MIT Sloan Programs and Admissions

Degree Options and Application Requirements

MIT Sloan School of Management
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When most people think of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), they think about science and technology, but this prestigious university offers education beyond those two fields. MIT has five different schools, including the MIT Sloan School of Management.

MIT Sloan School of Management, also known as MIT Sloan, is one of the best-ranked business schools in the world. It is also one of the M7 business schools, an informal network of the most elite business schools in the United States.

Students who enroll in MIT Sloan have the opportunity to graduate with a respected degree from a reputable school with brand name awareness.

MIT Sloan School of Management is based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The presence of the school and the number of entrepreneurial start-ups in the area has led to Kendall Square being known as "the most innovative square mile on the planet."

MIT Sloan Enrollment and Faculty

Approximately 1,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at MIT Sloan School of Management. Some of these programs result in a degree, while others, such as the executive education programs, result in a certificate.

Students, who sometimes refer to themselves as Sloanies, are taught by more than 200 faculty members and lecturers. The MIT Sloan faculty is diverse and includes researchers, policy experts, economists, entrepreneurs, business executives, and practitioners in a wide range of business and management fields.

 

MIT Sloan Programs for Undergraduate Students

Students who are accepted to the undergraduate program at MIT Sloan School of Management can choose from four basic education tracks:

  • 15 Management Science: In this relatively new track of study, students learn how to use quantitative tools and qualitative methods to design and maintain complex systems and solve real-world managerial problems related to logistics and strategy.
  • 15:1 Management: This degree program is the most flexible undergraduate program at MIT Sloan. It is designed to give students a broad, foundational education in business and management while allowing them to choose minors and electives that will directly relate to their chosen careers.
  • 15:2 Business Analytics: In this undergraduate MIT Sloan program, students learn how to collect, analyze, and optimize data to make informed business decisions.
  • 15:3 Finance: In this MIT Sloan program, students study all aspects of finance, including accounting, microeconomics, and statistics. They also have a chance to choose finance-related electives that will help them learn how to apply financial tools to make managerial and strategic investment decisions.

Undergraduate Admissions at MIT Sloan

Freshman students who want to study at MIT Sloan must submit an application to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If accepted, they will choose a major at the end of their freshman year. The school is very selective, admitting less than 10 percent of the people who apply each year.

As part of the undergraduate admissions process at MIT, you will be asked to submit biographical information, essays, recommendation letters, high school transcripts, and standardized test scores.

Your application will be evaluated by a large group of people based on a number of factors. At least 12 people will look at and consider your application before you receive an acceptance letter. 

MIT Sloan Programs for Graduate Students

MIT Sloan School of Management offers an MBA program, several master's degree programs, and a PhD program in addition to executive education programs. The MBA program has a first-semester core that requires students to take a select number of classes, but after the first semester, students are given the opportunity to self-manage their education and personalize their curriculum. Personalized track options include entrepreneurship and innovation, enterprise management, and finance.

MBA students at MIT Sloan can also choose to earn a joint degree in the Leaders for Global Operations program, which results in an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master of Science in Engineering from MIT, or a dual degree, which results in an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master's in Public Affairs or Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mid-career executives who want to earn an MBA in 20 months of part-time study may be well suited to the executive MBA program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Students in this program attend classes every three weeks on Fridays and Saturdays. The program also has a one-week module every six months in addition to a one-week international project trip.

Master's degree options include a Master of Finance, Master of Business Analytics, and a Master of Science in Management Studies. Students can also choose to enroll in the System Design and Management program, which results in a Master of Management and Engineering. The Ph.D. program at MIT Sloan School of Management is the most advanced education program. It offers the opportunity conduct research in areas like management science, behavioral and policy sciences, economics, finance, and accounting.

MBA Admissions at MIT Sloan

You do not need work experience to apply to the MBA program at MIT Sloan School of Management, but you should have a bachelor's degree in any area of study, a record of personal achievement, and high academic potential to be considered for the program. Your qualifications can be demonstrated through a range of application components, including standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and academic records. There is no single application component that is the most important—all components are weighed equally.

About 25 percent of the students who apply will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted by members of the admissions committee and are behavioral based.

Interviewers assess how well applicants can communicate, influence others, and handle specific situations. MIT Sloan School of Management has round applications, but you can only apply once per year, so it is important to develop a solid application the first time you apply.

Admissions for Other Graduate Programs at MIT Sloan

The admissions for graduate programs (other than the MBA program) at MIT Sloan vary by program. However, you should plan on submitting undergraduate transcripts, an application, and supporting materials, such as resumes and essays, if you are applying to a degree program. Each degree program has a limited number of seats, which makes the process very selective and competitive. Be sure to research application deadlines and admissions requirements on the MIT Sloan website, and give yourself plenty of time to assemble application materials.