Sloan Is a Good Fit for You If…
You’re an engineer or a techie. Nearly half of MIT Sloan’s incoming class had undergraduate degrees in STEM fields. On the flip side, if you’re an engineer, you’ll have to work that much harder to stand out in a crowded field. Of course, since half the class came from other fields, contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be an engineer to get in. The Sloan admissions team does not specifically seek out engineers, but the brand name of MIT tends to attract more of them in the application pool.
You’re an entrepreneur (or want to be one). While it’s probably obvious that MIT Sloan would be a good school for someone interested in tech ventures, what may be surprising to some is that Sloan is strong on all things entrepreneurial. No matter what type of entrepreneurial business you want to launch, you’ll find good support for it at MIT, including its $100K Business Plan Competition.
You’re interested in finance. Many people may not realize how extensive the finance resources are at MIT, nor how deep its roots are in the field. Regardless of where you earn your MBA, you will likely learn about the Black-Scholes formula to model the market for a particular equity. Fischer Black and Myron Scholes originated this model, and Robert Merton published a paper on it—all of them professors at MIT. MIT offered courses in finance before most other schools, and it remains a strength of the program, even though relatively few graduates (16%) move into finance careers each year.
You’re not afraid of quant. While MIT Sloan is not just looking for “quant jocks,” its curriculum incorporates analytical and quantitative practices into every field, including those that may seem “softer.” You certainly can’t be afraid of the more analytical and quantitative aspects of business! MIT Sloan was the birthplace of Marketing Science, and its undergraduate degree is a bachelor of science in Management Science. Its intense first-semester core curriculum includes Economic Analysis; Data, Models, and Decisions; Organizational Processes (focusing on analytical tools needed for organizations); and Financial Accounting.
You’re interested in operations or supply chain management. With the LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program and the opportunity to take classes campus-wide at MIT, Sloan students interested in a career in manufacturing or logistics have a wealth of resources and the best academic researchers in the world at their disposal.
You’re interested in “green” business. With the Certificate in Sustainability at MIT Sloan and its institute-wide sustainability initiative, MIT is leading the way in a focus on “green” business. While plenty of other schools have strong social venture programs, with more popping up all the time, the emphasis at Sloan is cutting-edge and integrated.
You’re a woman. While strong female candidates are well received at most schools, MIT Sloan often gets fewer applications from women because of the misperception that it’s strictly a techie school. Female applicants still need to present a strong profile, including a good GMAT score and academic history. The Class of 2016 had 41% women (higher than Stanford, Columbia, Duke, and Yale) , a strong number indicating that female applicants who do meet Sloan’s admissions criteria have an exceptionally good chance of getting an offer from MIT.
Your passport says something other than “USA.” A whopping 38% of MIT Sloan’s most recent incoming class were non–U.S. citizens, ranking it as one of the highest of any top-tier MBA program. The MIT brand is recognized worldwide, so the business school sees large numbers of qualified international applicants.