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Yale School of Management Hosts Pre-MBA Leadership Program for College Students

Last month, Yale School of Management (SOM) hosted its second Pre-MBA Leadership Program, a two-week program for college juniors and seniors and recent graduates from under-represented minority populations. Designed to help students network and develop leadership skills, the program also introduces prospective applicants to SOM’s full-time MBA curriculum.

During the program, students take condensed versions of several of SOM’s core courses, including operations, microeconomics and accounting. These provide students with an opportunity to apply the principles of these different disciplines on a small scale through hands-on activities. For example, in an operations management class led by Professor Arthur Swersey, students design an assembly line to put together toy sailboats. 

In addition to taking classes, participating students also work in groups on the Audubon Street Project, an exercise drawn from the SOM MBA orientation program. As part of Audubon, students must develop a hypothetical business for a storefront near the SOM campus, ideas for which they will present to a panel of SOM faculty, complete with budget and marketing materials. The proposed business must be economically viable and must support Yale SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society.

Promising college students from under-represented minority populations are encouraged to apply to the Pre-MBA Leadership Program. An application for the Summer 2011 session will be available this fall. Admission is highly selective and includes the cost of tuition, room, board and course materials. For more information, click here.

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