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Admission Requirements

  • What are the requirements for applying to the Yale School of Management?

    To apply to the Yale School of Management, applicants must have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent. Applicants must submit the online application (including an essay), and the following materials:

    - Transcripts from every college or university attended
    - Two professional recommendations
    - Complete the video questions
    - Official GMAT or GRE score (valid within 5 years of exam date)
    - Pay the application fee

  • What is the application fee to apply?

    To make the application process as affordable as possible for candidates  with diverse backgrounds, the Yale School of Management uses a sliding-scale application fee structure. The standard application fee is $225. For applicants earning less than $20,000 a year, the application fee is $175. For applicants earning less than $10,000 a year, it is $125. The application fee is based on the self-reported compensation information you provide in the application. If you are admitted and enroll, we will verify this compensation information. Your offer of admission is contingent on successful verification.

    Application fee waivers are available to individuals who meet any of these criteria:  

    - Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) MBA Prep Fellows
    - Current or former Forté MBALaunchers
    - Current or former Peace Corps volunteer
    - Current corps members or alumni of Teach for America, Teach for China, or Teach for India

    If you meet any of these criteria, please email mba.admissions@yale.edu to request an application fee waiver.

    The application fee is automatically waived for individuals who meet any of these criteria:

    - Active U.S. military or U.S. veteran
    - Current Yale graduate student
    - Yale undergraduate student applying to the Silver Scholars Program

  • What are the average GPA and test scores for Yale SOM students?

    To see the average test scores, GPA, and additional demographic information for recent classes, visit the Class Profile

  • Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement?

    There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply to Yale SOM.

  • How long is my GMAT/GRE score valid? If I designated Yale SOM as a score report recipient two years ago, does the admissions office have my score report now?

    GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date to the date of application submission. In order to ensure we receive your official scores, please be sure to send your score report at least one business day before the scores expire. If you took the exam within the past five years and have designated Yale SOM as a score report recipient, we will have access to all of your GMAT and/or GRE scores from that period.

  • I’ve taken the GMAT and/or GRE more than once. Does Yale SOM consider all of my scores?

    We see and consider all the scores reported to Yale SOM  as we review your application, although we credit the highest score you achieved. We do not average scores. If you have taken either exam more than once and have already reported your scores, you will need to report all subsequent scores to our institution code.

  • What are the school codes I should use to have official test score report(s) sent directly from ETS or GMAC to Yale SOM?

    You can request GMAT score reports through www.mba.com (use code 3TJ-BX-45) and GRE scores through www.ets.org  (use code 3986). Please make sure you use the correct code at the time you submit your scores. Use of a different code will result in a delay of receiving your official scores.

  • Do I need to submit official transcripts and degree certificates when I apply?

    You do not need to submit official transcripts to apply. We allow applicants to upload scanned transcripts at the time of application. If you are admitted, you will need to submit copies of official transcripts to enroll. The degree certificate must indicate the type of degree conferred, the institution/location from which you received the degree, and the date of degree conferral. Please note that if your transcript indicates this information, there is no need to provide us with an additional degree certificate.

    All offers of admission are conditional until the receipt and verification of official transcripts and degree certifications.

  • The application requirements state that I need to send in transcripts from all institutions I have attended. What if the grades from my coursework at other schools appear on my primary undergraduate transcript? Do I need to send in multiple transcripts?

    The Admissions Committee needs to see the grades you received in all of your courses. If your primary undergraduate transcript shows the courses you took at other schools—such as summer courses or study abroad programs—along with the corresponding grades, you do not need to send in a separate transcript. If the grades do not appear on your primary transcript, then you do need to submit transcripts from other schools or programs.

  • If my GPA is not reported on my transcript, do I need to calculate it in order to complete the academic record section of the application?

    No, if your GPA is not reported on your transcript, you should not calculate it for the application. Please report the same GPA that is listed on your transcript.

  • What is the purpose of the optional statement? What do most applicants use it for?

    The optional statement should be used to communicate information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that is not expressed in another section of the application. Applicants may use this as an opportunity to explain issues regarding their undergraduate record, test score, information about a job transition, or other information that is not apparent from the rest of the application.

  • Is full-time work experience a requirement for admission?

    Although full-time work experience is strongly encouraged, it is not a requirement for admission. Our incoming students have an average of three to five years of work experience when they start the program, although the overall range of experience is wider than that. We also admit a select group of students, called Silver Scholars,  directly from college. 

  • What types of recommendations does the Admissions Committee require?

    The application requires two professional recommendations, one of which should ideally come from your most recent supervisor. If you are an entrepreneur or work for your family’s business, you may get a professional recommendation from a client or mentor. Please select recommenders who know you well and can speak to your strengths. Do not choose recommenders simply because they are in high-level executive positions at your company. Yale SOM welcomes your recommenders to upload and submit letters of recommendation written in Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish. Yale University will be responsible for providing a translation to English for review by the Office of Admissions.

  • Is an interview required for admission to Yale SOM?

    Yes. All applicants who are offered admission will have had an interview. Interviews are granted by invitation of the Admissions Committee, and can be extended at any point during an admissions round.

  • What is the application process like for a joint degree applicant?

    The application process is exactly the same for joint degree applicants as it is for other applicants with the addition of a  separate essay to explain your interest in the joint degree. Applicants need to submit a separate application to each program and be admitted to each program to enroll as a joint degree candidate. Admissions decisions for each program are made independently.

  • What is the application process like for a reapplicant?

    If you have applied within the last two years, you do not need to submit new test score reports, transcripts, or recommendations. You are required to submit a new application, new essays, pay the application fee, and complete the video questions. Although it is not required, you may want to submit new recommendations if they would provide insight into your candidacy since your last application.

    If you applied more than two years ago, you will need to submit an entirely new application and provide all required materials.


  • In which round should I apply?

    Candidates should apply when they feel they can submit their best application. There is no difference in the chances of being admitted in Round 1 versus Round 2. There are fewer spaces available for Round 3 applicants than there are in the first two rounds, which may affect the chances of gaining admission.

  • How can I check the status of my application?

    Once you submit your application online, you will be able to check your online status by signing in with your email address and password. You will then be able to see which materials our office has received and which we are still awaiting. It can take up to a week to receive your official test scores.

  • When should I hear if I’ve been invited to interview?

    Invitations to interview are sent via email throughout the round in which you apply. Although we try to extend invitations as early as possible, they may be extended as late as the admissions decision deadline. The timing of your interview invitation has no bearing on the outcome of your application.

  • I submitted my application by the application deadline. When can I expect to receive a decision from the Admissions Committee?

    Applicants will receive their decision by close of business (5 p.m. ET) on the decision relsease date. For a list of this year’s application and decision release dates, please visit the Admissions page.

  • How do I communicate a change to the Admissions Committee after I have submitted my application?

    If you have a change to your application such as a new job or test score, please send an email with your application update to mba.admissions@yale.edu. It will be included in your application file.

  • What do I need to do to be considered for a merit scholarship?

    All applicants are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There is no need to take any additional steps to be considered. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified at the same time you learn of your admission to the program. If you do not receive a merit scholarship, there are other means of financing your MBA studies, including outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. Please visit the Affording Your MBA page for more information.

Learning more about Yale SOM

  • How can I experience life at Yale SOM firsthand?

    Many prospective students feel that visiting campus is the best way to get a real sense of student life at Yale SOM. Our campus visit program starts in mid-September and runs Monday through Thursday throughout the academic year. You can learn more about what the visit entails and plan a visit online.

  • Does Yale SOM participate in MBA events around the world?

    We participate in many events throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Please take a look at our events calendar to see if an admissions representative will be visiting your area. You can also join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events in your area. In addition, we  host several online events throughout the year.

  • How can I learn more about Yale SOM via the web?

    There are many ways to learn about the MBA program online. You can read student blogs, participate in online events, and email our Admissions Ambassadors.

  • How can I get answers to admissions-related questions?

    You may email your questions to mba.admissions@yale.edu or call +1 203-432-5635.

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

  • What is the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management?

    The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country’s top corporations, whose mission is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management.

  • Is there an advantage or disadvantage in the application evaluation process by applying to the Consortium versus applying directly to Yale SOM?

    There is no advantage or disadvantage in applying to the Consortium versus applying directly to Yale SOM. The same review process and admissions standards apply for both applicant pools.

  • Do I need to complete the Yale SOM application in addition to the Consortium application?

    By completing the Consortium’s application and the Yale supplement, you are excused from completing the Yale SOM application. The materials required for the Consortium application are almost identical to those materials we require. For a list of required materials, application processes, and deadlines, please visit www.cgsm.org. You will be required to complete the video question portion of the Yale SOM application. You will receive more information about the video questions after you submit your application to the Consortium. 

  • May I apply for the Consortium as a joint degree candidate in conjunction with one of Yale’s other graduate/professional schools?

    Applicants applying to Yale SOM via the Consortium are eligible to apply as a joint degree to one of Yale’s other graduate/professional schools. Applicants need to submit a separate application to each program and be admitted to each program to enroll as a joint degree candidate. Admissions decisions for each program are made independently. The Consortium fellowship will only cover the in-residency time at Yale SOM, which equates to about one and a half years for most joint degree programs.

  • Yale SOM’s deadlines are different than the Consortium deadlines. Which should I follow?

    As a Consortium applicant you are only required to adhere to the application requirements and deadlines outlined by the Consortium. All Consortium deadlines are listed on www.cgsm.org.

  • May I apply as a Silver Scholar candidate through the Consortium?

    Silver Scholar (college senior) applicants may apply through the Consortium. As a Consortium applicant you are only required to adhere to the application requirements and deadlines outlined by the Consortium.  For more information on the Silver Scholars program, please email mba.admissions@yale.edu or visit the Silver Scholars page.

  • What is the interview process if applying through the Consortium?

    The Consortium defers to the member schools' interview process for all interviews for admissions purposes. Yale SOM's interviews are granted by invitation only.  Invitations to interview will be sent via email from our office. We will try to extend invitations as early as possible. The timing of your interview invitation has no bearing on the outcome of your application. Once you are invited to interview, you will be able to schedule your interview online using the instructions in the invitation email.

  • Can I be considered for the Consortium fellowships by applying directly to Yale SOM?

    In order to be considered for the Yale Consortium fellowship, you must apply through the Consortium, follow Consortium deadlines and submit all of the required materials according to the Consortium application instructions.

  • Are Consortium applicants considered for Yale SOM merit-based scholarships?

    All Consortium applicants are considered for Yale SOM merit-based scholarships, including Yale SOM Consortium fellowships.

  • When can I expect to receive my admissions decision if I am applying through the Consortium?

    Round 1 applicants should expect to receive their admissions decision on December 6, 2017. Round 2 applicants should expect to receive their admissions decision by March 16, 2018. Applicants will receive their decision by close of business (5 p.m. ET)

  • When can I expect to hear if I have been selected as a Consortium member and have received Yale's Consortium fellowship?

    Consortium membership decisions will come directly from the Consortium. If you have been selected for a Yale SOM Consortium fellowship, you will find out at the time of admission.

  • Where can I find out more about the Consortium admissions process?

    Visit the Consortium’s Frequently Asked Questions page to read more about the organization's admissions process and application requirements.

International Applicants

  • Does Yale SOM accept three-year undergraduate degrees?

    To apply to Yale SOM, an applicant must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent. International applicants with a three-year degree from an accredited institution may apply. Typically, successful applicants whose degree was earned in fewer than 16 total years of education have completed an additional master's degree as well, although it is not required.

  • Is the TOEFL, PTE Academic, or IELTS required for all international applicants?

    No, the TOEFL, PTE Academic, or IELTS exam is not required for international applicants.

  • If my transcript is not in English, do I need to submit an English translation of it?

    Yes, non-English transcripts should be translated into English. If your institution does not provide an English translation with the transcript, you should obtain a notarized English translation.

  • What resources at Yale exist for international students?

    Yale's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides English language support, local community connections, and a multitude of daily events for international students and their families. For more information, visit the OISS website.