Action Learning at the Boston Capital Market Series | MIT Sloan School of Management.

As part of MIT Sloan’s Innovation Period, a group of Master of Finance students participated in the Boston Capital Markets Series (BCMS). An intensive action learning experience, BCMS allowed students to put capital market theory into practice in the real world. Over three days, students visited a variety of leading financial institutions; participated in intimate chats with high ranking, experienced professionals; and toured trading floors and technology resource centers.

I wanted to let you know about this exciting feature of MIT Sloan’s curriculum, because it exemplifies a key aspect of our programs: learning by doing. A student who attended wrote that the series “ultimately shed light on where all of my coursework fits within the real world. As we pass the halfway mark of the program, any exposure to the professional sphere becomes extremely valuable.”

Learn more about MIT Sloan’s innovative action learning programs. And as always, we’d love to have you visit us on campus!

-Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, MIT Sloan

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Breaking the Mold: The Women of MIT Sloan

On October 27th, Our Admissions Office cohosted Women’s Ambassador Day with the Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) Club as part of their Breaking the Mold Initiative. The initiative was launched by SWIM to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in business. One of our student bloggers attended several of the Breaking the Mold events on campus. As she explains, these events are “about uncovering implicit biases. I’ll describe it in one word: amazing. No, illuminating.” Read about the rest of her experiences here.

20141027-_MG_0068 copyWomen’s Ambassador Day and the Breaking the Mold Initiative reflect MIT Sloan’s commitment to and engagement with our female students, whose experiences and perspectives strengthen our diverse community. For those who are interested in Breaking the Mold, please consider attending the flagship conference in February. And if you’d like to learn more about our culture and community at MIT Sloan, I hope you will come visit us!

-Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, MIT Sloan


Grateful for our Veterans

We had a beautiful fall here in New England, and the holidays are right around the corner! I wanted to take a moment to give special thanks to all Veterans who have served our country, current service members in the armed forces, and their families. The MIT Sloan Admissions Office will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observation of Veterans Day.

Pat O’Brien, MBA’15 and co-president of the MIT Sloan Veterans Association, wrote in a recent blog post that “Veterans are part of the leadership in most clubs and activities at MIT Sloan…Any veterans considering a transition from active duty and a career in business should absolutely consider making this their home for a few years.” After everything they’ve done for our country, we’re proud to be a launch pad for the next stage of our veterans’ careers.

Our Veterans Association is comprised of almost 70 veterans across all MIT Sloan programs. They recently hosted a Google Hangout where they dispensed application tips and talked about life at MIT Sloan. Brian Kirk, MBA ’16 said something about his experience here which I thought I’d share: “I expected that the business world was going to be a very independent thing, that I was going to go out on my own and it was going to be every man for themselves. MIT Sloan is exactly the opposite. It is the closest thing to the brotherhood of my submarine that I could ever have imagined I would find.”

Please feel free to contact any of our veterans to learn more about our supportive community.

Round One Updates and Interview Tips

Round One Update: All applicants will receive an updated decision status this Friday, November 7th, by 5pm EST. We received so many strong applications this year, and these decisions weren’t easy. We’d like to thank you for your patience, as well for taking the time and effort to apply.

For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to get to know our applicants better. Check out this video from Jen Barba, Associate Director of Admissions, with tips on what to expect!

Are you an applicant with a significant other?

Choosing an MBA Program is a joint decision, one that impacts both you and your other half. In today’s blog post, I want to let you know about the inclusive community for Significant Others (SOs)—here at MIT Sloan.

SOs are an integral part of our community, whether they’re full-time professionals, students, or stay-at-home parents. The Significant Others of Sloan SOS club hosts a wide variety of daytime and evening social events, from museum trips to wine tastings. The MIT Sloan Parents Club provides an immediate network for moms and dads and children in the MIT Sloan community. Additionally, the MIT-wide Spouses and Partners group hosts everything from career development programs to English-speaking practice sessions.

In Admissions, we love having the chance to get to know the partners of our students. One SO our team got to know very well, Estela Fernandez whose husband is a 2014 alum, volunteered with our Ambassadors Program. We still keep in touch with Estela, and she recently wrote to us about her two years at MIT Sloan. Here is an excerpt from her post.

Today, I can say that I made lifetime friends thanks to MIT. MIT Sloan not only cares about their students, they also know how important SOs are and that’s why they dedicate effort and resources for them. For me, the MBA wasn’t about looking at my husband reading textbooks or studying for exams, it was about learning about people from all over the world and their cultures, beliefs, and customs.

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You can find the rest of her post here online.

Please email us if you or your partner have any questions about life at MIT Sloan.

-Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, MIT Sloan

Are you interested in a career in finance? Looking for a curriculum that will help give you a quantitative edge? I want to let you know about our upcoming Master of Finance (MFin) Open House on November 13th happening here on campus!

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The Master of Finance is a one-year, rigorous program perfect for individuals who want to prepare for a career in the finance sector. MFin students benefit from a collaborative student community, supportive career development office, flexible curriculum, Action Learning opportunities, and access to world-renowned faculty. Gain insight into the program by reading this recent article.

This Open House is a great opportunity to ask all your pressing questions, and learn about the program from those who know it best—our current students.  As Florent Coeffic, MFin ’13 describes, “there is more flexibility here than I realized, and much more interaction with the faculty.  Students are free to customize their learning experience by taking classes across programs…I think it illustrates the collaborative culture that is a hallmark of MIT Sloan.”  See what our students have to say about the program in the MFin student blogs.

Applications are due January 5th, 2015. Applicants who submit before December 1st qualify for a reduced application fee. Application fees are waived for current college seniors who are US citizens graduating from a US school in 2015 and for active US military personnel. I encourage you to check out our website for more information.

I hope you can attend the MFin Open House!

Dawna Levenson, Director, MIT Sloan Admissions

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

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:

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

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!