Think for yourself

Think for yourself – MIT Sloan

  • Want brightest, most innovative students
  • HBS is general management, Sloan is the same but with a heavy quant element
  • All professors are accessible – will teach class, have office hours and eat with you!
  • Approx. 50% of class graduate under a ‘track’, the rest through the general programme
  • 40% international
  • Offers a financial engineering course – very mathematical
  • Good way to transition from banking into e.g. PE or VC
  • MIT values your decisions, willingness to take risk and take responsibility for this risk
    • could have developed a new way of doing things at your company
    • identify an area where you have made a difference
  • MIT has a strong Asian presence
  • Uses two professional readers to view applications, no alums or students
  • Does not disclose grades – gives you a good idea how much focus they give to scores

4 thoughts on “Think for yourself – MIT Sloan

  1. sciMBA says:

    What do you mean by the last point? It sounds like you’re saying that they don’t disclose grades during the application process. Disclose grades to whom? The interviewer?

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    • Hi sciMBA. I’m talking about the disclosure of grades to potential employers once you are actually at b school.

      This is a controversial topic, but many argue that by disclosing grades b schools push students to focus on “safer” electives (ones they are more familiar with and expect to get a good grade in) rather than more explorative ones (where they might learn more but have to work harder to get a good grade).

      I have some low scores in my GPA, so I specifically asked about this to know if the b schools I’m applying to places a lot of value on academic performance. (Many Sloanies have confirmed that MIT doesn’t care so much about GPA as other factors in your application.)

      I actually looked into this again as I thought that MIT Sloan had a full ‘grade non-disclosure’ policy, but it appears they only require interviewers to check with interviewees (i.e. you and me) first in order for them to release grades. Check out the ‘Career Development’ section here.

      You might also be interested to see the Wharton Journal’s post on this topic in late 2013 here. This gives a better guide on the top b schools that have or don’t have a grade non-disclosure policy.


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