Application Updates

A few announcements for those prospective MBA students who are interested in planning ahead:

  • The MBA Application deadlines for Fall 2015 entry are September 23 (Round I) and January 8 (Round II)
  • The new essay questions will be ready by the end of June and our online application will go live by early August.
  • This is a great time to start thinking about the individuals you will select to write your letters of recommendation. Our best advice is to take an inventory of people who you have worked with: a supervisor who knows you well, can speak to your accomplishments, and give specific examples of your successes.

The Admissions Team is excited to meet you this summer during campus visits and on the road! Please continue to check our Admissions Events for updated dates and locations for summer recruiting events. We look forward to connecting with you!

 

 

Veterans Ambassadors Day

Happy Friday! We are proud to have hosted Veterans Ambassadors Day yesterday on campus.

MIT Sloan Veterans Ambassadors Day 2014
MIT Sloan Veterans Ambassadors Day 2014

Veterans are an integral part of our MIT Sloan community, and their leadership skills contribute to our student experience in immeasurable ways.

Veterans Ambassadors Day consisted of a class visit, an Admissions information session, and an engaging panel with the members of the MIT Sloan Veterans Association. I want to say a special thank you to the Vets Association for their help in organizing this event, and for sharing their personal experiences about transitioning back into civilian life, being part of the MIT Sloan community, and the fantastic successes of our alumni.

Learn more about the Veterans Community at MIT Sloan. Have a great weekend!

Update for MBA Round 2 Applicants

The Admissions Team has been busy hosting AdMIT events, receptions, and webinars for our Round 1 AdMITs around the globe.  AdMIT events offer admitted applicants the chance to meet with Admissions representatives, current students and alumni to learn more now that they have been accepted to our program. Round 1 AdMITs – we are excited to meet you!

Rod Garcia and Julie Strong hosting an event in our Latin American Office
Admissions Team Members Rod Garcia and Julie Strong hosting an event in our Latin American Office

If you are an MBA Round 2 applicant – congratulations on submitting your application! You might be wondering . .  .

What does that mean exactly?

Good question! A committee of professional readers review your application to evaluate your demonstrated successes and personal attributes. They will read your entire application, including your optional information (which, by the way, are proving to be amazing so far!).  From there, the committee will evaluate each candidate and a subset of applicants will be invited to interview.

When can you let me know if I am being invited to interview?

Interview invitations will go out mid-February and continue throughout March. If you do receive an invitation, there will be specific instructions included so you know what to expect and how to prepare. Through the application review process and interview stage, our goal remains to get to know each and every applicant better. I have been reading applications for over 7 years now, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t get old. However, it does take some time to do a comprehensive review.  We appreciate your patience and of course, if you have any questions during this time, you are always welcome to email us at mbaadmissions@sloan.mit.edu.

How do I ace the interview?

If you would like to prepare for the next stage of the evaluations process, refer to our previous post on Interview Tips and watch Associate Director Jen Barba explain what to expect for your interview. Since the interview is behavioral based, providing past examples of what you thought, felt or did in a specific situation will have the most impact.

MSMS Recruiting

On my recent trip to Europe, I attended several MSMS recruiting events with my colleague Julia Sargeaunt. When I first arrived in London, Julia was very excited to share her experience from the day before:

On a Saturday morning in the city of Oxford, I had a lovely breakfast at an old Jam Factory that has been converted into a restaurant with seven women from seven countries to discuss the MSMS Program. Countries represented included China, Croatia, France, Finland, India, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Welcoming its first class in September 2009, MIT Sloan’s MSMS program has grown in popularity and international interest. Learn more about the MSMS program on our website, and read first-hand experiences from current student bloggers.

On-Campus Interview Update

Round I interviews are in full swing.  A few members of the Admissions team, myself included, are touring the globe meeting with amazing candidates. I was in Mumbai earlier this week, currently finishing up in Tel Aviv, and will be in London, Madrid, and Paris next week.

A large percentage of candidates choose to come to the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge to interview.  A great benefit of interviewing on campus is that you have the opportunity to have lunch with current MIT Sloan Students.  They have been coming out in droves to meet interviewees!   The other day, the students surprised us and posted their favorite things about MIT Sloan on the whiteboard in the lunch room.  It made me proud to see this- even from afar!  For those of you who cannot interview on campus or come to visit this fall, I wanted to share a glimpse of the whiteboards with you:

Additionally, John Mahler, one of our student bloggers wrote a fantastic article on how to ace the interview. It is definitely worth reading.

Best of luck to those of you interviewing- and, to quote John Mahler, remember to BE YOURSELF!

LGO Program

From time to time, I will post guest blogs from my MIT Sloan colleagues. Jane Deutsch, Director of Admissions and Career Development for the Leaders of Global Operations (LGO) Program, shares LGO updates and application tips:

Last week at our annual Ambassadors Day and Information Evening, LGO welcomed 125 prospective applicants from all over the U.S. and as far away as Montreal and Mexico (read more here). I’m always invigorated by this day and inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of both the current LGOs who run the events and the potential applicants. It reminds me of why I love doing admissions for LGO.

Co-charis Nahathai Srivali and Concepcion Kafka, LGO '15s, Welcome Prospective Students to Ambassadors Day.
Co-chairs Nahathai Srivali and Concepcion Kafka, LGO ’15s, Welcome Prospective Students to Ambassadors Day.

It is also very gratifying to represent a product – in this case, an academic program – that people are so excited about.  Several attendees told me that as soon as they heard about MIT’s dual degree in management and engineering, they knew LGO was a perfect match because it allows them to enhance their engineering and technical skills, as well as to develop the management knowledge they need to be leaders in the industry.

“The single most valuable part of my experience is the program’s leadership development component,” said Albert Chan (LGO ’15) in an e-mail to prospective LGO students. “Staff, alumni, and students alike have continued to impress upon me the importance of principled leadership. In business, especially, doing the right thing matters.” (Read Albert’s full e-mail here.)

Albert also offers prospective students three suggestions on how to personalize their applications and make them shine:

  • Ask your friends what makes you stand out. They might tell you things that you weren’t aware of.
  • Think deeply about your values and how you’ll embody them as a leader.
  • Describe your challenges as well as your successes.

View more about the application process here. The LGO Program has one application deadline: Sunday, December 15. Let us know if you’d like to learn more—e-mail lgo@mit.edu or visit the LGO website.

Women’s Events

As an alumna of MIT Sloan, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing other MIT Sloan Women making a positive impact in the classroom and in the workplace. I invite you to join female members of the MIT Sloan community at one of our MIT Sloan Women alumnae panels this week to learn more about what an MBA from MIT Sloan can mean for your career trajectory.

At each of these events, you can expect to hear from successful female leaders about opportunities for career growth, the MIT Sloan community, networking options, and how to balance it all.

Register here for one of our events:

  • November 4 – Cambridge, MA
  • November 5 – Online Chat
  • November 7 – New York City, NY

In addition, keep an eye out for the SWIM (Sloan Women in Management) Conference that till take place in 2014!