Frequently Asked Questions
Our goal is to make the MBA admissions process straight-forward. To help you along the way, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear from applicants. If you don’t see the answer to your specific question below, feel free to send us an email!
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How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the current admissions cycle?
We understand that the pandemic may continue to cause some uncertainty for applicants around the world. We have made a few minor changes to our application process this year. We will allow some flexibility for applicants who are not able to complete the GMAT/GRE requirement (more information on this below). Additionally, we will conduct all interviews virtually until it is safe for our team and applicants to meet in person. If you have any specific concerns, please let us know via email and a member of our team will be in touch.
What is the size of the program? How many students are in the program?
We have approximately 350 MBA students and 50 LGO students per year. All first-year students are divided into cohorts of approximately 60 students and take their core semester courses as a group.
Where can I learn more about the demographics of the MBA class?
We have a really diverse class. Check out the MBA Class Profile to learn more about the academic and professional backgrounds of our current students.
How many international students are in the class?
This past year about 33% of the entering class came from outside the United States. No matter where you plan to live post-MBA, you will have plenty of opportunities to connect with our international alumni network.
How can I connect with current students?
That’s easy! Register for one of our many virtual events that give you the chance to get to know current students. You can also connect with students via our student profile page and meet club leaders here.
Do you accept transfer credits into the program?
MIT does not accept transfer credits from other schools.
How can I get a copy of the MIT Sloan MBA program brochure?
Download a brochure here.
What are your admissions criteria and what do you look for in a candidate?
Our goal is to create a vibrant learning environment rich in diverse ideas and life experiences. That’s why we welcome applicants from all over the globe, and from all areas of study. 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.
Our 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. We look for evidence of high academic potential and personal achievement through the various components of the MBA application.
How does your Admissions process work?
After each application deadline, our professionally trained Admissions Committee reviews all applications. Based on our initial assessment, a subset of applicants are invited to interview with us. This year, all Round 1 interviews will be conducted virtually. Once a decision has been made about the interview format for Round 2 and Round 3, applicants will be notified.
Who makes up the Admissions Committee?
Our Admissions Committee is comprised of professional staff members within the MIT community. The Admissions Committee will review your application and a member of the committee will conduct your interview. Current students are not involved in the evaluation process.
Are some parts of the application weighted more than others?
Our Admissions Committee will carefully consider all application materials you submit. No single component is more or less important than another.
Does MIT let applicants apply as a couple?
Each person must submit a separate application and is considered individually, however, there is a place in the application where you can let us know if a family member, spouse, or significant other is applying as well.
Does MIT Sloan have rolling admissions?
MIT Sloan does not have rolling admissions. We review applications in three rounds, each with its own deadline. We begin our review process immediately following each deadline.
Are there advantages to applying in Round 1?
The advantage to applying in Round 1 and Round 2 is that there are more available seats in the class. However, we do admit candidates in Round 3 and you should apply only when you have fully completed your application to the best of your ability.
Can I apply in multiple application rounds?
You may only apply once per year. LGO applicants must apply in one of the LGO rounds and are automatically considered for both LGO and MBA; if not accepted, LGO applicants may not apply to another MBA round in the same year.
Do you offer waivers for the application fee?
We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:
- Veteran and active duty U.S. military personnel
- Current Teach for America members and alumni
- Current Peace Corps members
- Forté MBA Launch participants
- MLT and Jumpstart Fellows
Applicants who qualify must submit the fee waiver form and required documentation at least ONE week before the application deadline. Once you start the application, you can find the form under the Payment section of the application.
Please note that we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online.
Do you compare international applicants to one another?
No. We consider all applications individually in accordance with our evaluation standards.
How does the waitlist work at MIT Sloan?
If you are waitlisted in a round and accept a place on the waitlist, you will automatically be considered in the next round and will receive an updated decision in that round.
Do you offer deferrals?
Deferral requests are approved on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during the year in which they hope to matriculate. If you are a college senior, check out our deferred program – MBA Early Admission.
What is the format of the interview?
If you are invited to interview, you will meet one-on-one with a member of the Admissions Committee. We conduct behavioral interviews in which we’ll ask you to provide specific examples of your personal and professional behavior, such as how you persuade others, work as part of a team, and solve problems. Your interview will last about 30 minutes. This year, all Round 1 interviews will be conducted virtually. Once a decision has been made about the interview format for Round 2 and Round 3, applicants will be notified.
What are you looking for when interviewing candidates?
Our goal with the interview is to get to know you better! We look forward to hearing specific examples of how you have built relationships and demonstrated leadership. This will help understand the strengths you’ll bring to the MIT Sloan community. Additionally, we look for professional presentation and communication, as well as English language proficiency.
When are interviews for each round?
Round 1 interviews take place in late October through early December; Round 2 interviews typically occur in February and March; and Round 3 interviews take place in May.
Do I need to mail in copies of my transcripts?
As part of the application, you are required to scan and upload a legible copy of your transcript(s) from all college and universities you attended or are currently attending. If your transcript(s) are not in English, you will need to upload the original and a certified translation.
If admitted, you will receive further instructions on submitting your official signed and sealed transcript from all schools attended. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.
If my transcript is not in English, should I get it translated?
Yes! You are required to upload both the original transcript and a certified translation. We accept translations issued by an institution or professional translating service, such as World Education Services (WES).
Should I include non-degree coursework in my application?
Yes! If you earned special certifications or took professional development courses in your spare time, please tell us about them. Feel free to submit academic evidence not already on your transcripts, such as: professional certifications CFA, CPA, ACCA, among others; non-degree coursework such as MITx MicroMasters, CORe, edX, MBA Math, or any other non-degree coursework you completed. All of this information will assist the Admissions Committee in the evaluation process.
If I did my undergraduate studies outside of the United States, should I convert my GPA?
You do not need to convert your GPA for the online application. Simply enter in the grading system used by your college or university. We are familiar with various grading systems and can evaluate it on our end.
My university does not provide class rank. What should I do?
Many schools do not provide a class ranking system so you may leave this blank on your application.
How relevant is my undergraduate GPA to the Admissions Committee?
We want to see your undergraduate GPA, but we understand this is just one component of your application, and will review it alongside any other coursework you’ve completed. We do not have a minimum GPA required for admission.
Do you require GMAT/GRE scores?
Standardized tests, such as GMAT and GRE are a component of the application process and play an important role in our evaluation process. The admissions committee will continue to accept the remote/at-home version of these exams. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the MBA program will allow candidates for the 2021-22 admission cycle to submit a request for a test waiver should their current situation prevent them from safely being able to access an exam. If the waiver is approved, and the candidate is admitted, no test will be required.
Will you accept the online GMAT/GRE?
Yes, we accept the in person and online tests.
What is MIT Sloan’s code for the GMAT?
If you are applying to the MIT Sloan MBA Program, our GMAT code is X5X-QS-41.
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?
Visit MBA.com for more information on the GMAT, including sample questions and information on test registration.
Will you accept my GRE score in place of a GMAT score?
Yes! MIT Sloan will accept your GRE score in lieu of a GMAT score. Our code for the GRE is 3791. We have no preference for which exam you take.
Do you require a minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?
No. MIT Sloan does not require a minimum test score on either test. Visit our class profile page to view the average GMAT score of our students.
Where can I get more information on the GRE?
Visit GRE.com for more information on the GRE, as well as test registration information.
Which do you prefer, GMAT or GRE?
We view scores from both tests equally. We have no preference.
Can I submit an EA score in place of a GMAT or GRE score?
No. The MBA program will not accept an EA score in lieu of the GMAT or GRE.
If I have taken both the GMAT and the GRE, should I submit both scores?
You are welcome to submit both exams or choose one. Again, we have no preference which test scores you submit.
What if I took the GMAT or the GRE several times? Will you accept several scores?
If you took the exam several times feel free to submit multiple scores.
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. Our application allows you to enter multiple scores.
What is the last date on which I can take the GMAT?
If you intend to take the GMAT and submit the score with your application, you may take the GMAT anytime up until our application deadline and submit your unofficial score in the application.
Should I send you my official GMAT/GRE score report now? Or, do I send it after I’m admitted?
We want to see your official GMAT/GRE test score by the application deadline. However, we understand that sometimes it takes up to two weeks for test centers to release official scores. So, it’s okay if we receive your scores shortly after our application deadline.
I recently took my GMAT and will not receive the AWA score for another four weeks. May I submit my application without the AWA score?
Yes, you may submit the 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 my undergraduate quantitative classes help? Is this something the Admissions Committee will consider when reviewing my GMAT score?
We will consider all parts of your application. If you did not score high on the GMAT/GRE, we will look for evidence of academic success, as demonstrated on your transcripts 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 will consider your other strengths, as demonstrated in your application. For example, we'll look for strong academic work and quantitative work experience.
Do I need a TOEFL/IELTS score to apply to the MBA Program?
No. This is not required to apply to the MBA program.
Since a TOEFL score is not required, how do you measure English speaking ability?
We assess English language ability during our interviews.
Do I need work experience to apply to the MBA Program?
Work experience is not required for admission, although our students have an average of five years of work experience. Of course, having work experience could help you leverage the extensive opportunities at MIT Sloan. Students who already have a framework of experience and who understand workplace issues, generally get more out of the program and can often contribute more to classroom discussions and team projects. Use your own judgment in choosing the best time for you to pursue an MBA. If you do not have work experience, you might consider our deferred program— MBA Early Admission.
Does internship experience count as full-time work experience?
We will certainly consider your internship experience, but we will not give it as much weight as full-time employment.
Does PhD research count as work experience?
Yes! We will consider research you conducted to earn your PhD as work experience.
If you’ve been out of the workforce or absent from work for a period of time, will that affect my chances of being admitted?
Not necessarily. Make sure you address any gaps in employment in your application. Please explain why you weren’t working and let us know what you were doing during that time.
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 even if I succeeded in an independent venture?
We do not prefer any specific work or industry experience. Instead, we want to see that you've been successful at whatever it is you've chosen to do prior to applying to the MBA program. Experiences at small organizations, start-ups, and big corporations can all provide distinct, valuable, and rich experiences.
If I already have an advanced degree (MBA, PhD, etc.) may I still apply?
Of course! If you hold a previous advanced degree, you are eligible to apply. You should, however, detail on your application why you are pursuing an MBA degree at this time. We consider those with advanced degrees the same as other applicants. Advanced degrees are additional evidence toward academic success, but we do not consider them over undergraduate transcripts.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in a specific major to apply? Because of MIT’s quantitative strengths, does MIT Sloan prefer students who have a strong quantitative background?
We welcome applicants with all types of undergraduate concentrations, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, business, and engineering. View our Class Profile to see the academic background of our current students. We seek candidates who are strong in both verbal and quantitative abilities.
Is a background in finance (major and/or work experience in finance) required for the MBA program Finance Track?
No. We would recommend the Finance Track for any students considering a future career in finance, regardless of what they studied as an undergraduate or specialized in so far in their career.
Is there any academic preparation or pre-requisites I need before applying or enrolling? Should I take some college-level finance or accounting courses before applying to the MIT Sloan MBA program, if I have no experience in those fields?
The only pre
-requisite you must have is a bachelor’s degree. However, sometimes we give certain candidates conditional acceptance, and require them to take a course(s) in microeconomics, calculus, or financial accounting prior to starting their MBA studies. If you feel as though your undergraduate background is lacking in quantitative strength, or you want to bolster your quant ability, you might
Your MBA application asks for my calculus grade in college. I took a series of college calculus classe
s, so which grade should I report on the application?
That’s simple. Just report your Calculus I grade. If you took calculus in high school for Advanced Placement credit, please write "AP" as the grade.
I took an economics course in college, but not microeconomics. Can I report this grade on the MBA application where it asks if I took microeconomics?
Only report a grade if the class was titled “Microeconomics”.
I have a three-year bachelor's degree from a college or university outside of the United States. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. Candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree from outside of the United States may apply.
Can you tell me my chances given my background?
We do not pre-screen application materials (including resumes) to determine eligibility. The evaluation process is holistic, meaning we must receive and review your complete and submitted application in order to evaluate your candidacy. Take a look at our Class Profile to learn more about our MBA students’ backgrounds and experiences.
How important are extracurricular activities to the Admissions Committee? Is it okay if I include some in my application that are work related?
We’re interested in learning about what is important to you and how you spend your time, whether it’s related to work or not. Please feel free to include details of your relevant extracurricular activities and hobbies on your resume and/or in your video.
Should I include only professional experience in my cover letter...or is it okay to also include some personal interests to paint a more complete picture of myself?
Please include whatever highlights best who you are. If that’s a mix of professional and personal examples, then go for it
In my cover letter, should all of the content and stories come from within the past three years alone?
Try to stick to recent examples in your cover letter. If you can limit your examples to those within the past three years, that would be great.
Should I focus on past achievements or future goals in my cover letter?
We won’t evaluate you on why you want an MBA or what you intend to do with it afterwards, so concentrate on your past achievements. In our experience, past performance is the best predicator of future performance. We look forward to learning more about your experiences and achievements!
You want me to introduce myself to my future classmates in my video. What is the Admissions Committee looking for in this video?
We’re simply hoping to get to know you better. Just be authentic. Introduce yourself to your future classmates as if you are meeting them for the first time. Make sure you record your video in a single take (no editing), with you speaking directly into the camera. And remember, it should last no more than one minute (60 seconds). Keep the focus on you, so please avoid using background music and subtitles. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing the real you.
How do you collect letters of recommendation?
MBA applicants may only submit one professional letter of recommendation. Your letter of recommendation must be submitted electronically through our online application. We do not accept recommendation letters via email or mail. For more information, please visit the How to Apply section here.
May I submit an additional letter of recommendation?
Applicants to the MBA program are required to submit only one letter of recommendation. If you know more than one person willing to sing your professional praises, consider listing them as one of your two professional references instead.
Is it okay if I translate my recommendation letter because my boss does not speak English?
If your recommendation letter is not in English, please use an official translator. Do not translate it yourself.
Does MIT Sloan accept recommendations from either current MIT Sloan students or alumni?
We do not recommend using MIT Sloan students or alumni as your official recommenders, unless they can speak to your professional abilities and achievements (i.e. your direct supervisor is an MIT Sloan alum).
What is the Admissions Committee looking for in a recommendation letter?
We prefer a recommendation letter from a professional contact who knows your work well. Please select an individual qualified to speak about your professional achievements and potential, ideally a manager or supervisor. We’re also interested to know how your performance compares to that of other well-qualified colleagues in similar roles at work.
What if I own my own business or work for a family business? Who should I choose as a recommender?
We do not suggest using family members as a recommender. Choose someone in a supervisory role who is not related to you—someone who knows you best and can speak to your leadership development. You might consider choosing a client, a mentor, or a co-founder as a recommender.
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?
If you are unable to get a recommendation from your current employer, try to find someone who can speak to your accomplishments in a professional setting. This might be a past employer, a trusted mentor, or a senior colleague.
Why must I include two additional professional references?
If, after reading your application materials, we have additional questions about your background and/or experiences, we might contact your professional references. So please make sure the references you choose are able to speak with detail about your professional strengths and accomplishments.
What should I do if my additional reference contact(s) do not speak English?
Please identify two additional references regardless of their English language ability. If we need to contact your non-English speaking references, we will employ a translator.
Why are you asking for an organizational chart? How will you use it in the evaluation process?
Our goal is to learn about you and your professional background. Your employer’s organizational chart will help us to better understand the role you play within your organization, who you report to, who reports to you, and the impact you might have on your department or company.
I don’t have any direct reports. Will the organizational chart put me at a disadvantage?
No! Managing others is not a requirement and not expected at this stage in your career. 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.
I am currently serving in the military but previously held a civilian job. Which job should I include in my organizational chart?
We recognize that applicants serving in the military are in a unique situation and might want to showcase both their military and civilian professional paths. Military applicants who are currently serving may submit two organizational charts: one outlining their previous civilian job and one representing the role they currently serve in the military.
My organization’s structure is confidential. Do I still have to submit an organizational chart?
We recognize that some organizations' internal structures are classified or confidential. In this scenario, do your best to help us visualize your place within the organization without giving away classified details. You can redact names or titles or display only a certain level of your organization. Whatever you can share will be helpful.
If I work in consulting, should I submit an organizational chart of the overall firm or of a recent project team I worked on?
If you work in consulting, we prefer that you submit a chart displaying the structure of a recent project you were staffed on rather than the overall consulting firm. Highlight the role you played on that team.
What if I’m a solo entrepreneur or external contractor? What is the best way to display my chart when I am an organization of one?
If you are a solo entrepreneur or contractor, try this: place yourself at the center of the chart, then make branches representing the various constituents and stakeholders you interact with (for example, clients, suppliers, investors, board of directors).
What constitutes a reapplicant?
Any applicant who has applied to our MBA program before.
When I reapply, will the Admissions Committee review both my current and past applications?
Yes. If you reapply, the Admissions Committee will review both your current and prior applications in full. Carefully consider the content of your new application. Make sure you update us with what has changed since you last applied, but please don’t repeat everything included in your past application. Give us the new highlights.
If I am reapplying, must I provide a new letter of recommendation if my workplace has not changed?
Yes, please submit a new letter of recommendation. This is an opportunity to share with us new, updated information about you. Use it!
What is the most common mistake reapplicants make?
The most common mistake reapplicants make is submitting the same application materials they submitted the last time. If you are reapplying, make sure you examine your past application to see how you could do a better job of presenting your strengths this time.
Do you recommend reapplicants use the optional question to explain how their candidacy has evolved since they last applied?
Ideally, you should use every part of your application to highlight how your candidacy has changed from your prior application. You are encouraged to use the optional question to give us a summary or highlight what’s new. We’re ready to learn about what you’ve been up to!
What percentage of reapplicants are accepted?
This percent varies year-to-year but typically the acceptance rate for reapplicants is a few percentage points higher than our average.
Do you evaluate a reapplicant’s submission differently than a first-time application?
Not really. In a reapplication, we look for all of the same characteristics we do in a first-time applicant. This includes examples of your professional and academic accomplishments, your ability to lead and influence others, and your ability to collaborate as part of a community. But keep in mind, as a reapplicant, you will give us twice as much information to draw on (last year’s application and this year’s application) as we consider you.
Should I highlight my strongest experiences in my reapplication, even if it means retelling a story?
The most important thing you can do is be clear on what you’ve been doing since the last time you applied, so be sure to hightlight your new accomplishments and experiences.
Do you have any advice for a reapplicant who was invited to interview the prior year and was rejected? Is it fair to assume that I did not do well in the interview?
We have to make many difficult decisions after interviewing candidates. If you were rejected after interviewing, do not assume it was necessarily due to your interview performance. We recommend reflecting on how you can strengthen any of the materials you submitted in your application in addition to the responses you shared during your interview.
What types of financial aid are available from MIT?
We understand that pursuing an MBA is a significant financial investment. Our Admissions Committee automatically considers all admits for merit-based fellowships. There is no additional application process required, and admits will be notified of any merit-based fellowship at the time of admission.
Additionally, the majority of MBA students use loans to finance their education. These come from two government programs, from MIT directly, or through an alternative lending source. Some students receive funding through on-campus teaching and research assistantships. You may apply for these after the completion of your first semester. You can find more information here.
How are applicants evaluated for fellowships?
The Admissions Committee reviews admits and awards merit-based fellowships to exceptional students who have shown academic excellence, professional achievements and potential to enhance the MIT Sloan community.
When are applicants notified if they have been awarded a fellowship?
We notify fellowship recipients of their awards at the time of admission. There are times when additional funds do become available after decisions have been released and we are able to notify recipients at that time.
What financial resources are available outside MIT?
If you do not receive a merit-based fellowship, there are plenty of funding opportunities outside MIT and MIT Sloan. If you are applying, begin researching 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 first step is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite the processing of your federal loan application
s, 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 a certain round over another in terms of financial aid and fellowship availability?
Applicants in each round have equal access to fellowships and financial aid.
Are there fellowships for international students?
Yes! All of our general fellowships are open to both domestic and international students. Learn more about fellowship opportunities here.
Does MIT Sloan make 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’re happy to support your spouse in obtaining a dependent visa. However, we are not able to provide work visas. Visit here for more information on visa categories.
Do fellowships cover tuition and living expenses?
Fellowships are applied to tuition only. Visit here for more information.
What support systems exist for admits who need financial aid?
The MIT Sloan Student Funding Office will share additional information about financial aid options and timelines if you are admitted. As an admit, you will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the Student Funding Team to discuss your specific situation and learn more about options that are available to you.
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 (DMD); Communication for Managers; 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 during the Core semester.
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 may be challenging to work during your time at MIT Sloan. However, we understand that our students financial backgrounds vary and there are a variety of resources available to help students navigate the MIT Sloan experience.
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. MIT Sloan also has a large alumni network where alum 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. Action Learning works with small startups, non-profits, NGOs, and established corporations located in Boston, across the USA, and around the globe. In response to COVID-19, the Action Learning faculty and staff re-envisioned how to meet the dual goals of student learning and host impact.
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?
The Student Life Office supports MIT Sloan students' enthusiasm and interest in a wide range of activities and topics by helping you lead and participate in clubs of all kinds. Currently, there are 80+ Sloan student-led clubs active on campus, with membership numbers ranging from 12 to 400+. Club leaders organize hundreds of events per year, including speaker series, recruiting prep sessions, social events, and large scale conferences. MIT Sloan students have access to SloanGroups, a tool for engaging with and organizing within the MIT Sloan community. Student club leaders use the platform to effectively manage their club membership base, communicate out to their contacts, and manage their events.
If there is not already a student organization at MIT Sloan that suits your interests, you are encouraged to explore the more than 500 clubs organized under the MIT Association of Student Activities, which serves the entire campus.
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 (in person or virtually) 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 office hours and asking about career advice, project ideas, etc. MIT Sloan faculty serve as mentors and advisors to student teams, and often can provide networking contacts during job searches.
How does the CDO help me prepare for the job search?
After your admission, in June you will get access to Career Foundations, a comprehensive online career education program delivered via Canvas. You’ll focus on the themes of Knowing Yourself, Understanding the Market and Creating Alignment. The journey continues during Pre-Orientation with 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 as an MIT Sloan student, 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, sessions our alumni have identified as offering some of the most important tools for professional success in the years ahead.
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, interview skills and LinkedIn profiles 24/7
- YOUR CDO, a collaborative hub that markets MIT Sloan career events, insights and resources, and connects you with MIT alumni and employers
- Guidance of experienced MBA Career Advisors focused on your specific needs and goals
- Support of your peers through the MBA Core Fellows, selected second-year students who serve as the resources for career education and the internship search
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, highlight opportunities in popular industries, and to relay networking and job opportunities.
Our advisors believe that you are the CEOs of your own careers. 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 are making 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 Events, Networking Nights for full-time and internship positions, and the MIT Sloan Career Fair in April.
Our MBA Career Advising Team organizes Career Core and many other career programs, including ‘How to Create Your Own Internship’ and ‘Negotiating Your Employment Offer’, as well as career programs for affinity groups, including an Immigration Update with a US Immigration Attorney for international students and ‘Career + Identity’ small group discussions.
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. To bring it all together in one place, the CDO created 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 CDO also connects you to your student and alumni network, through the Summer and Full-time Employment Directories, Alumni Directories, MBA Core Fellows Profiles, and the MIT Sloan Industry Advisor Profiles.
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 advising session 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 Core Fellows, faculty, and alumni who can share valuable experience and insights.
How can I connect with MIT Sloan alumni in my industries of interest?
MIT Sloan alumni play an important role in the career ecosystem at MIT Sloan. Starting in the fall, you will have access to the MIT Sloan Industry Advisors, a select group of alumni who provide in-depth industry expertise and guidance to students exploring specialized career paths in emerging field and industries. With over 40 advisors across 17 industries, this team brings impressive industry experience and work histories that include leading companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Nike, and Tesla.
Alumni are engaged as panelists for Career Core industry events and recruiting representatives for their companies. You can also make connections with alumni through club events, the summer and full-time employment directories, or the alumni directories.
If you have any questions about how to incorporate alumni into your career exploration or job search, your CDO MBA Career Advisors are happy to be your partners in planning your outreach.
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 with 300 companies. In 2020, our top industries were Consulting (31.1%), Tech (27.6%), and Finance (18.5%). The average base salary was $144,140, the median base salary was $150,000, and the range of base salary was $50,000-$230,000.
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 eight engineering departments within the MIT School of Engineering. The program is a partnership between MIT and more than 20 partner 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. On average, the fellowship covers at least 50% of tuition. 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 departments. 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. LGO students must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field, 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, or product design and development. It is not required to have an engineering background, or to have worked as an engineer.
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 LGO students take fewer Sloan electives. Students begin the program in early 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 a variety professional backgrounds.
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. A STEM degree is strongly preferred, and candidates with non-STEM degrees will need to demonstrate substantial engineering and 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.