"In Innovation Teams, a cross-functional group of students from across MIT get pitched MIT-based technologies by those who need help commercializing and developing their business models."
The application for fall 2015 entry is now available.
Who Should Apply?
We seek to enroll well-rounded individuals with the following characteristics:
- Success in your professional endeavors, whether you are well into your career or a college senior
- Ability to collaborate in order to accomplish a common goal
- Leadership drive to inspire others to achieve success
- Vision to seek alternative solutions to existing challenges
- Pursuit of meaningful goals
We evaluate every application on its own merits, so a rejection in a previous year does not affect your chance for acceptance, should you choose to reapply. We will consider one application per year of entry per person, so apply only once in an admission cycle.
We welcome applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, and engineering. However, accepted applicants may be required to take a course(s) in microeconomics, calculus, or financial accounting prior to starting MBA studies.
No single characteristic in the application is more or less important than any other. Each applicant is evaluated as a whole.
Work experience is not required for admission, although having career exposure can help leverage the MIT Sloan experience. Students who already have a framework of experience against which to apply their education, and who understand workplace issues, generally get more out of the program and contribute more to classroom discussions and team projects.
Are You Ready?
MIT Sloan's admissions cycle has two deadlines. A key to success is to apply when when you have had time to commit to creating a complete and competitive application.
Before beginning the online application, read the application instructions thoroughly. Remember, the most important information you can provide is a candid look at your personal story and the experiences that have shaped who you are today. When you are ready, you may apply online here.
College seniors studying in the U.S. and active U.S. military may email email@example.com to request an application fee waiver up to 72 hours prior to the application deadline.
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