Yale School of Management

From the Assistant Director of Admissions: A Final-Round Application Checklist

March 10, 2017

The final application deadline for the Yale MBA for Executives program, April 25, 2017, is approaching, and many of you may have questions about where to start. I’ve put together some suggested guidelines to help you tackle the application in time to apply to be part of the Class of 2019.

March 2017

Start your application

You’ll complete the entire Yale MBA for Executives application online. Open the application and review the requirements. Going through each page of the application and filling out everything you can will help you determine your next steps. To understand more about the admissions process from start to finish, read an overview.

Schedule an exam date

If you haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE in the past five years, schedule an exam date and formulate a study plan. My Five Tips for Test Prep Success may be helpful as well. You can submit your application with unofficial scores while we await your official scores; this means that you can choose a test date up until the April 25 deadline.

Attend an event

The best way to gain a deeper understanding of the program and school is to attend an event. It will help to have some context about the program as you work on your application. If you’re unable to attend an event, you can get an insider view of the community by reading the EMBA Blog.

Discuss your plans with people close to you

Having support from both your employer and those close to you will be important as you pursue your MBA. This is one of the most important factors for success, according to several students who shared their perspectives in the post “Making it Work: How EMBA Students Balance it All.”

March 10–18

Have a conversation with your employer.

Now that you’ve opened the application and have a better understanding of the program, you’re ready to approach your employer about pursuing an MBA. Current students have assembled good advice on this topic: “How to Pitch the Yale EMBA Program to Employers.”

Identify two recommenders.

You are required to submit two professional recommendations. Ideally, at least one of the recommenders should be in a position to assess your performance in your most recent role. You will identify your recommenders in the online application, and your recommenders will receive an email to complete the recommendation online.

While you should have no part in writing your recommendation, there are steps you can take to ensure that your recommender writes the best endorsement possible. First, give your recommenders plenty of time to write a thoughtful and detailed recommendation. Second, it is helpful to provide your recommenders with information about the program to which you’re applying. Finally, it is often helpful to highlight a few of your recent accomplishments when soliciting a recommendation. You should make this process as convenient as possible for your recommenders. Most important, don’t forget to thank them when they submit the recommendation!

March 18–April 1

Start thinking about the essays

Most applicants leave their essays until the very last moment. The essays are one of the most powerful tools you have to win over the admissions committee. To help you write persuasive essays, here are my Five Tips for Perfectly Polished Essays.

Update your résumé

If you have not recently updated your résumé, now is the time to do so. Please keep it to no longer than two pages; the admission committee is looking for a snapshot of your career evolution.

Gather your transcripts

If you do not already have copies of your transcripts from your undergraduate institution and any other institution from which you have earned professional or graduate degrees, request them with as much notice as possible. If your transcripts are not in English, you will need to provide a notarized English translation. Please note that you do not need official transcripts for the purposes of the application; you can upload unofficial copies.

Stick with your study plan!

If you’re preparing to take the GMAT or GRE, make sure that you’re sticking with your study schedule. Studying a little bit each day will be more effective than cramming several hours in one day. Alumni have reported finding test prep to be a helpful simulation of balancing school, work, and life in the program.

April 1–18

Check for missing materials

You can check the status of your materials within the online application. If your recommenders haven’t submitted their recommendations yet, you can send them a reminder through the application.

Ready to hit “Submit”?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until April 25. If you feel comfortable submitting before the deadline, I encourage you to do so.

Block out interview dates on your calendar.

Upon submission, successful candidates are invited to a day of interviews on campus at Evans Hall. A list of interview dates by round can be found on the Instructions page of the application. Final-round interviews will take place on April 21, May 4, May 12, May 25, and May 26.

April 18–25

Do a final check of your application

Put any finishing touches on the application, and make sure you proofread your essays.(Having another person read them with fresh eyes is always a good idea.) If you’d like additional space to address any part of your candidacy, there is an optional section to upload additional explanations or supporting materials. If you do use this space, be sure that whatever you add is truly valuable.

Hit “Submit”!

Review your application one more time. Once you feel comfortable, hit “Submit”! You have until 11:59 p.m. on April 25 to submit your application. If you’re having any problems submitting, please reach out to the admission team at emba.admissions@yale.edu.

Next steps

  • Make sure to check your application status page for outstanding items, including recommendations, official test scores, and financial aid documents if you are applying for a scholarship.
  • The admissions department will be in contact with you if there are any outstanding items. Selected applicants will be invited to interview on campus. Final decisions will be made, and decision letters sent, following these interviews.
  • You can view the admissions timeline for each round on the application information page.

If you have any questions as you work through your application, please feel free to contact me by email at reilly.hartigan@yale.edu or by phone at 203-432-0345. We look forward to receiving your application!

Reilly Hartigan
Assistant Director of Admissions, MBA for Executives

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