Come meet Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students, faculty and staff at LGO’s Ambassador Day on November 3rd!

I would like to invite you to experience life at MIT Sloan and learn more about our LGO Program, a two-year, dual-degree collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering. If you are passionate about engineering and business, and would like to experience a six-month internship with one of our Partner Companies, this program is for you.

As an LGO Ambassador Day participant, you have the opportunity to attend a class, take a tour of campus, and engage in a Q&A session. In the evening, we offer a seminar with one of our industry partners and a panel discussion with current students and alumni.

You can learn more about the event here or by watching this video below.

I hope you can make it!

-Dawna Levenson, Director, MIT Sloan Admissions

What happens now for Round I MBA Applicants to MIT Sloan?

To those of you who have submitted a Round 1 application to the MIT Sloan MBA Program, thank you. The hard part is over! If you are interested in learning more about the process once you submit your application, this blog is for you.

We have imported all the applications and we will now begin to distribute them to the Admissions Committee members. In “the older days” this process consumed large quantities of paper files. These days, we are focused on sustainability, so this process is now entirely electronic.

The Admissions Committee members are a team of professionals who meet regularly to discuss and calibrate our application evaluations. The MBA application assessment process does not involve faculty, alumni, or students. Our team is excited to begin reading; they are dedicated and prepared to carefully review each application.

The reading and review period will take 4-6 weeks. We will send out Round 1 interview invitations from mid-October through early November. If you are not invited to interview, you will be notified of your decision by mid-November.

As we get closer to sending out interview invitations, I will post a blog with more information about the interview process itself.

Thank you again.

Join our upcoming events for MIT Sloan’s Specialized Master’s Degree Programs

I’m happy to announce some upcoming events for our Specialized Master’s Degree Programs! This October, I’ll be traveling with one of my colleagues to Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok to meet with prospective students and talk about the unique offerings of MIT Sloan. This is a great opportunity to learn about our one year Master of Finance Program and our Master of Science in Management Studies Program. Please check out our events page for details and registration.

The Master of Finance Program (MFin) is a rigorous program combining in-depth study of quantitative techniques with practical, hands-on business problem solving. It was ranked as the top U.S. Master’s Degree Program for early-stage finance professionals by the Financial Times. Applications are due January 5th, 2015 and can be found here.

The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise in a chosen management concentration. It is designed specifically for candidates who have received an MBA or equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher learning. Applications are due January 15th, 2015, and can be found here.

The MFin and MSMS are part of the comprehensive portfolio of programs we offer at MIT Sloan. Students join both the MIT Sloan and MIT Communities, take classes with our world-renowned faculty, and participate in our Action Learning opportunities.

I look forward to meeting you!

MIT Sloan Admissions Hosts Diversity Weekend

I wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and community at MIT Sloan:  Diversity Weekend. Diversity Weekend is open to prospective candidates who are interested in learning more about the inclusive environment at MIT Sloan.  The two-day event is Thursday-Friday, October 2-3.  Attendees will learn more about the campus, community, mentorship opportunities, admissions tips, and more.  They will hear from Admissions representatives, students and faculty.  It is an event not to be missed. Read the latest news story for more details on Diversity weekend mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/2014-diversity-weekend.php

The application to attend the event involves a simple sign-up process and we ask that interested participants register by September 26.  I am including the link below:http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events/mit-sloan-diversity-weekend/

Denise Bailey-Castro ‘15, a current MBA/HKS dual-degree student has shared her thoughts on Diversity Weekend: “Diversity Day was the perfect introduction to life at MIT Sloan! The students were so welcoming, and the warm and inviting nature of the school confirmed everything I had heard about MIT Sloan. It only took a few hours on campus, with students, and in classes for me to know that MIT Sloan was a special place – and more importantly, the place for me to get a MBA. The fact that Sloan works so hard to put this special event together and that it has such high visibility with faculty, staff, and administration was evidence to me that MIT Sloan truly values diversity and makes an active effort to embrace it.” To hear more from Denise, watch this video interview http://youtu.be/DYkBCgRGyXo

I hope that you will join us for this informative event. Fall is the perfect time to visit campus, and I look forward to meeting you!

Round I Deadline around the Corner- Advice for MIT Sloan MBA Applicants  

There is only one week left until our Round 1 Deadline, Tuesday, September 23rd  at 3  p.m. ET.  We are looking forward to receiving all of your applications!

If your application is complete, or close to being finished, you might be wondering – what is the advantage of applying in Round I?

By applying in R1, there are more opportunities for your application to be reviewed. Typically 10-15% of R1 candidates are wait listed or deferred to Round 2. These applicants are then re-evaluated along with R2 candidates, giving them a second chance to be invited for an interview or given an offer of admission.

I want to give some last minute tips and advice for completing your application (please note, some of these are technical, but my goal is to clear up any confusion):

The online application:

▪ In order to upload files, you need to complete the self-identifying aspects of the application and press save.

▪ The PDF preview may not show your entire application, but the admissions team will have received all of your information and data.

▪ If your undergraduate institution did not provide your class rank, please leave the field blank.

Transcripts and courses:

▪ Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation need to be written in English.

▪ If you took AP Calculus in high school and tested out of a college math requirement, you should fill in the grade box with “AP.”

▪ If a class does not have Calculus or Microeconomics in the title, do not include it in the Calculus or Microeconomics box.  We will view this data on your transcript.

▪ If you are a double major, please choose one major to list for your GPA.

▪ If you do not have a major GPA, please leave it blank – do not self-calculate.

▪ If you have an international GPA, please report it as it was given to you and include the scale.

Required information:

▪ Self-report your GMAT or GRE score in your application,  and make sure to send the official score to us as well.

▪ I strongly suggest that you use the résumé template provided in the application.  You may use an alternate format, as long as you keep it to one page and provide all of the required information.

I encourage you to respond to the optional question.  It is another opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from others.

I also want to share this recent blog posting from one of our first year MBA students with you http://mitsloan.mit.edu/student-blogs/mba-2016/words-to-2017/

I hope this information is helpful to you.  It will be a nice feeling to press “submit!” on your application.  On behalf of the entire Admissions team, we are excited to receive your applications and to get to know you.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at adcom@sloan.mit.edu or 617-258-5434.

How the MIT Sloan Admissions Team Evaluates our MBA Candidates

Throughout our recruiting trips this summer, our Admissions Team has been asked a very popular question: “What exactly are you looking for when reviewing my application?”

Our goal has always been to make the application process as transparent and upfront as possible, so I want to share how our Admissions Team evaluates our MBA candidates. We use a competency model that helps us to assess the data and to quantify the track record of success that is presented in your application.

We evaluate characteristics on two dimensions:  Demonstrated Success and Personal Attributes.  For Demonstrated Success we look for evidence of academic abilities and professional success.  Personal Attributes we look for include; ability to work on a team, ability to challenge the status quo or solve complex problems, innovative ways to make an impact, and a drive to achieve goals.

Our evaluation process, which includes a required face-to-face interview by invitation only, helps us to get to know you and to give us a better idea of how you have acted, felt or thought in specific situations.  It also gives you an opportunity to get to know us better as well. 

We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications.  We have a professional Admissions Committee (no students or faculty). They will read your entire application. We encourage you to respond to the optional question to tell us more about yourself.

We hope this was helpful in completing your application!  We look forward to receiving it! 

MSMS Application is Now Available Online!

Our Master of Science in Management Studies program (MSMS) application for entry in fall 2015 is now available online! Applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 15, 2015. Our Admissions Team will notify applicants of their decision by April 13, 2015.

In the fall, we are traveling throughout Asia and Europe to host presentations for our MSMS program. Please check back on our events page for details and registration. We encourage you to attend; this is a great opportunity to meet Admissions Representatives and learn more about our specialized masters programs.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and meeting you on the road!

A Generation of Women Sloanies

This past June I attended my 30th Sloan Reunion where I sat next to Deborah Meyer at a women’s networking event.  Deborah mentioned to me that her daughter Lillian is a current LGO student. As far as I know, there is only one other mother/daughter pair who have matriculated in our MBA program.  I found their story fascinating and want to share their journey:

Deborah Meyer SM '79, and Lillian Meyer, LGO '16

Deborah Meyer SM ’79, and Lillian Meyer, LGO ’16

Deborah Meyer graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1976 and worked in economic consulting for a year.  In the spring of 1977 she made the decision to go to MIT Sloan instead of entering the Foreign Service. After graduating with an SM in Management in 1979, she worked at General Motors in Michigan on the manufacturing side and later transferred to New York City to work with their pension fund unit.  Today she is Executive Director, Investment Strategy and Fixed Income at GMIMCo.  Deborah credits her MIT Sloan education in helping advance her career:

The MIT Sloan degree is well regarded.  I feel that my classes in finance were well in advance of financial practice.  Robert Merton taught introductory financial theory; Stewart Myers taught corporate finance.  Above all, my MIT training has helped me think in analytical and quantitative terms.

Deborah’s daughter Lillian graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and worked for two years as a geotechnical engineer. When she started considering graduate schools, Deborah encouraged her to apply to MIT Sloan for the close-knit community and a first rate education which would mesh well with her background. When she heard about MIT Sloan’s LGO Program that combines a Master’s in Engineering with an MBA, she thought it was a perfect fit: “Together the degrees would provide more career opportunities than each degree individually.”

Lillian visited MIT Sloan for LGO interview fest and the existing students impressed her as “smart, genuine, and funny”. She reports:

When I visited MIT Sloan as a prospective student, students and faculty always commented on the collaborative spirit. The way I have experienced the collaborative spirit has surprised me.   It’s not just students working together to solve a problem set, but building and feeding off of each other’s ideas.  This energy has definitely led to some interesting discussions, and I’m sure it will lead to fascinating business ventures.

Learn more about the LGO Program.

2014 Master of Finance Application is Now Available!

We are happy to announce that our Master of Finance (MFin) application for entry in summer 2015 is now available online; so you can begin uploading your resumes, essays, recommendation letters, transcripts, and test scores. There is one deadline to submit your application: January 5, 2015. 

All applicants will receive their decisions on the same day, March 9, 2015.  The application fee is discounted to $100 If you submit on or before December 1, 2014, and is $150 if you submit after December 1, 2014.

We encourage you to schedule a visit to campus this fall with our MFin Ambassadors Program to get a feel for the MIT Sloan student experience. We also offer in-person events around the globe and online chats.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

MIT Sloan Celebrates Women ‘Breaking the Mold’

I am proud to be part of the accomplished community of women at MIT Sloan. Next week, August 4-7 we will host events to showcase MIT Sloan women who are “Breaking the Mold: stories from MIT Sloan women who have defied expectations and forged their own paths.” Please join us as our events kick off Monday at 10 a.m. (ET) with a Google hangout with me, a couple of my colleagues, and current students. Throughout the week we will have alumnae panels in Boston, NYC and San Francisco. Feel free to follow us on Twitter next week with  #MITSloanWomensWeek.

For those of you who are registered, we look forward to meeting you!  View the full list of events or register for an event online.

MIT Sloan Women in Management will also be hosting a Women’s Ambassadors Day this fall on Monday, October 27 – please join us!