MIT Executive MBA
MIT Executive MBA Application Process
Applying to the MIT Executive MBA Class of 2025
Note: Please register your interest before starting an application.
The MIT Executive MBA is a mid-career degree program in a 20-month format. It is designed to provide extraordinary, experienced leaders with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact. Our guiding principles are to help develop critical skills essential for today's leaders and to foster a spirit of innovation through exceptional opportunities at MIT Sloan and across MIT.
This community thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration and healthy debate. We bring together a cohort of colleagues who will challenge you to consistently excel and who will give you the confidence to do more. Then we empower to immediately integrate what you learn with how you perform on the job. The outcome of your time here will be measured by your capacity to lead change and have a lasting impact in your organization, community, and the world.
Your complete application must include:
Please provide a statement on your personal and professional qualifications. What is motivating you to apply to the MIT Executive MBA at this point in your career?
Three essays are required. The two short-form essays, and one long-form essay will provide you with the opportunity to highlight recent experiences from your professional life.
Essay 1 (300 words or less)
Lasting impact can happen on large and small scales. Tell us about how you inspired your team, and what you learned about yourself as a leader, through a recent difficult time.
Essay 2 (250 words or less)
MIT Sloan finds strength through diversity. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. We seek to create a community that encompasses all dimensions of diversity and fosters excellence within MIT Sloan. This includes diversity of identity, thought, role, and perspective.
Please describe a time when you contributed toward making a work environment or organization more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.
Essay 3 (500 words or less)
Please tell us about a time when you introduced an idea that changed the way in which your organization approached a business challenge or opportunity. What factors did you consider, what barriers or obstacles did you face, and how did you measure success
You will be asked to fill in basic information for each of your current and prior jobs. You must also submit a standard, two-page, business resume.
Letters of recommendation are sent directly to the Admissions Committee via the online application system. Please list two people who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. A third recommendation is optional.
Recommendations should be provided by employers, supervisors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives, please). One recommendation must come from a current supervisor or superior.
- If you are an entrepreneur and do not have a supervisor, you may use a cofounder, board member, investor, or key customer of your current company.
All recommendations must be received by the final deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
In the application system, each recommender is asked to (a) rate you on certain criteria and (b) complete a reference letter. You are encouraged to discuss your professional goals with your recommender prior to nominating them.
Each recommender should be familiar with:
- Specific examples of your intellectual and professional achievements
- Your potential for success as a business leader, with particular emphasis on character
- How you stand out from others who have shared a similar role
- Examples of when you have had an impact on a person, group or organization
- How you defend your ideas; with examples
- Potential room for professional growth.
- For current employers, what is your likely next role?
Your application must include copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study. Copies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded into the online application system, not mailed. Official transcripts are requested after admission and required directly from the institution(s) prior to matriculation.
We will review your college and university transcript(s) in their entirety. In particular, we look for at least one course in statistics and one in calculus.
If you have not taken calculus and statistics, or did not receive strong grades (B or better) in these courses, we recommend taking a credit-bearing class now. We encourage you to find in-person courses at a local college or university, if possible.
You will need to include an organizational chart that outlines the internal structure of your department or company. Please provide as much information as possible with the understanding that some information may be privileged. Example charts are available in the application.
After submitting your application:
Interviews are by invitation only. An interview request signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration. Invitations to interview are made after the specific application round deadline has passed.
The Admissions Committee reviews applications and interviews selected candidates by round. If you are seeking an early decision, apply early in the admissions cycle. Decisions for interviewed candidates are made by the posted date for each round.