It may just be the glory days of MIT Sloan. By sitting in the middle of the booming Boston economy, centered in the emerging world of biotech, leading a movement in sustainability, and sitting one block (yes, really one block) away from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and more venture capital firms than you can count, MIT Sloan has never been better positioned as a business school.
So how to craft a winning application? An application that includes a video component. Here are five tips for your MIT Sloan essays:
MIT Sloan 2020-2021 application essays:
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 the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).
Please take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Include a bit on your past experience and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.
Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
1. Past is prologue.
MIT Sloan believes that the best indicator of future success is past success, so don’t spend a lot of time talking about your dreams. Instead, talk about your accomplishments. They are explicit: they want “doers,” so show them what you have done.
2. Number talk.
It’s MIT so bring on the numbers. Anywhere you can, adding metrics to your accomplishments would be a big advantage. Did you increase sales by 50%? Cut costs by $100M? Or increase efficiency by 30%? Let them know.
3. Show the love.
MIT Sloan is looking for candidates whose first, and maybe only, choice for b-school is MIT Sloan. And, they want to see it from more than just your application but from other ways you have gotten to know the school. Stay on top of webinars and be sure to attend local events. If possible, make a trip to Cambridge to visit campus and sit in on classes. And by all means, talk to alumni.
4. And tell them why.
Specificity is credibility. So be prepared to say exactly what you love about Sloan. Maybe it is taking a certain course with a certain professor, perhaps it is taking advantage of Sloan’s entrepreneurial community, or maybe it is just the overall “pirate” vibe. Let Sloan know with as many details as possible.
Simple but not easy – Sloan’s application features a required video component. The process is straight-forward, tell people who you are in 60 seconds. One warning, 60 seconds is a long time. And please, don’t recount your resume, this is the time to say things that no one else can say, what is unique to you? A last piece of advice that your mother would probably tell you: look directly in the camera, don’t slouch, talk slowly, and dress nicely.
If MIT Sloan is your dream school, go for it. But be prepared to submit a pristine application — there are just too many applicants fighting for too few slots – and, make sure to show the love.