Each year, the Yale School of Management enrolls approximately 215 men and women from all parts of the United States and dozens of countries around the world. These talented and accomplished students are selected through a competitive admissions process, which is designed to identify exceptional applicants who aspire to management careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations; and who have demonstrated the drive, leadership, and intellectual capacity that such careers demand.

Beyond individual qualifications, the School also seeks students from a broad range of backgrounds and with widely differing goals. The result is a rich, highly interactive community in which students stimulate each other to grow, both intellectually and professionally, and to think in new ways about the challenges of modern management.

There is no simple formula that defines a "strong" candidate for Yale, but there are three reasonably distinct areas of note:

1 Capacity and motivation for academic achievement. No minimum undergraduate grade point average is required for admission, nor a minimum GMAT or GRE score, as these numbers will fluctuate, even among the most competitive candidates. Standards are quite high, however, as each applicant's complete academic record and scores on standardized tests are evaluated individually, in an effort to estimate the likelihood of success in a rigorous graduate-level curriculum.

2 Ability to understand and cope with the practical problems of complex organizations, to influence the outcome of events, and to work effectively with others. The admissions committee examines an applicant's work history, extracurricular and community involvements, recommendations, and personal statements for evidence of professional achievement and potential for the future. Again, there is no rigidly defined stereotype, no required type or length of work experience, nor any specific set of activities that characterize the strongest applicants. These factors are of great importance, but, like academic credentials, will vary considerably.

3 Personal qualifications that suggest strong leadership potential and a commitment to the responsibilities of good citizenship. In addition to outstanding individual achievement and demographic diversity, the School is looking for students who are leaders, and whose interests and values exemplify the conception of management around which Yale's distinctive program was developed. The mission of this School is to educate managers who will not only succeed in their careers, but will pursue personal and professional goals that reflect concern for the larger social impact of their lives. The Yale School of Management is thus looking for students who "fit" an innovative and ambitious ideal and will contribute to its achievement.

For more detailed information about admissions requirements, or to get our course catalogue and application materials, please contact the SOM Admissions Office at 203.432.5932; fax 203.432.9991; e-mail som.admissions@yale.edu.

Financial Aid

In keeping with Yale's strong committment to equality of opportunity, requests for financial assistance from the School of Management have no bearing on admissions decisions.

Tuition in 1997-1998 is $24,200. Room and board, activities fees, books, photocopying and case materials, supplies, medical insurance, and personal expenses will amount to approximately $13,745. An additional $3,500 is estimated for the cost of a personal computer, which will be required of all students beginning with the Class of 1998. Thus, single students in the Class of 1999 can expect their total expenses to be approximately $41,455 for the nine month academic year 1997-1998.

Over 60% of SOM students currently receive some form of financial assistance, which is available through grants and long-term loan programs. Grants are awarded solely on the basis of need. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, need is evaluated using data provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the School's institutional form. International students must submit a special financial aid form that will be mailed directly to those applying for financial aid.

More detailed information is available in our application booklet. Questions about expenses, grants, and loans may be addressed to the SOM Financial Aid Office at: 203.432.5173 or by fax at 203.432.9916 or e-mail karen.wellman@yale.edu.


Although we are no longer accepting applications for the class beginning September 1997, the 1997-98 application to the MPPM program may be downloaded and printed for your information. Please understand that the Admissions Department modifies the application each year. Therefore, these materials will not be accepted for applicants applying for the class beginning September 1998. New application materials will be available in August 1997.

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Admissions Policies

Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Yale University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in the employment of women, minority group members, handicapped individuals, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.  Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Arline F. McCord, Associate Provost, 136 Hall of Graduate Studies, or Frances A. Holloway, Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 104 W.L. Harkness Hall, 203.432.0849.

In accordance with both federal and state law, the University maintains information concerning current security policies and procedures and prepares an annual crime report concerning crimes committed within the geographical limits of the University. Upon request to the Office of the Secretary of the University, P.O. Box 208230, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8230, 203.432.2310, the University will provide such information to any applicant for admission.

Officers of the University

Richard C. Levin

Alison F. Richard

Linda K. Lorimer
Vice President and Secretary

Joseph P. Mullinix
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Terry M. Holcombe
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

Dorothy K. Robinson
General Counsel

SOM Administration

Jeffrey E. Garten

Stanley J. Garstka
Deputy Dean

Patricia D. Pierce
Dean of Student Affairs

Cecile Ablack
Associate Dean of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning

Cynthia Albert Link
Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

Mark A. Case
Director of Career Development

Richard A. Silverman
Executive Director of Admissions