How to Apply to the MBA Program
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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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 2021 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. The application for 2021 entry is now open.
Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. EST
The Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision by*:
MBA Round 1
October 1, 2020
December 16, 2020
MBA Round 2
January 19, 2021
April 2, 2021
MBA Round 3
April 12, 2021
|May 20, 2021|
*Decisions will be released early for candidates who have been denied admission without an interview. Re-applicants may submit an application in any round. LGO applicants must apply in the LGO Round.
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).
Please submit a one page resume that includes the following information and formatting:
- One page limit
- Times New Roman font
- Size 10 font
- Word or PDF formats only
- Redact (remove or black out) your name, address, and contact information
For formatting purposes, please list the information in the following order in reverse chronological order:
Education - please feel free to include relevant awards, scholarships, and 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, and special skills/interests (if appropriate).
Applicants are required to upload a 1 minute (60 seconds) video as part of their application. In your video, you should introduce yourself to your future classmates, tell us about your past experiences, and touch on why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your degree.
Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:
- No more than 1 minute (60 second) in length
- Single take (no editing)
- You should be speaking directly to the camera
- Do not include background music or subtitles
We recommend using applications 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. Apple ProRes is not currently supported. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.
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.
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. 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. We do not accept recommendations from family members.
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)
MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form. More information about the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation can be found at https://www.gmac.com/reach-and-recruit-students/prepare-candidates-for-the-exam-classroom/common-letter-of-recommendation-lor
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.
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 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. We review transcripts carefully, please double check that what you have uploaded is legible.
In addition, if you have taken non-degree coursework that you would like the admissions committee to consider, please include relevant transcripts.
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. If you're having difficulty uploading your document, this may be the reason. Print out your transcript, scan it, and upload the PDF.
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.
Standardized tests, such as GMAT, GRE, EA, TOEFL, IELTS, are a component of the application process and play an important role in our holistic evaluation process. However, in view of challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, we will allow candidates for the 2020-21 admission cycle to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences. If admitted, candidates will not be required to take a test.
Additionally, applicants are welcome to submit other pieces of evidence, such as expired test scores (GMAT, GRE, EA, etc.); MITx MicroMasters, CORe, edX, MBAMath, or any other non-degree coursework completed; or certifications earned such as CPA, ACCA, CFA, etc; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.
We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online version of exams. Official scores should also be sent using the following school codes:
GMAT School Code: X5X-QS-41
MBA GRE School Code: 3791
MBA application fee: $250.00. The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. We offer fee waivers to the following applicants:
- Active U.S. military personnel
- Current Teach for America members
- Current Peace Corps members
- Forté MBA Launch participants
- MLT/Jumpstart MBA Prep Fellows
Applicants who qualify must submit the fee waiver form (an application fee waiver notification will be granted for attendees at special Identity + Inclusion events post-attendance. You do not need to 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, it will be reflected on this page and you will be able to proceed with submission.
*Please note that we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online.