Application Process

Applying to the MIT Executive MBA Class of 2023

Applicants to the MIT EMBA Program must complete the following steps.

A. Register your interest

B. Complete the online application. The Application for the Class of 2023 (matriculating September 2021) is now open.

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The MIT Executive MBA is a mid-career degree program in a 20-month format. It is designed to provide extraordinary, experienced leaders with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact. Our guiding principles are to help develop critical skills essential for today’s leaders and to foster a spirit of innovation through exceptional opportunities at MIT Sloan and across MIT.

This community thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration and healthy debate. We bring together a cohort of colleagues who will challenge you to consistently excel and who will give you the confidence to do more. Then we empower you by immediately integrating what you learn with how you perform on the job. The outcome of your time here will be measured by your capacity to lead change and have a lasting impact.

Your online application must include:

1. Statement of Purpose (500 words or less)
Please provide a statement on your personal and professional accomplishments. What is motivating you to apply to the MIT Executive MBA at this point in your career?

2. Essays
The educational mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management, “to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice,” has never been more important.

  • Essay 1 (250 words or less)
    Lasting impact can happen on large and small scales. Tell us about a time you either inspired others to achieve success or created conditions that led to improvements for a group.
  • Essay 2 (250 words or less)
    Please describe a time when you contributed toward making a work environment or organization more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse.
  • Essay 3 (500 words or less)
    Please tell us about a time when you introduced an idea that changed the way in which your organization approached a business challenge or opportunity. What factors did you consider, what barriers or obstacles did you face, and how did you measure success?

3. Employment History
You will be asked to fill in basic information about your role and about the company for each of your current and prior jobs. You must also submit a standard, 2 page, business resume.

4. Letters of recommendation*
Letters of recommendation are sent directly to the Admissions Committee via the online application system. Two letters are required and a third is optional. One recommendation should come from a current supervisor or superior. If you are an entrepreneur and do not have a supervisor, you may use a cofounder, board member, investor, or customer of your current company. If the requested recommendations are not received by the deadline, your application cannot be considered. More information on recommendations.

5. Transcripts/Grade Reports
Upload copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study into the online application system. We will review your overall academic record and in particular, we look for at least one course in Statistics and one in Calculus. Successful applicants will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to matriculation. Be sure to request transcripts from your school(s) well in advance.

6. Organizational Chart
You will need to include a one or two page organizational chart that outlines the internal structure of your company. Please provide as much information as possible with the understanding that some information may be privileged. Example charts are available in the application.

After submitting your application:

In-person interview
Interviews are by invitation only. An interview request signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration. Invitations to interview are generally made 2-4 weeks after submission of a completed application.

Admission decisions
The admissions committee reviews applications and interviews selected candidates on a rolling basis. If you are seeking an early decision, apply early in the admissions cycle. Admission decisions are generally made within 4 weeks after your interview date.

For more insights into the program and the admissions process, view our latest webinars or join us for an information session.

*Letters of recommendation

In the application system, each recommender is asked to (a) rate you on certain criteria and (b) complete a reference letter.

Recommendation letter
You are encouraged to discuss your professional goals with your recommender prior to nominating him/her. Each recommender will receive the following instructions:

Through your letter, we are interested in specific examples of both intellectual and professional achievements of the person you are recommending. Furthermore, we would like you to highlight how the applicant indicates potential for success as a business leader, with particular emphasis on their character. To do so, please tell us:

  • How long and in what capacity you have known the applicant.
  • How do they stand out from others who have shared a similar role?
  • How does the applicant interact with others; can you provide examples of when they have had an impact on a person, group or organization?
  • How does the applicant defend their ideas; can you provide an example?
  • Is there an area where the applicant has potential room for professional growth? How will the MIT Executive MBA contribute to that growth?
  • For current employers, what is their likely next role?

Recommendation letters are the most helpful to applicants when they use specific observations of the candidate’s actions; please be as detailed as possible.

Note: If you are a superior writing on behalf of a company-sponsored applicant, please indicate if the individual was nominated for the MIT Executive MBA. Also, please include what plan exists, if any, for increased or shifted responsibilities after they complete the program.

Next steps

Application Checklist

  • Register your interest
  • Attend an admissions event
  • Talk to your employer
  • Start your application
  • Review your transcripts
  • Start prerequisite courses (if needed)*
  • Contact your recommenders*Contact your admissions advisor for calculus and statistics course requirements. Standardized tests are not required