Your Chances at Yale SOM in 2024: Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

2023-2024 Application Cycle: Special Note for Round 2 and Round 3 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

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School selection is an important part of the MBA admissions process. Yet, there are several great MBA programs with varying acceptance rates, so this is often a difficult task! You may be trying to decide which MBA programs to apply and which you’ll likely win an offer from! To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors so that you can better determine your odds of getting accepted into the Yale School of Management.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into Yale SOM, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into Yale’s MBA Program and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the Yale School of Management.

(Note: This page highlights Yale’s full-time MBA program. The other program option at Yale is the MBA for Executives program.)

Fast Facts: Yale MBA

Acceptance Rate28%
GMAT Median720
GPA Median4
Avg. Years Work Experience5.1

Source: Yale SOM, Class of 2025 data

Yale School of Management (Yale SOM)

Undergraduate Majors Represented in Yale’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Yale’s MBA program are STEM (35%), Humanities & Social Sciences (25%), Business (22%), and Economics (18%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Yale’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Yale’s MBA class profile are: 

  • Yale University
  • Princeton University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Virginia
  • Dartmouth College
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • Tufts University
  • Boston College
  • University of California, Berkeley

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Yale has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Yale, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Yale’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

Yale’s top pre-MBA industries are financial services (24%), consulting (18%), technology (12%), and government (11%).

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Yale. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Yale

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Yale MBA class are: 

What does Yale value?

Yale values academic ability. This means academic strength is its first consideration in evaluating any candidate. The most important document in your application is your college transcript, which tells Yale a great deal about your academic drive and performance over time. Yale looks for students who have consistently taken a broad range of challenging courses in high school and have done well.

Interested in finding out more about Yale? Visit our Yale SOM overview page.

Early Birds Toolkit

Learn 3 Steps You Should Take NOW to Improve Your Profile for R1 2024

In MBA admissions, starting early can significantly boost your chances. 

But there are no shortcuts, and while R1 2024 deadlines might seem far off, building your profile takes time.

Our Early Birds Toolkit has everything you need to get started right now—leave your name and email, and we’ll send you three actionable steps to elevate your profile, plus time-saving tools for faster progress.