Happy Holidays from MIT Sloan

On behalf of the MIT Sloan Admissions Team, I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you for following this blog and your interest in our school!

I wanted to mention a few things before the holiday break:

  • Deadlines are approaching. We look forward to receiving your applications and learning more about you!
    • MFin Deadline: January 5th, 2015. Decisions will be announced March 9th, 2015
    • MBA Round 2 Deadline: January 8th, 2015. Decisions will be announced April 6th, 2015.
    • MSMS Deadline: January 15th, 2015. Decisions will be announced April 13th, 2015.
  • Our office will be closed from December 24th—January 2nd, but you can reach us by phone (617-258-5434) or email (mbaadmissions@sloan.mit.edu) from 9am-5pm EST with any questions. We will be back to our regular office hours, 9am-5pm EST on January 5th.
  • Be sure to check out our events page! New offerings have been added, including meet-ups hosted by current students in cities all over the world. Registration for our Spring 2015 Ambassadors Program will begin in January, but you can view our dates here. We’d love to see you on campus!

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Master of Finance Open House

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The Master of Finance is a one-year, rigorous program perfect for individuals who want to prepare for a career in the finance sector. MFin students benefit from a collaborative student community, supportive career development office, flexible curriculum, Action Learning opportunities, and access to world-renowned faculty. Gain insight into the program by reading this recent article.

This Open House is a great opportunity to ask all your pressing questions, and learn about the program from those who know it best—our current students.  As Florent Coeffic, MFin ’13 describes, “there is more flexibility here than I realized, and much more interaction with the faculty.  Students are free to customize their learning experience by taking classes across programs…I think it illustrates the collaborative culture that is a hallmark of MIT Sloan.”  See what our students have to say about the program in the MFin student blogs.

Applications are due January 5th, 2015. Applicants who submit before December 1st qualify for a reduced application fee. Application fees are waived for current college seniors who are US citizens graduating from a US school in 2015 and for active US military personnel. I encourage you to check out our website for more information.

I hope you can attend the MFin Open House!

Dawna Levenson, Director, MIT Sloan Admissions

Join our upcoming events for MIT Sloan’s Specialized Master’s Degree Programs

I’m happy to announce some upcoming events for our Specialized Master’s Degree Programs! This October, I’ll be traveling with one of my colleagues to Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok to meet with prospective students and talk about the unique offerings of MIT Sloan. This is a great opportunity to learn about our one year Master of Finance Program and our Master of Science in Management Studies Program. Please check out our events page for details and registration.

The Master of Finance Program (MFin) is a rigorous program combining in-depth study of quantitative techniques with practical, hands-on business problem solving. It was ranked as the top U.S. Master’s Degree Program for early-stage finance professionals by the Financial Times. Applications are due January 5th, 2015 and can be found here.

The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise in a chosen management concentration. It is designed specifically for candidates who have received an MBA or equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher learning. Applications are due January 15th, 2015, and can be found here.

The MFin and MSMS are part of the comprehensive portfolio of programs we offer at MIT Sloan. Students join both the MIT Sloan and MIT Communities, take classes with our world-renowned faculty, and participate in our Action Learning opportunities.

I look forward to meeting you!

2014 Master of Finance Application is Now Available!

We are happy to announce that our Master of Finance (MFin) application for entry in summer 2015 is now available online; so you can begin uploading your resumes, essays, recommendation letters, transcripts, and test scores. There is one deadline to submit your application: January 5, 2015. 

All applicants will receive their decisions on the same day, March 9, 2015.  The application fee is discounted to $100 If you submit on or before December 1, 2014, and is $150 if you submit after December 1, 2014.

We encourage you to schedule a visit to campus this fall with our MFin Ambassadors Program to get a feel for the MIT Sloan student experience. We also offer in-person events around the globe and online chats.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Achievement Fellowships Awarded

Last week, we recognized outstanding students for their contributions and leadership in the MIT Sloan community with our merit-based Achievement Awards.  These awards include: the Seley Scholarship, the Henry B. DuPont III Scholarship, the Henry Ford II Scholarship, the Miriam Sherburne Scholarship, the Martin Trust Community Fellowships, and the Petersen Award. In addition, the Siebel Foundation and the McGowan Fellowship program grant two additional awards.

Candidates are nominated by members of the community and undergo an interview selection process.  This year we had a very impressive group of students who contributed significantly to our community through their club leadership or with specific departments on campus, such as Admissions or the Student Life Office.

Hear Natalie Hooper, one of our Seley Scholarship winners, talk about why the MIT Sloan community is the right fit for her.

MFin Decisions Are Out

Thank you to those who expressed interest in MIT Sloan and applied to the MFin Program. Yesterday, March 10, was our Decision Day, and on behalf of the Admissions Team I would like to say how impressed we were by this year’s applicant pool.

If you applied for the MFin Class of 2015, yesterday you received one of three status updates:

  • Admit:  Congratulations – You are IN!  You should look for your AdMIT packet from us arriving in the mail next week. Also, be sure to login and review our AdMIT website (login credentials were included in your decision letter).
  • Waitlist:  You received a wait list decision email that provided details on an upcoming online chat and a link to the FAQs page to help answer your related questions.
  • Not Admitted:  You received an email indicating that we cannot offer you a place in the incoming class.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual feedback to applicants. We hope that MIT Sloan will continue to be a resource for you in the future.

To those applicants who have been admitted – it is now decision time! I highly recommend reading about why our current students chose MIT Sloan in the MFin Class of 2014 student blog. A special thank you to these students for sharing their stories.

Current Students: What Surprised You About MIT Sloan?

We asked current MBA and MFin students: “Did anything surprise you about MIT Sloan?”  You may be interested in what they had to say:

  • I shouldn’t have been surprised, but you just can’t help noticing the level of diversity among the student body.  It’s the best place for making friends and I am thankful for all the interesting people I have gotten to know. In general, the international aspect adds so much to classroom discussion.
    MIT Sloan 100K Competition
    MIT Sloan 100K Competition

    It makes you see things in a different way and this is powerful  and important in the business world of today.

  • I was surprised that students are empowered to drive forward their ideas, no matter how ambitious or impactful.  The Administration steps forward and supports you, but the execution rests firmly on the students’ shoulders.  This speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit that is ever-present at MIT Sloan.
  • In some ways, it’s a breath of fresh air.  Not everyone is going into consulting or finance.  There’s freedom and flexibility.  I came to AdMIT Weekend and loved the people I met.  Such diversity and creativity is not typical.  They seemed to have richer experiences and a variety of aspirations.
  • There was more freedom than I expected to choose your curriculum. I was in command of where I wanted to go with my education.

    MIT Sloan Students at C-Function
    MIT Sloan Students at a Cultural Function
  • The emphasis on group-based assignments surprised me.  Teams are formed where everybody has something to bring to the table. I really liked that because I learned something new every time I met my team,  and I’m still good friends with my teammates.
  • I was surprised at how many opportunities there were to socialize and network. The C-Functions allowed me to connect with a lot of students who I otherwise wouldn’t have met.  I was also surprised by the number of business-plan competitions and hackathons.

MIT Sloan is a community that embraces diversity, and has an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit. I hope this gives you an inside scoop into what life is like for an MIT Sloan student! I invite you to visit campus to see for yourself.

MFin Applicants – What Comes Next

Dear MFin Applicants,

Thank you for your interest in our program, and thank you for submitting your application! We know that you are anxious and curious – so here is a rundown of what comes next:

The Admissions Team will begin sending MFin interview invitations starting tomorrow, January 21st and will continue to send them periodically through Friday, February 14th.  If you are not invited for an interview, you will receive a final decision from us by February 14th.  We request that applicants do not email the Admissions Committee inquiring about their interview invitation status.  We understand that this is a stressful time for applicants and we very much appreciate your patience.

All MFin interviews will be conducted in person.  In addition to holding MFin interviews here in Cambridge, we will also be meeting applicants for interviews in Shanghai, Paris, and Santiago.

Specific details regarding interview dates and locations are still being confirmed, but interviewees will receive an invitation one week prior to your interview date. If you are not living in one of the interview locations, you’ll be given the choice to meet us in the closest location to you, or you are always welcome to join us here on campus in Cambridge. 

Now, some additional interview tips and reminders on our policies: 

  • All interviews are conducted by members of the MIT Sloan Admissions team – not by students or alumni. 
  • We will be sharing an additional Interview Preparation Guide for those candidates invited to interview. 
  • A valid passport or photo ID is required at your interview.  Please make sure your name is printed in English on the ID. 

There are three components to the interview:

  1. You may be asked follow-up questions from your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on your academic and/or professional experiences, or provide more detail on a specific example from your application.
  2. You will be asked behavioral questions that will give evidence of certain competencies. An example of the type of question we may ask: “Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how did you deal with it?”
  3. Finally, we will give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

Lastly, except for updated Fall 2013 transcripts, we are not accepting any additional application materials at this time.  

The Admissions Team is looking forward to getting to know interviewees better – We hope that you take the opportunity via the interview to get to know us better too! 

Independent Activities Period

I want to begin by saying thank you to everyone who applied to the MBA and MFin programs over the past few weeks.  We are looking forward to learning more about you as we review your files.  It is amazing to see such broad areas of interest and intellectual curiosity among the applicants.

MIT Sloan is an opportune community to be apart of when it comes to exploring passions and interests. January is the start of IAP (Independent Activities Period) at MIT Sloan and across the entire MIT campus. It is a unique time for everyone in the MIT community to explore a variety of personal interests and topics – from designing your own clothes, to improving your poker game, even taking a beginners ski and snowboarding class.

Many MIT Sloan second year students take this opportunity to travel around the world, either through Action Learning projects or personal treks with their classmates. Many first year MBA students prepare for interviews and work closely with the Career Development Office (CDO) on internship/job searches.  Many of our MFin students are participating in FRP (Finance Research Practicum) projects.

Read about MBA student Caroline Mauldin’s incredible IAP experience last year, as she traveled to Tanzania as part of an energy project. You can also follow along as a current group of MBA students heads to Serbia as part of their Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab).

Stay tuned for a spotlight blog highlighting a few MIT Sloan students’ IAP experiences this year at the end of the month!

Application Deadline Reminders

As we look forward to the New Year, I’d like to remind you of our upcoming Master of Finance and MBA program application deadlines and to offer a few helpful hints to strengthen your application:

Master of Finance Program

  • Our MFin application deadline is TOMORROW Thursday, January 2nd. Candidates who submit their application will receive their decision on Monday, March 10, 2014.
  • Access our MFin Application Instructions to assist with any questions that you may have while completing your application.

MBA Program

  • Our Round 2 MBA application deadline is Tuesday, January 7th.  Candidates who submit their application by that deadline will receive their decision on April 1, 2014.
  • Access our MBA Application Instructions to assist with any questions that you may have while completing your application.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

On behalf our of our entire MIT Sloan Admissions Team  – have a very Happy New Year!