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MIT Sloan MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

I'm just going to be honest about the Sloan application: it's terrible.

Sloan has long had the worst application essay structure of any top business school. And despite significant negative feedback, it hasn't changed. It looks like we're going to go with the same stupid cover letter thing again this year and the video submission.

The video is a good idea, and many schools are using it. But writing a groveling cover letter to Rod Garcia, the director of admissions, is awkward and rarely comes off a anything but forced. Rod's a good guy — I've met him and like him — but the letter addressed to him is weird, and the limit of 300-words is just too restrictive. The cover letter was a shitty idea that should have died a miserable death years ago.

Here's what needs to be submitted to Sloan:

Cover Letter and Resume

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.

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 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).


Please submit a resume that includes your employment history and academic record in reverse chronological order. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. (no more than 1 page in length)

Video Statement

Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement.

You will need to use an internet-connected computer, with a webcam and microphone. As part of the application review, the Admission Committee will evaluate your response to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture. The simple, open-ended question is designed to help us get to know you better.


  • Please make sure you are using a working Internet connection not wireless or shared wireless connection. If your Internet is not a strong signal you will not be able to upload. Please also make sure you have the most up to date browser.
  • You will need to use an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone.
  • We suggest using Google Chrome* or Firefox as your browser.
  • If using Google Chrome - please click the camera icon in your browser to allow the site to access your microphone. If you are having issues with your microphone please re-start your computer for Google Chrome to access your microphone.
  • Once the video statement question is viewed you will have 60 seconds to prepare, and then 60 seconds to record your answer.
  • You will only have one attempt to record your response.

Additional Information (Optional)

Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know (200 words or less).


Sloan requires two letters of recommendation. Fortunately, the school uses the Common Letter of Recommendation. You can read more about it here: [LINK]

MIT Sloan MBA Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 724
2 Average GPA 3.5
3 Class Size 409
4 Work Experience (Average Years) 4.8
5 Work Experience — (Range) 0 - 15
8 GMAT — Middle 80% 690 - 760

MIT Sloan Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
1 September 25, 2017 December 19, 2017
2 January 17, 2018 April 3, 2018
3 April 9, 2018 May 14, 2018
*Due at 3:00 PM ET