The Yale SOM core curriculum is unique in how it connects the pieces of a business school education into a meaningful whole. Courses include the fundamentals, such as CAPM and net present value; however, the first-year courses are carefully planned to create an understanding of the entire organization, eventually building to address business’s impact on society. Unlimited elective choice throughout Yale University enables students to pursue intellectual interests and develop habits of inquiry and analysis that will benefit them as leaders. The curriculum also equips students with a global approach to problem solving, evident in the presence of international students, strong emphasis on students’ travel abroad, and international raw-case examples. The global nature manifests in all spheres of the SOM experience.
Leadership development is essential to the SOM Curriculum. The courses are rooted in equipping students with a personal knowledge of strengths and weaknesses, emotional intelligence, managing and delivering feedback, diversity, organizational design and culture, as well as civic engagement and community building. All of these competencies are continuously reinforced in the structure of the curriculum.
Yale SOM doesn’t have concentrations. Students have the flexibility to select from the vast array of electives around Corporate Strategy, Technology, Finance, Impact Investing, Sustainability, Corporate Governance, and more. In addition, SOM is well integrated with the larger University and students can leverage the course offerings at Yale’s other graduate and professional schools. In fact, more than 15% of SOM students are pursuing dual degrees.
Yale SOM uses a ‘raw case method’ which is vastly different from a “cooked case,” which consolidates a business scenario into a 10-page narrative focused on a specific learning outcome. In the raw-case method, students are presented with a particular issues and have to research and analyze disaggregate pieces of information from vastly different sources to develop strategic action. The raw-case curriculum is critical because it best prepares students for work in industry post-business school.