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MIT Sloan Class of 2018 Essay Analysis

May 12, 2015

MIT Sloan School of Management released their deadlines and essay prompts for the 2015-2016 MBA admissions season last week. There are several changes that you’ll want to take note of for Sloan this year. They will have three rounds rather than two (if you’re applying first round, your deadline will be in September – see below). The school has reduced the essay requirement for all applicants, with a single required essay question. If you want to share more information, Sloan will continue to offer an optional essay question that will allow you to share additional information that will help them to consider your candidacy. If you are invited to interview, you’ll be asked to write a response to a second question.

2015/16 essay questions

Required question:

Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or less).

Optional question:

MIT Sloan will also continue to ask an optional question. The wording of that question has not yet been shared.

For candidates who are interviewed (only):

This year there is a second essay question that will be asked only of candidates who are selected to interview: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission. (250 words or less).

2015/16 essay question analysis

MIT Sloan has asked candidates for several years to provide details about how they think and what motivated their actions. As you prepare for the first question, consider a number of recent successes (note: recent will likely be defined specifically in the application, but consider accomplishments from the past year as a rough guideline. For each of them, reflect on the specific challenges, what impact you wanted to have (and what you did have), and how your thinking changed through the experience. Try to brainstorm rich detail about several potential stories to determine which showcases your character and attributes most effectively.

The optional question is similar to the question that MIT asked of all candidates last year and will ask you to share past examples that help them to understand your alignment with the school. Check out MIT’s advice from last year via YouTube.

In fact, keep an eye out on MIT’s YouTube Channel to see if additional videos are posted this year. They can be a great resource.

2015/16 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: September 21, 2015 at 3:00pm EST, decision date: December 16, 2015

Round 2: Application deadline: January 12, 2016 at 3:00pm EST, decision date: April 4, 2016

Round 3: Final application deadline: April 11, 2016 at 3:00pm EST, decision date: May 18, 2016

Other application details

The application is expected to be released in July 2015.

Also, note that MIT’s suggested resume format is different from most other MBA programs.


Check out information here.

MIT resources

Check out our links to several of MIT’s resources, including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.