Advice for MBA Applicants: How to Master the Video Statement

We welcomed our new Class of 2019 this past week, and it was amazing and inspiring to see this group of 404 students come together for the first time!  Round 1 deadlines for the Class of 2020 are right around the corner. Questions are streaming into our office about our new video statement (pun intended)!

A few helpful words of advice that will hopefully help ease your concerns:

  • Try to relax! This simple, open-ended question is designed to help us get to know you better, so take a deep breath and tell us about yourself! What are you passionate about? What are the most important things you would like for your classmates to know about you?
  • There is no right or wrong answer! We will evaluate your response to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture.
  • Don’t have the directorial excellence of George Lucas or the epic, dragon-filled storyline of the Game of Thrones season finale? Doesn’t matter! Again, we care about you and your own story! So go ahead and tell us!
  • This is for our eyes only…Your video will be used for application purposes and will not be shared outside our Admissions Committee.

Watch this video if you are looking for insight (or just general reassurance) about your video statement.

A few technical points…

You will need to use an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone.  Videos should be a single take (with no editing) and should last no more than one minute. Please speak directly to the camera. We recommend using an application like QuickTime or iMovie.

For other application tips check out our youtube channel.  We look forward to receiving those applications!

Dawna Levenson

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Sloan Fellows One Year MBA: Four Tips for the 2017-18 Application

Our Sloan Fellows application is now live, and you may have noticed that there are some changes to this year’s application. I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of those updates and provide a few tips for navigating the application process:

  1. We have two required essays – one of which is a Cover letter

Explain why you are seeking a place in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. Share your immediate and long term professional objectives and how the MIT Sloan Fellows Program will help you to achieve them. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and should include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria.

Tip: Be authentic. There are no right or wrong answers. These questions were designed to give the admissions committee a chance to get to know you – so tell us about yourself.  

  1. We are requiring all applicants to submit a valid GMAT, GRE, or EA (Executive Assessment) Score

GMAC has introduced the Executive Assessment (EA) designed specifically for applicants to executive MBA programs. If you do not already have a valid GMAT or GRE score, we recommend taking the EA.

Tip: Study. Spend the time studying for the exam so that it accurately reflects your abilities. If you find yourself having difficulty studying for this exam – ask yourself if you are ready to spend a year in a classroom.  

  1. We are utilizing the GMAT Common Letter of Recommendation form

This year we will be using the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form, which includes a set of competency ratings and a number of open-ended questions that your recommenders should address around work performance, personal strengths, and areas for development.

Tip: Choose your recommenders wisely! Pick those individuals who know you and your work best and can explain in detail why you are good candidate for the Sloan Fellows Program. We also suggest meeting with each of your recommenders — Take them to coffee and talk with them about why you’re pursuing an MBA at this stage in your career and why you chose to apply to the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.

  1. We have modified the Video Statement

We have modified the video statement submission from previous years. This will be required of all candidates and will ask you to “Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement.” Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute. You can use an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

Tip: Be yourself! Be authentic! We are using this video to further assess your fit with the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and to gather additional insight into your personality, presence, and passions! The question is designed for us to get to know you better!

To learn more about the MIT Sloan Fellows Program, join us at an upcoming admissions event near you!

MBA 2017-18 Application: Three Tips for the MIT Sloan MBA Application

Our MBA application is now live, and you may have noticed that there are some changes to this year’s application. I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of those updates and provide a few tips for navigating the application process:

  1. We have expanded the Cover Letter instructions and increased word count

We have provided some additional guidance around this year’s Cover Letter and bumped up our word count to 300…We know you are excited about that extra space! We are asking that you please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program taking into account the personal characteristics that we value most at MIT Sloan.

Tip: Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria stated in the cover letter instructions!

  1. We are utilizing the GMAT Common Letter of Recommendation form

This year we will be using the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation form, which includes a set of competency ratings and a number of open-ended questions that your recommenders should address around work performance, personal strengths, and areas for development.

Tip: Choose your recommenders wisely! Pick those individuals who know you and your work best and can explain in detail why you are good candidate for an MBA. We also suggest meeting with each of your recommenders — Take them to coffee and talk with them about why you’re pursuing an MBA and why you chose to apply to MIT Sloan.

  1. We have introduced a Video Statement

We have introduced a video statement submission as part of the online application process. This will be required of all candidates and will ask you to “Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement.” Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute. You can use an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

Tip: Be yourself! Be authentic! We are using this video to further assess your fit with MIT Sloan and to gather additional insight into your personality, presence, and passions! The question is designed for us to get to know you better!

Stay tuned for a few new application tip videos in August featuring our admissions staff! We also hope to see you on the road this summer!

Master of Finance and Master of Business Analytics: 2017-18 Application Deadlines

We’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 Master of Finance (MFin) and Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) application deadlines and decision dates:

Application Deadline Decisions Released
MFin January 4, 2018 March 5, 2018
MBAn January 9, 2018 March 8, 2018

Our applications for each program will be going live later this summer (think early August) and we’ll be sharing additional tips and information in the months to come. We are expecting some application updates for both programs, so keep checking our MFin website and MBAn website for further details and directions!

July 4th Office hours:

We’d also like to let you know that our Office of Admissions will be closed on Monday, July 3 through Tuesday July, 4. We’ll resume normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

MIT Sloan 2017-18 MBA & LGO Application Deadlines

Happy Summer! We’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 MBA application deadlines and decision dates:

  MBA Deadline MBA Decisions Released
Round One September 25, 2017 December 19, 2017
Round Two January 17, 2018 April 3, 2018
Round Three April 9, 2018 May 14, 2018

Our application will be going live later this summer (think mid to late July) and we’ll be sharing additional tips and information in the months to come. We have made some changes to our application, so please check our website for further details and directions!

For those applying to our dual-degree LGO Program, we are excited to announce two separate application deadlines for this year. For more information on the LGO application process, please visit the LGO website.

  LGO Deadline LGO Decisions Released
Round One September 25, 2017 By December 19, 2017
Round Two December 4, 2017 March 2, 2018

Our admissions team is hitting the road soon with a busy summer recruiting calendar. We hope to see you at one of our events this summer!

 

 

 

 

MBA Round 3 & Program Updates

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 – 2017 admissions season is nearing its end. We recently sent out MBA Round 2 decisions and we welcomed both MBAn and MFin AdMITs at our admitted student events. Our MBA R2 adMIT Weekend is also around the corner from April 20 – 22.

We do have one final upcoming application deadline for Round 3 MBA Admissions. Applications for this round must be submitted by April 10, 2017 by 3:00p.m. EST. All interviews for this round will take place on-campus, and candidates who apply during Round 3 will receive final decision notifications on or by May 17, 2017. Given the strength of the applicant pool in Round 1 and Round 2, we do anticipate a very competitive process with limited seats in Round 3. However, we do look forward to receiving your applications. Feel free to email us with any questions throughout the application process.

Interview News for MIT Sloan MBA Round 2 Applicants

Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 2 applications for the Class of 2019! The interview is an important next step in our admissions process as we interview everyone who is admitted into our community. The goal of the interview is to personally get to know you better and to hear more about your professional stories and background.

Here are some key interview invitation dates to be aware of:

  • Tuesday, February 21st – First batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, February 24th – Second batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Wednesday, March 1st – Third batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, March 3rd – Fourth and final batch of interview invitations will be sent

By March 3rd, all Round 2 applicants will receive either an interview invitation or updated decision status by the end of the business day.

Round 2 interviews kick-off Monday, February 27th and will continue through Monday, March 27th. We expect to interview approximately 20% of the Round 2 applicant pool. Please keep in mind that interview invitations are sent based on our interviewers’ travel schedules, and not in any preferential order.

For Round 2 we plan to conduct interviews in 13 cities including Cambridge, Bangkok, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to campus, we host special programming for interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit. Please note that all applicants invited to interview have the option to come to Cambridge for their interview.

If invited for an interview, you will receive an MIT Sloan Interview Guide with details on how to best prepare for the Behavioral Event Interview (BEI).

Please contact us if you have any further questions!