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!