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GBS Admissions Team Shares Tips for Your Best Application

With the GBS application for the Class of 2024 now available, admissions team members Camino de Paz, Kate Navarro, and Kelsey Kanavy weigh in on what they’re looking for in a candidate.

We are pleased to announce that the application for the Global Business and Society (GBS) program’s Class of 2024 is now open. While Round 1 is exclusively reserved for Global Network for Advanced Management students, Rounds 2 and 3 will be open to Global Network and non-Global Network students. We will be selecting the best candidates in each round, regardless of their MBA school.

Our team invites you to join us for our upcoming alumni panel webinar to learn more about the GBS experience and hear your questions answered live. This is a great opportunity to hear from former students as they share their experiences as members of the Yale community. If you missed our recent virtual information session, you can watch our recorded webinars here.

In addition to the webinar, we would like to offer a tip from each member of our admissions team. Read them below.

Camino de Paz headshot

Do thorough research on the program you are applying to. This would be, at least, your second graduate degree, and we want to understand how you plan to leverage it beyond your first degree. You must have a clear understanding of the program, the school, and the many other opportunities Yale has to offer. Convey to us why you think this is a perfect complement to your already very successful academic career and how this experience will help your future personal and professional goals.
—Camino de Paz
Assistant Dean of Global Network Programs

Kate Navarro headshot

Use your application to tell your story about who you are. Don’t try to be someone you aren’t or try to fit into a mold that you think we are looking for. We are looking to bring together a diverse class, and diversity comes in many different ways. Of course, we are looking for academic excellence, professional impact, and ambitiousness, as well as to get a sense of the kind of citizen you would be at Yale; however, there is no “perfect” applicant. What we really want to see in the application is who you are and how that fits in with our community and the GBS cohort. Look at the application as a way for you to talk about your strengths, as well as your weaknesses, and to tell us why this is the right program for you. Just like there is no perfect applicant, there is not a perfect answer to the questions we ask. Just stick to being your authentic self—that is what we want to see most in our applicants.
—Kate Navarro
Associate Director of Admissions

Kelsey Kanavy headshot

Proofread! This may seem obvious, but we have received many applications with typos, incorrect job titles, outdated information, and even the wrong school listed. Make sure the application you send to us is updated with your most recent and accurate information. We are unable to update your application once submitted (although we do have a section to upload new/pending items to your application), so be sure you are submitting a thoroughly proofread application.
—Kelsey Kanavy
Assistant Director of Admissions

We hope that you decide to apply to join the GBS Class of 2024. You can find a full breakdown of the required application materials on the Yale SOM website, along with the application timelines for Rounds 1, 2, and 3.

The GBS Admissions Office is here to help you through the application process. We welcome your questions at