The Yale School of Management’s new MBA for Executives class arrives on campus on July 14 for a three-day orientation during which students will get acquainted with each other and with the Yale SOM community.
After orientation, the Class of 2019 will begin a two-week session of intensive coursework on campus. For the remainder of the year, the students will return to campus for coursework every other weekend.
The new class includes 68 students, with 35% in the asset management focus area, 28% focusing on healthcare, and 37% on sustainability. The class is 26% women, with 37% of students born abroad in countries including India, China, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Comoros, Colombia, Belgium, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Cameroon, Taiwan, Nigeria, and Mexico. The average age of students is 36.
The class is academically accomplished, with 37% of students holding advanced degrees in areas including medicine, law, public policy, and information technology. The majority of students, 76%, are presently working in the for-profit sector, while 21% are with nonprofit organizations and 3% work for governmental bodies.
The class includes physicians, chief operating officers, digital directors, and entrepreneurs. One student in the healthcare focus is the director of business development for the Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, while another is a resident physician in radiology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. The asset management focus includes a senior private sector specialist at the World Bank and a vice president at BlackRock. In the sustainability focus, there’s the assistant director for sustainable initiatives at The New School, as well as a vice president for corporate social responsibility at NBCUniversal.
During their first year in the program, students will take Yale SOM’s integrated MBA core curriculum while participating in colloquia that bring leaders in each focus area to campus. In the second year, students take advanced courses in management and in their focus areas.