The incoming class in the Yale School of Management’s Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society program, which began classes the week of August 31, is a highly global and accomplished group.
A majority of the incoming class began classes on August 31, alongside students in Yale SOM’s other full-time residential programs; others will begin their coursework in January. The flexible schedule was created to allow the global cohort of students to pursue their education despite the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 48 students in the GBS Class of 2021 have each received or are studying for a master’s in management at a member school in the Global Network for Advanced Management. The students hold citizenships in 19 countries and speak a total of 21 languages. Fifty-two percent of them have worked or interned in more than one country. The class is 48% 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. They include a corporal in the Royal Marine Core of the United Kingdom and a former employee of the World Bank in Dakar, Senegal. One has worked for the World Food Program in Rome, Italy. Another has volunteered with HIV patients in Kathmandu, while yet another served on a medical mission in Uganda.
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.