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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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.