Frequently Asked Questions
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 recordings of past events that you may have missed. They include tips on how to create a successful application, learning about the student experience from current Sloanies, and more.
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 Class Visit 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. If you are not able to join us on campus, you can connect with students by contacting them via our student profile page, connecting with club leaders, or joining one of our online student panels.
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?
The MIT Sloan MBA is a full-time, two-year, on-campus program; we do not offer a part-time or online MBA.. For mid-level executives with an average of 15+ years of experience, we offer an Executive MBA program that meets every 3rd weekend of the month for 20 months.
How many students are international?
We have a strong international presence, this past year about 40% of the class came from outside the U.S. Our international alumni network is also very active.
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 professionally trained admissions committee reviews all applications after the application deadline. Based on our initial assessment, a subset of applicants are invited to interview in person with a staff member, either on campus or in a hub city around the world. We interview all admitted candidates.
Are some parts of the application weighted more than others?
We have a holistic review process and carefully consider every section of your application; no single component is more or less important than any other.
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 a family member is applying as well.
Does MIT Sloan have rolling admissions? Are there advantages to applying early?
MIT Sloan does not have rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed in three rounds, immediately following each deadline. There may be some advantages to applying as early as possible, although applicants should apply when their application has been completed to the best of their ability. International applicants should apply in Round 1 or Round 2. LGO applicants must apply in one of the LGO rounds. If you are not accepted to the LGO program, your application may be considered for the MBA program in the following 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 2020
- Active U.S. military personnel
- Teach for America members
- Peace Corps members
- Forté MBA Launch participants
- MLT and Jumpstart 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 by a professional staff member of the admissions committee who has read your application. Professors, current students, and outside alumni are not involved in reading applications or interviewing candidates.
What is the format of the interview? What are you looking for when interviewing candidates?
We conduct in-person behavioral interviews, which look at past behaviors as a way to indicate how you would handle future situations. We are looking for specific examples of how you have built relationships, influenced others, and made decisions. Additionally, we're looking for professional presence and English language proficiency. There will be one interviewer and it will typically last 30-45 minutes.
Does an applicant have to travel to Cambridge, MA for interviews?
COVID-19 Update: Please note that all MBA Round 2, MBA Round 3, and MBA Early Admission interviews will be conducted via Skype. 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. All individuals invited for an interview have the option to come to campus.
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.
How does the waitlist work at MIT Sloan?
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?
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 unofficial transcripts and submit them as part of your online application. 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 all 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?
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. We have no preference for the exam you take.
Is there a minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?
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? If I have taken both, do I need to submit both?
We have no preference between the two exams. We view them equally and only require applicants to submit one score. If you have taken both, you may choose to submit one score or 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?
You may submit both- the application allows you to enter multiple scores.
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 October 1, 2014
Round 2 January 21, 2015
Round 3 April 9, 2015
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/GRE, we are looking for evidence of academic success and quantitative professional experience.
How much of a disadvantage is a low GMAT/GRE score?
We accept candidates with a wide range of test scores. If your GMAT/GRE 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?
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 face-to-face 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?
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. If you do not have work experience, you might consider our MBA Early Admission process.
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.
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 an 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 all areas of undergraduate concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, business and engineering. View our class profile to see the academic background of our students. We look for candidates who are strong in both verbal and quantitative abilities.
Is a 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, certain candidates may be given a 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?
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. Please take a look at our Class Profile to see where our MBA students come from.
How important are extracurricular activities? Is it ok if some are work related?
We are interested in learning about what is important to you and how you spend your time. Please include details of extracurricular activities and hobbies on your resume and/or in your video.
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 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 of you speaking directly to the camera.
How are the letters of recommendation accepted?
Starting in 2019, only one professional letter of recommendation is required. The letter 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 one letter of recommendation. You should not submit more than one 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 letter?
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 do not suggest not using family members as a recommender. 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.
What is the purpose of including two additional professional references?
Similar to the recommendation letter- we may contact these additional references for more information about your background. Questions would be similar to those on a letter of recommendation form. The Admissions Committee may contact them at any time.
What should I do if my additional reference contact(s) do not speak English?
Please include your references regardless of their English language ability. We will use a translator from our end to contact the reference, should we have additional questions.
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 with whom you interact.
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?
Any applicant that has applied to the MBA program before.
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 a new recommendation if my workplace has not changed?
It is best to include a new letter 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 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 lending 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, write to:
FAFSA Information Center P.O. Box 84, Washington, DC, 20044
Or call FAFSA at: 1-800-433-3243
All 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 one 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. Learn more about fellowship opportunities here.
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 support spouses in obtaining a dependent visa. However, we are not able to provide work visas. Visit here for more information on visa categories.
Do scholarships cover tuition and living expenses?
Scholarships are applied against tuition. 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 have 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?
Our goal is to notify fellowship recipients of their awards at the time of admission. This is not always the case. There are times when additional funds do become available after decisions have been released.
MBA Program Common Questions
What is the difference between the MBA degree and the Master of Science in Management?
Students who complete a thesis as part of their MBA curriculum may choose to receive the SM in Management, Master of Science, or the MBA degree. The thesis is optional for MBA candidates.
What subjects/areas of study are offered at MIT Sloan?
The MBA curriculum is designed to give you the flexibility to tailor your education to your career goals. There is a one semester core and then you have three semesters to shape the curriculum to match your interests. MIT Sloan offers three optional tracks: Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Enterprise Management. Three optional certificates are also offered: Sustainability, Healthcare, and Business Analytics. A list of courses offered at MIT Sloan is available here: MIT Course Catalog. Explore the curriculum to better understand the program.
What are the degree requirements for the MIT Sloan MBA program?
All degree candidates enrolled in the MBA program complete a required one- semester 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 dual degree programs?
Yes, MIT Sloan offers three dual degree programs: Leaders for Global Operations–a 24-month program with the MIT School of Engineering, a three-year program with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and a three-year program with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In keeping up with our commitment to innovation and academic adventure, these programs provide the extensive theoretical and practical training that is the hallmark of an MIT Sloan education. Learn more here.
How many students are in the MIT Sloan/HKS dual degree program?
The number of students in the HKS dual degree program varies. However, there is a cap of 20 students per graduating year.
What are the required core classes?
The MBA core curriculum consists of the 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 teaching methods are used in the one-semester core?
It varies and is left up to the professors: for example Organization Processes is more case-based whereas Data Models, and Decisions is more lecture, problem 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. MIT does not accept course credit from other academic institutions.
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 will be given instructions on how to enroll in a track and/or certificate. You may enroll in only one track and all certificates are compatible with tracks. 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. The tracks require extra weekly seminars, and these meet at the same times.
What is the average class size?
During the first semester, referred to as the Core, you will be assigned to a cohort of approximately 70 students with whom you will take all your classes with. 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 per class. There is a bidding process to register for electives. Second-year students get preference in the 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 other schools at MIT 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 other departments MIT. 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 option for the MBA program. There is an Executive Management MBA program for working, experienced business leaders that meets primarily on weekends.
Does MIT Sloan offer a PhD program? Does MIT Sloan offer programs for executives?
What is unique about MIT Sloan?
MIT Sloan is a unique place. Our one-semester core allows students the flexibility to customize their education to meet their career goals. MIT Sloan’s hands-on Action Learning Labs give students the opportunity to apply the theory learned in the classroom to helping organizations solve business challenges. MIT Sloan’s small class size and tightly knit community appeal to applicants and students alike.
Are there opportunities to be a Teaching or Research Assistant?
Yes, TA and RA positions are available starting in your second semester as an MBA student. They not only help cover some of your expenses, but also provide you with outstanding exposure to MIT Sloan’s educational and research programs.
Can students work full-time or part-time while attending classes at MIT Sloan?
It is very difficult 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 is the hub of support for students interested in starting companies and who want to participate in the $100K business competition. The center 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 Forte events and initiatives; we are a founding sponsor. We award between 10-15 fellowships each year. We select recipients based on many factors including their leadership experience, the strength of their application, diversity they bring to the class, and involvement with Forte.
Can you elaborate on the opportunities to work on-site with clients?
Our Action Learning Lab classes allow students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom and participate in experiential learning. Students go on-site for 1-3 weeks to help organizations solve business challenges. This action-based teaching method is a hallmark of MIT Sloan’s curriculum.
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, for example the Silicon Valley trek, Warren Buffet trek, Media/Entertainment trek. Also, some of our Action learning Lab courses take place within the United States.
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 70 student organizations and clubs at MIT Sloan with membership numbers ranging from 12 to 400+. Student leaders of these clubs organize networking events, invite guest speakers, and plan conferences. There are also sports clubs, which compete within the MIT intramural system. If there is not already a student organization at MIT Sloan that suits your interests, you are encouraged to explore the more than 450 clubs organized under the MIT Association of Student Activities, or propose 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. Many MBA 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 very collaborative. You will work on assigned 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 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.
How does the CDO help me prepare for the job search?
We begin working with you in June after your admission, with Career Foundations, a comprehensive online career education program delivered via Canvas focused on the themes of Knowing Yourself, Understanding the Market and Creating Alignment. The journey continues during Pre-Orientation when we offer small-group workshops that dig deeper into self-assessment and self-awareness, as it relates to career management.
In September, we kick off Career Core, a newly redesigned core course to help you understand the opportunities available to you and how to effectively position yourself for them. We engage MIT Sloan alumni to lead many of the industry sessions, allowing you to hear directly from Sloanies who have been in your shoes. We also partner with MIT Sloan faculty from Communication and Organizational Processes to lead sessions on managerial and professional competencies. In addition, we have created a series of recitations designed to reinforce key concepts discussed in Career Core as well as deepen key learnings of career management strategies. We encourage you to actively engage in those sessions, which our alumni have identified as offering some of the most important tools for professional success in the years ahead.
We know MIT Sloan students want both high-tech and personalized career support, so our strategy leverages:
- Innovative AI technology that gives you access to feedback on your resumes and LinkedIn profiles 24/7
- Your CDO, a collaborative hub that markets MIT Sloan career events, insights and resources, and engages MIT alumni and employers – all on one platform
- Guidance of experienced MBA Career Advisors focused on your specific needs and goals
Career guidance is a critical part of your MBA experience. Our team of MBA Career Advisors is focused solely on students in the MBA program, and they curate an educational experience to help you succeed in the MBA market. They work closely with our Employer Relations and Recruiting Team to share the latest developments in the market, and to relay networking and job opportunities. Our advisors believe that you are the CEOs of your own careers, and their goal is to help you understand how your unique talents and contributions can guide you in leaving your own unique fingerprint on the future of business. Whether you are just beginning your career or have come to MIT Sloan to make a career transition, our team of MBA Career Advisors can help you create a customized plan for activating your talents for personal and professional success.
What kinds of events does the CDO organize?
Our Employer Relations and Recruiting Team work with top employers to organize Company Presentations, Coffee Chats/Office Hours, Industry Career Fairs, the Global Career Showcase, Networking Night for full-time and internship positions, as well as the MIT Sloan Career Fair in April.
Our MBA Career Advising Team organizes Career Core and many other career programs, including Making the Most of Your Summer Internship, Negotiating Your Employment Offer, and an Immigration Update with a US Immigration Attorney.
How do I learn about career events and activities at MIT Sloan?
Career activity is happening everywhere at MIT Sloan; the sheer volume of events and opportunities is amazing. This year, the CDO launched Your CDO, a collaborative hub for MIT Sloan’s career activities and expertise, on campus and around the world. The portal connects you with career advice, events, clubs, resources, and job postings, customized by your program and career interests. Your CDO features many of the events and activities from Career Central, the system you will use to sign up for CDO events and advising appointments, as well as to apply for jobs.
Your MBA Career Advisors also serve as a guide throughout your two years at MIT Sloan. During the first year of your program, the career advisors share a weekly announcement with upcoming career events, important resources, and deadlines.
What if I’m not sure what I want to do?
About 85% of our students are career changers. MIT Sloan provides unparalleled opportunities to explore new opportunities and try out new areas of interest, an important step in identifying the kind of work you want to do. If you are undecided about your career path, we encourage you to complete the Career Foundations course, actively participate in Career Core (especially the industry sessions – those are key!), and schedule an appointment with a CDO career advisor through Career Central. If you are unclear about your strengths and interests or the type of organization where you can have the greatest impact, we offer Career Leader and the Clifton Strengths assessments. Speak with your CDO advisor to learn more about how these tools can help you focus your job search. Career conversations happen everywhere at MIT Sloan: make sure to connect with peer mentors, faculty, and alumni who can share valuable experience and insights.
What types of opportunities do MIT Sloan MBAs pursue? What jobs did they accept, and what were their salaries?
MIT Sloan students accepted full-time and internship opportunities at over 250 companies. In 2018-2019, our top industries were Consulting, Technology, and Finance. Across all industries, 30% of students accepted positions that had a strong technology component to the role. The median base salary was $135,000, and the range of base salary was $50,000-$250,000.
For a complete summary of employment statistics, including salary information by industry and function, and a full list of employers, view our MBA Employment Report. You may also wish to review the 10-Year Employment Summary, which tracks top industries in which MBAs accepted employment over the past 10 years.
What is MIT Sloan’s policy on Grade Non-Disclosure?
MIT Sloan does 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, high tech, and product design and development.
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.