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 16, 2019

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 on-campus information sessions and events, as well as through one-on-one opportunities in cities like New York, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Hopefully, these interactions have allowed you to get to know us better, and consider applying.

As we approach the Round 1 deadline (October 30, 2019, 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—in nature. I hope the information here will ease your anxiety about 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, reading your submission 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 2022. If you are invited to interview, we’ll look forward to seeing you on campus at Evans Hall for a full interview day, meeting with staff, alumni, and students. Once you schedule your interview day, your employer approval form will be sent to the individual you identified in the application, usually within 48 hours. Our 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).

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

If you’re still left with questions about the process, you are always welcome to email us. I hope that this peek into our process has been helpful and that the application process has been rewarding. Regardless of where you choose to pursue your executive MBA, I hope that you take some time to congratulate yourself and celebrate a little! You’ve earned it.


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Joanne Legler

Director of Admissions, Management Master's Programs and EMBA