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. You’ll also find questions and answers from some past online chats we’ve had with prospective applicants.
Admissions and Financial Aid FAQ
What is the size of the program? How many students are in the class?
We have approximately 350 MBA students and 50 LGO students per class year. We currently do not have any plans to increase the class size. First-year students are divided into cohorts of approximately 60 students and take their core semester courses as a group.
How can I request a copy of the MIT Sloan MBA program brochure?
Download a brochure here.
Are there any programs that connect prospective applicants with current students? How can I contact a current student?
The Ambassadors Program runs throughout the academic year and provides you the opportunity to meet current students on-campus and to ask them many of the questions that you may have.
Do you accept transfer credits into the program?
MIT does not accept transfer credits from other schools.
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. We offer an Executive MBA program that meets every 3rd weekend of the month for 20 months. It is geared towards mid-level professionals with 15+ years of experience.
How many students are international?
We have a strong international presence, each year about 40% of the class comes from abroad. Our international alumni network is also very strong.
What is the class profile?
What are the Admissions criteria and desired qualifications for admissions?
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.
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.
Are some parts of the application weighted more than others?
No single component 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 three rounds. 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. Applicants should apply when they have completed the application. LGO applicants must apply in one of the LGO rounds. If you are not accepted to the LGO program, your application will automatically be considered for the MBA program in the corresponding round.
Can I apply in both application rounds?
You can only apply once per year. You’ll have to decide which round is best for you.
Is it possible to waive the application fee?
We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:
- Current college seniors who are U.S. citizens and who will graduate from a U.S. university in 2019
- Active U.S. military personnel
- Teach for America members and alumni
- Peace Corps members
- Forté MBALaunch participants
- MLT Fellows
- Attendees at special events (i.e Women's Week, Diversity Days, etc.)
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.
Do you compare all international applicants against one another? Or the comparison is based on a country-by-country basis?
There are no quotas for international applicants. We review each applicant individually.
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 outside alumni are not involved in reading applications or interviewing.
What is the format of the interview? What are you looking for when interviewing candidates?
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. There will be one interviewer and it will typically last 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 late October-early December, Round II usually occurs in late February and March, and Round III interviews take place in May.
Do you know approximately what percentage of the applicants will be invited to interview?
We typically interview about 20-25 percent 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 a Round, then you are automatically considered in the next Round and will receive an updated decision in that Round.
Do you offer deferrals?
Our general policy is not to defer admission but we will consider requests for deferral on a case by case basis.
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 the How to Apply section here.
If my transcript is not in English, does it need to be translated?
We require both the original version and 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 class rank, what should I do?
Many schools do not provide a class ranking system 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.
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 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.
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.
If I have taken both the GMAT and the GRE, can I submit both scores? What if I took the GMAT or the GRE several times? Do you receive each score?
Yes, you can submit multiple scores. We only require you to submit one (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 unless you report them in the application.
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 a 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.
How long are GMAT or GRE scores valid?
Test Scores are valid for 5 years, calculated using your application round deadline. Please refer to the chart below to confirm the validity of your test score.
Round Deadline Round Deadline Test Must be Taken On or After:
Round 1 September 25, 2013
Round 2 January 22, 2014
Round 3 April 8, 2014
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 quantitative 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.
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 gauge of English ability. We will also use the verbal sections of the GMAT or GRE to evaluate English language ability.
Do I need work experience to apply?
No, work experience is not required for admission, although students have an average of 5 years of work experience and 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. 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.
Does PhD research count towards work experience?
Yes, you should count all research done to achieve your PhD as work experience.
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? Would lack of work experience in a major organization count against me in my application, despite the success of my independent venture?
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. 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 (previous MBA, PhD, etc.)? Am I eligible to apply?
Candidates with previous advanced degrees are eligible to apply. These candidates should, however, detail the reasons for their pursuit of a MBA degree (or second MBA degree) in the application. 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.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in a specific major to apply? Does MIT Sloan prefer students who have more quantitative background, due to MIT’s strength in that area?
We welcome applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, and engineering. View our class profile to see academic background of our students. 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.
Is there any academic preparation or pre-requisites required prior to applying or enrolling? 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?
The only pre-requisite is a Bachelor’s Degree. However, accepted applicants may be given conditional acceptance and required to take a course(s) in microeconomics, calculus, or financial accounting prior to starting MBA studies. If you feel as though you’re missing a quantitative background from your undergraduate years or want to bolster your quant ability, you may want to take a microeconomics or a calculus course.
MIT Sloan asks for my 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 titled microeconomics.
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.
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.
Should I include only professional experience and goals in my cover letter, 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 cover letter, 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 cover letter?
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 video statement asks us to introduce ourselves to our future classmates. What is the Admissions Committee looking for in this video?
The Admissions Committee is looking to get to know you better. We encourage you to be authentic and tell us more about yourself. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting if you speaking directly to the camera.
What 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.
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 How to Apply section here.
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 email@example.com 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 I cannot get a recommendation from my current employer or supervisor because I don’t want to risk losing my job? What if my supervisor changes frequently?
Recommenders should be people who know you best and can best speak to your leadership development. This decision is up to you. 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.
Why are you asking for an organizational chart? How will you use it in the evaluation process?
The organizational chart is intended for us to better understand the role you play within your organization. It helps us to see who you report to, who may report to you, and the impact you may have on your department or company. This application component gives us greater visibility into where you sit and helps us to evaluate candidates in the context of their professional paths. We encourage you to think of the organizational chart as a visual representation of your resume, providing us with a scaled illustration of your role and who you interact with in your company. The organizational chart may also show us your career progression when viewed in conjunction with your resume; your resume might outline internal advancement and your organizational chart can help us conceptualize that path.
I don’t have any direct reports. Will the organizational chart put me at a disadvantage?
The organizational chart is not intended for us to count the number of direct reports you have, but rather to give us a clearer picture of the role you play within your organization and who you interact with.
My organization’s structure is confidential. How can I complete this requirement?
We recognize that some organizations may keep their internal structures classified or confidential. In these scenarios, we rely on you to help us best visualize your place in the organization within these constraints. This may include redacting names or titles or displaying only up to a certain level of your organization.
If I work in consulting, should I submit a chart of the overall firm or of a recent project team I worked on?
Given the traditional structure of consulting firms, we would prefer you submit a chart displaying the structure of a recent project you were staffed on and the role you played on that team.
I’m a solo entrepreneur or external contractor. What is the best way to display my chart when I am a part of an organization of one?
In the case of a solo entrepreneur or contractor, you might consider placing yourself at the center of the chart with branches displaying the various constituents you interact with (for example, clients, investors, board of directors).
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?
You can address this topic in the re-applicant short answer essay question but should use more recent examples throughout your essays to show how your candidacy has changed from last year. The optional question should be used for extenuating circumstances only.
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.
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 here 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. Visit here for more information.
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 1-800-433-3243All 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 on Round over another 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. Visit here for more information.
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. Visit here for more information.
When are applicants notified of fellowships and scholarships?
The status of these awards is communicated when you receive your decision letter.
MBA Program Common Questions
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?
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 extensive theoretical and practical training that is the hallmark of an MIT Sloan education. Programs include the Harvard Kennedy School Dual Degree Option and System Design and Management. Learn more here.
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.
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 one-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 three certificate programs which can be combined with a track or on its own. Learn more here.
Do you have to apply for a track or certificate in advance as part of the admissions process?
After you are admitted, you may choose to your track or certificate. Neither are 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 70 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 some have many 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. Second-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?
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.
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.
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 the 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.
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 MIT 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.
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 more than 60 student organizations and clubs at MIT Sloan. These clubs sponsor events, invite guest speakers, and organize conferences. There are also sports clubs, which compete within the MIT intramural system. If there is not already a student organization that suits your interests, you could start a new club!
Are there any intramural teams within the MBA community?
MIT’s athletic complex encompasses 10 buildings and 26 acres of playing fields. ManyMBA students participate in intramural sports across campus, as well as against other MBA programs in the Northeast and nationally.
Can you tell me about life at MIT? How many students live on campus?
Many MIT Sloan students choose to live off campus; typically, 30% of MBA students live on campus. The MIT Off-Campus Housing Office is an excellent resource for locating options. Housing may be found close to the campus and near the public transportation system. 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.
How would you define the culture of MIT Sloan, and what kind of support programs and activities are available for strengthening relationships among students?
The student body as a whole is collaborative. You will work on small teams starting in your 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.
Do MBA students collaborate with students from other parts of the university?
Absolutely, you will see students from other degree programs in your classes (about 1/3 of our courses are cross-listed with other Schools at MIT). As an MBA student, you are eligible to participate in all MIT clubs and activities, such as the $100K competition.
How many students have spouses or partners? Are there support programs for them?
MIT Sloan welcomes partners and families to the community. About 35 percent of our students come to MIT Sloan with a significant other. Learn more here.
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 as well. All MIT Sloan faculty offices are located in our newest building and are easily accessible. The professors are very open, and students feel comfortable approaching them in their offices and asking about career advice, project ideas, etc. MIT Sloan faculty serve as mentors and advisors to student teams, travel with students on study tours, and provide networking contacts during job searches.
What is the function of the Career Development Office?
The Career Development Office helps you think through what it is you want to do. They serve as your thought partner, to help you be successful whether or not you are changing careers and no matter how unusual your career goals. The CDO is not the only resource supporting you in this pursuit. Other resources include alumni, clubs, tracks and certificate staff, and greater MIT.
Are internships available at MIT Sloan? Is an internship a mandatory part of the MBA program?
It is expected that our MBA students will do something over the summer between the two academic years. Most do internships around the world, but some stay on campus in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, for example. The Career Development Office, in conjunction with our Communications faculty, offers Career Core in the fall semester to help prepare you for the internship recruiting process. The CDO holds a career fair every spring, as well as MBA Career Days, on-campus recruiting, and a variety of networking events throughout the year to support you in your job search.
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 full-time employment. Our advisors have developed strong relationships with recruiters, our MIT and MIT Sloan alumni networks around the world, and have access to other career resources and job databases.
What type of career services does the MBA program offer for summer internships and/or full-time opportunities upon graduation?
During the academic year, the CDO sponsors a number of programs and seminars designed to help you develop skills and strategies that will assist you in setting and achieving your career goals, including Career Core, networking events, company presentations, career fairs, and job postings. The MIT Sloan alumni network and Career Resources Center provide invaluable support to our students.
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 Report page. A high percentage of our MBA students have jobs upon graduation, and close to 95 percent have accepted positions within the three months after graduation.
Do you have many people switching careers?
About 85% of our students are career changers, in some capacity. Many students use their two-years to explore new opportunities and try out new areas of interest. Our diverse student population provides you a broad professional network.
How does MIT Sloan help career changers?
Our Career Development Office sponsors corporate discussions, company presentations, expert panels, and other networking events to provide a chance for you to explore many different industries, including those you may not have previously considered for a career. Career Core exposes you to specific opportunities for MBAs in today’s job market, while walking you through the career-planning process. You will also have a dedicated CDO advisor to meet with you to discuss your interests and opportunities. We encourage you to take advantage of all of the career and industry clubs—your fellow students can be a great resource as well.
Do you have a Grade Non-Disclosure policy at MIT Sloan?
We do not have a grade non-disclosure policy. Students own their grades and are free to disclose or not disclose their grades at their discretion.
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 process for considering applicants for the LGO program?
You may 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. If you apply to LGO through MIT Sloan, but are not admitted into the program, your application is automatically considered for round II of MBA admissions.
What is the typical background of an applicant to the LGO program?
Students come from a broad range 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?
LGO students must fulfill the requirements of both the MBA program and their engineering department, so the course load is somewhat heavier. Students begin the program in June and take classes through the summer. All LGO students participate in 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?
Experience in operations is not a requirement for admission. We admit students with varied types of professional backgrounds, although many students do have some previous operations experience.
What are the science requirements for admittance into the LGO program? Will an undergraduate in business be considered?
We thoroughly review all applications that are submitted regardless of undergraduate degree; chances of admission may be lower without substantial engineering or science coursework.
What is the difference between LGO and the MBA when it comes to the management and finance courses taught in the two programs?
LGO students are MBA students. They take the full MBA core curriculum in the fall with their MBA classmates; they are on the same teams and in the same classes as other MBA students. In addition to their MBA requirements, LGO students also take engineering courses to fulfill their SM degree.
How do post-MBA employment opportunities differ for LGO candidates and regular MBA candidates?
With both business knowledge and technical skills, LGO students are highly sought after by both partner and non-partner companies. Over 95% of LGO students have accepted positions by graduation each year.
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 to Cambridge.
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 when classes are in session. However, we also offer on-campus information sessions, self-guided tours, and you are welcome to visit the Admissions office during business hours from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read more about Visiting MIT Sloan.