MBA

How to Apply

The most important information you can provide is a candid look at your personal story and the experiences that have shaped who you are today.We welcome applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, and engineering. However, accepted applicants may be required to take a course(s) in microeconomics, calculus, or financial accounting prior to starting MBA studies. 

The application deadline for the MIT Sloan MBA program has passed. The application for fall 2020 entry will be available this summer. 

A complete application for 2019 entry consists of the following:

  • Cover Letter

    MIT Sloan seeks 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.

    Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Assistant Dean of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

  • Resume

    Please submit a one-page resume (Times New Roman 10 point font preferred) that includes your employment history and academic record in reverse chronological order. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged, including extracurricular activities, awards, and achievements. Please REDACT your name, address, and contact information. For formatting purposes, please list the information in the following order:

    • Education - please feel free to include relevant awards, scholarships, professional societies
    • Work Experience - please list in reverse chronological order and include: company name, title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
    • Additional information - languages, extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, special skills/interests (if appropriate)
  • Video Statement

    Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief 60-second video statement. This video will be used for application purposes only and will not be shared. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself. 

    Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

    Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you're using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired internet connection available. An intermittent or slow internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.

  • Additional Information (optional)

    Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy (i.e., choice of recommenders, areas of concern in your academic record, other extenuating circumstances, etc.). This information should be provided in a written format (200 words or less).

  • Letters of Recommendation

    MBA applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept recommendations via the mail. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each. We do not accept recommendations from family members. MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form. Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions: 

    • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Maximum word count: 50 words)
    • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (e.g., what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Max word count: 500 words)
    • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Max word count: 500 words)
    • Is there anything else we should know? (Optional) 

    More information about the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation can be found at http://www.mba.com/us/plan-for-business-school/apply-to-school/general-application-advice/common-letter-of-recommendation.aspx

  • Organizational Structure

    Please upload an organizational chart which outlines the internal structure of your department and company. Limit to two pages. 

    Note: You may choose to create your own document or redact individuals' names. However, please provide as much information as possible. 

    We should be able to see your line of reporting to the top of your organization, and to easily find you, your peers, your supervisor, their peers, and your direct reports (should you have any), as well as any other recommenders from your current organization. For those in consulting, please submit an organizational chart of a current or previous project you were staffed on.  

    Please use the sample organizational chart displayed in the application as a guideline.

  • Transcripts

    Please scan and upload your transcripts from all schools attended. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts. If your transcripts are not in English, we ask that you scan and upload both the original and the certified translation. We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts. 

    Admitted applicants to the program will be required to provide an official signed and sealed transcript from all schools attended. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a candidate's rejection or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.

  • Test Scores

    A valid GMAT or GRE score is required of all applicants and must be taken before submitting your application. We accept both the GMAT and the GRE test results and have no preference for one over the other.

    Additional scores will not be accepted after you have submitted your application. Test scores are only valid for five years, calculated using your application round deadline. Please refer to the chart below to confirm the validity of your test score. 

    GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41 MBA GRE School Code: 3791

    Round Deadline:  Test must be taken on or after

    Round 1: September 25, 2013

    Round 2: January 22, 2014

    Round 3: April 8, 2014

  • Application Fee

    MBA application fee: $250.00 USD

    The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. 

    We offer fee waivers to the following applicants. 

    • Current college seniors who are U.S. citizens and who will graduate from a U.S. university in 2019
    • Active U.S. military personnel
    • Teach for America members and alumni
    • Peace Corps members
    • Forté MBALaunch participants
    • MLT MBA Prep Fellows
    • Attendees at special events:
      • Women's Alumnae Panel: Creating Ideas Made to Matter (7/30/2018 - 8/2/2018)
      • Diversity Alumni Panel (10/1/2018 - 10/3/2018)
      • Diversity Visit Day (10/17/2018)

    Applicants who qualify must submit the fee waiver form at least ONE week before the application deadline. The form is accessible on the instructions tab within the application once you have created your account. 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. 

    Attendance at certain admission events may qualify you for a fee waiver. Please see list above to see if you qualify.  If you attended one of these events your fee will automatically be waived and you do not need to submit a fee waiver form. 

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