Why We Ask MBA Interviewees for an Additional Essay

All MBA interviewees are asked to answer one important question before interviewing at MIT Sloan:

“The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse.”

I want to shed some light on why we ask this question and what we value in responses.

First, why do we ask this question?

MIT Sloan is a mission-driven school.  In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about working here! MIT Sloan students are smart and collaborative, grounded and inventive. Together, we cherish inclusivity and embrace unique differences because we know that building this culture is critical to fostering world-changing ideas.

Over the years, I have seen how our MIT Sloan culture has been enriched by the incredible diversity of people and ideas coming together in one place. Now, as our Admissions Team builds the next class of MBA students, our goal is to admit students who will complement and contribute to our dynamic culture.

We love talking about our mission – in fact, we will likely bring it up during your interview. This essay gives you time to contemplate the culture you are looking for in a business school and prepare to have a deeper conversation about it when we meet in person for your interview.

Second, what are we looking for in responses?

This question is all about fit. Reading this essay gives our Admissions Committee a unique opportunity to learn more about you, beyond your resume and written application.

We’re looking to find out how your values and goals align with MIT Sloan. We are curious to find out how you articulate your individuality and best characteristics. We love seeing how you have impacted the community and culture of organizations you have been a part of and we look forward to using our interview-time to dive deeper into your responses.

To write an essay that stands out, I recommend learning as much as you can about who we are and what we stand for. Explore our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, student blogs. Think about what matters to you in communities you have been a part of and how you have chosen to make an impact on people. Show us how you’re already living out the MIT Sloan mission.

Dawna

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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

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!

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!

MIT Sloan Master of Finance (MFin): Application Tips & Advice

 

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.

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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 mfinadmissions@sloan.mit.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application to the MFin program!

New Deadlines and Application Updates for MIT Sloan

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Happy first Friday of Summer!

I’m excited to announce that the schedule of our 2016-2017 MBA deadlines and decisions is now available.

  • Our application goes live on July 11, 2016.
  • Round 1 Deadline: September 15, 2016. Decisions will be released December 19, 2016.
  • Round 2 Deadline: January 17, 2017. Decisions will be released April 3, 2017.
  • Round 3 Deadline: April 10, 2017. Decisions will be released May 17, 2017.

Our website has further details and directions

We also have made some changes to our application. This year, instead of responding to an essay question,  we are asking applicants to submit a cover letter along with their resume. Your cover letter is an opportunity to introduce yourself, describe your past successes, and explain why MIT Sloan’s MBA Program is the right place for you. The optional essay remains available, and you can share additional information about yourself in any format.

We’ll be sharing more tips and information in the months to come. We hope to see you at one of our events this summer!