What’s Next for Round 3 MBA Applicants?

Many things make applying Round 3 unique. One of the biggest things: the accelerated timeline. Here are the dates to keep in mind:

April 20, 2018 Interview Invitations will be sent; April 25-May 4, 2018 In-person interviews will take place; May 14, 2018 Final Decisions will be released

Please note, our Admissions Committee will not be traveling for Round 3 interviews, so all interviews will take place on campus in Cambridge.

The next month will certainly be a whirlwind, so here are some ways you can prepare:

  • Read my recent blog post about the MBA pre-interview essay question
  • Check out my interview tips video on YouTube
  • Brainstorm the questions you plan to ask us about MIT Sloan
  • Brace yourself for an exciting few weeks!

Good luck!


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Should You Apply to the MBA Round 3 Deadline?

Apply by April 9th for your final opportunity to join the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2020!

When it comes to the MBA Round 3 deadline, the single most common question I hear from applicants is “Should I apply Round 3 or wait until next year?” If this question is on your mind right now, then this post is for you!

My answer to the above question is “If you are now ready to pursue your MBA, it’s not too late! Apply Round 3.” I’ll explain:

Three years ago, we decided to add a Round 3 application deadline for a variety of reasons, one of which was  because we wanted to accommodate applicants who become ready to apply later in the traditional MBA admissions cycle. In fact, we were initially surprised by some of the circumstances that led people to apply later in the year.

For example, we have had some applicants apply in R3 because their companies had recently been bought by larger firms. Because of these unforeseen events, they felt it would be a good time to make professional transitions. Another past Round 3 applicant shared that his department was being eliminated, and so he decided to pursue his MBA earlier than originally planned.

The Round 3 application deadline was designed to give these individuals—whose professional or personal circumstances have unexpectedly changed—an opportunity not to have to wait another year.  So if this sounds like you, and you are now ready to begin your MBA studies next fall, I encourage you to apply!

A few other notes about Round 3:

  • Traditionally, Round 3 has our smallest pool of applicants, so this can be a great opportunity for strong candidates to stand out.
  • We do accept applicants in Round 3.

Still have questions or concerns before submitting your application? Send us an email or register for the Online Chat with Admissions on April 4th.





3 Best Tips When Applying to MIT Sloan’s Master of Business Analytics Program

(The Master of Business Analytics application deadline is January 9, 2018. Apply here.)

It’s December, which means one thing for us here in the MIT Sloan Admissions office: application season is in full swing.

One of the highlights for me? The day AFTER the January 9th Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) application deadline, when we start reading applications. We look forward to building the next class of data-enthusiasts who will bring their talents to our Sloan community, and to organizations around the world.

When we review your application, we want to learn about you – your academic knowledge, your analytics experiences, and your goals for a career in data science.

If you have already started your MBAn application, you might have some questions about how our Admissions team will review the application components. In our latest application tips video, Jennifer Barba, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, explains and offers some insight:

A few takeaways and additional tips:

  • Essay questions: We want to know about a project that best represents your abilities. This can be from either work or school. In addition to knowing WHAT you did, we also want to know HOW you did it. Focus on process.
  • Video question: This part of the application is not about technical knowledge. We use this to get to know you in a different way. A question might be, “What do you do for fun?” Relax and show your personality!
  • Optional Question: Consider whether or not there is anything else we should know about you, and if so, use the Optional Question space to share it with us. Some applicants might use this space to add additional context to their undergraduate performance. Others might use it as a different outlet to introduce themselves. That being said, it is truly optional. If you feel like the other components of the application show off your talents, you do not need to submit anything.

If you have additional questions about your application, check out our FAQ, send us an email or give us a call 617-258-5434.

Happy and Healthy New Year!


Dawna Levenson

MIT Sloan Master of Finance Application Tips

As we approach the holiday season, we know that many of you are also gearing up to submit your Master of Finance (MFin) applications in January.

The strongest candidates for the MFin program embody a diversity of strengths from academic excellence and a passion for finance to communication and leadership. Our most attractive candidates are able to highlight these characteristics. We are looking for you to tell your story and explain to us why the MFin program is the next best step in your career.

To help you put together your applications, check out our latest video featuring Diane Jordan, Associate Director of Admissions, with information and tips on the MFin application process.

Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the application:

  • Be authentic – Tell your own story!
  • You should self-report your test scores on the online application even if the official score report will not arrive in time.
  • Speak with 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!
  • Consider your goals and decide whether the 12-month or 18-month format is best for you. You will only be considered for the format you select in your application. If you are undecided (or open to either), we recommend selecting the “Both 12-month and 18-month” choice.

What happens next? A subset of applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted in person and will take place either on-campus or in several hub cities around the world.

Should you have additional questions, please email us. We look forward to receiving your application to the MFin program!

MBA Round 1 Application Updates: Interview Invitation Dates & Process

Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 1 applications for the MBA Class of 2020! Now that you’ve spent many hours working on those applications and have finally hit “submit,” you may be wondering, what happens now?…

An interview is an important next step in our admissions process, and we meet with everyone who is admitted. The goal of the interview is to personally get to know you better and to hear more about your story and background.

Interview invites will be sent by 2 PM ET on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 (By end of day, all Round 1 applicants will receive either an interview invitation or final decision)

We expect to interview around 20% – 25% of the Round 1 applicant pool. For Round 1, we plan to conduct interviews in approximately 15 cities around the world, as well as on campus. 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.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Interview invitations are sent based on our interviewers’ travel schedules, and not in any preferential order!
  • If invited for an interview, you will receive an MIT Sloan Interview Guide with details on how to best prepare for the Behavioral Interview
  • This is not a stress interview, so don’t panic! The interviews are conversational and are meant for us to get to know you on a deeper, more personal level.
  • Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee only. We don’t use alumni or current students in the evaluation process.

We’ll plan to post another blog with interviewing tips soon, so keep an eye out for that! Please contact us if you have any further questions!

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


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!

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.