How to Prepare for MIT Sloan’s Master of Business Analytics Interview Process

Thank you for submitting your application to the Master of Business Analytics Class of 2019! I have to say, we are extremely impressed by the academic accomplishments and professional ambitions shared in the applications we have read so far.

In late-January to early February, we will be sending emails to invite a subset of applicants to participate in a 30-minute interview with a member of our admissions committee. An interview is a required step in the process and receiving an invitation is a great sign that you’ve moved to an advanced standing in the application process.

Interviews will be held on campus here in Cambridge and in several hub cities around the world. Those of you who opt to come to campus will be able to attend a class and have lunch with current MBAn students. This is a great way for you to get a better sense of the vibrant Sloan culture and community.

During the interview, we are looking to learn more about your intellectual ability and problem-solving skills, as well as your passion for business analytics. My colleague, Jennifer Barba, shares some information about the interview format and questions:

Here’s a quick recap:

  • We will ask a few technical questions. Our goal is to get a deeper sense of how you might utilize statistics, probability, math, or computer-science fundamentals to navigate a hypothetical situation.
  • We will ask some behavioral questions. An example might be “Tell me about a situation where you had to work with someone you found to be challenging or difficult.” With this question, we are looking to understand how you work with other people.
  • We will ask about your career goals. Our goal is to understand how you plan to use your MIT Sloan MBAn degree to achieve your specific professional goals.
  • Always be prepared to ask questions. Think beyond information that is already available on the website.

After interviewing, all applicants will be notified of their decision by Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Dawna

Dawna Levenson

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

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!

Top STEM Masters degrees: Master of Finance and Master of Business Analytics

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.

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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.

The Master of Business Analytics Application at MIT Sloan is Live!

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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!

New Master of Business Analytics Program

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I am excited to share with you the launch of MIT Sloan’s new, specialized masters program: Master of Business Analytics. This rigorous one-year program, developed in response to industry demand, is designed for early-stage professionals or current students who are passionate about analytics and interested in careers in the data science industry. Combining a core curriculum, focused electives, and Action Learning opportunities, this program reflects MIT Sloan’s commitment to staying on the cutting edge of research.

Admission to the inaugural year of this program is available for a limited number of students. The application deadline is April 15th, 2016, and decisions will be released on May 16th, 2016. You can learn more about the admissions process and requirements here. We look forward to welcoming the first class of this innovative program to the MIT Sloan community!