One distinguishing factor that sets MIT Sloan apart from other schools is the accessibility of our talented faculty. Back in the day when I was a student at MIT Sloan, one of our favorite professors was Arnold Barnett. He had an incredible talent for making the math core class lively, relevant, and, yes, funny. I’m not the only one who thinks very highly of Arnie – he has been honored by students with teaching awards thirteen times!
In this video, Arnie looks back on his nearly 40 years at MIT Sloan and talks about his elective “Statistical Consulting.” It is now so popular with MBA, MFin and LGO students that he has expanded it into two sections every spring, and is planning to add another section in the fall. Statistical Consulting is one of around 150 electives taught at MIT Sloan.
On my recent trip to Europe, I attended several MSMS recruiting events with my colleague Julia Sargeaunt. When I first arrived in London, Julia was very excited to share her experience from the day before:
On a Saturday morning in the city of Oxford, I had a lovely breakfast at an old Jam Factory that has been converted into a restaurant with seven women from seven countries to discuss the MSMS Program. Countries represented included China, Croatia, France, Finland, India, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Welcoming its first class in September 2009, MIT Sloan’s MSMS program has grown in popularity and international interest. Learn more about the MSMS program on our website, and read first-hand experiences from current student bloggers.
As we begin to wind down for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take this opportunity to stop and reflect. Here are a few things I am thankful for:
My job: Working at MIT Sloan is a privilege! I think it everyday, I say it often and I truly mean it.
The chance to connect with amazing prospective students: I have just traveled to five other countries where I met with interesting, accomplished, diverse, and caring people from around the world.
Our Admissions Team: I am part of a team of caring and hard-working people who understand the responsibilities that we have as an Admissions Team and who believe in our holistic admissions process. This process is focused on truly getting to know each candidate, and it is one that I stand behind.
A mission-driven school: I am part of a community that is driven to identify and solve the world’s problems and to make it a better place. This is reflected in everything that we do.
Dynamic students: Students on campus are collaborative, focused, authentic and they never cease to amaze me. They make sharing stories at MIT Sloan an easy and exciting thing to do.
Supportive alumni: During every information session I meet with accomplished alumni who come out in droves to share their personal stories and insights. They help us bring the MIT Sloan culture alive.
Sloanies Enjoying a Thanksgiving Feast
Pie Day for the Staff
MIT Sloan is a transformative place and I am honored to be apart of it. I invite you to learn more about how MIT Sloan can change your life.
Our office will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
How does MIT and MIT Sloan help prepare students to make an impact in the field of sustainability? The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan provides many opportunities for the community to improve our lifestyles in new and innovative ways. Building E62, the center of our campus, was the school’s first LEED Gold certified structure, setting a precedent for the future of sustainable action at MIT Sloan. In last week’s Sustainability Lunch Series, MIT Sloan professors Leigh Hafrey, Bill Aulet, and Jason Jay had a compelling open dialogue discussing the complicated balance of ethics, entrepreneurship, and sustainability when developing a new business. Be on the look out for more of these lunches taking place this winter.
Students participating in S-Lab have the opportunity to work directly with an organization and help tackle a real-world sustainability issue within a business. Additionally, the Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan allows students to focus on a deep understanding of issues concerning sustainability, and teaches them how to manage these challenges. Jeffrey Sun, MBA ’15, talks about why he chose MIT Sloan to pursue his interests in sustainability:
For another first-hand perspective, check out a great blog post from current MBA student Ethan McCall.
Round I interviews are in full swing. A few members of the Admissions team, myself included, are touring the globe meeting with amazing candidates. I was in Mumbai earlier this week, currently finishing up in Tel Aviv, and will be in London, Madrid, and Paris next week.
A large percentage of candidates choose to come to the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge to interview. A great benefit of interviewing on campus is that you have the opportunity to have lunch with current MIT Sloan Students. They have been coming out in droves to meet interviewees! The other day, the students surprised us and posted their favorite things about MIT Sloan on the whiteboard in the lunch room. It made me proud to see this- even from afar! For those of you who cannot interview on campus or come to visit this fall, I wanted to share a glimpse of the whiteboards with you:
Additionally, John Mahler, one of our student bloggers wrote a fantastic article on how to ace the interview. It is definitely worth reading.
Best of luck to those of you interviewing- and, to quote John Mahler, remember to BE YOURSELF!
From time to time, I will post guest blogs from my MIT Sloan colleagues. Jane Deutsch, Director of Admissions and Career Development for the Leaders of Global Operations (LGO) Program, shares LGO updates and application tips:
Last week at our annual Ambassadors Day and Information Evening, LGO welcomed 125 prospective applicants from all over the U.S. and as far away as Montreal and Mexico (read more here). I’m always invigorated by this day and inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of both the current LGOs who run the events and the potential applicants. It reminds me of why I love doing admissions for LGO.
Co-chairs Nahathai Srivali and Concepcion Kafka, LGO ’15s, Welcome Prospective Students to Ambassadors Day.
It is also very gratifying to represent a product – in this case, an academic program – that people are so excited about. Several attendees told me that as soon as they heard about MIT’s dual degree in management and engineering, they knew LGO was a perfect match because it allows them to enhance their engineering and technical skills, as well as to develop the management knowledge they need to be leaders in the industry.
“The single most valuable part of my experience is the program’s leadership development component,” said Albert Chan (LGO ’15) in an e-mail to prospective LGO students. “Staff, alumni, and students alike have continued to impress upon me the importance of principled leadership. In business, especially, doing the right thing matters.” (Read Albert’s full e-mail here.)
Albert also offers prospective students three suggestions on how to personalize their applications and make them shine:
- Ask your friends what makes you stand out. They might tell you things that you weren’t aware of.
- Think deeply about your values and how you’ll embody them as a leader.
- Describe your challenges as well as your successes.
View more about the application process here. The LGO Program has one application deadline: Sunday, December 15. Let us know if you’d like to learn more—e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the LGO website.
This fall has been an incredibly uplifting time here in Red Sox Nation. It is also a time to give thanks. I would like to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the Veterans who have served, and the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces, along with their families. In observance of Veterans Day, the MIT Sloan Admissions Offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2013.
I invite you to watch a video interview with current student and Veteran Jeff Prosek, MBA ’14, to learn more about daily life as a Sloanie. Jeff was a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion Flight Officer and he is one of the Co-Presidents of the Sloan Veterans Association, a student-run organization that serves as the MIT Sloan veteran hub.
Learn more about the amazing community of Veterans at MIT Sloan by reading the latest article from News@Sloan.
As an alumna of MIT Sloan, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing other MIT Sloan Women making a positive impact in the classroom and in the workplace. I invite you to join female members of the MIT Sloan community at one of our MIT Sloan Women alumnae panels this week to learn more about what an MBA from MIT Sloan can mean for your career trajectory.
At each of these events, you can expect to hear from successful female leaders about opportunities for career growth, the MIT Sloan community, networking options, and how to balance it all.
Register here for one of our events:
- November 4 – Cambridge, MA
- November 5 – Online Chat
- November 7 – New York City, NY
In addition, keep an eye out for the SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) Conference that till take place in 2014!
Interviews for Round 1 MBA candidates start next week! Jennifer Barba, Associate Director, shares some helpful tips on what to expect during the interview and how best to prepare.
The Admissions Team is looking forward to meeting you soon!