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    The goal of the MIT Sloan PhD Program's admissions process is to select a small number of people who are most likely to successfully complete our rigorous and demanding program and then thrive in academic research careers. The admission selection process is highly competitive; we aim for a class size of just 19 students, admitted from a pool of hundreds of applicants.

    What We Seek

    • Outstanding intellectual ability
    • Excellent academic records
    • Previous work in disciplines related to the intended area of concentration
    • Strong commitment to a career in research

    Other Considerations

    • Letters of recommendation, especially those providing evidence of research potential
    • The applicant’s statement of purpose