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MIT Sloan Class of 2019 Essay Analysis

June 30, 2016

MIT Sloan School of Management recently released their deadlines and essay prompts for the 2016-17 MBA admissions season.

There are some big changes this year! Instead of a mandatory essay, applicants will be required to submit a cover letter along with their resume (as usual, limited to one page). If you want to include more information, Sloan will continue to offer their optional open-ended prompt that will allow you to use a variety of formats that will help them to consider your candidacy. We strongly recommend reviewing your application and using the optional question to provide more context on your background that you believe will be helpful.

As you draft your cover letter, resume, and optional response, it’s important to remember that MIT Sloan is looking for evidence of past successes (and even failures) that will point to your potential for future success. Given how important their perception of fit is, it will also help you to consider what’s different about Sloan and how you will thrive in the program (discerned not just from website research, but from webinars, information sessions, visits to the school and discussions with current students / alumni).

2016/17 essay questions

Prompt 1: Please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions. (250 words or fewer)

Optional prompt: The Admissions Committee invites you to share additional information about yourself, in any format. If you choose a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us with the URL.

2016/17 essay question analysis

The Cover Letter

As you draft your cover letter, you’ll want to focus on the qualities and experiences that have made you who you are and how that will drive your future. As with career cover letters, while you want to have a clear structure, make sure that what you’ve shared is also memorable. A terrific test for anyone who is willing to volunteer to read your application: ask them for 1-3 takeaways from your letter a few minutes after they’re finished reading it. Do they remember anything?

Optional prompt

The optional question is the same as 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 a previous 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.

2016/17 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: September 15, 2016 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: December 19, 2016

Round 2: Application deadline: January 17, 2017 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: April 3, 2017

Round 3: Application deadline: April 10, 2017 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: May 17, 2017

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