Is the Yale School of Management on your list of target MBA programs? Then get ready to hit the ground running. The Yale MBA essay for the 2021-2022 admissions season has been confirmed. Reapplicants should note that it remains unchanged from last year’s prompt.
Required Yale MBA Essay
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)
This is the fifth year that Yale SOM has asked this question. In the past, Assistant Dean for Admissions Bruce DelMonico has explained that it evolved from a conversation with Professor of Organizational Behavior Amy Wrzesniewski. Professor Wrzesniewski noted, “Reading about future plans is helpful, but actions speak louder than words.”
“My advice on how to approach the essay is also similar to what I’ve said in past years,” DelMonico wrote in a 2020 blog post. “The Admissions Committee cares less about the commitment you choose and more about the behaviors surrounding the commitment.
You can choose a commitment from either your personal or work life—and each year there are many excellent essays on varied topics—but what makes them all great is that we come away learning something new about you as a person that helps us understand your values and motivations.”
DelMonico’s blog post linked above is filled with tips for using the application to tell your story. Don’t miss his advice about recommendation letters, the behavioral assessment, and more.
Additionally, you can check out this video with essay guidance from Laurel Grodman,
Managing Director of Admissions, Analytics and Evaluation. “Be genuine in your response,” she advises. “We are asking you for your biggest commitment, which means you will be writing about something very important to you.”
For more information on applying, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website. If you need guidance on your Yale MBA essay and application or wish to discuss your business school plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!