The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. This mission reflects the vision and expectation that our graduates will be inspiring leaders who will own and solve the hard problems that matter.
As part of the Yale approach, traditional single-subject core courses – such as Marketing or Finance – have been replaced with multidisciplinary courses organized around the constituencies – for example, the Customer or the Investor – a manager must engage and lead in order to achieve organizational objectives. By actively drawing connections between the traditional MBA subjects, Yale’s curriculum model teaches concepts and skills in a more relevant context.
The school supports this integrative approach with SOM-developed teaching materials that incorporate the actual resources and information a contemporary manager must draw on every day; for instance, the school’s online “raw” case format utilizes documents such as 10-Ks and analyst reports, alongside other materials such as faculty-authored articles and media reports, to enable students to analyze business problems from a variety of disciplines and points of view.
Yale SOM is also a leader among major MBA programs in requiring study abroad, taking first-year students on a two-week International Experience trip to locations around the world, where they interact with business, cultural, NGO, and political leaders and gain first-hand perspectives on the global economy.
Commitment to diversity is fundamental to the Yale School of Management community and central to the school’s business/society mission. We are proud of our efforts in advancing the cause of diversity and inclusion, both in our school and in the ranks of MBAs. In 2006, the Yale School of Management was recognized by the Forté Foundationas having the largest percentage of women in its full-time MBA program. In 2007, the school was honored by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) with the Destino Award. In 2008, the school marked its commitment to diversity and inclusion by accepting an invitation to join The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a scholarship and advocacy organization devoted to diversity and inclusion in American business.
The school has adopted a community-wide Vision Statement on Diversity. The statement was developed by the school’s Standing Task Force on Diversity, led by the dean and made up of faculty, students, and staff; and affirmed by the entire community. Other diversity initiatives at the school include the Pre-MBA Leadership Program, launched in 2009; and a post-MBA Career Advancement Program, launched in Fall 2009, which was developed in partnership withManagement Leadership for Tomorrow.
The Yale School of Management offers a two-year full-time MBA degree, along with a Ph.D. program, executive education, and an MBA for Executives program tailored for healthcare professionals. With around 200 students in each full-time MBA program class, the school is supportive and tight-knit. Our students come from backgrounds in every sector and from countries around the world. Yale is distinct among business schools in its close integration with the rest of Yale, enabling our MBA students to take elective courses for MBA program credit in departments throughout the university, or to pursue joint degree programs with seven of Yale’s other professional schools or with departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.