Program Comparison

Which program is right for me?

The Yale School of Management offers one MBA, provided in two different formats. Find the similarities and differences between both programs in the table below.

Full-time MBA

MBA for Executives

Degree awarded MBA MBA
Length of Program Two academic years 22 consecutive months
Class Schedule Classes meet Monday through Thursday during the academic year. Classes meet year-round on alternating Friday/Saturday weekends, with a 2-week in-residence period at the start of Year 1 plus a 1-week in-residence period to start Year 2.
Company Support/ Sponsorship There is no company sponsorship or endorsement required as part of the admissions process. Company endorsement is required regarding the time commitment necessary to participate fully in this program while working. Corporate financial sponsorship is not a requirement.
Curriculum
Core Students in both programs take the Yale integrated core curriculum, learning to approach questions and problems from many perspectives by synthesizing multiple academic disciplines and diverse viewpoints.
Leadership Development Yale School of Management’s approach to Leadership Development is woven through the integrated core curriculum and selected core courses are designed specifically to elevate your leadership capabilities, on four distinct levels: Individual, Team, Organization, and Global & Society. Over the course of the 22-month program you will have mandatory core courses, electives, optional sessions and workshops, along with executive coaching, colloquia speakers, and other experiences that build advanced leadership knowledge and skills at the executive level.
Electives Second-year students may choose electives offered by Yale SOM or other Yale graduate programs. After the first semester, students may choose electives held on Thursday evenings. Dependent on career, family, school, and community commitments, all students may petition to take elective courses at Yale SOM and across Yale graduate programs.
Global offerings All students are required to participate in a global experience with several options from which to choose. All students are required to participate in a Global Network Week through the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). Students can also take Small Network Online Courses (SNOCs) through GNAM.
Career strategy/ goal Career transition, entrepreneurial goals or a managerial step up. Career acceleration, entrepreneurial goals and increased leadership responsibility / impact.
Career Services Career Development Office (CDO) supports full-time students through career coaching, on-campus recruiting opportunities, foundational career resources, access to Yale University alumni, and support with internships. Career Development Office supports executive students through career coaching, access to resources and independent executive coaching, executive skills workshops and access to Yale University Alumni.