Can a standardized test of “emotional intelligence” predict success in business school? The Yale School of Management is the latest MBA program to make a bet that the answer is yes. Starting this year, the school will begin testing MBA students on their ability to understand and manage emotions. The admissions committee will use the results to decide if applicants make the cut. And students can expect to learn more about what makes fellow MBAs tick as Yale incorporates its findings into the curriculum.
At Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, a similar test is used as part of the admissions process, not to eliminate applicants but to identify “diamonds in the rough,” said Andrew Sama, the senior associate director of MBA admissions.