Congratulations to those of you who have submitted an application for our Master of Finance (MFin) program! Our admissions team is busy reading your applications, and we are excited to learn more about you!
A critical part of our evaluation process is the interview. It is an opportunity to bring your application to life and for us to get to know you a little better. In addition, the interview is an important time for us (and you!) to assess your fit with the MIT Sloan community. I encourage you to look at the attached interview guide with information to help you prepare. Since many of you are asking, here is what to expect:
Interviews are by invitation only and are a requirement for admission.
Interview invitations will begin going out on Monday, January 23rd and will continue to be sent on a rolling basis. We make every effort to send interview invitations at least 1 week prior to your interview date. The timing of your interview invitation is not a reflection of the strength of your candidacy. It’s about ensuring the quality and consistency of reviews and to ensure things go smoothly with interview sign-ups.
Interviews will be held from January 30 – February 22.
Interviews will be conducted in person in several key locations around the globe including Cambridge MA, London, Mumbai, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Candidates who are invited to interview will sign up for a 45-minute to 1-hour time block and will meet with 1-2 interviewers.
The interview will consist of both a behavioral assessment and a career assessment.
For more information, please join Kim Ebeling, Assistant Director of Admissions, for a series of admissions interview tip videos. Upcoming videos will be posted on our MIT Sloan Admissions Facebook page and will highlight some important interview tips!
I would like to begin by congratulating the recently admitted members of the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2019. We cannot wait to meet you on campus for AdMIT Weekend on February 17& 18, 2017.
With winter break approaching, on behalf of the entire Admissions Team, I would also like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season. Our office will be closed from December 23 through January 2. If you have any questions during that time, you can reach us by phone and email from December 27-29 and on January 2. We will be back to our regular office hours, 9am-5pm EST, on January 3.
I would also like to mention that during the winter break, our MBA students are hosting a number of informal meet-ups with prospective students around the world. Please register for one in your area!
For those of you still in the process of applying to one of our MIT Sloan programs, here’s a quick reminder of the upcoming deadlines:
The application deadline for the Master of Finance (MFin) program is quickly approaching. We hope this blog will provide some insights and tips on navigating our application process.
As you know, we have ONE deadline, so it is important that ALL materials be submitted online by the application deadline – January 5, 2017 3:00 pm ET. Specific instructions and a list of required application materials can be found on our website.
When reviewing candidates for the Master of Finance program we are assessing academic abilities, a passion for finance, and personal attributes such as leadership skills, relationship building skills, and personal presence.
Here are a few tips about the application materials:
Ensure that application materials demonstrate key competencies such as your academic achievements, internship/work success, and test scores as this information provides a comprehensive perspective of your abilities.
GMAT/GRE test results—timing may not always be convenient but you should SELF REPORT your test scores by the deadline even if the official scores will not arrive in time. We will verify the scores when you are admitted.
Letters of Recommendation—get to your recommenders early to give them time to write the letter; make certain they know what is expected of them and remind them of the importance of our deadline—they are busy people!
IELTS and TOEFL scores—you should SELF REPORT your test scores by the deadline.
The bottom line is this is your story—be authentic!
What happens next? A subset of applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted in person and will take place at our campus in Cambridge, MA and in several hub cities in Asia, Latin America and Europe. If you are invited to interview, you are always welcome to come to campus!
If you’re interested in learning more, admissions representatives will be hosting an informational online webinar on Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 am ET. Please join us to gather more tips for creating a successful MFin application. Should you have additional questions, please send them to email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application to the MFin program!
We are excited to offer two STEM classified master’s degrees in finance and business analytics. While on the surface these degree opportunities may sound similar – studying at a world-class institution, action learning opportunities, and classes taught by faculty who are leaders in their field – the details of each program are really quite different.
Is Finance your passion? Are you about to complete your undergraduate degree or have you been working in the finance industry for a few years? Our Master of Finance (MFin) program, which can be completed in either 12 or 18 months, may be the right fit for you. As an MFin student, you may opt to concentrate in financial engineering, capital markets, or corporate finance. MFin applicants come from a variety of backgrounds with strong analytical skills. Through a rigorous curriculum the program prepares you to make an impact in a broad range of financial careers including Asset Management, Private Equity, and FinTech.
Do your interests lie in the area of Data Science? If so, you may choose our Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) degree. This fall, MIT Sloan welcomed its first cohort of students into this specialized 12-month program. The program was launched in conjunction with the MIT Operations Research Center and is designed for recent college graduates with strong mathematical, computer science and statistical backgrounds. If big data and programming languages such as Python, R, Julia, or JMP excite you, explore the MBAn curriculum which culminates with a hands-on summer capstone project working with companies on real business issues.
“I joined the MBAn program because I knew that when MIT set their sights on something, they do it right. I was very excited when I saw the variety of options within the program and how it combines key aspects from statistics, optimization, math, and computer science. I also think the setting for the program is both unique and amazing. At many universities, analytics programs are housed with the School of Engineering, but I feel that MBAn’s position within MIT Sloan combines technical skills with knowledge about how to implement insights. Being in a business school environment enables me to learn from a different set of students that have amazing experiences and perspectives.” –Karoline Egeland Skatteboe, MBAn ‘17
Whether a Finance or Business Analytics focus, students greatly benefit from the STEM classification of each program. The rigor of STEM classification is valued by all employers and benefits both domestic and international students. This designation also allows international students to extend their optional practical training in the United States if they so desire.
For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to meet you and get to know you better. We are looking to collect as much information as possible to supplement your application and to help support your candidacy for MIT Sloan.
We use a Behavioral Event Interview (BEI) model to assess candidates for the MBA program. Our interviewer will spend 30-45 minutes asking questions about your past experiences to better learn how you think, act, and reflect. It’s important to come prepared with stories and examples that you did not discuss within your written application. Keep in mind your interviewer will have reviewed your application prior to meeting with you.
Check out this video of Jen Barba, Associate Director of Admissions, with tips on what to expect during the interview.
This Round we are travelling to 20 different cities to meet with you. If you are visiting campus for your interview, we encourage you to take advantage of the programming we’ve put together to help you learn more about us – you’ll have a chance to visit class and/or join current students for lunch.
Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the interview:
Ask important & thoughtful questions that are meaningful to you!
Do your research prior to the interview!…We are not only assessing your past experiences but also your fit with, and enthusiasm for MIT Sloan.
Be professional. Dress in business attire.
As a reminder, we will continue to send interview invitations until November 1st. By that date, every R1 applicant will receive an updated decision status.
Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 1 applications for the Class of 2019! We have already begun sending interview invitations to Round 1 candidates, and will continue to send them until November 1st. By November 1st, every R1 applicant will receive an updated decision status.
Round 1 interviews begin next week in Asia and will continue through early December. We will give applicants as much notice as possible when scheduling interviews, and candidates will have the choice of interviewing on campus, or in a city closer to their current location. We plan to visit approximately 15 cities, both within the US and abroad. The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to Cambridge, we host a special program 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 campus for their interview.
Final decisions for candidates who had an interview will be released on December 19, 2016. Applications for our Round 2 deadline are due January 17, 2017. Please contact us if you have any further questions!
The application for our newest program, the Master of Business Analytics, is online. This innovative one-year program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing data analytics industry. Applications are due Monday, January 9th, 3pm EST.
Details about the program and the application process can be found here, including the class profile of the inaugural class starting this September! We also have several events coming up, including online chats, where you can learn more. Feel free to contact us with any questions!