MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program

How to Apply to the MIT Sloan Fellows Program

What’s your story? What experiences have shaped who you are today? We want to know. We are on a quest to find curious, passionate, analytical candidates who will enhance the collaborative community here at MIT. Our goal is to create a vibrant learning environment rich in diverse ideas and life experiences. That's why we welcome applicants from all over the globe, and from all industries and academic backgrounds. Above all, we seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities, determined to make their mark in the world—people who value dignity and respect. Here’s how to get started!

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Application Deadlines for June 2023 Entry

Our Admissions Committee will carefully review your application and notify you of its decision on or before the dates below. In the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.

 
  Deadline Decision Released
Round 1 October 3, 2022 December 13, 2022
Round 2 January 11, 2023 February 16, 2023
Round 3 February 15, 2023 March 23, 2023

All applications should be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date.

The Admissions Committee will release decisions on the date above, however, decisions will be release early for candidates who have been denied admission without an interview. Reapplicants may submit an application in any round.

A complete application for 2023 entry consists of the following:

  • Cover Letter

    This global leadership development program is a 12-month, full-time MBA program designed to prepare an elite group of global mid-career managers with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact as leaders and innovators. Our guiding principles are to help you develop critical skills essential for future leaders; to instill a spirit of innovation through exceptional opportunities at Sloan and across MIT; to foster a deep spirit of community among Fellows; to provide a breadth of electives and depth through one-on-one relationships with senior faculty; and to offer a flexible curriculum to allow you to tailor the program to meet your specific professional objectives. We accomplish this by maintaining a foundation in our three pillars of: leadership, innovation and global perspective.

    Taking the above into consideration please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (300 words or less).

  • Resume

    Please submit a resume (no more than two pages) to help us track your academic and career path. Try to focus on your work results, not just your title or job description.

    Here are some pointers on formatting:

    • Two-page limit
    • Times New Roman font
    • Size 10 font
    • Word or PDF formats only

     

    Provide the following information in reverse chronological order:

    • Education: Please include relevant awards, scholarships and professional societies

    • Work Experience: Please include company name, title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates
    • Additional information: Please include extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, and special skills/interests, and languages spoken (if applicable)
  • Video Statement

    Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here’s your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can’t wait to meet you!
     

    Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:

    • No more than 1 minute (60 second) in length
    • Single take (no editing) 
    • Speaking directly to the camera
    • Do not include background music or subtitles
  • One Letter of Recommendation

    A detailed recommendation can tell us a lot about you. Make sure you select an individual qualified to speak about your results as a professional and your potential as a leader.

    Some important details:

    • SFMBA applicants must submit one letter of recommendation.
    • A recommendation from a professional contact is preferred, ideally a manager or supervisor.
    • We do not accept recommendations from family members.
    • Your letter of recommender must be received by the deadline date for the round you are applying (see above for our deadlines.) It is your responsibility to remind your recommender to make sure it is submitted on time.

     

    MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form. More information about the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation can be found here. Please navigate to the Recommendation Letter section of the application and add your recommender’s contact information; they will be sent instructions on how to submit their letter.

  • Additional References

    We want to make sure we give you the best chance to show us your strengths. You must provide contact information for two additional professional references. If we still have questions after reading your application, we might reach out to your additional references. Similar to your recommender, these additional reference contacts should be able to speak to your professional and/or academic background. These two individuals should be different from your recommender.

  • Organizational Chart

    To help us better understand your current role and the impact that you have on your team and department, please submit an organizational chart. We should be able to clearly understand the internal structure of your organization, where you sit in your organization, and your line of reporting.

    Organizational charts should not be more than two pages and keep the following in mind:

    • Give us as much details as possible (names, titles, etc.) but it’s ok to redact names if you need to.
    • Please circle your role in red so that your position is easily identifiable.
    • Make sure we can easily identify where you are, to whom you report, and if applicable, who reports to you.
    • If your recommender or references are on your organizational chart (they may not be, and that’s ok!), please highlight them for us.
    • Most applicants only submit one page. However, you are welcome to submit a second if you recently changed positions or companies.
    • If you are a consultant, entrepreneur, or affiliated with the military review our FAQs for suggestions on how to approach the organizational chart.

     

    Click here to view a sample organizational chart.

  • Transcripts

    Please scan and upload your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you attended or are currently attending. If you are currently earning a degree, please upload your most up-to-date transcript. We review transcripts carefully, please double check that what you have uploaded is legible; if you can’t read it, neither can we!

    Some important details:

    • All applicants to the program must hold a four-year undergraduate degree or three-year equivalent undergraduate degree from outside of the U.S, by time of matriculation.
    • Do not mail any hard copies of official academic records or transcripts.  
    • If you received an undergraduate degree as part of a Master's program, please include an undergraduate entry in addition to your Master's degree.
    • If your transcripts are not in English, please scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.
    • We cannot accept “digitally signed” or encrypted transcripts. If you’re having difficulty uploading your document, this may be the reason. Print out your transcript, scan it, and upload the PDF.

     

    Once admitted to the program you will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcripts. 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

    Standardized tests, such as GMAT, GRE, and EA, are a component of the application process and play an important role in our holistic evaluation process. The admissions committee will continue to accept the remote/at-home version of these exams. Because of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SFMBA Program will allow for candidates for the 2022-23 admission cycle to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences. If admitted, candidates will not be required to take a test.

    We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online version of exams. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes:

    • To share your GMAT score, please enter Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management
    • GRE: 3536
    • EA: X5X-QS-71
  • Relevant Coursework & Professional Certifications

    We welcome applicants from many types of academic backgrounds and do not have any academic prerequisites. That being said, we want to understand what relevant coursework you have already completed in order to assess how you might handle our core SFMBA courses.

    In the application, we ask you to tell us which courses (if any) in the following subject areas you have taken. We’ll also ask what grade you received in each course.

    • Calculus
    • Communications
    • Computer Programming
    • Linear Algebra
    • Microecomics
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Probability
    • Statistics

     

    Additionally, if you earned special certifications or took professional development courses in your spare time, please tell us about them! Feel free to submit academic evidence not already on your transcripts, such as: professional certifications CFA, CPA, ACCA, among others; non-degree coursework such as MITx MicroMasters, CORe, edX, MBA Math, or any other non-degree coursework you completed

  • Optional Short Answer Question

    Applicants are invited to expand on their background by responding to the following optional 250 word short answer question:

    How has the world you come from shaped who you are today? For example, your family, culture, community, all help to shape aspects of your identity. Please use this opportunity if you would like to share more about your background.

    This question is truly optional; applicants will not be evaluated more positively or negatively should they choose to respond. This is an opportunity for you to share more about yourself with the Admissions Committee, should you choose to do so.

  • Application Fee

    The non-refundable application fee of $250.00 USD must be paid online prior to submitting your application.

    We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:

    • Current Teach for America Members or Alumni
    • Veteran or Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel

     

    Participants from the following list of programs, conferences, and fellowships are also eligible for an application fee waiver:

    MIT Sponsored Programs

    • MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP General)
    • MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP Biology/BCS/CBMM)
    • MIT CONVERGE
    • On-Campus MIT ACCESS Program
    • MIT Media Lab Open House Travel Grant Recipients
    • MIT Laureates and Leaders
    • MIT Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular System (EBICS)
    • Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Summer Institute

     

    Fellowship Programs

    • Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (EBICS REU)
    • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
    • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program(SR-EIP)
    • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
    • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
    • McNair Scholars Program
    • Mellon Mays Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
    • Morehouse College Dr. John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program Hopps (HOPPS)
    • National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
    • Questbridge
    • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE)
    • The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
    • University of Baltimore Maryland County Meyerhoff Scholars Program
    • Woods Hole Partnership Education Program

     

    Events and Conferences

    • ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
    • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
    • Annual Ivy Plus Puerto Rico Event
    • Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM (ERN)
    • FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference
    • MC-STEMP GEM GRAD Lab
    • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
    • National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
    • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

     

    In addition to the list above, attendees of some recruitment events and conferences where MIT Sloan is present may qualify for an application fee waiver. If you are in attendance at one of these events, you will be notified at the conclusion of the event and the payment section of your application will reflect the waiver automatically.

    To request a fee waiver, please start your application and navigate to the Payment section where you will find the fee waiver form and information on the documentation required to obtain the waiver. Your request will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results. If your fee is waived, it will be reflected on in your application and you will be able to proceed with submission. 

    Please note that all fee waiver requests must be submitted at least ONE week before the application deadline and we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online.

WATCH: SFMBA Application Overview & Tips

Katy Radoll, Associate Director of Admissions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, provides an overview of the Sloan Fellows MBA application. Hear Katy's tips for submitting an application that demonstrates the strengths you will bring as a Sloan Fellow.