Yale SOM 2016 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Check out the rest of our 2015 MBA application essay tips!Yale has retained its one essay from last year with no change. As Bruce DelMonico explained in a blog post, “this question really gets to the core of what Yale SOM is about and embodies our founding mission of educating leaders for business and society. So we decided that we would keep this essay question in place for another year.”

As you did last year, you need to make the most of that single essay, but you also need to take the time to make every box in the application a home run.  They are not after-thoughts. Your job descriptions and activity history are very important. Write and edit them carefully. Focus on achievements. Quantify when possible and keep in mind Yale’s commitment to “educating leaders for business and society.”

My tips are in blue. 

Essay Question:

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.

This essay would do really well with an anecdotal response telling the story of how you positively affected your department, team, club, company, client or any entity that benefited from your contribution.  You can start with a moment of challenge or triumph. Then go back, provide context, and tell your story of contribution, hurdles overcome, and complexity handled. If your impact has lasted, say so.

Video Questions:

As part of your application, you will be asked to answer three video questions. These questions are intended to give you another opportunity to tell us about yourself. These questions are not meant to be difficult and should not require extensive preparation or special knowledge to answer. After hearing each video question, you will have 20 seconds to formulate a response, followed by up to 60 seconds to respond.

After August 15th, you will see a link in your applicant status page checklist that will allow you to complete the video questions once you have submitted your application and fee. To answer the questions, you simply need an internet connection and a webcam. These questions will take roughly 15 minutes to complete, and you will have the opportunity to test your connection and respond to a sample question before answering the questions. Once you have completed the questions, your responses will be added to your application and we will begin the review process.

To prepare for your webcam session, you need to practice for the experience of talking to a video camera with no responses from another human being. It is a weird experience. For tips on how to prepare and behave during the webcam session, please see: Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions and listen to this interview with Yale’s Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Yale SOM.

Optional Information:

If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation (unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, promotions or recognitions, etc.), please provide a brief description here. (200 words maximum)

You can use the optional essay to explain or provide context as Yale SOM suggests, or you can use your optional essay to highlight something in your experiences, background, personal or professional life that didn’t fit into the required essay and that you want the admissions committee to know about. Consider relating a diversity element, a unique area of interest, or an accomplishment that you don’t feel is adequately described elsewhere.

Don’t use this optional essay as a grand summary of your application or reasons for wanting to attend Yale. Make sure the optional adds value.

Required for Reapplicants Only: 

Since your last application, please discuss any updates to your candidacy, including changes in your personal or professional life, additional coursework, or extracurricular/volunteer activities. (200 words maximum)

This is the key question that every re-applicant has to answer. Why should Yale SOM admit you this time around? What’s changed? What’s improved?

If you would like professional guidance with your Yale SOM MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Yale MBA application.  

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Yale SOM 2015 Deadlines:

Application Deadline Decision Release
Round 1  September 16, 2015  December 7, 2015
Round 2  January 7, 2016  March 25, 2016
Round 3  April 21, 2016  May 20, 2016

Linda AbrahamBy Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

Related Resources:

Yale SOM Zone Page
• Bruce DelMonico on The Yale School of Management
• Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

  • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

    Gurucharan,

    You have a competitive profile for Yale. Also consider Michigan Ross, Georgetown, and UCLA.

    • Gurucharan B

      Dear Linda,

      Thank you very much for your response! Deeply appreciate it!

      I was thinking of applying to HBS, Haas, Kellogg and to Stanford for the MBA/MA Education dual degree. Do I have a shot at these programs? are they all reach?

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        They are in reach, but they are hard to get into and probably harder than Yale. You may want to also consider Columbia, which is no easier, but it has a great teacher’s college and MBA program. Darden also has a joint MBA/ MEd

  • Chechesh

    Dear Linda. Request you to evaluate my profile.

    Male 26 from India.

    5 years of work experience.

    Industry – Investment Banking. 2.5 years at a bulge bracket investment bank and 2.5 years at a boutique investment bank in India.

    GMAT – 760 (Q 50, V 42).

    Undergrad – Bangalore University (Bachelors in Business Management) 63%/First Class.

    I have also done an advanced diploma from the one of the top UK universities (Oxford, Oxbridge, LSE, Cambridge, etc). I was awarded a merit scholarship to pursue this. I have completed this degree with a ‘Merit’ grading.

    Volunteer work – I work as the lead volunteer at a local non profit where I teach class 12 students, while also helping them prepare for competitive exams such as CA. In addition to this, I am a career counselor for the students there and lead the fund raising efforts of the non profit. I have been working here for the last 3 years. Prior to that, I led my team’s non profit efforts at the bulge bracket investment bank.

    Post MBA – To continue working in Investment Banking, albeit in the US.

    My target schools are Yale, Booth, Stern, Kellogg and LBS. What are my chances ?

    Also, I have 2 specific questions – Do I need to write the optional essay for my GPA ? It might seem on the average side, however, it is still technically in the ‘First Class’ range for an Indian school. I do not have any specific circumstances for the average GPA.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      You have a competitive profile for your target programs with Yale probably being the most likely admit, but you have a chance at all.

      Your grade percentage is a little low. Whether you should add write an optional essay depends on what caused the grades to be lower than they should be. If you don’t have anything specific to say, then I would say nothing. :-)

      Linda

      • Chechesh

        Thanks Linda :-). That really helps my confidence.

        Curious, but why would you say I have a better chance at Yale than say Stern ? Or LBS, where the average GMAT is around 700 ?

        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

          Chechesh,

          My gut feeling is that Yale is working hard to up its average GMAT where LBS doesn’ focus on it quite as much. No evidence to point you to, but that’s my gut feeling.Your 760 will shine a little more then.

          You have a competitive profile for CBS and Fuqua. For CBS I’m a little more worried about the grades, but that GMAT is impressive.

          • Chechesh

            Thanks Linda :-). Finally, please evaluate it for HBS and Wharton. I would like to decide on my schools based on the ones which are in reach.

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            Chechesh,

            You’re welcome. HBS is a stretch because it’s HBS. Wharton (like CBS) is not easy, but you do have a chance.

            Best,
            Linda

  • PKJ

    Hi Linda,

    I’m a 26 year old medical doctor from India. I have work experience (~3 years full time) as a management consultant (one of the MBB firms), a social entrepreneur (with 3 enterprises over the last 5 years) and a physician.

    GMAT score is 710 (92%) Q49/V36.
    Med school (MBBS / MD equivalent in the US) GPA: 3.96/4 from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (India)

    Social enterprises include one in nutrition (scale: ~1.5 million fortified meals sold in ~1 year), one in primary eye care (35,000 children treated over 3.5 years), and one in livelihoods (~300 unemployed women employed meaningfully).

    Management consulting experience mainly in the social impact practice area, mainly in healthcare, nutrition, education and CSR sectors. Clients including multilaters, leading international foundations, UN agencies, etc.

    Post-industry choice: management consulting and entrepreneurship

    • John James

      Hi Linda, another request to evaluate a profile,

      1.) worked in the business licensing section for the attorney general (internship) and a year running the client success department at a startup that was successfully acquired (managed a small team of five and essentially built the department and work under the executive team) (2.5 years in total as of now)

      2.) 690 (94% V and 58% Q /3.01 at UCI (upward trend). Also, top 40% at law school where I was on substantial academic scholarships and focused on business law (corporate governance, tax. IP)

      3.) I do legal consulting for fledgling startups and am leading a project that aims to provide widely accessible legal services to entrepreneurs. (Neither are community service, but extracurricular)

      4.) Member of the California Bar

      5.) Entrepreneurial venture that focuses on the intersection of business and law.

      I was planning on applying to:

      CBS- J term
      nyu- part time
      UCLA-part time
      Berkeley-part time
      Northwestern- part time
      Booth-part time
      Yale
      USC
      LBS
      Oxford

      Any suggestions? Any other additional schools I should look into. Many thanks in advance :)

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        John James,

        CBS Jterm is a big stretch. They’ll be concerned about your quant skills, same with Yale and LBS and probably Oxford. USC may be more forgiving.

        You have a competitive profile for the part-time programs.

        • John James

          Hi Linda!

          Thank you for your candid response, I really appreciate it. Would taking and performing well in extra math classes assuage those concerns? Or should I just focus my attention on the part-time programs.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      You have a competitive profile for Yale. Also consider UCLA, Duke, UNC, Ross, Darden, UT, and Cornell Johnson.

  • John James

    Hi Linda, another request to evaluate a profile,

    1.) worked in the business licensing section for the attorney general (internship) and a year running the client success department at a startup that was successfully acquired (managed a small team of five and essentially built the department and work under the executive team) (2.5 years in total as of now)

    2.) 690 (94% V and 58% Q /3.01 at UCI (upward trend). Also, top 40% at law school where I was on substantial academic scholarships and focused on business law (corporate governance, tax. IP)

    3.) I do legal consulting for fledgling startups and am leading a project that aims to provide widely accessible legal services to entrepreneurs. (Neither are community service, but extracurricular)

    4.) Member of the California Bar

    5.) Entrepreneurial venture that focuses on the intersection of business and law.

    I was planning on applying to:

    CBS- J term
    nyu- part time
    UCLA-part time
    Berkeley-part time
    Northwestern- part time
    Booth-part time
    Yale
    USC
    LBS
    Oxford

    Any suggestions? Any other additional schools I should look into. Many thanks in advance

  • Vinay Gupta

    Hi Linda ,

    I will be precise:
    1- GRE 321 – Q 168 V153
    2- Btech CSE CGPA Aprx 3.8
    3- 3 yrs Sofware Engineer in Techmahindra
    1 yr Manager IT in Indian Overseas Bank ( Government Undertaking bank of India)
    4- Nyc set of extra cirlrs ( Street plays, Karate, painting , anchoring etc )

    your take and valuable advice plz :)

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Vinay,

      Before I respond, what is your post-MBA goal?

      Thanks.

  • Adeboye Idowu

    Hello Linda,
    1)Work Experience
    Investment Banking-2 years
    Team Lead Corporate, Planning and Investment in an Insurance company -2 years
    Research and Strategy Consulting – About 2 years
    Accounting- 1 year

    2)GMAT intend to take in next two months

    3) University of Lagos with a major in Insurance. CGPA of 4.17/5 while i was an undergraduate I prepared for the professional accountancy exams, graduating in 2007 and qualifying as a professional accountant in the same year.

    4)Extra curricular- Facilitate trainings on corporate finance over 7 years, Pro-bono trainings on the use of excel and developing a financial model. Entrepreneur with a restaurant that retails to about 200 people on a daily basis. Currently increasing capacity as i have gotten another chef with the intention of retailing to over 1000 people before year end and 5000-10000 over the next two years .

    5)Professional Qualifications ACA-the Nigerian equivalent of a CPA in the US and ACCA in the UK and also a level 3 CFA examination candidate.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      Adeboye,

      If your GMAT is competitive you have a competitive profile for Yale. Also consider Duke, Wharton, Booth, NYU, and CBS, again depending on your GMAT.

      • Adeboye Idowu

        Thank you

  • Adeboye Idowu

    6) My post MBA goal is to build a deal team to acquire an Insurance company in Nigeria.

    Also to add, you did not request for this but i think it is quite important I am 34 going on 35 got into undergraduate school late because i became ill and i had to stay at home for a while. However, i was the best graduating student in my class in 2007.

  • VKS

    Hi Linda,

    Please advise on profile below:

    Professional Experience: 3 years at Big 4 consulting firm primarily working on technology implementation and strategy projects. Various extracurricular
    activities include planning and executing team events at local animal shelter. Currently transitioning to work in education sector.

    Education: Dual degree in Supply chain and Finance at
    University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with 3.8 Cumulative GPA

    GMAT: 720 (Quant:49, Verbal: 40; AWA:6; IR:7)

    Post MBA goal: use mba education to make an impact in the
    nonprofit sector and more specifically education leadership.

    Target Schools: Yale, Duke, Kellogg, Ross

    Any advice would be appreciated!

  • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

    And what do you want to do post-MBA?

  • Himanshu sharma

    Post MBA i am looking for a career in Supply Chain or General Management.
    What are my chances of getting scholarship???
    thanks

  • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

    Himansu,

    You have a competitive profile for Yale. I’m not confident about the scholarship though. Also consider CMU Tepper, Ross, Darden, Penn State,Purdue, and Michigan Broad. The chances of a scholarship at these programs is probably better than at Yale.

  • John James

    Hi Linda, another request to evaluate a profile,

    1.) worked in the business licensing section for the attorney general (internship) and a year running the client success department at a startup that was successfully acquired (managed a small team of five and essentially built the department and work under the executive team) (2.5 years in total as of now)

    2.) 690 (94% V and 58% Q /3.01 at UCI (upward trend). Also, top 40% at law school where I was on substantial academic scholarships and focused on business law (corporate governance, tax. IP)

    3.) I do legal consulting for fledgling startups and am leading a project that aims to provide widely accessible legal services to entrepreneurs. (Neither are community service, but extracurricular)

    4.) Member of the California Bar

    5.) Entrepreneurial venture that focuses on the intersection of business and law.

    I was planning on applying to:

    CBS- J term
    nyu- part time
    UCLA-part time
    Berkeley-part time
    Northwestern- part time
    Booth-part time
    Yale
    USC
    LBS
    Oxford

    Any suggestions? Any other additional schools I should look into. Many thanks in advance