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Application Instructions for Fall 2016 Entry
The MBA application for the Class of 2018 has launched!
A complete 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 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).
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (*).
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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