Yale's School of Management has announced the essay questions and deadlines for the MBA class of 2015. The deadlines are October 4th, 2012 for Round 1, January 8th, 2013 for Round 2, and April 18th, 2013 for Round 3 (aka, the slacker-procrastination round). 

This year’s application contains four essay questions. The first question has a maximum response length of 150 words; the other three have maximum response lengths of 300 words. Applicants must respond to all four questions. The questions are:

  1. What prompted your decision to get an MBA? When did you realize that this was a step you wanted – or needed – to take? (150 words maximum)
  2. Describe a difficult professional decision you had to make. What were the consequences, and what, if anything, did you learn? Would you make the same decision again? (300 words maximum)
  3. The Yale School of Management provides a leadership education characterized by broad-minded and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds, a distinctive integrated curriculum, connections to one of the great research universities in the world, and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools. What will you contribute to the Yale SOM community, and how will being part of it help you extend your professional vision? (300 words maximum)
  4. What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment?  Why? (300 words maximum)

If you are a reapplicant, you must answer three essay questions: Question 1., Question 4., and then a response to the question “What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application? (300 words maximum).”

Yale SOM's actual application has yet to go live, so hang in there, eager beavers. For the rest of you, check out more info in our Yale SOM Essay Guide.