Customize Your Experience

Within your 22-month journey through the structured and rigorous curriculum, you will have opportunities to customize your experience through features that allow for further professional development and program flexibility.

Cross Campus Series

As part of our aspirations to be the business school most integrated with its home university, we ensure that our executive students engage in the broader resources and opportunities across Yale University. Our programming team provides both fun and relevant events within each class weekend that allow for students to step outside of Evans Hall and truly experience all that Yale has to offer. Most recently, about a third of the students attended the Yale Men’s Hockey game in Ingalls Rink where many of our faculty, administrators, undergraduate, graduate, and surrounding community come to cheer on the Bulldogs. In the fall semester, our students visited the Yale Divinity School, the Institute of Sacred Music to have a tour of the Newberry Organ in Woolsey Hall and had a chance to explore the historic Cushing Brain Collection in the Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library. All of the events include a reception that provides social time in order to unpack from an intense day of courses and to enjoy fostering relationships with classmates across both cohorts. All cross campus events take place after classes on Fridays and registration is required.

Extended Classroom

The MBA for Executives Extended Classroom allows a small number of participants to join class from home, office, or while on a business trip on occasion. Leveraging state-of-the-art classroom technology in Evans Hall, this innovation helps students to inject some flexibility into their rigorous class weekend schedule to manage the travel demands placed upon them, their families, and employers.

Program participants using the Extended Classroom can see and hear everything that is going on in the classroom. They can raise their hand and contribute to class discussions as if they were sitting in the room. Students on campus can see their peers on dedicated screens, as can of course the professor. In addition to connecting to the classroom, students will also have a link to breakout rooms to work with their learning groups. To maintain the quality and rigor of the Yale MBA for Executives program, students cannot use the Extended Classroom on two consecutive class weekends and the number of Extended Classroom spots per weekend is limited. Browse our FAQs below for more information on the Extended Classroom policy and logistics.

Read about one student’s Extended Classroom experience, courtesy of Jen White ‘18.

FAQ

FAQ

  • How often can I access the Extended Classroom?

    You will be required to attend a class weekend at Evans Hall at least once a month. Classes cannot be accessed remotely for two consecutive class weekends.

    Students who are not in good academic standing may not be allowed to access classes remotely. 

  • Are there limits as to how many students can use the Extended Classroom per class weekend?

    Eight spaces will be available per class weekend on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made through the learning management system, Canvas, and need to be requested two weeks before the class weekend. A wait list will be used once capacity for any given weekend is reached. 

  • Is the Extended Classroom option available during in-residence periods?

    The Extended Classroom is available during Friday/Saturday class weekends only. It is not available during the four weeks of in-residence programming, which must be attended in person.

  • What platform is used to support the Extended Classroom? What do I need to access it?

    Yale SOM Media Services currently uses Zoom to host the Extended Classroom, and therefore stipulate the following technical requirements:

    • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (Wired connection preferred)
    • Speakers and a microphone – Built in or USB
    • Headphones with microphone to eliminate noise.
    • Webcam
    • While not required, using two monitors will improve the experience by allowing content to show on one screen and video to show on the other.
    •  Students image will be displayed on the screens installed in the back of classroom 4420.
    • Background should be clutter free and not distracting
    • Location should be in a quiet area without background noise
    • The room should be well lit; Avoid sitting in front of windows

    Supported Operating Systems:

    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8 or 8.1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later

    Supported Browsers:

    • Windows: IE7+,  Firefox,  Chrome,  Safari5+
    • Mac: Safari5+,  Firefox,  Chrome

    Bandwidth Requirements:

    • 600kbps (up/down) for HQ video
    • 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for HD video

    Prior to each session, students will be asked to schedule a test call with the EMBA Media Coordinator.

  • Do I need to inform my professors or anyone else that that I am using the extended classroom during a class weekend?

    Once your slot is confirmed by the program team, students are responsible for notifying their faculty and learning teams if they plan to participate remotely.

    Students are also responsible for making arrangements to connect with learning teams remotely for in-class group work. A link specifically for breakout activity will be provided. 

Self-Directed Study

As you may know, our program is highly structured through the integrated core curriculum, advanced management and focus area courses. Our students have the option of customization through self-directed study which means there are a number of options when fulfilling four credit hours to complete and graduate from the MBA for Executives program.

Independent Study 

If an independent study is of interest, students have the ability to collaborate with Yale faculty to complete this within the second year of the program.  Students must submit a Petition for Independent Study that includes the project proposal and the faculty adviser’s signature. The proposal must indicate the means by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated (e.g., final paper, etc.) as well as the scope of the project and a timeline. The faculty director from the respective focus area must approve the project.  Read a blog post from David Paller ‘14 and Adam Wollowick ‘14 about their collaboration on an independent study.

Entrepreneurship PrACTICUM

Often times, students have an idea they would like to develop as a business venture and utilize the time spent within an Independent Study to fully engage in such a project. Similar to the independent study, students must submit a Petition for Independent Study that would also include the faculty advisor’s signature and proposal. An Independent Study project is worth between 2-4 units of credit and, as such, the scope of work should be commensurate with the time and effort of similar instructor-led course. There are a limited number of practicum opportunities available each year.

Electives

EMBA students have the opportunity to take elective courses at SOM or at another school at Yale University. Students interested in taking an SOM elective typically contact a program administrator to begin the process while if they decide to take a course offered by another school at Yale University, they must comply with any enrollment procedures and other nuances proposed by the school offering the course.  Students wishing to enroll in a course in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of the other professional schools at Yale must receive permission from the course instructor and a program director. Enrollment in a Yale Law School course also requires authorization from the registrar of the Law School. Once the appropriate permissions are obtained, the student should contact the registrar, who will enroll the student.

Thursday evening electives are customized and relevant courses taught specifically for EMBA students by professors at SOM. We understand that many of our executives are not able to attend elective courses on campus during the week due to the nature of their work schedules; however, they are able to attend an evening class on Thursday. Utilizing our Extended Classroom technology, students who travel to campus on Friday morning are also able to attend these electives as well. One upcoming Thursday evening elective will be taught by SOM Professor Nicholas A. Christakis, author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, will teach a course titled Network Interventions which will reflect the nature of his work.

Small Network Online Courses (SNOCs) are for-credit courses offered virtually by a Global Network for Advanced Management member school and open to students from throughout the network. The courses link students through an online platform and video conferencing for lectures and discussions. As part of the courses, groups of students from multiple member schools collaborate virtually on substantial team projects, developing teamwork skills and cross-cultural perspectives. SNOCs enroll a select group of top-tier MBA students engaged in a common effort to build management skills and by bringing together MBA candidates from member schools as part of their regular coursework, the courses harness the strengths of the Global Network.

Workshops

Our students’ evolution through the program includes opportunities outside of the classroom to explore and further develop, both professionally and personally. Many executives long for the opportunity to participate in transformational development opportunities and through the vast resources which Yale has to offer, our programming team has provided the space for this development. In the past, we have hosted faculty from Yale School of Drama to provide hands-on approaches when building executive presence and program directors from the Yale Stress Center to teach our executives about best practices in mindfulness and stress reduction.

Jessica Helfland

Yale School of Management professors Rodrigo Canales and Jessica Helfland will host a leadership workshop called Visual Identity, Institutional Identity to speak to how we present ourselves as a way of incorporating individuals, talents and diversity, in to the collective enterprise.  Additionally, Professor Kyle Jensen will provide a workshop on Agile Project Management frameworks to help close-knit teams develop complex software products amidst uncertainty, changing requirements, and diverse stakeholders.  All of our workshops take place on Saturday after classes and registration is required.