Master of Business Analytics

How to Apply

We evaluate every new application against the current year's pool of applicants, so a previous rejection does not affect your chances for acceptance. We will consider one application per year of entry per person, so apply only once in an admission cycle.
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COVID-19 Update:
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.

For additional information visit the MIT Graduate Admissions website

Application Deadlines

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.

MBAn Program Deadlines – for August 2021Entry🔗

  • Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. EST:🔗

    January 7, 2021

  • The admissions committee notifies applicants of their decision:🔗

    March 4, 2021

  • Admitted applicants must reply to their offers:🔗

    April 15, 2021


To apply to MIT Sloan, please prepare a variety of materials to help us assess your qualifications. Remember, all materials must be submitted online by the application deadlines.

A complete application for 2020 entry consists of the following:🔗

  • Resume🔗

    Please submit a one-page resume (Times New Roman 10 point font preferred) that includes your employment history and academic record. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged, including extracurricular activities, awards, and achievements.

    For formatting purposes, please list the information in the following order:

    • Education - please list institutions where degree is in progress or was awarded in reverse chronological order. Please feel free to include information about study abroad activities, relevant awards, scholarships, professional societies
    • Work Experience - please list in reverse chronological order and include: company name, title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
    • Additional information - languages, extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, special skills/interests (if appropriate)
  • Essay Question🔗

    Please describe your reason for pursuing the Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) degree.  What do you hope to gain from the program? And what are your career aspirations? (500 words or less)

  • Letters of Recommendation🔗

    Please include three letters of recommendation. Two of the letters should come from an academic source that can speak to your quantitative abilities, academic achievement and potential. The third recommendation should be from an individual, e.g., a work supervisor or manager, who is able to speak with certainty about your professional achievement and potential.

    Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept recommendations via mail. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages. 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    All letters need to be submitted by the application deadline.  

  • Academic Records🔗

     The Admissions Committee would like to see all of your transcripts, please include electronic copies of all of your academic records whose courses counted toward 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: We are interested in relevant classes that you are currently taking or have previously completed.  Using short answer fields in the application you’ll be asked to include details of courses you have completed from the following areas: Math, Statistics, Machine Learning, and Computer Programming.

    Admitted applicants 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.

  • Video Question 1🔗

    Please upload a one-minute (60 second) video introducing yourself to your future classmates and letting us know why you are interested in the field of analytics and data science. The video should be a single take (no editing) and lasting no more than one minute, consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

  • Video Question 2🔗

    All MBAn applicants must submit a brief video statement in response to a simple, open-ended general interest question. The question is designed to help us get to know you better; to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture. It does not require prior preparation and will not be a technical question. The Video Question 2 is a part of your required application materials and will appear as a page within the application, once the other parts of your application are completed. 

    Applicant receives a randomly generated question and has one minute to prepare a 60 second response.

  • GRE or GMAT🔗

    The GRE or GMAT is required of all applicants. We accept both the GMAT and GRE test results and have no preference for one over the other. Test scores are only valid for five years. Please include percentiles when submitting your score. 

    A valid test score (GRE or GMAT) must be taken on or after January 8, 2015. Additional scores will not be accepted after you have submitted your application. Master of Business Analytics GRE School Code: 3514 Master of Business Analytics GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-64  

  • TOEFL and IELTS🔗

    All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received their entire undergraduate education in an English-speaking country must submit scores from one of two internationally recognized assessments of English language proficiency, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test scores are valid for two years. For applicants planning to enter the program in 2020, we will consider scores for tests taken on or after January 8, 2018.

    Receiving your undergraduate degree in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, Pakistan, Hong Kong SAR, or Singapore does not exempt you from the English language proficiency requirement.

    Master of Business Analytics TOEFL School Code: 3935

    IELTS electronic scores can be sent to: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Graduate Admissions

  • Application Fee🔗

    Master of Business Analytics application fee: $150 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. We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:

    • College seniors with U.S. citizenship, graduating from a U.S. institution in 2020
    • Active U.S. military personnel
    • Teach for America members/alumni
    • Peace Corps members

    Applicants who qualify must submit the fee waiver form at least ONE week before the application deadline. Your request will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results. If your fee is waived, you will be able to proceed to submit your application.