Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
27 January 2021
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,500
Payment Options
Yale School of Management Executive Education


In an increasingly complex world, the decisions we make have a profound impact on our successes, both personally and professionally, and can influence the direction of our lives, careers, organizations, and even societies.

The Decision Making online program from the Yale School of Management Executive Education gives you the knowledge and skills needed to make effective decisions across any context. Guided by expert faculty, you’ll develop an understanding of the psychological and behavioral drivers, biases, rules, and heuristics that form the foundation of how decisions are made. You’ll also explore the core pillars of decision making — context, uncertainty, and time — in order to better analyze your decisions and make more informed choices, no matter your situation.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this program, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to make more effective decisions both personally and professionally

  • An understanding of how and why decisions are made, by you and by others

  • The knowledge to analyze decisions and avoid common decision-making pitfalls

Is this program for you?

This program is useful for anyone who wants to master the art of effective decision making. Senior leaders and decision makers who often have to solve problems in the face of uncertainty would benefit from the content, as would professionals across a variety of functions. This includes people in fast-paced industries such as marketing, finance, IT, and business development. Those looking for guidance on how to make better decisions in their everyday life will also find great value in this program.

Course curriculum

Explore the driving forces behind decision making as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Principles of decision making
  • Module 2 Context and choice in decision making
  • Module 3 Context and decision rules
  • Module 4 Decision making under risk and uncertainty
  • Module 5 Time in decision making
  • Module 6 Integrating context, uncertainty, and time

Your Program Convener

The design of this online program is guided by the Yale SOM faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the program.

Professor Gal Zauberman

Professor Gal Zauberman

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Professor of Marketing

Professor Gal Zauberman studies consumer judgment and decision making, time in decisions, financial decision making, and memory for emotions and choice. His research has received international media coverage, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and other publications, and he has won numerous awards — including the William O’Dell and the Paul Green Best Paper Awards, and the 2007 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Consumer Psychology.

Earn a certificate of participation

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of participation from the Yale SOM Executive Education.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the program.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2021.

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