MBA Admission Consulting :: the best

..
 

About

Services Business Schools

Essay Tips

Testimonials Blog

Contact

Free Consultation

 

Sloan MIT Essay Tips

MIT Sloan MBA 2016-2017 Essays MIT Sloan continued the only one required essay trend at the time of application submission. The cover letter essay makes a comeback from past years and pose a unique challenge and opportunity. 

Sloan MIT Essay 1.

We have one required essay at the time of submission: Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer).

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

Write a formal sales document in cover letter format which highlights your key achievements, includes a leadership or team impact example, explains why you should be admitted to MIT Sloan and also mentions why you are interested in Sloan MIT...gasp.. And yes, this will also act as your "goals essay" (unless you plan to do that in the supplemental information essay - not a great idea!). Now, what could be simpler?!

Since the other essays offer only single-episode snippets of your life, this essay is where you try to make a wholesome presentation of your self/candidature.

Why Sloan MIT is the best option for you AND why you will be a great addition to Sloan are critical components of this essay that need to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Sloan website and make a compelling argument that answers "Why is the Sloan MBA the BEST business school program for you?". This unasked question will be critical not only for your online application but also later in your interview. Personalize your answer as much as possible and plausibly connect what Sloan specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals. Some of the themes that you could use to link with Sloan MIT would be career progression and goals. Convince the admissions committee that your life and work have offered you the experiences, skills and knowledge that (together with the Sloan experience) will make your goals achievable. Ensure that your goals are presented with credibility, practicality and achievability and have an obvious fit with Sloan.

Briefly showcasing your accomplishments (related to work, academic, personal etc.) and trying to align them with the word-picture that you are presenting of yourself would be the next step. Some of this can also be accomplished while detailing your career progression. Since this is an all-purpose essay (oops.. cover letter) a holistic picture of your candidature needs to be presented; also choose the right example to detail your "impact on a group or organization" such that it merges with the overall theme of your cover letter content.

Sloan Optional Essay

The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format.

Sloan Optional Essay Tips

The 2012-2013 essay prompt is a good guide to this optional essay as it asks a similar question but much more fully: "The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in written or multimedia format."

The key factor that sets this Sloan optional essay apart from regular b-school optional essays is the freedom of format. A multimedia response enormously expands the potential of this essay. You could make a video, PowerPoint slide deck, website, blog, infographic, collage, song, short-film. The possibilities are endless!

Though my preliminary advice on most optional essays is to decide whether you want to write it at all, here I would strongly urge a response, given the scope offered by Sloan. Still, attempt the Sloan MIT optional essay/multimedia-response only if you feel that it will improve the strength of your application.

As a first step IGNORE the format aspect completely and focus on identifying the content for the essay. Single out everything, not covered in the rest of the Sloan application, that might aid your candidature. These could be achievements, qualities, skills, passions, interests that have not been accommodated in the other Sloan essays. Feel free to think expansively as the essay/presentation need not be limited to a single theme or event.

Unless you have grave shortfall in your application, it might be better to highlight strong positives or simply show other facets of your personality and passion in this space.

Do your best!

Essays and tips archives from past years

   

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

   

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Sloan MIT Essay 1.

We have one required essay at the time of submission: Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer).

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

MIT Sloan has a long history of asking questions about achievements and that is a little surprise given the fact they clearly proclaim to look for candidates who have 'demonstrated personal achievements'.

Before starting the essay, it would also help to know Sloan's approach on evaluating your accomplishments: "We are as interested in your path to accomplishment as we are in the results that you have attained. We want to know the effect you have on the people with who you engage, and, in turn, how you influence the world around you."

First of all understand that choosing the appropriate story from your life is a key ingredient of success in all MBA "story" essays. Choose an appropriate achievement/ success based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to the success, the discomfort-meter of the event (hurdles) and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, courage, innovation, initiative, and teamwork are just some of the qualities that the incident could reflect on.

Give the context, rationale and motivations for your action, and make apparent why it should be considered a success. Illustrate the path that led from your thought process to the action to the results. The positive changes made possible by your action would underline the strength of the story and your achievement. Ideally the example would showcase your strength of character, robust value system, innovation, reasoning ability and/or intellectual courage.

When describing the outcome, see if you can give both qualitative and quantitative results. If you were appreciated and received accolades from people around you- include that as well.
Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 2.

A second, short-answer question will be asked only of those invited to interview: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission. (250 words or fewer).

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

Once the Sloan admission committee has made sure that you are a worthy of an MBA seat at the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management, they want to check that you are a good cultural 'fit' with the school and its mission.

Why is this important?  

First of all, the culture and mission of a school is at the heart of its brand. This brand attracts both prospective students and recruiters. To ensure that MIT carries on its brand, it needs to admit students who are aligned with and will contribute positively to its culture and repute. Secondly this also helps the school put together a group of like-minded students who will make the best use of what Sloan has to offer and will take initiatives to further enhance MIT Sloan's mission.  

Sloan will be looking at your past behaviors to predict your potential for success at MIT an beyond. Choose examples from your career, preferably in the recent past, that demonstrate your leadership, innovation and business thinking. Select professional examples since they have the most obvious connect with the essay but you could also pick academic, personal or volunteer examples. Detail the context of each action and show the adcom what you thought, felt, said, did in the instances you decide to show.

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Sloan MIT Essay 1

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

Sloan will be looking at your past behaviors to predict your potential for success at MIT an beyond. Answer this essay to demonstrate that you are a good [and have the potential to be a great] "principled, innovative business leader".

Choose examples from your career, preferably in the recent past, that demonstrate your leadership, innovation and business thinking. Select professional examples since they have the most obvious connect with the essay but you could also pick academic, personal or volunteer examples. Detail the context of each action and show the adcom what you thought, felt, said, did in the instances you decide to show.

While the three year limit does not apply to the essay, we suggest you try to pick recent examples in that time frame. If required, older examples can be briefly mentioned to show your consistency and/or growth across the years.

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Sloan MIT Essay 2. Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself. Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program:  (750 words or fewer)

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

MIT keeps looking for creative ways to get to know you. Until recently it was the cover letter essay and this year this challenging task might have you biting your nails.

You can handle this essay and have some fun on the way, if you approach it with the right attitude. An honest self-awareness exercise and result of that revealed in this essay will do you good beyond Sloan application.

While answering this question, you don't necessarily have to answer each questions one-by-one. You could write it more like an essay but do make sure to cover all the question. From the 750 words, how much space you give to each section is also up to you.

- How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? : In the capacity of your 'most recent supervisor'

- How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity? : Think in terms of attitude and approaches that differentiate you. You are an accomplished professional and enthusiastic about your contributions but be careful to maintain a delicate balance of showcasing your strengths without putting others down.

- Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization: If you are soliciting a recommendation from your current supervisor, it might be advisable to speak with him/her and make sure there is no contradictions in the examples and storylines. You might each decide to show a unique impact you have made in the company. 

- Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people: It is hard to objectively look at yourself while you interact with other people. You could seek inputs from your colleagues to know how you are perceived. Pick example where your team working and leadership skills are highlighted.

- Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change? In other words what are your areas of improvement? Think about something which is in your control and possibly you are already beginning to work on. If you have received constructive feedback from your manager or peers, that might be your guide. In addition, have a look at Stanford's recommendation format to get some ideas on the topics that you could touch upon.

- Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant: Best place to write about a strength that you couldn't capture in other points. You don't have to address this question but this is your additional chance to recommend yourself to MIT, so why leave it?!

Sloan Optional Essay

The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format.

Sloan Optional Essay Tips

The 2012-2013 essay prompt is a good guide to this optional essay as it asks a similar question but much more fully: "The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in written or multimedia format."

The key factor that sets this Sloan optional essay apart from regular b-school optional essays is the freedom of format. A multimedia response enormously expands the potential of this essay. You could make a video, PowerPoint slide deck, website, blog, infographic, collage, song, short-film. The possibilities are endless!

Though my preliminary advice on most optional essays is to decide whether you want to write it at all, here I would strongly urge a response, given the scope offered by Sloan. Still, attempt the Sloan MIT optional essay/multimedia-response only if you feel that it will improve the strength of your application.

As a first step IGNORE the format aspect completely and focus on identifying the content for the essay. Single out everything, not covered in the rest of the Sloan application, that might aid your candidature. These could be achievements, qualities, skills, passions, interests that have not been accommodated in the other Sloan essays. Feel free to think expansively as the essay/presentation need not be limited to a single theme or event.

Unless you have grave shortfall in your application, it might be better to highlight strong positives or simply show other facets of your personality and passion in this space.

Do your best!

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Sloan MIT Essay 1

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

The object of the essay is to demonstrate that you are a good [and have the potential to be a great] "principled, innovative business leader"; the "improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice" is more of a blue sky vision: don't be unnecessarily daunted by that. You don't have to be Drucker to write this essay!

Choose examples from your career that demonstrate your leadership, innovation and business thinking. Select professional examples since they have the most obvious connect with the essay but apt academic, personal or volunteer examples are welcome too.

Showcase your accomplishments and try to align the said qualities through them. Detail the context of each action and remember the Sloan admissions committee's refrain that 'We are interested in learning more about you and how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response.'

While the three year limit does not apply to this essay try to use recent example. If required, older examples can be briefly used to show your consistency and/or growth across the years.

Make the choice of the examples keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays/options.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Describe a time when you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone.  (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

Once again start with the Sloan instructions: 'We are interested in learning more about you and how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. For Essay 2 only, please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years'.

The objective of this essay is to discover how well you learn, adapt and succeed in situations that are difficult and different to your earlier beliefs , experience and 'comfort zone'.

Choose an appropriate achievement (why would you choose an instance in which you achieved nothing?!) based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success, the discomfort-meter of the event and what the story tells about you. Your leadership skills, courage, innovation, initiative and teamwork are just some of the qualities that the incident could reflect on.

Shortlist instances in the last three years when you found yourself pushing your boundaries - at work or outside - and hopefully succeeding with impressive impact. It could involve introducing an innovative concept new to you as well, working in new ways, taking life decisions that are difficult and novel: the context can be professional or personal.

Give the context, rationale and motivations for your action, and make apparent why it should be considered "beyond your comfort zone". Illustrate the path that led from your thought process to the action to the results. The positive changes made possible by your action would underline the strength of the story and your achievement.

Like in all essay packages, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays/options.

Go for it!

Sloan Optional Essay

The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format.

Sloan Optional Essay Tips

The 2012-2013 essay prompt is a good guide to this optional essay as it asks a similar question but much more fully: "The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in written or multimedia format."

The key factor that sets this Sloan optional essay apart from regular b-school optional essays is the freedom of format. A multimedia response enormously expands the potential of this essay.

Though my preliminary advice on most optional essays is to decide whether you want to write it at all, here I would strongly urge a response, given the scope offered by Sloan. Still, attempt the Sloan MIT optional essay/multimedia-response only if you feel that it will improve the strength of your application.

As a first step IGNORE the format aspect completely and focus on identifying the content for the essay. Single out everything, not covered in the rest of the Sloan application, that might aid your candidature. These could be achievements, qualities or skills that have not been accommodated in the other Sloan essays. Feel free to think expansively as the essay/presentation need not be limited to a single theme or event. Next, identify shortfalls in your application - which you have not covered in the cover letter essay. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

Now, make the decision about writing a straight essay or building a multimedia presentation. If multimedia is the route you choose to take, keep it within 60-90 seconds - approximately the time taken taken to convey a 300 words essay.

Do your best!

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Sloan MIT Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

Sloan MIT Cover Letter Tips

Write a formal sales document in cover letter format which highlights your key achievements, includes a leadership or team impact example, explains why you should be admitted to MIT Sloan and also mentions why you are interested in Sloan MIT...gasp.. And yes, this will also act as your "goals essay" (unless you plan to do that in the supplemental information essay - not a great idea!). Now, what could be simpler?!

Since the other essays offer only single-episode snippets of your life, this essay is where you try to make a wholesome presentation of your self/candidature.

Why Sloan MIT is the best option for you AND why you will be a great addition to Sloan are critical components of this essay that need to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Sloan website and make a compelling argument that answers "Why is the Sloan MBA the BEST business school program for you?". This unasked question will be critical not only for your online application but also later in your interview. Personalize your answer as much as possible and plausibly connect what Sloan specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals. Some of the themes that you could use to link with Sloan MIT would be career progression and goals. Convince the admissions committee that your life and work have offered you the experiences, skills and knowledge that (together with the Sloan experience) will make your goals achievable. Ensure that your goals are presented with credibility, practicality and achievability and have an obvious fit with Sloan.

Briefly showcasing your accomplishments (related to work, academic, personal etc.) and trying to align them with the word-picture that you are presenting of yourself would be the next step. Some of this can also be accomplished while detailing your career progression. Since this is an all-purpose essay (oops.. cover letter) a holistic picture of your candidature needs to be presented; also choose the right example to detail your "impact on a group or organization" such that it merges with the overall theme of your cover letter content.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 1

Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

Try to identify an instance when you found yourself introducing an innovative concept, taking a principled yet unpopular stand, fighting popular opinion, or implementing an out-of-the-box solution. The context can be professional or personal.

Give the context, rationale and motivations for your action, and make apparent why it should be considered "beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular". Illustrate the path that led from your thought process to the action to the results. The positive changes made possible by your action would underline the strength of the story and your achievement. Ideally the example would showcase your strength of character, robust value system, innovation, reasoning ability and/or intellectual courage.

Though this essay is the exact same as last year's, the response might be different because of the new essay # 2. The focus, this time, will have to be primarily (even exclusively) on the action and not on the persuasive skills since that is the designated focus in the very next essay.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so in this Sloan application, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays.

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Please describe a time when you convinced an individual or group to accept one of your ideas. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

Choosing the appropriate story from your life is a key ingredient of success in all MBA "story" essays. Select a story for this one that shines a light on your ability to persuade, this essay could simultaneously showcase your leadership aptitude, people skills and emotional intelligence. The example should detail the context and rationale for your idea. It should also illustrate your approach in winning the opposition over to the idea - by understanding the opposition, communicating convincingly, clarifying ideas. Your leadership approach and the methodology you adopt would be critical to this essay's success. Ideally, this essay will showcase your diplomatic communication, persuasive skills, leadership and effective reasoning - AND end the story with overall consensus (everybody lives happily ever after!). Bear in mind that this is not a randomly selected trait. This story should act as a preview of how you might be able to persuade your classmates at Sloan or your colleagues in a post-Sloan scenario to accept an idea they are opposed to.

Please ensure that the story differs thematically and in approach from the earlier essay, since persuasion and an unpopular stand are similar underlying themes in both essay questions. And lemme repeat: make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 3

Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed(500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 3 Tips

This new essay prompt, offers you the theme of decision making. At least that is the obvious theme: about how you made a decision without possessing all the info you needed. However, consider that you are free to use this setting and change the theme to leadership in uncertain times or risk management in an uncontrolled environment or almost anything else that projects YOU as a credible, intelligent, calm, decisive hero.

Having chosen the theme describe in detail the process, actions and approach that you took to achieve your objective and make the right decision. Think deeply about what decision making means to you, how you approach it and how you go about gathering information before making your decision. Next choose a story that will portray these skills in the best light. While this could have been a personal decision that principally involved only you, a story and a decision that sees you in a leadership role will almost certainly have greater value.

As in all the Sloan essays the purpose is to judge your approach and attitude in a previous situation since that might be a reflection of your manner and method in future situations (at Sloan and in your long illustrious career thereafter) as well. Once again, please start writing this essay after the stories and themes for ALL the Sloan essays have been chosen.

Go for it!

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay

You may use this section to address whatever else you want the Admissions Committee to know. (250 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Sloan MIT supplemental essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Use this Sloan optional essay to mention anything, not covered in the rest of the application, that might aid your candidature. These could be achievements, qualities or skills that have not been accommodated in the other Sloan essays. The essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event. If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on it!

Do use this space to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

Do your best!

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Sloan MIT Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

Sloan MIT Cover Letter Tips

Write a formal sales document in cover letter format which highlights your key achievements, includes a leadership or team impact example,  explains why you should be admitted to MIT Sloan and also mentions why you are interested in Sloan MIT...gasp.. And yes, this will also act as your "goals essay" (unless you plan to do that in the supplemental information essay - not a great idea!). Now, what could be simpler?!

Since the other essays offer only single-episode snippets of your life, this essay is where you try to make a wholesome presentation of your self/candidature.

Why Sloan MIT is the best option for you AND why you will be a great addition to Sloan are critical components of this essay that need to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Sloan website and make a compelling argument that answers "Why is the Sloan MBA the BEST business school program for you?". This unasked question will be critical not only for your online application but also later in your interview. Personalize your answer as much as possible and plausibly connect what Sloan specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals. Some of the themes that you could use to link with Sloan MIT would be career progression and goals. Convince the admissions committee that your life and work have offered you the experiences, skills and knowledge that (together with the Sloan experience) will make your goals achievable. Ensure that your goals are presented with credibility, practicality and achievability and have an obvious fit with Sloan.

Briefly showcasing your accomplishments (related to work, academic, personal etc.) and trying to align them with the word-picture that you are presenting of yourself would be the next step. Some of this can also be accomplished while detailing your career progression. Since this is an all-purpose essay (oops.. cover letter) a holistic picture of your candidature needs to be presented; also choose the right example to detail your "impact on a group or organization" such that it merges with the overall theme of your cover letter content.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 1

Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

Try to identify an instance when you found yourself introducing an innovative concept, taking a principled yet unpopular stand, fighting popular opinion, or implementing an out-of-the-box solution. The context can be professional or personal.

Give the context, rationale and motivations for your action, and make apparent why it should be considered "beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular". Illustrate the path that led from your thought process to the action to the results. The positive changes made possible by your action would underline the strength of the story and your achievement. Ideally the example would showcase your strength of character, robust value system, innovation, reasoning ability and/or intellectual courage.

Though is essay is the exact same as last year's, the response might be different because of the new essay # 2. The focus, this time, will have to be primarily (even exclusively) on the action and not on the persuasive skills since that is the designated focus in the very next essay.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so in this Sloan application, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays.

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Please describe a time when you convinced an individual or group to accept one of your ideas.

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

Choosing the appropriate story from your life is a key ingredient of success in all MBA "story" essays. Select a story for this one that shines a light on your ability to persuade, this essay could simultaneously showcase your leadership aptitude, people skills and emotional intelligence. The example should detail the context and rationale for your idea. It should also illustrate your approach in winning the opposition over to the idea - by understanding the opposition, communicating convincingly, clarifying ideas. Your leadership approach and the methodology you adopt would be critical to this essay's success.

Ideally, this essay will showcase your diplomatic communication, persuasive skills, leadership  and effective reasoning - AND end the story with overall consensus (everybody lives happily ever after!). Bear in mind that this is not a randomly selected trait. This story should act as a preview of how you might be able to persuade your classmates at Sloan or your colleagues in a post-Sloan scenario to accept an idea they are opposed to.

Please ensure that the story differs thematically and in approach from the earlier essay, since persuasion and an unpopular stand are similar underlying themes in both essay questions. And lemme repeat: make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other essays.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 3

Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 3 Tips

Once again a new essay prompt, it is similar to this question from 2008-2009 : "Please tell us about a time when you executed a plan."

Describe in detail the process, actions and steps that you took to achieve your objective and to convert an idea on paper into tangible actuality. While you could achieve the objective individually, one in which you had a leadership role will almost always have greater value. In addition the initiative you took to grab this particular opportunity might be an added dimension in this essay.

The heart of the essay would be your approach to executing ideas - how you visualize, manage, organize, plan, synchronize, and execute.

Like in all the Hallmark Sloan essays the purpose is to judge your approach and attitude in a previous situation since that might be reflection of your manner and method in future situations (at Sloan and later) as well.

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay

You may use this section to address whatever else you want the Admissions Committee to know.

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the Sloan MIT supplemental essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Use this Sloan optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

One other situation when the Sloan MIT supplemental essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an strongly positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other Sloan essays. The essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event. If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on it!

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Sloan MIT Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

Sloan MIT Cover Letter Tips

Write a formal sales document in cover letter format which highlights your key achievements, includes a leadership or team impact example,  explains why you should be admitted to MIT Sloan and also mentions why you are interested in Sloan MIT...gasp.. And yes, this will also act as your "goals essay" (unless you plan to use the fourth Sloan essay to that purpose).

The "impact impact on a group or organization" portion is new this year and tries to compensate for editing out last year's first Sloan essay question: "Please tell us about a time when you had an impact on a group or organization. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did." Since this is an all-purpose essay a holistic picture of your candidature needs to be presented. Choosing an "impact example" that merges with the overall theme of your cover letter content would help things.

Sloan MIT Essay 1

Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

Try to identify the times when you found yourself fighting popular opinion, introducing an innovative concept, taking a principled yet unpopular stand or implementing an out-of-the-box solution. The context can be professional or personal.

Apart from your motivations for the action, it might be useful to show how you (tried to) win over unenthusiastic or hesitant stakeholders, since your action would/should not have been easy to accept by everyone. While it is not essential that this be a "success" story where ultimately everyone agrees with your point of view, it won't serve you ill if you showcased your diplomatic communication, persuasive skills and reasoning abilities - AND end the story with overall consensus (everybody lives happily ever after!). A display of your strength of character, robust value system, and/or intellectual courage might be adequate to polish off the essay.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so in this Sloan application, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other three essays.

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Please describe a time when you coached, trained, or mentored a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

Each person has knowledge and qualities that grant him or her the potential to lead in extraordinary ways. Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Sloan is no exception. This essay prompt demands a sharp focus on the coaching/teaching/mentoring aspect of your leadership.

Choosing the appropriate story from your life is a key ingredient of success in most MBA "story" essays. Selecting the story for this one should be easy. Search out a story that shows you impacting an individual or a group (preferable) through exceptional training/mentoring/coaching. Select an instance in which your ability to coach, guide and/or impart knowledge made a significant difference.

As usual apart from describing the story and celebrating your success, the objective of the essay is also to uncover your attitude and approach towards leadership/mentoring/coaching/training. The story therefore will also act as a preview of how you might be able to coach/mentor individuals or teams at Sloan or in your post-Sloan career.

Go for it!

Sloan MIT Essay 3

Please describe a time when you took responsibility for achieving an objective. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 3 Tips

Once again a new essay prompt, it is similar to this question from 2008-2009 : "Please tell us about a time when you executed a plan."

Describe in detail the process, actions and steps that you took to achieve your objective and to convert an idea on paper into tangible actuality. While you could achieve the objective individually, one in which you had a leadership role will almost always have greater value. In addition the initiative you took to grab this particular opportunity might be an added dimension in this essay.

The heart of the essay would be your approach to executing ideas - how you visualize, manage, organize, plan, synchronize, and execute.

Like in all the Hallmark Sloan essays the purpose is to judge your approach and attitude in a previous situation since that might be reflection of your manner and method in future situations (at Sloan and later) as well.

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay

You may use this section to address any specific circumstances related to your academic background. (250 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay Tips

Use this optional essay to address areas of concern in your academic background that might be detrimental to your Sloan MIT candidature. Academic underperformance, gaps in your academic resume, an earlier MBA etc. are some potential weaknesses that you might want to tackle.

Sloan MIT MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Sloan MIT Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Describe your accomplishments and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

Sloan MIT Cover Letter Tips

Write a formal sales document in cover letter format which highlights your key achievements, includes a leadership or team impact example,  explains why you should be admitted to MIT Sloan and also mentions why you are interested in Sloan MIT...gasp.. And yes, this will also act as your "goals essay" (unless you plan to use the fourth Sloan essay to that purpose).

The "impact impact on a group or organization" portion is new this year and tries to compensate for editing out last year's first Sloan essay question: "Please tell us about a time when you had an impact on a group or organization. Describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did." Since this is an all-purpose essay a holistic picture of your candidature needs to be presented. Choosing an "impact example" that merges with the overall theme of your cover letter content would help things.

Sloan MIT Essay 1

Please tell us about a challenging interaction you had with a person or group. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 1 Tips

For selecting the particular situation for the essay, look back to identify professional or personal circumstances when you found your interaction with a group/team or individual particularly challenging. While this essay could focus on your people skills, leadership abilities, your communication skills or any other relevant quality which you want to highlight, the what, why & how of the challenge and its resolution will determine the strength of the essay.

Like in all essay packages, but even more so here, make the final choice of the example keeping in mind the content, theme and examples you have picked for the other three essays.

Though your essay does not have to be a fairy tale, a cheerful conclusion to this story (and the following ones) would be preferred - why depress people when you can help it?

Key: Describe what you thought, felt, said, and did in the situation - in a way that best expresses the qualities/skills you have chosen to highlight.

Sloan MIT Essay 2

Please tell us about a time when you defended your idea. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 2 Tips

What are the general circumstances in which a person might find himself/herself fighting popular opinion? It could be the result of an innovative idea. Or perhaps a principled stand. Or.. well you can think too!

What were your motivations? What was your reasoning? How did you (try to) win over an unenthusiastic or hesitant stakeholders.

It is not essential that this be a "success" story where ultimately everyone agrees with your point of view. A display of your strength of character, robust value system, and/or intellectual courage might be adequate to polish off the essay. However it will be even better if you can additionally showcase your diplomatic communication, persuasive skills and effective reasoning - AND end the story with overall consensus (everybody lives happily ever after!).

Sloan has stipulated a three year time-frame from which the stories can be chosen - increasing it from two years in last season's application. While a five year period would have been welcome, even this seemingly small expansion, would considerably widen the scope of choice for most applicants.

Sloan MIT Essay 3

Please tell us about a time when you executed a plan. (500 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 3 Tips

Describe in detail the process, actions and steps that you took to convert a plan on paper into tangible actuality. While the plan could have been individually executed - one in which you had a leadership role will almost always add greater value.

The heart of the essay would be your approach to executing ideas - how you manage, organize, plan, synchronize, and execute.

Like in all the Sloan "thought, felt, said, and did" essays the purpose is to judge your approach and attitude in a previous situation since that might be reflection of your manner and method in future situations (at Sloan and later) too.

Sloan MIT Essay 4

Please tell the Admissions Committee whatever else you would like us to know. (250 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan MIT Essay 4 Tips

Now this is an Harvard style optional essay - one which you have to answer anyway.

Use it for any purpose you feel will enhance your application, keeping in mind the themes tackled in the other essays.

The content of the essay can range from highlighting specific achievements to underlining your non-work/community activities or describing any quality of substantive value that could not not find a place in the other essays (and cover letter). This could even be made into a goals essay - if it has not been adequately tackled in the cover letter.

Go for it!

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay

You may use this section to address any specific circumstances related to your academic background. (250 words or less, limited to one page)

Sloan Supplemental Information Essay Tips

Use this optional essay to address areas of concern in your academic background that might be detrimental to your Sloan MIT candidature. Academic underperformance, gaps in your academic resume, an earlier MBA etc. are some potential weaknesses that you might want to tackle.

           
           
 

What are you looking for?

Home Page

Essay Tips Mega Collection

Resume Writing Tips

Testimonial & Reviews

Blog Posts

About Vibranture

We provide premium MBA admissions consulting to prospective b-school students. With presence in India and US,  we help smart and ambitious applicants from all over the world gain admission to their target b-school. Work with us to realize your MBA dreams. Sign up for FREE Consultation

Services

Our services include comprehensive Business School Packages, Essay Writing & Editing services as well as help on enhancing quality of your Resume, Letters of Recommendation and Admission Interviews. We can also build customized service packages specifically for your needs. Learn more

Contact Us

Email: mail@vibranture.com

Facebook: Vibranture MBA

Skype: Vibranture.com

 

 
           
 

Essays and Deadlines for Top MBA programs

 
 

Anderson UCLA  Australian AGSM  Babcock Wake Forest  Babson  Berkeley Haas  Carlson  CEIBS China  Chicago Booth  Columbia CBS  Cornell Johnson   Cranfield  Darden Virginia  Duke Fuqua  Emory Goizueta  Erasmus Rotterdam   ESADE Barcelona  Fisher Ohio  Harvard HBS  HEC Montreal  HEC Paris  HKU Hong Kong  HKUST Hong Kong  IESE Navarra  IIMA PGPX  IIMC PGPEX  IMD Switzerland  INSEAD  Instituto de Empresa  ISB PGP  ISB PGPMAX  ISB YLP  Ivey Ontario  Judge Cambridge  Kelley Indiana  Kellogg Northwestern  Kenan-Flagler  Krannert Purdue  LBS London  Macquarie  Marshall USC  Manchester  McCombs Texas  McDonough Georgetown  McGill  Melbourne  Mendoza Notre-Dame  Nanyang NTU  NUS Singapore  Olin Washington  Owen Vanderbilt  Queens Ontario  Ross Michigan  Rotman  Said Oxford  Schulich York  SDA Bocconi  Simon Rochester  Sloan MIT  Smith Maryland  Stanford GSB  Stern NYU  Tepper CMU  Thunderbird  Tuck Dartmouth  Warwick  Wharton Penn Yale SOM