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, business and engineering.

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COVID-19 Update:
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

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

For additional information visit the MIT Graduate Admissions website

Application Deadlines for August 2020 Entry

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


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

The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision by:*

Admitted applicants must reply to offer by:

MBA Round 1

October 1, 2019

December 18, 2019

March 1, 2020

MBA Round 2

 January 21, 2020 

 March 31, 2020

May 1, 2020

MBA Round 3

April 9, 2020

May 7, 2020

June 1, 2020

MBA Round 3 Extension June 15, 2020 Applications received after the April 9th deadline will receive a decision on a rolling basis. Admitted applicants in this round must reply by the date as noted in their decision letter.

*Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.  Re-applicants may submit an application in any round. LGO applicants must apply in the LGO Round.

MIT Sloan MBA Application Tips

Hear directly from our MIT Sloan Admissions team to learn more about the MBA application


A complete application for 2020 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 the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (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 take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Include a bit on your past experience and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. 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.

  • One Letter of Recommendation

    MBA applicants must submit one letter of recommendation. A professional recommendation is preferred, from an individual who is able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. We do not accept recommendations from family members.  The recommender must submit their letter online. We only accept electronic recommendation letters. The recommendation may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages. MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form.

    Please choose a recommender who is 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

  • Additional References

    MBA Applicants must provide contact information for two additional references.  We request the names and contact information (phone and email) for each additional reference as well as where they work and their relationship to you.

    Similar to the role of a Recommender, these additional reference contacts should be able to speak to your professional and/or academic background. A member of the Admissions Committee may reach out to these references at any time during the evaluation process, should we have additional questions about your background and/or experiences.

  • 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 recommender or references 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 transcript(s) from all schools attended or are currently attending. If you are currently earning a degree, please upload your most up-to-date transcript. Do not mail any hard copies of official academic records or transcripts. If your transcripts are not in English, please scan and upload both the original and the certified translation. We cannot accept "digitally signed" or encrypted transcripts. 

    Once admitted to the program, you 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

    All applicants must submit a valid GMAT or GRE score. We accept both the GMAT and GRE and have no preference for one over the other. We also accept the latest version of online GMAT and GRE exams.

    If you are unable to take the GMAT or GRE due to the COVID-19 situation, please check the box on the application indicating that you are applying without a valid score. You should also leave the test score section of the application blank. If you apply without a score and are admitted, your admission will be conditional upon obtaining a minimum score set forth in your admission letter, prior to matriculating.

    If you have any valid test scores or an expired score, please indicate that on your application and send updated scores to as they become available.

    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: October 1, 2014

    Round 2: January 21, 2015

    Round 3: April 9, 2015

    Round 3 Extension: June, 15, 2015

  • 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 2020
    • Active U.S. military personnel
    • Teach for America members
    • Peace Corps members
    • Forté MBA Launch participants
    • MLT/Jumpstart MBA Prep Fellows
    • Attendees at special events:  
      • Diversity Alumni Panel (August 4-9, 2019)
      • Women's Alumnae Panel (September 9-16, 2019)
      • Diversity Visit Day (Spring: April 18, 2019, Fall: November 8, 2019)
      • Women's Visit Day (Spring: April 5, 2019, Fall: October 18, 2019)
      • LGBTQ+ Visit Day (Spring: April 4, 2019, Fall: November 4, 2019)
      • Veterans Visit Day (Spring: April 8, 2019, Fall: September 26, 2019)

    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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