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No other business school embodies entrepreneurship, innovation, and invention in its culture like MIT Sloan School of Management. Situated in Cambridge in the greater Boston area, which is also called one of the best college towns in the US. The MIT Sloan MBA program is one of the most selective in the world and ranks #1 in more disciplines than any other business school. In this article, we take a look at the MIT Sloan MBA program, its class profile, and employment reports.

MIT Sloan - Class Profile, Career and Employment Outcomes

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MIT Sloan MBA Program: By the NumbersMIT Sloan - Class Profile

MIT’s motto “Mens et Manus,” which translates to “Mind and Hand” succinctly represents the practical approach to management education taken by the MIT Sloan MBA program. Established in 1914 as course XV also known as Engineering Administration Curriculum, the scope and depth of the program grew steadily in response to advances in the theory and practice of management.

In 1964, It was renamed to Alfred P. Sloan School of Management after its benefactor who also helped established the first university-based mid-career program called the Sloan Fellows Program. Its academics are considered extremely demanding even by business school standards, with a great emphasis on analytical reasoning and

It offers a multitude of hands-on and experiential learning opportunities such as action learning labs, innovation teams, study tours, student treks, and club activities. These enable students to connect to the broader MIT school system as well as the companies and organizations where they put their learning to practice in solving management challenges in organizations around the world.

MIT Sloan MBA Program Statistics:

Sr. No MIT Sloan MBA Program Stats
1 Number of applications received 5,560
2 Estimated Incoming Class Size 409
3 Acceptance Rate 12%
4 Average GMAT 728
5 Median GMAT 730
6 GMAT Range 700 – 760
7 Average Undergraduate GPA 3.48
8 Female Students 42%
9 International Students 38%
10 Countries Represented 49
11 Average Work Experience 4.9


MIT Sloan School of Management: LocationMIT Sloan - MBA Program and School Profile

MIT’s location in Cambridge, Massachusetts, places it – and thus it’s Sloan School of Management – at the heart of the greater Boston area. Boston itself possesses a college town feel with an urban yet not overwhelming environment and is home to other famous schools such as Harvard, Boston College and Babson.

Boston is easily accessible to students because of the “T” (short for MBTA, or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), which puts all of Boston’s cultural and educational resources within students reach.

Cambridge, measuring just 6.4 square miles, encompasses an array of cultural, educational, and recreational resources and all the academic opportunities available via Harvard University and MIT. Cambridge is also home to more Nobel Laureates and American presidents than any other city in America.

MIT Sloan School of Management benefits from its integration with the broader MIT community with access to cutting edge research labs and other facilities. Sloan students or “Sloanies” as they are affectionately called can take classes university-wide, not just at the business school.

Next, we take a look at the application deadlines for MIT Sloan’s MBA Program.

MIT Sloan School of Management: Application Deadlines

Following are the application deadlines and decision schedules for the various rounds of admission for the class of 2020 at MIT Sloan School of Management:

Round # Application Submission Deadline Decision Notification Deadline for applicants to reply to offer
Round 1 September 25, 2018 December 19, 2018 March 1, 2019
Round 2 January 22, 2019 April 2, 2019 May 1, 2019
Round 3 April 8, 2019 May 8, 2019 June 1, 2019

Besides the traditional application requirements such as a resume, letters of recommendations, etc., MIT Sloan additionally requires applicants to upload an organizational chart which outlines the internal structure of your department or organization.

MIT Sloan MBA Program Academic Structure and Curriculum

MIT Sloan is known for its focus on analytical rigor in its academics and curriculum. With a single semester of core classes, students have the opportunity to truly shape and personalize their MBA education.

During the first, or “Core,” semester, students are divided into six cohorts (also called oceans) of nearly 70 students in each from a rich mix of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Each cohort moves through the core semester together.

The MIT Sloan core curriculum consists of the following 5 courses:

  1. Economic analysis for business decisions
  2. Data, Models, and Decisions
  3. Communication for leaders
  4. Organizational Processes
  5. Financial Accounting

Students may also choose one elective out of finance, operations management, or competitive strategy.

Within each cohort, smaller teams of 6-7 students work together throughout the core semester on assignments, collaborate on projects and study for exams. The diversity of the team parallels of the modern workplace and provides a safe place to learn new skills as well as test leadership abilities.

In the 3 semesters that follows, after completion of the core curriculum, students have the flexibility to pursue their personal goals and interests throughout the rest of the time at MIT Sloan. Students can also take MIT Sloan approved courses at Harvard.

The Sloan Innovation Period a 1-week long period occurring at the midpoint of every semester 1 is another innovation in curriculum provided by MIT Sloan. It provides students with an intensive week of experiential leadership learning as well as exposure to groundbreaking faculty work and research. Students can be a part of leadership development seminars that include real-time simulations, personal workshops with senior executives and practitioner panels and presentations.

For students who need a little more guidance or those who want to deep dive into an area of interest, MIT Sloan offers 3 MBA tracks or specializations:

  1. Enterprise Management Track
  2. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track
  3. Finance Track

Graduates who complete a track receive a certificate in addition to their MBA Degree.

MIT Sloan School of Management: Philosophy and Strength

MIT Sloan’s Motto is: “To develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.”

Through its curriculum and various other experiential learning opportunities, the MIT Sloan MBA program focuses on “doing things” – not just learning management theory. The comparatively smaller class size helps to create a collaborative and tight-knit community that further enhances the application-based learning focus of the program.

The action learning philosophy extends beyond the classroom to extracurricular activities run by MIT Sloan students. The over 70 MIT Sloan clubs offer the opportunity to imagine, develop, and execute events ranging from mixers, conferences to trips abroad. The MIT Sloan sports analytics conference is the largest sports conference in the world.

Creativity, invention, and innovation are constant themes at the school. More than 650 companies have been funded by the alumni of the school. Famous ones include Akamai, Zipcar, Gartner, and E*Trade, Genentech, Okta, Teradyne and HubSpot. Startups born out of MIT have reported revenues of over $2 trillion, greater than the GDP of the 10th largest world economy. The annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is one of the largest business plan competitions in the world and has helped launch more than 130 companies with a market capitalization of over $15 Billion.

MIT Sloan: Class Profile

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Following is a snapshot of the 2020 incoming class of the MIT Sloan MBA Program:

Class Size 409
% of Women in class 42%
% of International Students 38%
# of countries represented 49
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.48


With 38% of international students in its MBA class, MIT Sloan has one of the most international classes of any of the top-tier business schools. It also leads in the representation of women in the class with 42% of its class comprised of women.

Class Profile Breakdown by Undergraduate Majors

Engineering 31%
Economics 21%
Business and Commerce 20%
Humanities and Social Sciences 14%
Math and Science 7%
Computer Science 2%


With its emphasis on doing it is not surprising that a majority (31%) of the class come from an engineering background. However, undergraduates with business, commerce and economics backgrounds form a whopping 41% of the class. Humanities and other social sciences also form a significant (14%) of the class at MIT Sloan.

Class Profile breakdown by Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 21%
Financial Services 19%
Technology, Media and Telecom 18%
Government and Public Sector 14%
Industrials 8%
Energy 7%
Health Care/ Life Sciences 6%
Consumer Goods and Services 5%
Professional Services 2%

Consulting and financial services form a major part of the incoming class with Technology, media, and telecom forming the third largest pre-MBA employment industry.


MIT Sloan: Employment and Career OutcomesMIT Sloan Top Industries

MIT Sloan is perhaps known for its emphasis on technology. However, almost 32% of its class took consulting jobs. This is slightly greater than 29.4% of graduates taking up jobs in the Technology industry.

Top employers of the 2018 MBA class of MIT Sloan in different industries are:

Industry Top Employers (Number of hires)
Consulting BCG (24), McKinsey (22), Bain & Company (15)
Technology Amazon (27), Google (10), Microsoft (5)
Finance Fidelity Investments (6) Goldman Sachs Group (6)

MIT Sloan - Employment Industries

The median base salary offered to MIT Sloan graduates is $135,000. The median sign on bonus reported by students ranges from $20,000 – $52,000. Median other compensation reported is $27,000. 97% of the class was employed at 3 months after graduation, and 72.5% of job offers were through school facilitated activities.

MIT Sloan: Notable Alumni

MIT Sloan - Notable Alumni

Following are some well-known alumni of MIT Sloan School of Management

Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett Packard
Kofi Annan Former UN Secretary-General
Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel
William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman of Ford Motors
Alan Mullaly Former CEO of Ford Motors
John W Thompson Chairman of Microsoft
John S Reed Former Chairman of New York Stock Exchange and Former CEO of Citicorp.


Other MBA Programs to consider

Following are some other business schools that are a close match to MIT Sloan in terms of median GMAT score, ranking and focus. We have listed the schools by stretch, match, and safety.

Stretch: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

Match: Columbia, Dartmouth, Northwestern’s Kellogg School, Berkeley Haas, Duke Fuqua

Safety: NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Yale, Cornell

We hope this article helps you learn more about the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Feel free to reach out to us at acethegmat@e-gmat.com with further questions.

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