MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program

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 evaluate every new application against the current year's pool of applicants, so a previous rejection does not affect your chances for acceptance. We will consider one application per year of entry per person, so apply only once in an admission cycle. 


To apply to MIT Sloan, please prepare a variety of materials to help us assess your qualifications. Remember, all materials must be submitted online by the application deadlines.

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Application Deadlines for June 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.

  Submit application by 3:00 p.m. EST on: Applicants will be notified by: Admitted applicants must respond to offer by:
Round 1 October 8, 2019 December 16, 2019 February 1, 2020
Round 2 January 2, 2020 February 12, 2020 March 15, 2020
Round 3 February 10, 2020 March 25, 2020 April 3, 2020

A complete application for 2020 entry consists of the following:

  • Resume

    Please submit a one-page resume (Times New Roman 10 point font preferred, no more than two pages in length) 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)
  • Cover Letter

    This global leadership development program is a 12-month, full-time MBA program designed to prepare an elite group of global mid-career managers with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact as leaders and innovators. Our guiding principles are to help you develop critical skills essential for future leaders; to instill a spirit of innovation through exceptional opportunities at Sloan and across MIT; to foster a deep spirit of community among Fellows; to provide a breadth of electives and depth through one-on-one relationships with senior faculty; and to offer flexible curriculum to allow you to tailor the program to meet your specific professional objectives.  We accomplish this by maintaining a foundation in our three pillars of: leadership, innovation and global perspective.

    Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program. Please share your short and long-term professional objectives and how the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program will help you to achieve them. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (500 words or fewer).

  • Video Statement

    Please introduce yourself to your future classmates, and let us know why the Sloan Fellows MBA program (SFMBA) program is a great match for you.

    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

    SFMBA applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Your recommender should have an in-depth understanding of the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program and speak to how the experience will benefit your professional and leadership development. Your Recommender should be in a position to provide firsthand observations about your performance and professional experience. We do not accept recommendations from family members.

    If you are a company-sponsored applicant, your recommendation must come from your direct supervisor or superior. The letter should describe how you were nominated for the SFMBA, indicate your organization’s willingness to provide you with a leave of absence and appropriate financial support, and what plan exists for increased or new responsibilities after your return to the organization.

    MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form. The recommendation may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages. The recommender must submit their letter online. We do not accept recommendations via the mail.

    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?) (Maximum 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. (Maximum 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

    SFMBA 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, as well as any as well as any recommender or references from your current organization.

    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. All applicants to the program must hold an undergraduate degree.

  • Test Scores

    All applicants are required to submit a valid GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score as part of their completed application. 

    Exams must be taken before submitting your application. If you have previously applied to the Sloan Fellows MBA Program and received a test waiver, it is no longer valid.

    Deadline:                           Test must be taken on or after:

    Round 1:                             October 8, 2014

    Round 2:                            January 2, 2015

    Round 3:                             February 10, 2015

    A note regarding the Executive Assessment: The EA was specifically designed for executives and provides the admissions team with a universal measure to evaluate candidates.  For more information about the EA or to schedule your test, please visit:

    Your scores must be sent directly to us by testing agencies using the appropriate code for the MIT Sloan Fellows program. All test scores are valid for five years.

    Codes: GMAT: X5X-QS-71

    GRE: 3536

    EA: X5X-QS-71

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is $250 payable online by credit card. You will be prompted for payment information during the application process.

    Fee waivers are granted to active members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  and to attendees at special events (i.e Women's Week, Diversity Days, etc.). 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. 

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