News Updates from Yale SOM

In the latest Yale School of Management admissions newsletter, Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico shares a few choice news updates for current applicants and anyone considering pursuing an MBA at Yale SOM in the future.

Round Two applicants still need to sit tight as admissions decisions continue to go out, and the majority will hear on March 22, 2012, by close of business. For those weighing the pros and cons of applying in Round Three, DelMonico notes that while there are fewer spaces available in the final application round, Yale SOM typically admits re-applicants at the same rate as first-time applicants, so there is little downside.

During admissions Q&A sessions, many visitors have asked about the state of the school under its new dean, Edward Snyder, as well as what changes to the curriculum and class size are in store going forward.  DelMonico notes that two of Dean Synder’s priorities are particularly meaningful for MBA students, and they center on the connection between Yale SOM and the greater university, and plans to expand Yale SOM’s global footprint. Dean Snyder, previously dean of the Chicago Booth School of Business, has said that the close relationship between Yale SOM and its home university is a big part of what attracted him to the school.

Through the newly launched Global Network for Advanced Management, Yale SOM will create sustainable interactions among member schools to define global management issues and set an intellectual agenda to address them. Snyder’s new network differs from the traditional bilateral partnership model in that it includes several schools from developing countries. DelMonico explains that Yale SOM will leverage the network through the establishment of a new degree program, the Master of Advanced Management, modeled after the Yale World Fellows Program.

Dean Snyder has also been busy working with the Yale SOM faculty to enhance aspects of the integrated curriculum, such as the Leadership Development Program (LDP), DelMonico notes. The program, in place for the 2012-2013 academic year, will broaden its scope to ensure that every MBA student understands the demands of leadership.

During the admissions Q&As, many visitors expressed interest in the progress of construction on the new campus and wondered how it might affect class size.  DelMonico predicts Yale SOM’s new home, Edward P. Evans Hall, will be completed in late 2013, with the Class of 2014 the first graduating class to experience it.

When Yale SOM moves to its new campus, class size will increase to about 300 students from the current 235 students. “This increase will help in a number of areas, such as making the school even more attractive to recruiters and expanding your future network,” he says. “But it is small enough to preserve the culture and connectivity that make the Yale MBA experience distinctive.”

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