Application Process

Applying to the MIT Executive MBA Class of 2021

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 2021 (matriculating October 2019) is now open.

Deadline 1: January 3, 2019
Deadline 2: March 14, 2019
Final Deadline: May 30, 2019 (11:59pm ET)

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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 leaders with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact. Our guiding principles are to help develop critical skills essential for future leaders and to instill 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)
Taking the above into consideration, please tell us why you are pursuing the MIT Executive MBA now. What has influenced your decision to apply, and what will you contribute to your classmates and the MIT community? Include examples of success working with organizations, groups, and individuals.

2. Essays
All applicants to the MIT Executive MBA must complete two essays, The following essays will provide you with the opportunity to highlight recent experiences from your professional life.

  • Essay 1 (500 words or less)
    The educational mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to “develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world.” Please discuss how you will contribute toward advancing this mission based on examples of past work and activities.
  • Essay 2 ( 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. Comment on the factors considered, and the barriers or obstacles faced.

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 are required; the third is optional.) At least one should come from your organization (preferably a supervisor/superior). If the requested recommendations are not received by the deadline, your application cannot be considered. More information on recommendations.

5. Transcripts/Grade Reports
Include transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study. Copies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded into the online application system, not mailed in. Be sure to request transcripts from your school(s) well in advance. Successful applicants will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to matriculation.

6. Organizational Chart
You will need to include an organizational chart that outlines the internal structure of your department or company. You may choose which to provide for a chart for; however, please provide as much information as possible with the understanding that some information may be privileged.

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.

Next steps

*Letters of recommendation

Two or three letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Admissions Committee via the online application system. (Two are required; the third is optional.) At least one of the recommendations should come from your organization (preferably a supervisor/superior).

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 does s/he stand out from others who have shared a similar role?
  • How does the applicant interact with others; can you provide examples of when s/he has 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 supervisor or superior writing on behalf of a company-sponsored applicant, please indicate how/if the individual was nominated for the MIT Executive MBA. Also, please include what plan exists, if any, for increased or shifted responsibilities after s/he completes the program.

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