Application Instructions for Fall 2016 Entry

Instructions for Submitting an Application

The MBA application for the Class of 2018 has launched!


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Résumé
  • Essay
  • Optional Question Response
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Transcripts from all courses that counted 
    toward a degree
  • Test scores
  • Application fee

Instructions for reapplicants and candidates for the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) dual degrees are listed below.


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 be no more than one page in length. 


We have one required essay at the time of submission:

We are interested in learning more about how you work, think, and act. In your response, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

Question:  Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer).

A second, short-answer question will be asked only of those invited to interview:

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission. (250 words or fewer).

Optional Question

The Admissions Committee invites you to share additional information about yourself, in any format. If you choose a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us with the URL.


MBA applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept recommendations via the mail. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each. Please note: We do not accept recommendations from family members.

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?
  • If you are an academic/technical recommender, please tell us how well the applicant mastered the subject you taught or supervised and in what ways did the applicant demonstrate this mastery.
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Academic Records (Transcripts)

Please scan and upload your transcript(s) from all schools attended. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.  

If your transcripts are not in English, we ask that you scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.

We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts.  Admitted applicants to the program 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.

Test Scores

The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. We accept both the GMAT and GRE test results and have no preference for one over the other. 

Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Test scores are only valid for five years. We calculate this using date of matriculation; therefore, we will consider all scores taken after September 1, 2011.

 We ask that you also include percentiles when adding your score.

GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41

MBA GRE School Code: 3791

Application Fee

MBA application fee: $250.00 USD

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.

We offer fee waivers to the following applicants. Applicants who qualify must email at least one week before the application deadline to process these waivers:

  • Current college seniors who are U.S. citizens and who will graduate from a U.S. university in 2016
  • Active U.S. military personnel
  • Teach for America members/alumni
  • Teach for India members/alumni 
  • Peace Corps members 

Submission of Your Online Application

The online application is due at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline dates. 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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Instructions for LGO Applicants

In addition to submitting all of the MBA Application components listed above, LGO Applicants must complete the following:

LGO applicants must submit an additional letter of recommendation (total of three letters of recommendation). The third recommendation must be from an academic source or someone who can speak definitively of your technical skills (this letter does not have to follow our outlined questions). Please advise the person you have chosen that he or she is the technical recommender. All three recommendation letters must be submitted by the LGO application deadline of December 15.

Engineering Master's Program

Select an Engineering Master’s Program you wish to pursue, using guidelines explained on the LGO Applicants Only section of the application.

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Instructions for HKS Applicants

Applicants intending to pursue the dual degree option with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) should follow the MBA Applicant Instructions above. 

The MIT Sloan MBA program and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) offer a dual degree program that can be completed in three years:

  • One year in residence at one school
  • A second year in residence at the second school
  • A third year with one semester at each school

Applicants who wish to pursue the dual degree option must receive:

  • Admission to the MIT Sloan MBA program;
  • Admission to the Harvard Kennedy School; and
  • Permission from MIT Sloan to pursue the dual degree option in three years

Applicants may apply to both programs in the same year. Alternatively, current HKS students may apply to the MIT Sloan MBA program during their first year of study at Harvard. Finally, current MIT Sloan MBA students may apply to HKS in their first year of study at MIT. Instructions for each option are included below.

Candidates admitted to both programs who are not granted permission to pursue the dual degree option in three years have the option to complete the two degrees in four years.

Concurrent Applicants

If you apply to the MIT Sloan MBA program and the Harvard Kennedy School in the same year and wish to be considered for the dual degree option, you must:

  1. Note on your application that you are applying concurrently to MIT Sloan and HKS; and
  2. Notify MIT Sloan immediately if you are accepted into HKS

The MIT Sloan School will review your application to determine whether you will be granted permission to pursue the dual degree option. You may be required to submit additional information after admission to MIT Sloan. If permission is granted, you will have the option to choose which degree you wish to pursue in your first year.

Please note: If you choose to begin your studies at MIT Sloan in your first year, you will have more flexibility in completing the MBA degree requirements.

HKS Starters

First-year HKS students may apply in either Round. If you are admitted to the MBA program, the MIT Sloan School will review your application to determine whether you will be granted permission to pursue the dual degree option.

MIT Sloan Starters

Candidates interested in pursuing the dual degree option who begin their studies at MIT Sloan must apply to HKS in their first year at MIT Sloan. Candidates must also notify the MBA Program Office of their intention to apply to HKS by the end of the first semester.

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Instructions for Reapplicants

For applicants who applied for entry in 2015, we require that you complete and submit a new and complete application, including new recommendation letters, essays, and transcripts. Reapplicants may submit their applications in any round. LGO reapplicants must submit their reapplications by the LGO deadline.

Applicants who applied for entry prior to 2015 are not considered reapplicants.

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MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”

Kelsey McCarty
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."

Ramy Hakim
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan

“As for the faculty, you'll quickly find that your professors – whether Nobel laureates or past presidents of the American Finance Association – are as passionate about teaching as you are about learning from them. MIT Sloan finance professors see you as their partners in shaping the future of finance.”

- Leonid Kogan
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Professor of Management