Yale University: Yale School of Management



Instructions: Please answer the Short Answer and three (3) Personal Statements below within the specified word limits (150 words for the Short Answer; 300 words for each Personal Statement). Because we are interested in learning as much as possible about you, your essays must be entirely your own work. Although you may ask others for general feedback on your essays, you may not allow anyone else to edit them for you.

Re-applicants: If you are a re-applicant, you are only required to answer three questions: Short Answer, Personal Statement 3, and the re-applicant question below.

Optional Information: Provide any additional information you feel the Admissions Committee should know in evaluating your candidacy. You should use this section only if the information is not adequately captured elsewhere in your application.

Short Answer

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)

Personal Statement 1

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)

Personal Statement 2

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)

Personal Statement 3

4. What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment? Why? (300 words maximum)

Required for reapplicants only

What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application? (300 words maximum)

Optional Information

If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation, please provide any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (200 words maximum)


You are required to submit two professional recommendations. Ideally, at least one of the recommenders should be in a position to assess your performance at your most recent job.

Please write an assessment of the applicant that addresses the prompts below. We are looking for your candid and accurate assessment of the applicant's potential to be a successful leader and what specific traits the applicant possesses that evidence this potential. Please be as specific as possible and use concrete examples where applicable. Do not incorporate anything drafted by the candidate in your recommendation or have the candidate submit the recommendation on your behalf. (Upload document)

  • Please comment on the context of your interaction with the applicant. How long have you known the applicant and in what connection? If applicable, briefly describe the applicant's role in your organization. (250 words)

  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (250 words)

  • How does the applicant's performance compare to other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (250 words)

  • Please make additional statements about the applicant's performance, potential or personal qualities you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee. (250 words)


If you have applied within the last two years, you do not need to submit new supplemental materials (GMAT score report, transcripts, and recommendations) because we will already have them on file. The only requirement is that you