Yale School of Management

A Message from the Director of Admissions: What Happens After You Hit ‘Submit’

Joanne Legler provides a peek behind the scenes as the Admissions Committee evaluates applications.

October 14, 2020

It’s been wonderful getting to know so many of you during the MBA for Executives recruitment process this summer and fall through our many virtual information sessions and events (we have a few more in 2020—see our events page for upcoming events). Hopefully, these interactions have allowed you to get to know us better, and you’re now considering an application for a spot in the Class of 2023.

As we approach the Round 1 deadline (October 26, 2020, at 5 p.m. eastern time), you may be curious about what happens to your application after you hit the “Submit” button. I can understand that this time might feel a little stressful—and mysterious. I hope the information here will ease your anxiety about what comes next in the application process.

First of all, if you’ve gotten even partway through the application, allow me to congratulate you! The application process itself can be daunting and diving into it—and, hopefully finishing it!—is no small feat. You should feel great about getting to this point.

While you may not hear much from us right after submission, do know that on our end, we are quite busy. The Admissions Committee gets right to work evaluating each individual application carefully and thoroughly. Then we meet as a team to make decisions about whom to interview and, later on, whom to admit to the Class of 2023. If you are invited to interview, you’ll meet virtually with staff and alumni for individual interviews, as well as getting an opportunity to connect with our current students. Once you schedule your interview, your employer approval form will be sent to the individual you identified in the application, within 48 hours. The application round timelines can be a helpful reference to use for blocking potential interview dates on your calendar (though please note that these are subject to change and that, given the virtual world we live in these days, we’ll offer some flexibility to meet the needs of our applicants, alumni, and staff).

Though each student admitted must complete an interview, not receiving an invitation to interview right after a deadline does not necessarily mean you will not ultimately be interviewed—and perhaps admitted—at some point in the application season.

I hope that this peek into our process has been helpful. Regardless of where you choose to pursue your executive MBA, please take some time to congratulate yourself and celebrate a little! You’ve earned it.

Finally, if you’re considering applying to the MBA for Executives program and would like to get feedback on your candidacy, let me encourage you to submit your resume or LinkedIn profile for pre-assessment. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us. Enjoy your fall!

Best wishes,


Director of Admissions

Joanne Legler
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Joanne Legler

Director of Admissions, Management Master's Programs and EMBA