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Yale University School of Management

Essay Questions for 2017-2018 / Class of 2020

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for The Yale School of Management MBA Program. 

Round 1 Deadline: September 13, 2017
Round 2 Deadline: January 14, 2018
Round 3 Deadline: April 18, 2018

The Essay Questions:

Essay 1

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)


Video Questions

video questions are not a substitute for the interview. Instead, they provide a unique way for us to assess your communication skills and your ability to think on your feet, and enable us to create a more dynamic, multi-dimensional profile of each candidate.

This is your opportunity to speak directly to the committee, allowing us to gauge qualities we might see when meeting in-person, rather than relying solely on the written portion of the application. There are no “trick questions”; we are not trying to stump you. The questions asked are similar to typical M BA or job interview questions, so take the allotted time to gather your thoughts and then deliver a response.

A few tips I’d like to offer include becoming familiar with the 60-90 second response time frame and getting comfortable speaking to your computer camera. A great way to do this is to practice with a friend using Skype. Turn off your friend’s video, and have a cell phone keep track of your response time.

Know that you do not need to fill the entire response time. You can complete your answer and end the recording by clicking the “stop” button on your screen. 

Check back for more details or for more information, visit the Yale SOM admissions website. Reapplicants should visit the Reapplication page

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.