Yale School of Management

From the Assistant Director of Admissions: Your Guide to Applying

July 21, 2017

We welcomed an incredibly talented and diverse group of leaders for business and society to campus this week, and now we look forward to helping the next class navigate the admissions process. The application for the Yale MBA for Executives Class of 2020 is now available, and you may have some questions about where to start. Here are some tips to help guide you as you begin your journey.

Step 1: Decide if the Yale MBA for Executives program is right for you.

Deciding which program best aligns with your values and goals is important. Our admissions team is always available to answer your questions and discuss the program. The best way to begin this conversation is to submit your résumé or LinkedIn profile for a pre-assessment résumé review. Once you submit your profile, a member of our admissions team will reach out to you with personalized feedback and answer any questions you might have.

Of course, the best way to determine if the Yale School of Management is right for you is to experience it first-hand by joining us on campus for an information session. You will have the opportunity to meet with current students, hear from alumni about their experience, and observe a class. I encourage you to register for an upcoming event taking place on campus, in your area, or online.

For an insider’s view of our community of purpose and what a class weekend looks like, I suggest checking out our EMBA Blog.

Step 2: Decide when to apply.

Once you have decided to apply, the next step is to decide when to apply. Applications will be considered during three different rounds throughout the year; the Round 1 application deadline is November 15. You can find the online application, requirements, and admissions timelines on our application information page.

There is no advantage to applying to one round over another – you should submit your application whenever you feel you can put forth your strongest candidacy. However, applying earlier means that you receive a decision earlier and have more time to prepare for the program, which begins in mid-July 2018.

Step 3: Assemble your application.

Open an application and review our application requirements. Once you’ve decided on when to apply, you should create a timeline for gathering all of the application requirements.

For most applicants, the biggest hurdle is the standardized test requirement. My biggest piece of advice is not to stress about the test (read my five tips for test-prep success). Applicants to the Yale School of Management MBA for Executives program are required to submit scores from one of three standardized tests: the GMAT, GRE, or the Executive Assessment (EA).

This is also a good time to discuss the program and the time commitment it will entail with your employer, friends, and anyone close to you. Having their support will help you succeed during the program. Our current students have assembled a few tips on how to pitch the Yale EMBA program to employers.

Step 4: Finalize your application and submit.

Review your entire application before submitting—especially your essays! The admissions committee will forgive a typo, but they’ll be less forgiving if you accidentally mention another school in your essay. I’ve put together a few tips on how to win over the admissions committee with your essays.

Once you feel comfortable, hit submit! 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 team will be in contact with you if there are any outstanding items.

This is also a good time to block potential interview dates on your calendar, so you’ll be available if you are invited to interview. You can find the dates for each round on our application information page.

Step 5: Next Steps

Once we’ve received your complete application and the admissions round deadline has passed, your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Selected applicants will move to the interview stage of the admissions process and be invited to spend a day on campus interviewing. Final decisions will be made, and decisions sent, following these interviews.

I look forward to working with you this year, and I hope that you choose to apply to the Yale School of Management.

Reilly Hartigan
Assistant Director of Admissions, MBA for Executives

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