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A Message from the Director of Admissions: What Happens After You Hit ‘Submit’

Keith Gallinelli offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the EMBA admissions process.

Keith Gallinelli

It’s been wonderful engaging with so many of you these past few months through our MBA for Executives program on-campus and virtual information sessions and events. My admissions team and I have had the pleasure of communicating with many of you via email, on the phone, online, or in person. I hope that you have found these interactions helpful and you’re now considering applying— or have just submitted an application in Round 1—for a spot in the Class of 2026. If you missed us this time around, don’t worry; we have more opportunities to connect in the near future—see our events page for upcoming events.

First, if you’ve gotten even partway through the application, allow me to congratulate you. The application process itself can be daunting, and diving into it—and hopefully finishing it—is no small feat.

You may be curious about what happens to your application after you hit the “Submit” button. The time might feel a little stressful—and mysterious. I hope the information below will ease your anxiety about what comes next in the application process.

While you may not hear much from us right after submission, please know that we are quite busy. The Admissions Committee gets right to work reading each individual application carefully and thoroughly. We then meet as a team to make decisions about whom to interview and, ultimately, whom to admit to the Class of 2026. If you are invited to interview, you will come to campus to meet with staff and alumni for individual interviews as well as group discussions. The application round timelines can be a helpful reference to block out potential interview dates on your calendar.

Once you schedule your interview, your employer approval form will be sent to the individual you identified in your application within 48 hours. Following the interview days, the Admissions Committee will reconvene and release final decisions for that round. Though each student admitted must complete an interview, not receiving an invitation to interview right after a round deadline does not necessarily mean you will not ultimately be interviewed—and perhaps admitted to the program—at some point in the application season.

Finally, if you have yet to apply to the Yale MBA for Executives program and would like to get feedback on your candidacy, let me encourage you to submit your resume or LinkedIn profile for pre-assessment. I hope that this peek into our process has been helpful and as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Keith Gallinelli
Director of Admissions 
MBA for Executives