Application Instructions:

Application for summer 2015 entry.

  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Optional Question
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Records (Transcripts)
  • Test Scores
  • Application Fee
  • Interview Policy

Résumé

Please prepare a business résumé* that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time, full-time or as an intern. 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 provide a résumé template to follow in the online application.

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Essays

Essay 1: The mission of the Master of Finance Program at MIT Sloan is to create the next generation of principled, global financial leaders with state-of-the-art training in modern finance theories and methods. Our program attracts the best and brightest students who go on to advance financial management practice and improve the world.  Please draw upon experiences which have occured in the past three years.

  • Please discuss past academic and professional experiences and accomplishments that will help you succeed in the MFin Program. Include achievements in finance, math, statistics and computer science as applicable.
  • Describe your short and long-term professional goals. How will our MFin degree help you achieve these goals?
  • Share personal qualities that will enable you to contribute to the advancement of our mission.

Relevant, verifiable details such as awards, rankings, media references, etc., are requested. Responses should be written in essay format (750 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 MFin 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 link.

Recommendations

Please submit three letters of recommendation. We require one letter of recommendation from an academic source, one letter of recommendation from a professional source, and the third letter of recommendation can be from either.  Please note: We do not accept recommendations from family members. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept letters of recommendation via the mail. Letters of recommendation should be no longer than two pages each.

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 all copies of your academic records from all schools whose courses counted towards a degree. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.  

If your transcripts are not in English, you are required to translate them. There are several companies, such as WES that offer translation services. We ask that you scan both the original and translated copies and submit them with your application.

Relevant Coursework: If applicable, please include details for economics, finance, math/statistics, or other relevant coursework completed, using short answer fields in the application.

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from each school attended. All admitted students will receive further mailing instructions after the decision deadline on where to send the materials. 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. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken after July 1, 2010, will be considered. We require that the official GMAT/GRE test 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.

MFin GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-69

MFin GRE School Code: 3845

The TOEFL and IELTS are no longer required.


Application Fee

MFin Application Fee: $100.00 before December 1, 2014 and $150 after December 1, 2014

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 mfinadcom@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 mfinadcom@sloan.mit.edu at least one week before the application deadline to process these waivers:

  • College seniors with US citizenship, graduating from a U.S. institution in 2015 (please include your school name, graduation date, and the email address used to create the application in your email to mfinadcom@sloan.mit.edu)
  • Active U.S. military personnel (please include a scanned copy of your military ID in your email to mfinadcom@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 (*).

Interview Policy

Interviews are by invitation only. All candidates accepted into our program will be interviewed in person. An invitation to interview thus signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission.

Candidates will be invited to interview by email at any time up until the decision deadline. Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.  We conduct interviews in person.  Interviews will be conducted at MIT Sloan and in several key regions around the globe. Please indicate on the application the preferred location for your interview.  Please note that interviews are conducted on weekdays and during business hours.

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