The Master of Science in Management Studies program is open to applicants who have completed or are in the process of completing an MBA or equivalent Master’s degree program at a non-US institution. Applicants from our international partners and cooperating schools are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be evaluated based on performance in their MBA or equivalent Master’s degree program, recommendations, application essay, and other criteria. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate stellar undergraduate and graduate school grade point averages as well as GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores.

MSMS Application Schedule

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.

Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision by Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Admitted applicants must reply to their offer by Friday,
April 25, 2014.


Instructions for MSMS Applicants

Applicants to the MSMS Program should fill out the entire application following the instructions below. For more information about the MSMS Program, please visit


Please prepare a business résumé that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business résumé is welcomed and encouraged. The résumé should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines). Follow the résumé template provided in the résumé upload section under MSMS Applicants Only.


We are interested in learning the reason why you are choosing to pursue an advanced degree at MIT Sloan School of Management, given that you will likely attain (or already have attained) an MBA degree from your home institution, and what your concentration area will be to earn this degree. Please limit both essays to 500 words each.

  • Essay #1: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Please explain your motivation to pursue the MSMS degree at MIT Sloan and discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission of the school based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
  • Essay #2: Explain what you expect your thesis topic will be and how it relates to your professional goals. Note: We do not expect that you know your precise topic, but if you had to decide today on what to write about, what would that topic be? Why is it important or interesting to the field of management? How would you study the topic? How will this information support your career? You may reference our Curriculum overview for academic area details.
  • Optional Essay: The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format.


MSMS applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. Two should be from faculty members who are able to speak definitively of your academic achievement and potential. The third recommendation should be from an individual, e.g., work supervisor or manager, who is able to speak with certainty about your professional achievement and potential.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
  • Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
  • Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
  • Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Academic Records (Transcripts)

Please scan and upload copies of your academic records. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts. We require that you submit transcripts from any schools whose courses counted towards a degree. If your transcripts are not in English we ask that you scan both the original and a translated copies and submit them with your application.

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from each school attended. All admitted students will receive further mailing instructions after the decision deadline. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate’s rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.

Test Score(s)

The GMAT or GRE score is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. Only tests taken after September 1, 2009 will be considered. We require that the official GMAT or GRE scores be sent to us by the application deadline. We understand that sometimes it takes 1-2 weeks for the test centers to release the scores. Therefore, it is acceptable if we receive the scores shortly after the application deadline. The TOEFL or IELTS is not required for MSMS applicants, but we provide a space in the online application if you wish to report either of these scores to us.

MSMS GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-24
MSMS GRE School Code: 3935

Application Fee

MSMS application fee: $100.00

The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. You will be prompted for payment information after pressing the “Submit Application” button. If you wish to pay by means other than a credit card, you must send an email to at least one week before you intend to submit your online application.

Submission of your online application
The online application is due on February 5, 2014 by 3 p.m. Eastern Time. You may complete and submit the online application at any time before the deadline. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your own records. Please note that all required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

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