Will Yale SOM be among top 5 MBA programs soon?

The more I learn about Yale SOM, the more I like it. Below are some very compelling reasons regarding Yale that I discovered while doing my research. They make me believe that Yale SOM is on its way to the TOP:

1. The revolutionary multi-disciplinary curriculum: The popularity and importance of this curriculum can be judged by the fact that after Yale implemented this new curriculum, Stanford immediately changed it's curriculum on similar lines. This is how Dean Podolny describes the new curriculum:
"Instead of teaching management topics in separate, single-subject courses like Finance or Marketing, Yale teaches core subjects in an integrated way, providing frameworks and concepts in a richer, more relevant context. By creating a teaching and learning environment that actively draws connections between the traditional MBA subjects, Yale’s innovative approach not only requires more disciplined thinking, but also inspires more creative problem-solving."

2. Many top faculties from various schools are moving to Yale SOM. With the addition of Wharton's Andrew Metric, Yale SOM can boast the best Finance department across all MBA colleges in the United States. The other world class profs who have joined Yale recently are: Daylian Cain from Harvard University’s Economics Department, Merle Ederhof from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak from the University of Colorado and Oliver Rutz from the doctoral program in marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

3. Dean Podolny with Harvard and Stanford credentials is aggressively trying to reinvent the Yale School of Management. He's doing everything necessary to position Yale SOM on the level of Harvard and Stanford.

4. International Experience program: As part of the Yale Management curriculum, each first-year student travels to one of several destinations around the world to study the local business environment. The destinations are the focus of pre-trip sessions in the fall semester and lectures and cases in the State and Society course in the spring. The trip is also linked to the Leadership Development Program, a year-long process of identifying and developing personal and professional goals and aspirations. This experience offers an amazing opportunity to those who want to work and explore markets outside US.

5. A brand new campus is being built by the architectural firm Foster + Partners. The new campus will be located on a 4.25-acre site on the east side of Whitney Avenue at the Sachem Street intersection. Construction of the 246,000 square foot building, which is more than double the current Yale School of Management footprint of approximately 110,000 square feet, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011. The new complex will house state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, the School’s academic centers, and student and community spaces. The increased size of the campus will enable the school to expand the student body to approximately 300 students in each class; increase the size of the faculty; offer more in the way of community facilities; and make possible the expansion of the School’s executive program offerings.

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