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Application Deadlines for Yale SOM for the 2019 Entering class has been announced. Final Deadline is on Apr 16th 2019

     Application Deadlines        Admissions Decision

1.   Sep 12, 2018                      Dec 05, 2018
2.   Jan 7, 2019                        Apr 2, 2019
3.   Apr 16, 2019                      May 21, 2019

Essay Tips: Download 6 Sample Yale SOM MBA Essays

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Personal Commitment can vary from the relationship with a partner to pursuing a skill – music, stand-up, acting or pro-sports. If you have a substantial list of achievements to show, include a personal commitment to your skill, provided the recommendation letters, transcripts, and resume will help the admission team understand your career path

Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

This is one of the most unusual questions we have seen in MBA Application. The first obvious question that comes to an applicant's mind - should I include a personal or a professional experience for this essay?

Personal Commitment can vary from the relationship with a partner to pursuing a skill – music, stand-up, acting or pro-sports. If you have a substantial list of achievements to show, include a personal commitment to your skill, provided the recommendation letters, transcripts, and resume will help the admission team understand your career path. The trajectory and peak in your career should be obvious. If there is a hint of confusion on whether your pre-MBA journey is enough to achieve your post-MBA goals, use the essay to capture your professional experience.

Let us look at the MBA Application elements for Yale SOM. For 2018-19, the application includes a...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


For Start-up Entrepreneurs, commitment is synonymous with their survival. Unlike job functions, grit is a quality that differentiates would be Entrepreneurs from the ‘successful’ ones. Anecdotal evidence is required to offer scope. With less than 3% of MBA candidates from top MBA programs pursuing their Entrepreneurial career post-MBA, Yale SOM fares much better at 5.9%. You would still be in the minority, but in MBA Application, the career path can stand out for its uniqueness.

Although the Entrepreneurship Program at Yale is a recent initiative (2014), the curriculum is structured to help a wide range of aspiring Entrepreneurs gain specialized knowledge in Social Enterprises, Healthcare and Life Science, and Real Estate. The Foundation of Entrepreneurial knowledge is offered by covering programming (technology), communication, raising funds (Venture Capital & PE Investments), investing (impact, start-up) and by managing change (market, people & technology).

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Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

For the first profile example, we will use the story of a Product Development Manager who is assigned the role to build partnerships with retailers and develop an offline strategy to compete with Korea’s leading phone manufacturer that had a monopoly over the Indian market.

With over 20 million Indians, every year, crossing the low-middle income family to the aspirational class, the per month disposable income began matching the $150-$300 mobile phones that the Korean technology company offered as an introductory product.


Once the brand loyalty was built, high value but affordable products in the $350 to $400 price range becomes the customer’s choice. For 7 years, Apple and Chinese brands tried hard to disrupt the deep connection that customers have developed with the Korean brand.

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Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

For technologists, the commitment to quality and a willingness to learn the latest developments in technology is necessary to stay competitive and offer the best solution for clients. When industries are evolving at a breakneck pace, Employers value candidates who can learn on the fly.

Technologists fit the role perfectly, but few applicants take the effort to differentiate and highlight this unique attribute in their MBA Application.

The applicant used continuous learning as his biggest commitment and shares scenarios where what he learned became irrelevant. He also cites the example of doctors who motivate him to continue learning. 

“While working for a start-up, the CEO would casually come to me during the tea-break and assign projects on the fly. Often, the conversation would end with statements like, ‘Learn Technology X by next Friday.’ Until I moved to a Fortune 500 company, I never realized the enormity of the task that was...

Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


With changing demographics, marketers who have succeeded changed with the new consumption pattern of the customers – both digital and physical. When in-store marketing and copy influences the ad-hoc consumption in Store, online consumption was determined by the visual medium.

The rise of Instagram and Snapchat along with YouTube’s dominance as an alternative to traditional TV channels is a hint of how customers have changed. They are no longer shying away from broadcasting their life or venting their opinion about brands through Social Media.

No one knows the next wave of disruption, but the applicant knew one secret of understanding Customers – a commitment to observe.

“As a retail marketer, finding buying patterns require a keen sense of observation. Analytics as a...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


Post-2008, Investment Bankers, have been looked down as a Pariah. But not many know the time commitment required for an associate or an Analyst role. If you had a chance to work in IB as an associate, you could share the nature of work and time commitment clients expect from the team. On call for work, 24x7 is a norm in the industry. Work assigned at 7:00 pm for a deadline at 3:00 a.m can sound monstrous for an 8-5 traditional office, but the sporadic nature of work assignment might have revealed the commitment Banks have developed with clients.

One reason is the billing, or the responsibility Banks have taken for the client (Buy-side and sell-side). The constant monitoring for offers that benefit the client, and a continuous commitment to capturing relevant information impacting the clients require sacrifice in personal time, and your attention for other hobbies.

The 80-100 hour workweek might have demonstrated the investment...




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