All leadership is global
All the big issues faced by organizations today have a global component. You'll need to understand the ways that societies around the globe are bound together, as well as the many ways that the business, legal, political, social, and cultural environments of different regions vary, sometimes dramatically.
At Yale SOM, you’ll be part of an International community with a broad interest in events around the globe, and you'll complete required international study.
For more than ten years, SOM students have completed consulting projects for social organizations in the developing world as part of a for-credit course called Global Social Entrepreneurship. When the COVID-19 pandemic halted international travel, they continued to find ways to contribute.
Global Studies Requirement
As an MBA student, you will be required to participate in at least one of the following before you graduate.
The International Experience course serves as a case study in learning about the complexities of a business environment from a leader's point of view. The course begins with a half semester of classroom study and culminates with a 10-day trip to one or more business capitals, during which you'll visit companies and meet political leaders. The course gives you an enhanced ability to think globally that will be valuable for the rest of your time at Yale and beyond.
Yale SOM is a founding member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, which fosters substantive ties among the world’s leading business schools. During the semi-annual Global Network Week, you'll have the opportunity to travel to one of the 30+ schools in the Global Network for an intensive course in an area of local interest or specialization.
Yale SOM has developed new virtual courses in which you'll have the opportunity to work on project teams with students at Global Network schools around the work, developing important skills in cross-cultural—and cross-time-zone—collaboration.
Global Social Entrepreneurship Courses
Among Yale SOM's many elective courses with an international focus are the two Global Social Entrepreneurship courses, which give you the opportunity to travel abroad for an entrepreneurial consulting experience. Both courses connect students with mission-driven social entrepreneurs in a developing country to help them address a specific management challenge. Global Social Entrepreneurship India works with Indian social enterprises on an array of projects focused on expanding their reach and impact. Another edition of the course pairs students with organizations in a different country each year.
You may also choose to spend a semester or a quarter studying at an overseas business school. Yale SOM maintains semester-long exchange programs with five top business schools:
The London School of Economics and Political Science
IESE Business School, Barcelona
National University of Singapore Business School
Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Beijing
You also have the opportunity to propose a custom exchange program, lasting a semester or a quarter, at another school in the Global Network for Advanced Management. Like a traditional exchange program, Global Network Exchange allows students to participate in classes and electives at a Global Network school but also gives them the chance to pursue individual projects with a faculty mentor at a partner school. (Not every proposal is accepted and turns into an exchange.)