MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission for College Students

Deferred Admission for College Students

This application process is designed for ambitious and forward-thinking students around the globe who want to secure a seat in a future MIT Sloan MBA class. Apply now, and then work for two to five years before beginning your MBA program at MIT, the home of innovation. 

Why MIT? The MIT name is recognized around the world. Your MIT degree will open doors and create unimagined opportunities. That's because MIT is exceptional, and a degree from here says that you are, too.


MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission is currently open to all enrolled full-time students who are:

  • graduating or have graduated from an undergraduate degree program during the current academic year
  • graduating from or currently attending a graduate degree program they entered immediately upon completing their undergraduate degree without full-time work experience 

If admitted, successful candidates are expected to seek full-time work experience between two to five years. If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, please email:

 register your interest

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MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission Events

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MIT Sloan Graduate Degree Programs • Overview

Meet our admissions team to explore three program options available for college seniors—MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission, Master of Finance, and Master of Business Analytics.

12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT
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MIT Sloan Graduate Degree Programs • Office Hours

In this interactive session, our admissions team will share information and answer your questions about the MIT Sloan Early Admission, Master of Finance, and Master of Business Analytics.

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Deadlines and Decision Schedule 

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application. 


Applications Due: 

April 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m., EDT November 2, 2021 3:00 p.m., EST

*Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.

A complete application for entry consists of the following:

  • Cover Letter (300 words)

    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 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).
  • Video Statement (60 seconds)

    Applicants are required to upload a 1 minute (60 second) 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. 

  • Academic Transcripts

    Please share transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended, or are currently attending.  All schools attended must have transcripts. Your degree-granting undergraduate institution should be listed first. If you have not received your degree yet, please upload the most recent version of your transcript.

    In addition, if you have taken non-degree coursework that you would like the admissions committee to consider, please include relevant transcripts.

    We review transcripts carefully, please double check that what you have uploaded is legible. If your transcripts are not in English, we ask that you scan and upload both the original and the certified translation.

    If admitted, 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. All applicants to the program must hold a 4 year undergraduate degree or 3 year equivalent undergraduate degree from outside of the U.S.

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

    MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Ideally one letter should come from a professional source, e.g., a work supervisor or manager, who is able to speak with certainty about your professional achievement and potential, and the other letter should come from an academic source, e.g., a faculty member who can speak to your academic ability. If you are an MIT student, please use an MIT Professor for one of your letters.

    Recommenders must submit letters online. We do not accept recommendations via email or 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. 

    More information about the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation can be found at

    Your recommenders should be 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 academic environment.
    • 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?) 
    • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
    • Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)
  • Test Scores

    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

    If you are a current MIT student who meets the eligibility requirements, with a cumulative GPA of 4.2 or higher, the GMAT/GRE is NOT required.

  • Application Fee: Waived

    No application fee is required for the MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission process.

  • The Virtual Interview

    The Interview is a required step in the process and will be scheduled by invitation only, after an initial evaluation of a complete application. All interviews will be conducted virtually for this application cycle.