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MBA Admissions Brief: MIT Sloan

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Moving right along in our new series, MBA Admissions Brief, which brings you advice and insights directly from leading business schools’ admissions, we catch up with the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MIT MBA stands out for its entrepreneurship training and technological focus.  They have also been keen to support the demand for business analytics.

Read on for tips and advice from Jean Ann Schulte, the Director of Employer Relations & Recruiting Services Career Development Office, and Jen Burke Barba, the Senior Associate Director of MIT Sloan Admissions.

What would you say to someone who’s applying next fall and just getting started in the MBA application process now?

What’s the one thing MBA candidates should know about selecting a recommender?
Select someone who is your advocate.  Make sure they will say positive things about their experience working and interacting with you.  Ask that they include specific details and examples.

What’s your program’s most exciting change, development or event coming up in the year ahead?
Demand for competency in business analytics continues to grow. Students across all of our programs can complete the Business Analytics certificate as part of their coursework. This year, 135 students fulfilled the rigorous requirements.

Of the big trends in business education right now (tech, globalization, analytics), what are you doing or innovating in one (or all) of these spaces?
Tech+ Analytics + Finance in any variety of combinations is really our secret sauce.  Action learning opportunities in this space provide students with an opportunity to test what they are doing in the classroom in a variety of different settings.  Being MIT’s management school provides the added benefit of the MIT integration opportunities that really enhance the student experience.

What would you like to highlight about your post-MBA career placement success?
Graduating students are optimistic about the job market. Consulting, tech and finance continue to attract students, but we also see students forging their own path. One-quarter to one-third of the graduating class are the only Sloanies to accept an offer from their employer. Many of these roles are with high-growth companies and in emerging fields. Our employment report includes information about industries, functional roles, salaries and geographic location as well as a list of employers. Career related stories from the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and from the Energy Club Blog may be of interest.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.