Yale School of Management

Meet the GBS Class of 2020

Photo of Yale School of Management’s Master’s in Global Business and Society Class of 2020

The second class in Yale SOM’s Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society program, which began classes the week of August 26, is a highly global, and accomplished, group.

The 51 students in the GBS Class of 2020, each of whom has received or is studying for a master’s in management at a school in the Global Network for Advanced Management, have citizenship in 19 countries. Forty-seven percent of them have worked or interned in more than one country, and 71% pursued their first master’s degree outside of their home country. The class is 51% women, with an average age of 24.

In addition to their studies, members of the class have pursued a diversity of interests and professional paths. The Class of 2020 includes a licensed soccer referee, a former intern in the office of the secretary general of the United Nations, and a competitive swimmer who also fronted a band for five years. Other have interned at Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, the Walt Disney Company, and McKinsey & Company; one served as a non-commissioned officer in the Danish Armed Forces; another studied international hotel management and worked in hotels in five countries. Their volunteer work includes teaching refugees, accompanying a blind triathlete during training, and fundraising for an NGO in Ethiopia.

The GBS program, launched in 2018, is designed to prepare early-career students for global careers. Students spend a year at Yale, taking required courses with a focus on global leadership, management electives created specifically for GBS students, and other electives selected from across Yale SOM and Yale.