Application Instructions for Fall 2015 Entry

Instructions for MBA applicants

The application for fall 2015 entry is now available.

A complete and accurate application consists of the following:

  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Optional Question
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all courses that counted 
    towards 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.

Résumé

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.

Essays

Essay 1: 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.  Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities.  Please draw upon experiences which have occurred in the past three years (500 words or fewer)

Essay 2: We are interested in specific examples of intellectual and professional achievement and how they might relate to graduate study in management and in a career as a manager or business leader.  In addition, we are very interested in the character of the applicant and will be helped by any information in that regard.  Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself.  Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)

  • 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?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Optional Question

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.

Recommendations

MBA applicants must submit two letters of recommendation (in addition to your essay #2). 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 towards 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.

Test Scores

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, 2010 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

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 adcom@sloan.mit.edu 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 adcom@sloan.mit.edu 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 adcom@sloan.mit.edu)

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

Résumé
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 follow the résumé template provided in the résumé upload section under LGO Applicants Only.

Essays
We are interested in learning more about you. In essay 1 and 2 please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did. Please draw upon experiences which have occurred in the past three years.

Essay 1: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer)

Essay 2: Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself. Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)

  • 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?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

For essays 3 and 4, please tell us about your goals for LGO and your interest in and commitment to the engineering field of your choice.

Essay 3: Why do you wish to pursue the LGO Program? What are the goals that you hope to accomplish both as a student and as a graduate of the program? Be sure to include a description of your post-LGO career plans. (250 words or fewer)

Essay 4: Why do you wish to pursue the engineering field and specialty area you have selected? (250 words or fewer)

Optional Question
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.

Recommendations
LGO applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. One 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've chosen that he or she is the technical recommender. The other two recommenders must answer our specific recommendation questions which are listed on the MBA website. Recommenders must submit recommendations online.

Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each.

Please click on the "Recommendations" link in the left navigation bar and follow the instructions for online recommendation submission. Recommendation letters must be submitted by the 12/15 deadline.

Academic Records (Transcripts)
Please scan and upload copies of your academic records from all schools whose courses counted towards a degree. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.

Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide an official transcript from each school attended. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection in our decision or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.

Record of Courses Taken in Preparation for Graduate Study
Depending on your engineering department , we ask that you complete a detailed list of courses taken in preparation for graduate study. Please use guidelines explained on the application page.

Test Scores
The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Test scores are only valid for five years; therefore, only tests taken after January 1, 2010, will be considered.

MBA GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41
MBA GRE School Code: 3791

 

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.


Application Fee
LGO Application Fee: $250.00

The application fee is payable by credit card online when you apply. You will be prompted for payment information after pressing the “Submit Application” button. College seniors studying in the U.S. and active U.S. military may request an application fee waiver by emailing adcom@sloan.mit.edu prior to submitting your application. The application fee is non-refundable.

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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 Student Affairs 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 2014, we require that you complete and submit a new and complete application, including new recommendation letters, essays, and transcripts. Reapplicants may submit their applications by the Round 1 or by the Round 2 deadline. LGO reapplicants must submit their reapplications by the LGO deadline.

Please note: reapplicants who created an account last year and submitted an application will need to register with a new email address. Make sure this is an address you check frequently, or set up email forwarding, as this will be the email we use to communicate important applicant information.

Applicants who applied for entry prior to 2014 are not considered reapplicants.

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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
MBA
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“[LGO students] get the advantage of a small cohort. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program. They’re part of the core program that meets every fall, they’re part of the engineering committee; they get the benefits of both the larger community and the small cohort.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
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
SF
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"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
MBA
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“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”

Ian Lavery
MBA
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“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
MBA
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“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
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“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
SF
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“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
MBA
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"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
MBA
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 “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
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“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”

Katie Baron
MBA
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“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
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"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."

Ramy Hakim
MBA
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“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
MBA
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“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
MBA
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“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
MBA
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"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
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“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”

Jeanne W. Ross
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"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."
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MBA
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- Wanda Orlikowski
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