Yale University School of Management

Essay Questions for 2020-2021 / Class of 2023

2020-2021 Yale MBA Deadlines

Round 1
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020
Decision release: December 8, 2020

Round 2
Application deadline: January 7, 2021
Decision release: March 26, 2021

Round 3
Application deadline: April 13, 2021
Decision release: May 18, 2021


2020-2021 Yale MBA Essay Question

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 MBA 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. 

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