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Insider Tips for the MIT Sloan Application

MIT Sloan consistently ranks as one of the top business schools in the world. At Sloan, MBAs are given the opportunity to develop intellectual rigor and leadership through experiential learning.

DeeDee, an admissions consultant at Stacy Blackman Consulting and former Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at MIT Sloan School of Management, recently offered insight into what Sloan look for in its applicants as well as insider intel on school’s ethos, admissions process, and student life.

MANAGEMENT OVER BUSINESS

To best understand the ethos of Sloan, look no further than the business school’s name. MIT officials specifically chose to call it the Sloan School of Management rather than the School of Business. That slight difference, DeeDee says, is important.

“Business is defined as making one’s living by engaging in commerce,” she says. “But management is the process of dealing with or controlling things or people. So, what’s key here is that business focuses on the endpoint, the outcome, and the profit, whereas management focuses on the people and the process.”

When it comes to admissions, Sloan admissions officers are more interested in learning how an applicant has accomplished things.

“Many successful people have impressive accomplishments, but Sloan also cares about how they treat others as they achieve those successes,” DeeDee says. “They look for how you lead and influence others, how you treat people, how you respond to uncertainty, and how you think. Like other programs, the Sloan AdCom wants to understand your purpose and confirm that you know it, too.”

UTILIZE YOUR COVER LETTER AND VIDEO

Sloan’s application requires applicants to submit a cover letter. The cover letter, DeeDee says, is an opportunity to sell yourself in under 300 words

“The letter should focus on your professional success, who you did it with, what was challenging, and how you overcame those challenges,” she adds. “The letter is not about telling the whole story of your resume. It’s also not about what you want to get from Sloan. It’s about what you have to offer them and how you have added value in your work so far.”

Additionally, Sloan applicants can record a 60-second, single-take video introducing themselves to their future classmates. DeeDee recommends utilizing the video component to tell your personal story.

“Use it as an opportunity to weave in your passions, interests, and purpose. That way, they get a real sense of the energy you bring, your presence, and your attitude,” she says. “Think about the story you can tell that will be memorable. The admissions committee will read your application and then look at the video. That’s the last thing you leave them with, your last opportunity to make an impression. So, you want to think about the best way to make a good one.”

Sources: Stacy Blackman Consulting, P&Q

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