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Application Instructions for Fall 2016 Entry
New MBA Application Essays Revealed
We have one required essay at the time of submission: 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 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).
We will also continue to ask the open-ended, optional question.
Note: The application for entry in August 2016 will be available in early July.
A complete and accurate application consists of the following:
- Optional Question Response
- Letters of recommendation (2)
Transcripts from all courses that counted
toward a degree
- Test scores
- Application fee
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). We highly encourage you to use the résumé template provided in the online application.
We have one required essay at the time of submission:
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).
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us 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 mailed recommendations. 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 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 toward 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.
At the time of application, it is acceptable to scan the most up-to-date unofficial transcript you have in your possession. If an applicant is admitted, we require him/her to submit an official paper application signed and sealed from every school where a degree was received. 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.
A valid GMAT or GRE score is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. Only tests taken after September 1, 2011 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.
MBA GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41
MBA GRE School Code: 3791
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 2015
- Active U.S. military personnel (please include a scanned copy of your military ID in your email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (*).
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.
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.
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:
- Note on your application that you are applying concurrently to MIT Sloan and HKS; and
- 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.
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.
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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