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MIT Sloan Class of 2020 Essay Analysis

June 30, 2017

2017/18 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, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Video Statement: Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement. (60 seconds)

Optional prompt: Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy (i.e. choice of recommenders, areas of concern in your academic record, other extenuating circumstances, etc.). This information should be provided in a written format (200 words or less).

2017/18 essay question analysis

The Cover Letter

Similar in content to last year, but with a 50-word longer limit, you’ll want to focus on the qualities and experiences that have made you who you are and how that will drive your future. While you want to have a clear structure, make sure that what you share is also memorable. A terrific test is to ask your application partners (consultants, friends, family) for 1-3 takeaways from your letter a few minutes after they’re finished reading it. If they remember the core points you’re trying to make, you’re on the right track.

Video Statement

This is new this year, and you will be shocked how quickly 60-seconds goes by. Instead of mentioning anything discussed elsewhere in your application, the key here is to convey enthusiasm for Sloan and 1 interesting fact that will make you memorable with the Admissions Committee. Don’t be afraid to take risks and be creative; the video format is a great way for your confidence to come through. A note for applicants whose first language isn’t English, practice the articulation of your words and timing. It may require more work for you up-front, but the Admissions Committee will have a strong sense of who put in extra work to optimize their video submission.

Optional Prompt

As with other schools, this should focus on addressing weaknesses you cannot address elsewhere in the application. They are only providing you 200 words to explain, so be direct in your explanation. You won’t have space to be defensive in what you’re trying to explain, which may actually help you avoid a common trap in questions similar to this.  

2017/18 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: September 25, 2017 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: December 19, 2017

Round 2: Application deadline: January 17, 2018 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: April 3, 2018

Round 3: Application deadline: April 9, 2018 at 3:00pm ET, Decision date: May 14, 2018

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