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Answers to the most common questions

Frequently asked questions cover general topics regarding curriculum, teaching style, student life, and career support. Here you’ll find the specifics on application procedures and requirements, visiting campus, interviews, and financial considerations. We also openly discuss the characteristics we look for in applicants. You’ll also find questions and answers from some past online chats we’ve had with prospective applicants.  - See more at: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/faq-and-chat/#sthash.vTXuMHZZ.dpuf
Frequently asked questions cover general topics regarding curriculum, teaching style, student life, and career support. Here you’ll find the specifics on application procedures and requirements, visiting campus, interviews, and financial considerations. We also openly discuss the characteristics we look for in applicants. You’ll also find questions and answers from some past online chats we’ve had with prospective applicants.  - See more at: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/faq-and-chat/#sthash.vTXuMHZZ.dpuf

Frequently asked questions cover general topics regarding curriculum, teaching style, student life, and career support. Here you’ll find the specifics on application procedures and requirements, visiting campus, interviews, and financial considerations. We also openly discuss the characteristics we look for in applicants. You’ll also find questions and answers from some past online chats we’ve had with prospective applicants.


Admissions and Interview Process
Test Scores
Work Experience and Background
Essays and Recommendations
Financial Aid
Program Components
Student Life and Culture
Career Development
Visiting Campus


What is the size of the program?
We have approximately 350 MBA students and 50 LGO students per class/year and we do not plan to enlarge the size of the class.

How can I request the MIT Sloan MBA program brochure?

Please fill out our information request form to receive a brochure, or download the MBA Viewbook.

Are there any programs that connect prospective applicants with current students?
The Ambassadors Program allows you to meet great people on-campus and get answers to questions that you may have throughout the year. There are multiple dates for this program planned throughout the fall and spring.

Do you accept transfer of credits into the program?
We do not accept transfer credits from other programs.

Do you offer any distance learning and/or part-time opportunities?
We do not offer part-time or on-line MBA opportunities. Our MBA program is full-time for two years and is on-campus only.

How many students are international?
We have a strong presence internationally, each year about 40% of the class comes from abroad. Our alumni network abroad is also very strong.

What is the class profile?
MBA Class of 2015 Profile

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What are the general criteria and desired qualifications for admission?

General Criteria:
We seek students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion. 

Desired Qualifications:
The Admissions Committee looks for applicants with demonstrated academic excellence, proven personal achievement, and strong self-motivation to make an impact and to inspire, no matter where they are in an organization. High academic potential and personal achievement are typically reflected in test scores, academic records, and recommendations that go beyond a polite endorsement.

Do I need work experience to apply?

No, work experience is not required for admission, although having work experience can help leverage the opportunities at MIT Sloan. 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.

Is there any academic preparation or pre-requisites required prior to applying or enrolling?
The only pre-requisite is a Bachelor’s Degree.  However, accepted applicants may be given a conditional acceptance and required to take a course(s) in microeconomics, calculus, or financial accounting prior to starting MBA studies.

Do I need an undergraduate degree in a specific major to apply?

We welcome applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, and engineering.  View our previous class profile to see academic background of our students.

I already have an MBA. Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates with previous MBA degrees are eligible to apply. These candidates should, however, detail the reasons for their pursuit of a second MBA degree in the application.

Alternatively, if you hold an MBA degree or equivalent (such as a Master of Finance or Master of Economics) from a non-US institution, you may be eligible to apply to our one-year Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS).

I already have an PhD. Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates with a PhD degree are eligible to apply.  These candidates should, however, detail the reasons for their pursuit of a second MBA degree in the application.

I have a three-year bachelor's degree from outside of the U.S. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree from outside of the U.S. may apply.

Can you tell me my chances given my background?

The admissions process at MIT Sloan does not include a pre-screening of resumes. Requests for pre-screening of resumes to determine eligibility cannot be conducted by our staff.

Is there a preferred type of job before graduate business school?

No. There are as many routes to graduate business school as there are students. The best approach is to simply follow your own genuine abilities and aspirations.

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Admissions and Interview Process

What are the Admissions criteria?
When reviewing applications and interviewing students, we are looking for examples of the applicant’s success professionally and academically, ability to lead and influence others, and for those who demonstrate a collaborative spirit and a community focus. View our previous class profile and see qualifications/criteria section for more details.

How does the Admissions process work?
Our admissions process works in the following way. We read all applications after the deadline, and a smaller percentage of applicants are selected based on those reads to move forward in the interview process. This has been our approach for years and it works very well for us. Every application is read and evaluated.

Are some parts of the application weighted more than others?

No single characteristic in the application is more or less important than any other. Each applicant is evaluated as a whole.

Does MIT let applicants apply as a couple?
Couples each need to submit a separate application, but there is a question on the application where you can indicate if you are applying with a spouse/significant other.

Does MIT Sloan have rolling admissions? Are there advantages to applying early?
MIT Sloan does not have rolling admissions. Applications are received in two rounds. Applicants should apply when they have completed the application. There is a competitive disadvantage to applying after the final deadline, as the decision process — along with class selection — is well under way. LGO applicants must apply in the LGO round. If you are not accepted to the LGO program, your application will automatically be considered for the MBA program in Round II.

Can I apply in both application rounds?
You can only apply once per year. You’ll have to decide if Round I or Round II is best.

Does it matter if I submit my application early?
No, it does not matter when the application is submitted as long as it is before the deadline. We begin reviewing all applications immediately following the deadline.

Can the application fee be waived?
College seniors graduating from a U.S. institution and active U.S. military personnel may request an application fee waiver by emailing adcom@sloan.mit.edu prior to submitting your application. Please include your school name, graduation date, and the email address used to create your application. The application fee is non-refundable.

How is it decided whether a candidate is a "sure yes" for the program?
We have a sophisticated scoring system that evaluates eight different competencies. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate these competencies.

Would you be able to provide any insight as to the life cycle of an application after we submit?
Interview invites will go out on a rolling basis up until our final decision deadline. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by our admissions committee who are a group of trained professionals on our staff. Once your application is read, we will determine whether or not you will be invited to interview.

How do you evaluate the verbal ability of an applicant?
We look at your verbal test scores and your essays, and we also rely on the interview.

Do you compare all international applicants against each other?  Or the comparison is based on country basis?
There are no quotas for international applicants. We review each applicant individually.

What key attributes are interviewers looking for? What is admissions looking for when interviewing candidates?
We are looking for examples of leadership, integrity, analysis, teamwork, etc. You should have demonstrated examples of these attributes that you can share with us. Be sure to use examples that you did not use in your application. We conduct behavioral based interviews and we are looking at past behaviors to indicate how you would handle future situations. We are looking for specific examples of how you have built relationships, influenced others, and your drive. Additionally, we're looking for English ability.

Who reads our applications and conducts the interviews? Is it only the admissions office or do MIT Sloan professors participate?
All of the interviews are conducted only by members of the Admissions committee who have read your applications. Professors, current students or alumni are not involved in reading applications or interviewing.

Is there anything we can put in our application to guarantee an interview?
Unfortunately, there is no trick to guaranteeing an interview.

Can you describe the weight of the interview in the final admissions decision?
The interview is a very important part of the application process. The interviewer will typically make the final decision on your admission to the program.

How long does the interview last? How many interviewers are there?
There will be one interviewer, and it will typically last about 30-45 minutes.

Does an applicant have to travel to Cambridge, MA for interviews?
We conduct interviews at hub cities around the world, as well as on-campus.  You will be asked in your application to list the closest city to where you live and receive an invitation accordingly.

When are interviews for each Round?
Round I interviews will occur in November, and Round II usually occur in February and March.

Do you know approximately what percentage of the applicants will be invited to interview?
We typically interview about 20% - 25% of the candidates who apply.

How does the waitlist work at MIT Sloan?
The process is a little different each year, depending on the number of applicants. However, if you are waitlisted in Round I, then you are automatically considered in Round II.

Do you offer deferrals?
Our general policy is not to defer admission, except in the case of college seniors who wish to get work experience before returning to school.

Can you provide feedback on my previous application?
Each year we receive many more applications than places in the class. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources within our staff to give individual application feedback.

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Transcript and GPA

Do I need to mail in copies of my transcripts?

You will be required to scan your transcripts and submit them as part of your online application.  During the application process, we accept unofficial transcripts.  Applicants admitted to the program will be required to provide an official transcript from each school attended. All admitted students will receive further instructions after the decision deadline on where to send the materials. 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. For more information, visit Application Instructions.

If my transcript is not in English, does it need to be translated?
We require an official translation of all transcripts, if not already in English. Any professional translator in your city can provide this service. If your university is able to do this, we will accept that as well.

Do I need to convert my GPA? What if I did my undergraduate studies outside of the U.S.?
You do not need to convert your GPA for the online application. Simply enter in the grading system used by your school. We are familiar with the various grading systems and can evaluate it on our end. No need to try to translate an international GPA into a US one.

My university does not provide a class rank, what should I do?
Many schools do not provide a class rank so you can leave this blank.

How relevant are previous academic grades to get admitted to the program?
All of your previous academic work is important to us, and we consider it in the evaluation process.

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Test Scores

What is MIT Sloan’s code for the GMAT?

The School’s code for the GMAT is X5X-QS-41 when applying to the MBA Program.

Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT score?

No, we cannot confirm receipt of your GMAT score. Please check with ETS to confirm that you have designated MIT Sloan (Code: X5X-QS-41) to receive your score.

Where can I get more information on the GMAT?

You may visit MBA.com for more information on the GMAT, including sample questions and information on test registration.

Can my GRE score take the place of the GMAT?

Yes, MIT Sloan will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. The School’s code for the GRE is 3791.

Is there a minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?
No, MIT Sloan does not require a minimum GMAT score.  View our previous class profile to see the average GMAT score.

Where can I get more information on the GRE?

You may visit GRE.com for more information on the GRE as well as test registration information.

Which do you prefer, the GMAT or the GRE?
We do not discriminate between the two, they are viewed equally, and it is not necessary to take or submit both.

If I have taken both the GMAT and the GRE, can I submit both scores?
Yes, you can submit both scores.

Where can I find the average scores for GRE in your class profile?
We do not publish our average GRE scores since the test has only been recently accepted and based on the percentage of people who apply, we do not have enough data.

What if I took the GMAT or the GRE several times? Do you receive each score?
We only require you to submit your highest test score, so we don't necessarily look at how many times you have tested or how many different types of test you took.

Should I submit a test score with a higher overall score but lower quant score or a test score with a lower overall score but higher quant score?
If you have taken the GMAT more than once, you should use the highest of the cumulative scores. We will consider the test score that you have indicated on your application to be your highest score. Do not worry about taking it multiple times, we only see the score you give us.

How long are GMAT scores valid?

Only GMAT tests taken after September 1, 2010 are valid.

What is the last date on which I can take the GMAT?

You may take the GMAT anytime up to the last day of the application deadline. The GMAT must be taken before the online application form is submitted and must be self-reported on that electronic application. No submissions will be allowed without complete GMAT or GRE scoring information.

Do I have to send you the official GMAT/GRE score report now? Or, must it be sent upon admission?

We require that the official GMAT/GRE test scores are 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.

I recently took my GMAT and will not receive the AWA score for another four weeks. Can I submit my application without the AWA score?

Yes, you may submit the electronic application without reporting the AWA score.

If my score is not in the middle 80% for MIT, does the fact that I performed well in Finance, Accounting, and Statistics classes on my undergraduate transcript help? Is this something that the admissions committee will consider in comparison to my GMAT score?
We consider all parts of the application. And for those who don’t score as high on the GMAT, we are looking at academic experience and quantitative professional experience.

How much of a disadvantage is a low GMAT score?
We accept candidates with a wide range of test scores. If your GMAT is on the lower side, we'll look to use other parts of your application to balance out that score. For example, we'll look for strong academic work, and quantitative work experience.

Is the TOEFL required to apply to the MBA program?
No, a TOEFL is not required to apply to the MBA program. However, applicants who do take the TOEFL or IELTS may choose to report their scores to help demonstrate their English language ability, but it is not required.

Since it is not required to submit a TOEFL, how do you measure English speaking ability?
We measure this during personal interviews. This is our best gaugeof English ability. We will also use the verbal sections of the GMAT or GRE to evaluate English language ability.

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Work Experience and Background

What is your requirement for work experience?
We do not have a work experience requirement, although students have an average of 5 years of work experience. Use your own judgment in deciding the best time for you to pursue an MBA.

Does internship experience count as full time work experience?
We will look at your internship experience, but it is not considered full-time employment.

If you have been absent from work for a period of time, does it affect the chances of being admitted?
It’s important to address this in your application and explain why you haven’t been working. You may use the optional portion of the application to address this situation.

How do you measure the quality of work experience in such a diverse range of experiences?
We have a competency model we use to evaluate candidates. We are looking for candidates to demonstrate evidence of these competencies, and they can come from any type of experience.

Are there specific types of work experience and industries that you look for in potential candidates?
We aren’t looking for any specific industry experience; instead we want to see that you've been successful at whatever it is you've chosen to do prior to the MBA.

Would lack of work experience in a major organization count against me in my application, despite the success of my independent venture?
Often working at a small organization or start-up provides much more interesting and rich experiences, so you do not need to have experience at a big firm.

How do you factor in applicants with advanced degrees?
We consider those with an advanced degree as other applicants. Advanced degrees are additional evidence toward academic success, but are not considered instead of undergraduate transcripts.

Does PhD research count towards work experience?
Yes, you should count all research done to achieve your PhD as work experience.

Does MIT Sloan prefer students who have more quantitative background, due to MIT’s strength in that area?
We look for candidates who are strong in both verbal and quantitative abilities. We don’t judge one as more significant than the other.

Is prior background in finance (major and/or work experience in finance) required for the Finance Track?
We would recommend the Finance Track for any students considering a career in finance in the future, regardless of what you studied in undergrad.

Should I take any finance or accounting courses at a local college prior to applying to the MIT Sloan MBA program, if I have no experience in those fields?
If you feel as though you’re missing a quantitative background from your undergraduate years, you may want to take an economics or a calculus course at a local college. This is not necessary to be admitted however.

Do you advise students to improve their quant academic credentials by taking post-bachelor courses?
Students don't have to take post-bachelor courses; however, if you feel the need to bolster your quant ability we would suggest taking microeconomics and calculus.

Will it be a disadvantage if I don't have credit in calculus from my undergraduate experience?
It is not a disadvantage at all if you have not taken calculus during your undergrad. We certainly admit students who have not taken calculus, although we may ask you to take the course prior to matriculation if we feel it is appropriate.

MIT Sloan asks for a Calculus grade in college. I took a series of Calculus classes back then, so which grade should I report on the application?
You should report your Calculus I grade.  If you advanced out of this course, write in AP as the grade.

I have taken an economics course but not Microeconomics. Can I report this grade where it asks for a Microeconomics class?
No, but we will see that you have taken this class when we view your transcript.  You should only report a grade if the class was entitled Microeconomics.

How important are extracurricular activities? Is it ok if some are work related?
You are welcome to share your extracurricular work activities and hobbies in the "optional question" section of the application.  You may also want to include this information in your resume.

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Essays and Recommendations

Should I include only professional experience and goals in my essays, or also include some personal interests to paint a more complete picture?
We advise you to paint a clear picture of yourself using a mix of personal and professional examples that best answer our questions.

In the application essays, should all of the content and stories come from within the past three years alone?
We highly encourage you to use examples within the past three years, and the more recent the better.

Should I focus on past achievements or future goals in my essays?
Concentrate on your past achievements. Help us better understand you and what you have already accomplished: past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Your essays should focus on what you have already done, your past performance, rather than what you want to do. We do not evaluate you on why you want an MBA or what you intend to do with it afterwards, but do want to get to know you and your interests better.

The optional question asks us to give more information to the admissions committee and future classmates. There is no set format - it can be a written essay or a multimedia option. What are our options for the multimedia format?
There are no restrictions for the format you choose - be creative!

What other information can I share in the optional question?
Feel free to use this section to explain any gaps in your resume, extenuating circumstances that led to poor performance, choice of recommenders, etc.  If you choose to do this, you can also include an additional essay or multimedia component.

How are the letters of recommendation accepted?
All letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application process. We do not accept mailed in hard copies.  For more information, please visit the Application Instructions.

Is there a word limit on recommendation letters?
There is a two-page limit for the recommendation letters. There is no word limit as long as the recommendations are up to two pages each.

Is it okay if I translate the recommendation because my boss does not speak English?
No, we don't want the applicant to translate the recommendation; either an official translator or the assistant of the recommender will be fine.

May I submit an additional letter of recommendation?
Applicants to the MBA program are required to submit two letters of recommendation. You should not submit more than two official letters of recommendation through the online application.

Does MIT Sloan accept peer recommendations from either current MIT Sloan students or alumni?
We do accept letters of support from alums or current students.  They can be emailed to adcom@sloan.mit.edu and we will attach them to your application as supplemental information. We would not recommend using them as your official recommenders unless they can speak to you from a professional perspective as well (i.e. your direct supervisor also is an MIT Sloan alum).

What is Admissions looking for in the recommendation letters?
We prefer professional recommendations over peer, personal, or academic recommendations. We want to understand your accomplishments relative to your peers and also get representative examples of your professional accomplishments.

What if I own my own business, or work for a family business? Who can I use as a recommender?
We suggest not using family members for recommendations. Recommenders should be people who know you best and can best speak to your leadership development. They should be people who are in supervisory positions to you. You may ask a client, a mentor, or a co-founder for a recommendation in this case.

What if my supervisor changes frequently? Should I submit a recommendation from a current supervisor or a past supervisor?
Recommenders should be people who know you best and can best speak to your leadership development. This decision is up to you.

What if I cannot get a recommendation from my current employer or supervisor because I don’t want to risk losing my job?
If you are unable to get a recommendation from your current employer, you should still find someone who can speak to your accomplishments in a professional setting. In addition, you should use the optional question section to explain why your current employer/supervisor is not represented in your recommendations in order to clarify the situation in your application.

Should my recommender answer your specific questions or write a recommendation letter?
We accept both as long as the letter addresses our questions.

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What constitutes a re-applicant?
You are only a re-applicant if you applied the previous year.

When re-applying, will the admissions committee review both the current and past year’s applications?
If you applied last year, we will review your previous application along with your new application. It’s important to consider this when submitting the new application. You don’t want to be too repetitive of last year’s application, but at the same time there should be some continuity.

Do I need to provide new recommendations if my workplace has not changed?
It is best to include new letters of recommendation and required. You have a unique opportunity to submit additional information and you should take advantage of this.

What is the biggest mistake you see a re-applicant make?
The biggest mistake re-applicants make is submitting the same exact package as the year before. If something didn’t work the first time around, this is your chance to adjust your application materials.

Do re-applicants need to re-submit official GMAT scores and transcripts?
You do not need to re-submit your official GMAT score report again, and we do not need a second official transcript.

Do you recommend re-applicants use the optional question to explain how their candidacy has evolved since they last applied?
Yes, you can address this topic in the optional question but should use more recent examples throughout your essays to show how your candidacy has changed from last year.

What percent of re-applicants have been accepted?
This percent varies, but typically the acceptance rate for re-applicants is a few percentage points higher than our average. So if on average we have a 12% acceptance rate, re-applicants are at about 15% acceptance rate.

How do you evaluate a re-applicant’s submission differently than a first-time application?
We are looking for all of the same characteristics as in regular applicants: we are looking for examples of the applicant’s success professionally and academically, ability to lead and influence others, and for those who demonstrate a collaborative spirit and a community focus. But re-applicants have twice as much information that we can draw from (last year’s application and this year’s application) in the evaluation process.

Should you still highlight some strong experiences even if it means retelling a story?
It is important to be clear on what you’ve been doing since the last time you applied.

Do you have any advice for a re-applicant who was invited to interview the prior year and was rejected? Is it fair to assume that the interview was poor and to improve in that area if the opportunity is presented again?
It’s not safe to assume it was just the interview that didn’t go well. Therefore, it is important to make sure your new written application is strong as well.

Is it ok to use the experiences from one workplace for all the essays in my re-application?
It’s important to showcase your different talents, and the competencies you demonstrate in each. It's ok if all of your essays come from the same workplace as long as you answer the specific essay questions that we ask.

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Financial Aid

What types of financial aid are available from MIT?

Financial aid for MIT Sloan MBA students is primarily in the form of loans, either from two government programs, from MIT directly, or through an alternative loan source. In addition, many students receive funding through teaching and research assistantships on campus.  You can apply for these after the completion of your first semester. Visit our Financing Your MBA page for more information.

What financial resources are available outside MIT?

Opportunities for funding do exist outside MIT and MIT Sloan. Potential students should begin researching other sources of financial aid beyond MIT as early as possible.

What are the first steps in the financial aid application process for U.S. applicants?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite the processing of federal loan applications, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA School Code for MIT is 002178. Please visit the U.S. Department of Education homepage for more information on the FAFSA, or write to:
FAFSA Information Center 
P.O. Box 84, 
Washington, DC 20044

All other aspects of the financial aid application process do not begin until students have been formally admitted into the program.

Are there benefits to applying in Round 1 over Round 2 in terms of  financial aid and scholarship availability?
Applicants in each round have equal access to scholarships and financial aid.

Are there any special fellowships and/or scholarships for international students?
All of our general fellowships/scholarships are open to both domestic and international students.

Does Sloan provide provisions for loans for international students without U.S. cosigners?
International students are eligible for loans without U.S. co-signers.

Can my spouse get a visa if I’m a student at MIT Sloan?
We can only give our students visas. Typically spouses would need to find sponsorship from their employers in order to work here.

Do scholarships cover tuition and living expenses?
Scholarships cover part of your tuition cost; we don't offer any full scholarships although many students receive different amounts of awards. See how to Finance Your MBA.

How are applicants evaluated for fellowships and scholarships?
The application process is a needs-blind process, meaning we do not review the need for fellowships or scholarships until after we admit students.  Each fellowship and scholarship has different criteria and you can indicate on your application which ones you would like to be considered for.

When are applicants notified of fellowships and scholarships?
The status of these awards is communicated when you receive your decision letter.

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What degree do MIT Sloan MBA program graduates receive? What is the difference between the MBA degree and the Master of Science in Management?

Upon completion of degree requirements, candidates receive either a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Master of Science (SM) in Management. Only students who complete a thesis may elect to receive the SM. The thesis is optional for MBA degree candidates.

What subjects/areas of study are offered at MIT Sloan?

A list of courses offered at MIT Sloan is available on the MIT Online Course Catalog. You should also visit our Curriculum pages for a description of our curriculum.

What are the degree requirements for the MIT Sloan MBA program?

All degree candidates enrolled in the MBA program complete a required core curriculum in addition to 144 units of electives. While enrolled in the MBA program, students may take up to three non-MIT Sloan graduate level MIT or Harvard subjects approved by the School, towards completion of degree requirements (there is no credit limit to these three subjects.) Most MIT Sloan subjects range from three units to 12 units based on an approximation of weekly class hours, Lab or thesis units, and outside preparation time. Second-year students are given the option of writing a thesis.

Are there other joint degree programs? 
Yes, MIT Sloan offers two dual degree programs: Leaders of Global Operations and a dual-degree program with Harvard Kennedy School.  
In keeping up with our commitment to innovation and academic adventure, MIT Sloan offers several joint and dual degree programs through which students can pursue study in a combination of disciplines. Some of these programs are offered jointly between MIT Sloan and other MIT schools; some take advantage of our partnerships with other world-class institutions in the Boston area. All of them provide the extensive theoretical and practical training that is the hallmark of an MIT Sloan education. Programs include the Harvard Kennedy School Dual Degree Option (HKS) and System Design and Management (SDM).

How many students are in the MIT Sloan/HKS dual degree program?
The HKS joint degree is popular, typically about 6-15 students each year.

I've read about the biomedical enterprise program (BEP) and the website suggests that the program is being re-evaluated this year. Any updates?

The BEP is not accepting applications and is unlikely to resume.

What are the five required core classes?
The MBA core curriculum consists of the following five required classes: Economic Analysis for Business Decisions; Data, Models, and Decisions; Communication for Leaders; Organizational Processes; and Financial Accounting.

What are the benefits of MIT Sloan’s one-semester core?
MIT Sloan’s one semester core allows you more (and earlier) flexibility in choosing your course work. Completing the five required core courses in the first semester means students can start customizing their degree as early as the Spring of their first year.

What is the typical outline of teaching methods in the first semester core?
It varies and is left up to the professors: for example Organization Processes is more case based whereas DMD is more lecture, homework sets, and exams.

What is the teaching style for professors at MIT Sloan?

MIT Sloan faculty employ a variety of teaching methods including lecture, case study, team projects, writing, problem sets, presentations, company visits, guest speakers, and other theoretical and applied teaching methods. The teaching method used in a class is the choice of the individual professor and is chosen to best facilitate learning for that subject matter.

Can I waive management subjects? Can I transfer credits from previous MIT Sloan coursework?
Management subjects cannot be waived. Students who have completed previous graduate-level elective coursework at MIT Sloan can petition the MBA Program Office for applied credits from elective subjects.

Does MIT Sloan offer a specialization within the MBA degree?
A student can choose between three track offerings: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track, the Finance Track, or the Enterprise Management Track.  We also offer two certificates which you can do in addition to a track or on its own.  Our two certificates are Sustainability and Healthcare.

Do you have to apply for a track in advance as part of the admissions process?
After you are admitted, you may choose to join one of these three tracks. Tracks are not required; they are purely optional.

Is it possible for students to participate in two tracks simultaneously?
At this time it is only possible to participate in one track, but there is great fluidity. The tracks require extra weekly seminars, and these meet at the same times.

What is the average class size? 

In the first year of the MBA during the first semester, referred to as the Core, classes have approximately 60 students (except the communications class, which averages 30 students). Core classes typically have smaller discussion sections in which you have the opportunity to talk about conceptual issues and work on specific problem sets. Beginning in the second semester of the first year, elective classes typically have 25 to 60 students (although a few number as high as 90 students), and seminars may have fewer students.

How many students on average are in the elective courses? How difficult/easy is it to select the courses you want to take?
Elective courses vary in size. On average the size is 50 students in each. There is a bidding process to register for electives. 2nd year students get preference in this bidding process, so the most challenging time to get the classes you want is during the 2nd semester of your first year.

Are students allowed to take classes in other Masters programs?
MBA students may take up to three electives either from outside of MIT Sloan or Harvard University.

Can students cross-register at other schools?
MIT Sloan students can cross-register at a number of the Harvard graduate schools and also take classes within any department or program at MIT. Taking classes at Harvard depends on the scheduling because Harvard’s academic calendar is different from MIT’s. Up to three courses outside of MIT Sloan can count toward your degree. Of course, we also offer exchange programs, where you would be taking a full course load.

Is there a part-time program?
There is not a part-time or evening component to the MBA program. There is an Executive Management MBA program for working, experienced professionals that meets primarily on weekends.

Is there a program starting in January?
The MBA program begins in August each year.

What is unique about MIT Sloan?

Does MIT Sloan offer a PhD program? Does MIT Sloan offer programs for executives?
Yes, MIT Sloan offers a PhD Program, an Executive MBA, and a series of non-degree programs for executives.

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Program Components

What is unique about MIT Sloan?
There are many things that make MIT Sloan a unique place. MIT Sloan’s small class size and tightly knit community are two specific features that appeal to applicants and students alike. Students are only required to complete a one semester core.  Also, the opportunities for live case studies and consulting projects with international exposure (ex. G-Lab) make Sloan unique.

Are there opportunities to be a Teaching or Research Assistant?
Yes, TA and RA positions are available starting your second semester as an MBA student which not only help students cover some of their expenses, but also provide students with outstanding exposure to Sloan’s educational and research programs.

Can students work full-time or part-time while attending classes at MIT Sloan?
Some students choose to work part-time around their class schedule. Specifically, students who are working on starting a company will be devoting lots of time to their start-up. It is highly encouraged not to work during your time at MIT Sloan. There are many opportunities to take advantage of on-campus, and two years goes by very quickly.

What kind of research does your MBA faculty do at MIT Sloan?
Check out Sloan Expertise, a document that talks about what professors are currently doing research on.

How is MIT Sloan differentiating its program and offerings to prepare its students for an international business environment?
We have an incredibly diverse population of students who study here, so everything you do will have a global focus. In addition, we are partners with leading academic and business institutions around the globe to give our students unique access. Some of the international programs we offer include: G-Lab, International Study Tours, and exchange programs with LBS and IESE.

How are students connected to the entrepreneurial ecosystem? Are current students given the opportunity to interact with former students that have succeeded as entrepreneurs?
There are many different ways to get support for entrepreneurial endeavors. The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship supports students interested in starting companies. The center also provides opportunities for mentorship and advice from both peers and experienced entrepreneurs who can answer specific questions about your start-ups. We also have many alums who come to campus to help advise current students.

What is the presence of the Forte Foundation at MIT Sloan? How many Forte Fellows are there per year, and how are fellows chosen?
MIT Sloan takes part in all Forte events and initiatives; we are a founding sponsor. We select between 10-15 fellows each year. The awards are funded by MIT, just given in Forte's name. We select recipients based on many factors including strength of application, diversity and connection to and involvement with Forte.

Can you elaborate on the opportunities to work on-site with clients?
All of our lab classes allow students to get out of the classroom and participate in experiential learning. This action-based teaching method is a hallmark of MIT Sloan’s curriculum.  Students will go on-site to work with the company anywhere from 1-3 weeks.

Can you tell me more about Global Entrepreneurship Lab?
The Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) immerses students in a semester class and an on-site consulting experience working side-by-side with entrepreneurs in emerging nations. G-Lab focuses its efforts primarily on entrepreneurial ventures in emerging countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa.

Are there opportunities to study abroad?
We have exchange programs with two schools in Europe (IESE in Barcelona, and the London Business School). A small number of students participate each year.

Sloan provides quite a few international opportunities. Does Sloan provide similar opportunities within the US (other than treks)?
There are treks within the US as well, e.g. Silicon Valley trek, Warren Buffet trek, Media/Entertainment trek.  Also, some of our lab courses take place within the United States.

Could you address the entrepreneurship program and the opportunities that it offers for students?
Aside from the coursework there are lots of great things going on - the beehive which helps support students starting companies, the $100K business competition, the silicon valley trek, and the opportunity to meet with many entrepreneurs on campus.

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Student Life and Culture

How many students attend the MIT Sloan MBA program?

MIT Sloan has approximately 400 MBA students per class year (350 MBA’s and 50 LGO students) for a total of approximately 800 MBA students.

What student clubs exist at MIT Sloan? What if I want to start a new club?
There are over 60 student organizations and clubs at MIT Sloan. These clubs sponsor events, invite host speakers, and conduct forums. There are also intramural sports teams, which compete within the MIT intramural system, as well as against other MBA programs in the Northeast and nationally. If there is an area that interests you, but is not represented through a student organization, you could start one.

Are there any intramural teams within the MBA community?
Lots of students participate in intramurals. See more about Sports and Recreation Clubs.

Can you talk about life at MIT? How many students get the opportunity to live on campus?
Many MIT Sloan students choose to live off campus. The MIT Off-Campus Housing Office is an excellent resource for locating options. Affordable housing may be found close to the campus and near the public transportation system (the Kendall/MIT red line T stop is a couple blocks away). On-campus housing is also available. Demand exceeds supply, so a lottery system is used to allocate both the single student and married student housing units. Typically, 30% of students live on campus.

How would you define the culture of collaboration at MIT Sloan, and what kind of supportive programs and activities are available for strengthening relationship among students?
The student body as a whole is collaborative. You will work on small teams startinginyour first semester. You will come to know everyone in your class, and be together for academic, team and social events! There are many opportunities to collaborate across programs through classes, clubs, conferences and different centers on campus. See our Student Clubs and Activities.

Is their collaboration between MBA students and other parts of the university?
Absolutely, you'll see a lot of other students in courses (about 1/3 of our courses are cross-listed) plus in activities like the $100K competition, the teams are very mixed between students from other programs and degrees.

Typically how many students have spouses, and are there spousal support programs of any sort?
For those with significant others, we do have a Significant Others of Sloan club (SOS) that hosts many events for couples, significant others, families with children, etc. About 35% come to MIT Sloan with an SO. There is also a club for parents called Sloan Mom’s and Dad’s Club.

How would you describe the ability to interact with faculty while on campus?
You will get to know professors not only inside the classroom but outside the classroom.  All MIT Sloan faculty are housed in one location and easily accessible. The professors are very open, and students feel very comfortable approaching them in their office and asking about career advice, project ideas, etc.  Teaching assistants are not used during regular class time.

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Career Development

Is an internship a mandatory part of the MBA program? Are internships available at MIT Sloan?
It is expected that our MBA students will do something over the summer in between the two years: most go off to do internships, but some stay on campus in the Trust Center Beehive for Entrepreneurship. The Career Development Office holds a career fair every spring, as well as MBA Career Days, on-campus recruiting, and a variety of networking events throughout the year.

What career networks does MIT Sloan use to help students find summer internships?
Our students partner with our Career Development Advisors in order to prepare for, and find a summer internship and then full time employment.

What type of career services does the MBA program offer for summer internships and/or full-time opportunities upon graduation?
Our career office is very involved with supporting our students. There are many programs in place to help you, including career development classes and seminars, on-campus recruiting and interviews, company presentations, and interview training. You’ll have an advisor assigned to you to make sure you get the support you need.

How many offers did members of the most recent graduating class receive, what jobs did they accept, and what were their salaries for the first year?

You can find this information on our employment statistics page.  A very high percentage of our MBA students have jobs upon graduation, and close to 95% three months out.

Do you have many people switching careers?
About 85% of our students are career changers, in some capacity. It is very common for students to use their MBA to change careers. And we offer a lot of support to help you do this.

How does MIT Sloan help career changers?
Our Career Development Office (CDO) offers a very robust set of services and support to help students explore new industries and/or job functions. Career Core exposes you to specific opportunities for MBAs in today’s job market, while also walking you through the career-planning process. Your cohort will also have a dedicated CDO advisor to meet with you to discuss your interests and opportunities. We also encourage you to take advantage of all of the career and industry clubs—your fellow students can be a great resource as well.

Has the financial crisis impacted on-campus recruiting?
Actually, more companies are coming now than ever, so the group is much more diverse.

How many students build a start-up after their MBA?
Building a start-up is always a dream in the future of many of our students. About 35 students in the class of 2012 actually started companies right away upon graduation. Read more about the programs and organizations available at MIT to help support your start-up.

Do you have a Grade Non-Disclosure policy at Sloan?
We do not have a grade non-disclosure policy. Employers need to ask the interviewee first in order to have their grades released, and this typically happens after a student has already been invited to interview.

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Leaders for Global Operations (LGO)

What is the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program?
LGO is a two-year, dual-degree program in which students receive an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MS from one of seven engineering departments within the MIT School of Engineering. The program is a partnership between MIT and more than 20 global operations companies. LGO students are part of, and participate fully in, the MIT Sloan MBA Program. The program, which starts in June each year, includes a 6-month internship at an LGO partner company. All students also receive a generous fellowship to attend the program. Please visit the LGO website for more information.

What's the procedure for considering applicants applying for the LGO program?
You can apply to LGO through either MIT Sloan or through one of the affiliated engineering programs. Regardless of how you apply, you will be reviewed by the same committee. See more about the Leaders for Global Operations program. If you apply to LGO through MIT Sloan, but are not admitted into LGO, your application is automatically considered for round II of MBA admissions.

What is the normal background of a typical applicant to the LGO program?
Students come from a diverse array of backgrounds. The strongest candidates have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or science, at least two years of full-time work experience (three or more years preferred), and possess a strong commitment to working in operations and manufacturing.

How is the LGO course load different than the typical MBA?
LGOs must fulfill the requirements of both the MBA program and their engineering department, so the course load is somewhat heavier. The program begins in June, so students are here all summer taking classes. All LGO students do a 6-month internship at one of our partner companies. See a list of our industry partners.

Is it required to have experience specifically in operations to be considered for admittance?
No, this is not a requirement for admissions. We admit students with varied types of professional backgrounds. Many students do have previous operations experience, but it's not a requirement for admission.

What are the science requirements for admittance into the LGO program? Will an undergraduate in business be considered?
We will thoroughly review all applications that are submitted; chances of admission may be lower without substantial engineering or science coursework.

What's the difference between LGO and the normal MBA when it comes to the management/finance parts taught in the two programs?
The LGOs are considered MBA students. They actually take the full MBA core curriculum in the fall with their MBA classmates; they are in the same classes! On top of their MBA requirements, they are also taking engineering courses to fulfill their SM degree.

How do post-MBA employment opportunities differ from LGO candidates and regular MBA candidates? Does one program have an advantage over the other?
Neither program has an advantage over the other. With both business knowledge and technical skills, LGO students are highly sought after by both partner companies and non-partners. Over 95% of LGO students have normally accepted positions by graduation of each year.

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Visiting Campus

Is a campus visit required?
We do not require a visit to campus. It can only aid you in your decision process when comparing schools, but we will never penalize an applicant for not being able to make the trip here.

What is the policy for visiting MIT Sloan?

You are always welcome to visit the School. The best time to come is when we offer the Ambassadors Program during the school year. However, we also offer information session on campus, self-guided tours or you are welcome to drop by the Admissions office during business hours Monday-Friday. Read more about Visiting MIT Sloan.

How do I get to MIT Sloan?


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
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

“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
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“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
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
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: 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
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
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"This year we were so fortunate to have 26 nationalities. So it was amazing exposure. I feel much more well rounded as a global business maker than I was before."
Abner Oliviera
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

“It has made an enormous difference to have so many other wonderful women here, students and faculty.”

- Lotte Bailyn
T. Wilson (1953) Professor of Management, Emerita