MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program

How to Apply to the MIT Sloan Fellows 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 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. 
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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


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.

Application Deadlines for June 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.

  Submit application by 3:00 p.m. EST on: Applicants will be notified by: Admitted applicants must respond to offer by:
Round 1 October 6, 2020 December 14, 2020 February 1, 2021
Round 2 January 11, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 1, 2021
Round 3 March 1, 2021 March 31, 2021 April 7, 2021

A complete application for 2021 entry consists of the following:

  • 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 a 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 Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (500 words or less).

  • Resume

    Please submit a two page resume that includes the following information and formatting:

    • Two 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, 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

    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

    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.

  • 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. 

    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 program, 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.

    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.

    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) 

    MIT Sloan utilizes the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form. 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 Chart

    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 recommender or references from your current organization.

    Click here to view a sample organizational chart.

  • 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. 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 coursework.

    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.

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

  • 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: X5X-QS-71

    GRE: 3536

    EA: X5X-QS-71

  • Application Fee

    The application fee is $250 payable online by credit card. The application fee must be paid at the time your application is submitted.


    Fee waivers are offered to the following applicants:

    • Active U.S. military personnel


    Applicants who qualify must submit the fee waiver form at least ONE week before the application deadline (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).

    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.  

    *Please note that we cannot grant retroactive fee waivers if the application fee has already been paid online.

WATCH: SFMBA Application Overview & Tips

Katy Radoll, Associate Director of Admissions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, provides an overview of the Sloan Fellows MBA application. Hear Katy's tips for submitting an application that demonstrates the strengths you will bring as a Sloan Fellow.