Master of Business Analytics
How to Apply to the Master of Business Analytics Program
What’s your story? What experiences have shaped who you are today? We are on a quest to find curious, passionate, analytical candidates who will enhance the collaborative community here at MIT. Our goal is to create a vibrant learning environment rich in diverse ideas and life experiences. We welcome applicants from all over the globe. Above all, we seek thoughtful emerging leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities, determined to make their mark in the world – people who value dignity and respect. Here’s how to get started!
The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.
All applications are due by 3:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date. The deadline is for both application materials and recommendation letters. All decisions will be released by end of day on the decision release day.
To apply to the MBAn program at MIT Sloan, please prepare a variety of materials to help us assess your qualifications. Remember, all materials must be submitted online by the application deadline listed above.
A complete application for 2024 entry requires:
Please submit a one-page resume. This will help us easily track your academic and career path. For jobs and internships, try to focus on your results, not just your title or job description. Here are some pointers on formatting:
- One-page limit
- Times New Roman font
- Size 10 font
- Word or PDF formats only
Provide the following information in reverse chronological order:
Education: Please include relevant awards, scholarships and professional societies
- Full-Time Work Experience: Full-time work experience is defined as more than four months of post-degree work. This should be paid and full-time. Please include company name, your title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
- Internship(s): An internship is categorized as official work done through a company. Your internship may either be paid or unpaid, as long as you were hired directly by the Human Resources department at the company. We should be able to call Human Resources to verify that you participated in the official internship. Please include company name, your title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
- Other Work Experience: If you worked with a mentor or someone with relevant industry experience or if you participated in a project or research that was not official (i.e. you were not hired by the Human Resources department), please list this experience on your resume. Include details of your experience, who you worked with, results-oriented bullets, and dates.
- Additional Information: Please include extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, and special skills/interests, and languages spoken (if applicable).
Please tell us why you’re pursuing the Master of Business Analytics degree at MIT Sloan. What do you hope to gain from the program? What are your career aspirations? (500 words or less)
Applicants are invited to expand on their background by responding to the following optional 250 word short answer question:
How has the world you come from shaped who you are today? For example, your family, culture, community, all help to shape aspects of your life experiences and perspective. Please use this opportunity if you would like to share more about your background.
This question is truly optional; applicants will not be evaluated more positively or negatively should they choose to respond. This is an opportunity for you to share more about yourself with the Admissions Committee, should you choose to do so.
Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here's your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can't wait to meet you!
Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:
- No more than 1 minute (60 seconds) in length
- Single take (no editing)
- Speaking directly to the camera
- Do not include background music or subtitles
All MBAn applicants will be prompted to respond to a randomly generated, open-ended question.
Video Question 2 is a part of your required application materials and will appear as a page within the application, once the other parts of your application are completed.
The question is designed to help us get to know you better; to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture. It does not require prior preparation and will not be a technical question.
Applicants are given one minute to prepare a 60 second response.
MBAn applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.
A detailed recommendation can tell us a lot about you so make sure you select individuals qualified to speak about your qualifications and impact.
- One letter must come from someone who can speak to your quantitative abilities.
- If you are a current student, you should submit three academic letters of recommendation.
- If you are working full-time, you should submit two academic letters of recommendation and one letter from your most recent employer.
Some important details:
We do not accept recommendations from family members.
Recommenders must submit their letters online.
Recommendations may be either letter or short answer format.
Recommendations should not exceed two pages.
Your letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline date. It is your responsibility to remind your recommenders to make sure they are submitted on time.
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 and communicates with others, including peers and superiors.
Please give an example of how the applicant has synthesized and executed on an assigned task and/or mastered new material.
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.
Please navigate to the Recommendation Letter section of the application and add your recommenders’ contact information; they will be sent instructions on how to submit their letter.
Please scan and upload your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you attended or are currently attending. If you are currently earning a degree, please upload your most up-to-date transcript. We review transcripts carefully, please double check that what you have uploaded is legible.
Some important details:
All applicants to the program must hold a four-year undergraduate degree or three-year equivalent undergraduate degree from outside of the U.S. by time of matriculation.
Do not mail any hard copies of official academic records or transcripts.
If you received an undergraduate degree as part of a Master's program, please include an undergraduate entry in addition to your Master's degree.
If your transcripts are not in English, please scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.
We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts. If you're having difficulty uploading your document, this may be the reason. Print out your transcript, scan it, and upload the PDF.
We do not accept transfer credits. Any MIT classes taken pre-matriculation cannot be counted toward your degree at MIT Sloan.
Once admitted to the program you will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from all schools attended. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate's rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.
Please list courses that you are currently taking or that you have completed in the following areas:
- Computer Programming
- Linear Algebra
- Statistics/Machine Learning
Additionally, applicants are welcome to submit other pieces of academic evidence such as: professional certifications CFA, CPA, among others; non-degree coursework such as CORe, edX, or any other non-degree coursework completed; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.
Standardized tests, such as the GRE and GMAT, are a component of the application process and play an important role in our evaluation process. The admissions committee will continue to accept the remote/at-home version of these exams. If your current situation prevents you from being able to submit a test score, the MBAn program will allow candidates to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences.
We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online versions of exams. The TOEFL and IELTS are optional. If you would like to submit those scores, you can find our school codes below. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes:
- GRE School Code: 3845
- To share your GMAT score, please enter Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management
- TOEFL School Code: 3935 (We will not accept MyBest TOEFL Scores)
- IELTS School Code: MIT Graduate Admissions
The non-refundable application fee of $150.00 USD must be paid online prior to submitting your application.
In addition to the list below, attendees of some recruitment events and conferences where MIT Sloan is present may qualify for an application fee waiver. If you are in attendance at one of these events, you will be notified at the conclusion of the event and the payment section of your application will reflect the waiver automatically.
Please note that we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online. If you are submitting a request, please wait to hear back from us.
You may be eligible for a fee waiver if any of the following apply:
- Current Teach for America Members or Alumni
- Current Peace Corps Members
- Veteran or Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel
- Paying the application fee will result in insurmountable financial hardship
Participants from the following list of programs, conferences, and fellowships are also eligible for an application fee waiver:
MIT Sponsored Programs
- MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP General)
- MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP Biology/BCS/CBMM)
- On-Campus MIT ACCESS Program
- MIT Media Lab Open House Travel Grant Recipients
- MIT OME Laureates and Leaders
- MIT OME The Standard
- MIT Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)
- Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Summer Institute
- APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (APSA DFP)
- Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (EBICS REU)
- Gates Millenium Scholars Program
- Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
- McNair Scholars Program
- Mellon Mays Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
- Morehouse College Dr. John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program Hopps (HOPPS)
- National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
- Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE)
- The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
- University of Baltimore Maryland County Meyerhoff Scholars Program
- Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Events and Conferences
- ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
- California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
- Emerging Researches National Conference in STEM (ERN)
- FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference
- Georgia Tech Virtual Graduate Showcase
- Grace Hopper Celebration Conference
- Howard University Research Month
- Institute on Teaching and Mentoring (SREB)
- Ivy Plus Puerto Rico
- MC-STEMP Graduating Engineering Minorities (GEM) GRADLab
- National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- National Organization of Minority Architects
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Spelman College Research Day
- The National GEM Consortium
The Interview Process
All applicants admitted to the MBAn program will be required to interview, but interviews are by invitation only. An invitation to interview signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission.
The interview is both behavioral and technical. As part of the technical interview, you may be asked math, probability, statistics and/or computer science questions relevant to fields of data science and analytics. You will also be asked behavioral questions that help us to learn more about how you work with a team, make decisions, and solve problems.
Those invited to interview will be asked to submit a response to the following question, prior to the interview:
Please describe a recent analytics/data science project you have worked on and include 1-2 presentation slides that best represent your work. The slides may consist of data visualization examples but must be uploaded as a PDF. The project presentation slides must be in English.
Details for submitting your response will be included in the interview invitation.