They are consultants, finance professionals, information technology experts, engineers, and supply chain managers—and those are just a few of the many and varied professions among the 65 members of the Yale School of Management’s Master of Advanced Management Class of 2021.
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.
MAM students spend a year at Yale SOM after completing or while completing an MBA at a member school in the Global Network for Advanced Management. This year’s class includes alumni of 20 of the schools. Twenty-five citizenships are represented, and 39% of the students are women. The students’ average age is 32.
Members of the class speak 35 languages, and 41% have worked in more than one country.
The Class of 2021 embraces a range of interests and avocations. One student is a music conductor with a spot in her country’s national concert hall of fame; one is a physician trained in neurology. One student is a black belt martial arts instructor who has also worked at SpaceX, while another is a Chinese citizen who completed his MBA at the University of Ghana.
During the one-year program at Yale SOM, MAM students have the opportunity to curate their own curricula, with the majority of their coursework chosen from electives across the university. Required classes include a close investigation of pressing global issues affecting business and society today, with speakers from different disciplines providing specialized lectures for students.