on your essay. I recommend having someone proof your essay for typos. It can also be helpful to have someone read your essay who does not know the prompt. If, at the end, they can guess what the prompt may have been, then you know you’re on the right track!
Update your résumé with your most recent professional achievements and any activities or interests you’d like represented. Unless you have more than 10 years of work experience, keep your résumé to one page.
Week 4: December 29 to January 4
The deadline—January 7, 2020—is fast approaching. Use this week to do some final proofing of your application and essay. This way you can reserve the deadline week for final tweaks to your application. Put the finishing touches on your career goals short answer. This is probably something you’ve put a lot of thought into as you’ve contemplated pursuing an MBA.
Also, for those of you celebrating, leave some time to enjoy the New Year!
Week 5: January 5 to 10
The last part of your application, consisting of the video questions and the Behavioral Assessment, will be made available to you once you submit your application and pay the application fee. Each of these components should take about 20 minutes to complete, and you will have until January 10 to complete them and submit any remaining admissions materials.
We wish you all the best as you prepare your application! My parting advice, as always, is to be yourself throughout the application process. We look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in person.
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Yale School of Management
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