The MIT Sloan MBA Program – Everything to Know Before You Apply

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MIT Sloan’s approach to MBA admissions is refreshingly honest. They believe that recent past achievements are the best way to judge your potential for future achievement, and they do NOT want to hear about your future career goals. They know that smart MBA students will figure that out during their time on campus.

At MIT Sloan, “tech” doesn’t just mean Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon. It also includes real, hard technology, like mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. MIT Sloan’s LGO program allows students to pursue dual MS-MBA degrees in exactly these areas. Even if you’re not pursuing a joint degree yourself, this means that among your classmates, you’ll see a higher than average number of students with scientific and engineering backgrounds.

The school is committed to positive social change through several avenues, including the Sustainability Certificate, which trains you to make responsible decisions in your career, and the Breaking the Mold initiative, whose hackathon allows students to propose ways that technology might address social problems.

Finally, MIT Sloan supports a lot of hands-on experimentation, whether it’s by taking the chance to explore something totally different (even, for example, pottery) during the Independent Activities Period, through their extensive Action Learning labs, or by going on company visits or study treks during the Intensive Period.

Keep scrolling to read more detailed information on MIT Sloan, and for an overview on the Class of 2022, check out our article: Your Chances at MIT Sloan: Acceptance Rate and Other Factors.

MIT Sloan MBA Class Profile

Class Size450
Acceptance RateDoes not disclose
GMAT Median730
GMAT Minimum690
GMAT Maximum760
GPA MedianDoes not disclose
Average AgeDoes not disclose
Avg. Years Work Experience5.0 years
Pre-MBA IndustriesConsulting: 22%
Financial Services: 21%
Technology: 16%
Government/Education/Nonprofit: 12%
Pharmaceutical/Healthcare/Biotechnology: 7%
Energy: 5%
Consumer Products/Retail: 4%
Manufacturing: 4%
Automotive/Transportation/Defense: 2%
Media/Entertainment/Sports: 2%
Other: 6%
Undergraduate MajorsEngineering/Math & Science/Computer Science: 45%
Economics/Business: 37%
Social Science/Humanities/Law: 11%
Other: 5%

The data above is from 2021 and represents the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2023.*
See the full report: MIT Sloan MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

MIT Sloan MBA Employment Report & Careers

Salary Average$178,140.00
Salary Average is a total of Salary + Signing Bonus
Offers Upon Graduation85%
Offers At 3 Mos.96%
Post-MBA IndustriesService Industries: 79.4%
Consulting: 31.2%
Software/Internet: 24.8%
Financial: 18.5%
Investment Banking/Brokerage: 7.7%
Investment Management: 3.5%
Private Equity: 3.5%
Venture Capital: 2.1%
Diversified Financial Services: 1.4%
Other Financial Industries: 0.3%
Retail: 2.4%
Media/Entertainment/Sports: 1%
Other Service 1.5%
Manufacturing Industries: 18.2%
Pharmaceutical/Healthcare/Biotechnology: 5.6%
Automotive/Aerospace: 3.1%
Consumer Products: 3.1%
Computers/Electronics: 2.1%
Energy: 1.0%
Telecommunications: 0.8%
Transportation/Equipment/Defense: 0.8%
Other Manufacturing: 1.7%
Other: 2.4%
Nonprofit: 1.0%
Education: 0.7%
Government: 0.7%
Post-MBA LocationsUnited States: 88.8%
Mid-Atlantic: 2.8%
Midwest: 2.8%
Northeast: 44.1%
South: 4.2%
Southwest: 4.9%
West: 29.7%
Non-US: 11.2%
Post-MBA Companies

The Boston Consulting Group: 36
McKinsey & Company: 20
Amazon: 19
Google: 14
Bain & Company: 13
Amgen: 4
Danaher Corporation: 4
Deloitte Consulting: 4
Goldman Sachs: 4
Wayfair: 4
Activision Blizzard: 3
The Analysis Group: 3
Apple: 3
Credit Suisse: 3
IBM 3
JP Morgan Chase & Co.: 3
L.E.K. Consulting: 3
Nike: 3
Rappi: 3

Career Development Resources

MIT Sloan Career Development Office

The data above is from 2020 and represents the career statistics for the MIT Sloan class of 2020.*
See the full report: MIT Sloan MBA Employment Report

MIT Sloan MBA Academic Programs 

MBA Curriculum

The MIT Sloan MBA curriculum is distributed over four semesters in two years. During the second year, students may choose to write an optional thesis. Sloan also offers a one-year MBA for experienced executives through the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program. Students complete the core curriculum during the first semester of their MBA. There are five required courses as part of this curriculum.

  • Economic Analysis for Business Decisions
  • Data, Models, and Decisions
  • Communication for Leaders
  • Organizational Processes
  • Financial Accounting

You can also choose from four optional core courses: Managerial Finance, Introduction to Operations Management, Competitive Strategy, and Marketing Innovation. Three out of the four semesters at Sloan are dedicated to electives. You can choose to take electives as part of a track or certificate. Up to three approved electives can be chosen from the non-Sloan graduate-level classes that can be taken at MIT and Harvard.

See the full offering of courses: MIT Sloan MBA Course Catalog

Majors

While the Sloan MBA does not offer majors, you can opt to follow a track or pursue a certificate. The program offers three tracks that are available only to MBA students: the Finance Track, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track, and Enterprise Management Track. In addition, MBA students can pursue a certificate in Sustainability, Health Care, or Analytics, which are available to all graduate students.

Experiential Learning Programs

Sloan offers a variety of labs that students can participate in as part of the MBA Experiential Learning. Some of these courses include the modern business in India lab, the analytics lab, and the enterprise management lab.

Research Centers

Students in the Sloan MBA program have access to 14 research centers and initiatives, including the Legatum Center, which focuses on using entrepreneurship to improve global wellbeing, and the Sustainability Initiative, which provides resources to ensure that society can continue to flourish for future generations.

MBA International Study Programs

Sloan engages with 53 locations as part of their Global Program. Students can also organize a series of for-credit classes or global trips through the study tours option.

Video Resources on MIT Sloan Academics

MIT Sloan MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the MIT Sloan MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for MIT Sloan 2021-2022 application:

  • ​Organizational Chart

    Our goal is to learn about you and your professional background. Your employer’s organizational chart will help us better understand the role you play within your organization, who you report to, and the impact you might have on your department or company.

    Some important details:

    • Give us as much detail as possible (names, titles, etc.) but it’s ok to redact names if you need to.
    • Make sure we can easily identify where you are, to whom you report, and if applicable, who reports to you.
    • If your recommender or references are on your organizational chart (they may not be, and that’s ok!), please highlight them for us.
    • If you are a consultant, entrepreneur, or affiliated with the military review our FAQs (https://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/frequently-asked-questions) for suggestions on how to approach the organizational chart.

    Please upload an organizational chart that outlines the internal structure of your place of employment. Limit to two pages.

    Example Organizational Chart (https://mitsloan.mit.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sample%20Org%20Chart.pdf)
  • ​Cover Letter

    MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion. Please visit the website for frequently asked questions (https://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/frequently…).

    Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more professional examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).
    Upload a Word or PDF document.

  • Video Introduction

    Introduce yourself to your future classmates. Here’s your chance to put a face with a name, let your personality shine through, be conversational, be yourself. We can’t wait to meet you!

    Videos should adhere to the following guidelines:

    • No more than 1 minute (60 seconds) in length
    • Single take (no editing)
    • Speaking directly to the camera
    • Do not include background music or subtitles

    Note: While we ask you to introduce yourself to your future classmates in this video, the video will not be shared and is for use in the application process only.

  • Reapplicant Essay

    Please let us know what’s changed since you last applied. (text box, 200 words)

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2021-2022 MIT Sloan recommender questions are as follows:

  • Constructive feedback and the applicant’s response — Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Text box, 500 words)
  • Compare to other well-qualified individuals — How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Text box, 500 words)
  • Interaction with the applicant — Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Text box, 50 words)
  • Competency ratings comment — (Optional) Is there anything about your competency ratings on which you’d like to comment? (Short answer)
  • Optional — Is there anything else we should know? (Text box)

Video Resources on MIT Sloan Admissions

MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Interviews

MIT Sloan conducts behavioral event-based interviews. You can expect to be asked about actions you took in past situations, and probed for many supporting details about those stories. Read more in our comprehensive guide to the MIT Sloan Interview.

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What Makes MIT Sloan Unique?

Sustainability Certificate: This 5-course program gives students a grounding in sustainability, a recognized credential, and membership in a cohort of students who all share a passion for sustainability.

Action Learning Labs: Learning by doing – Students start in a lecture setting, then work remotely and on-site with host organizations to solve real business challenges.

Break the Mold (diversity program): A platform for three conferences, four workshops, two “hackathons”, and dozens of open discussions.

MIT LGO (Dual Degree Programs in Engineering): Earn an MBA and a Master’s degree in engineering in two years. 

Interludes of variety:

*All data retrieved from the MIT Sloan MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.