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Tuesday Tips: Yale School of Management MBA Essay Tips

Yale School of Management is part of an Ivy League university with expertise across fields. The school is now investing heavily in continuing to improve the business education at Yale with a new campus, top …

Yale School of Management is part of an Ivy League university with expertise across fields. The school is now investing heavily in continuing to improve the business education at Yale with a new campus, top talent in faculty, and the admissions process.

This year, Yale SOM has streamlined the admissions process by reducing the essays to one 500 word essay (reduced from with two essays coming in under 1,000 words total last year). As we reported when Yale posted the question: “Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico explains that the change from two questions last year to a single prompt for the class entering Fall 2015 is an effort to focus on what really matters to the admissions team: finding out how applicants are making an impact in their professional and personal lives.”

Yale is still using the video interview platform to add an additional personal touch to your application. Stacy Blackman Consulting has been working with a similar video interview platform as the one Yale is using and we are familiar with the technology and process. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you prepare for the Yale application and interview process.

Because there is no specific career goals essay, make sure your resume and recommendations highlight the key elements to your work experience that influence your desire to pursue an MBA. You may want to highlight specific projects at work that have most excited you and shaped your future goals and discuss why. The key is to add some insight to your background through those additional parts of your application.

The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words maximum)

Impact and leadership are key components to this question. Impact could range from driving business results for your company to starting an affinity group for an underrepresented employee population. Overall the impact story should be one that you are proud of and that showcases both your values and your leadership traits. Remember the type of MBA student Yale is most interested in admitting. Ideally you are coming across as an intellectually curious student with a diverse background deeply interested in the integrated curriculum.

Behavioral questions like this one seek to understand how you actually operate in various situations. Try to be as specific as possible about how you positively influenced the organization. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result? Start by describing each step in detail in terms of what you did, the reaction of others and your own reaction. From there you can cut out anything that is too detailed or too superfluous to the story to maintain the 500 word maximum.

Note that while this question could focus on a key solo accomplishment at work since most MBA applicants are individual contributors, ideally you can demonstrate how you work with others as you lead. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team accomplishment it should show a significant positive impact on the organization or people within the organization.

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Yale SOM Welcomes Diverse MBA Class of 2016

Bruce DelMonico, director of MBA admissions at the Yale School of Management, recently shared the details of the incoming class of 2016 MBA students. With 39% hailing from outside the United States, 37% women, and …

Bruce DelMonico, director of MBA admissions at the Yale School of Management, recently shared the details of the incoming class of 2016 MBA students. With 39% hailing from outside the United States, 37% women, and 25% U.S. minorities, this class is one of the most diverse in the school’s history. The Class of 2015 is made up of 32% international students, 39% women, 22% U.S. minorities.

Students come from more than 150 different schools, DelMonico reveals, noting that the most common are Yale, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the Indian Institute of Technology, and Princeton.

With an average GMAT score of 719—five points higher than the Class of 2015—and an average GPA over 3.5, Yale’s incoming MBAs are academically accomplished and have been university valedictorians, class presidents, and recipients of Rhodes, Fulbright, Soros, and Humanity in Action Scholarships and Fellowships.

Yale SOM continues its tradition of attracting mission-driven and dynamic people, says DelMonico, as the school prepares to welcome class members who are table tennis champions, mountaineers, poker champions, world travelers, published novelists, and a former co-captain of the White House softball team, among many other talented individuals.

To learn more about this year’s incoming class, follow the link above to the Yale MBA blog.

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Yale SOM Introduces Sliding Scale Application Fee

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee. Most applicants will pay …

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee.

Most applicants will pay the standard fee of $225, explains Yale SOM Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico, but applicants whose total annual compensation is under $20,000 per year will pay $175, and those earning less than $10,000 will pay $125.

The fee will be based on the compensation information applicants report in their application, says the admissions director, adding that Yale SOM will verify for those who are admitted and enroll, and the offer of admission will be contingent on successful verification.

The move is in step with the SOM’s mission of globalizing business, and DelMonico says, “We see this change as a way of ensuring that the application fee doesn’t become a barrier for those working in lower-wage regions and industries, or who are still in school or very early in their careers.”

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Yale SOM 2014-2015 Essay Question

The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season. “The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will …

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The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season.

“The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent.” (500 words maximum)

 Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico explains that the change from two questions last year to a single prompt for the class entering Fall 2015 is an effort to focus on what really matters to the admissions team: finding out how applicants are making an impact in their professional and personal lives.

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Yale SOM 2014-2015 MBA Application Deadlines

The Yale School of Management has announced the deadlines for the 2014-2015 MBA admissions cycle. The three deadlines are: Round 1 Deadline: September 18, 2014 Decision: December 8, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: January 8, 2015 …

The Yale School of Management has announced the deadlines for the 2014-2015 MBA admissions cycle. The three deadlines are:

Round 1

Deadline: September 18, 2014
Decision: December 8, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 8, 2015
Decision: March 27, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: April 23, 2015
Decision: May 25, 2015

The online application for the Yale SOM Class of 2017 will be available starting in July, and stay tuned for a preview of the required MBA essays, coming soon.

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GRE Use Increasing in MBA Admissions

When the boom hit a few years ago to begin including the GRE as a testing option for MBA admissions, uncertainty among applicants ran high. The idea of allowing students to take only one exam …

When the boom hit a few years ago to begin including the GRE as a testing option for MBA admissions, uncertainty among applicants ran high. The idea of allowing students to take only one exam as they contemplate going for an MBA versus another advanced degree is a solid one. However, many candidates wondered: would business schools view GRE scores with the same regard as the long-trusted standard, the GMAT?

According to new data released by Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the GRE, more MBA applicants than ever before chose the GRE revised General Test to meet admission requirements during the 2012-13 testing year. Nearly 10% of individuals who took one of the two leading business school admission tests and indicated MBA as their intended degree objective, opted for the GRE.

Melissa Korn‘s recent story on this increase for the Wall Street Journal reports that one in five applicants to Yale School of Management submitted GRE scores this year. SOM admissions director Bruce DelMonico tells Korn that figure is double the rate of 2010.

The article goes on to note an increase at UT McCombs School of Business as well, where 14% of applicants to the full-time program submitted GRE scores this year, compared to just 10% for the class of 2014.

Here at Stacy Blackman Consulting, we noticed a similar uptick in our recent online survey of 675 MBA applicants, the results of which are shared in the Wall Street Journal piece.  We found that 7.7% of respondents were interested in the GRE, up from 4% last year, while the share planning to take the GMAT fell to 92.4% from 96.3%.

David Payne, vice president of global education at ETS, believes greater numbers of MBA applicants will choose the GRE because of its many benefits, which include a ScoreSelect option that lets you decide which GRE scores to send to the schools you designate, and its test-taker friendly design.

“We have heard from schools that they are seeing anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of their MBA applicants presenting GRE scores, and we expect this number to continue to grow,” Payne says.

For some applicants, this news may set to rest any doubts about submitting the GRE rather than the GMAT with their MBA application. After all, the admissions committees are adamant about giving equal weight to both exams. However, until more schools begin publishing average GRE scores alongside the GMAT scores of admitted applicants, many MBA hopefuls will likely continue to hedge their bets and use the tried-and-true GMAT instead.

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