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One returning question and one unusual new question comprise the 2014-2015 MIT Sloan essay questions.

By Ben Feuer

MIT Sloan just released its 2014-2015 instructions, although the application itself will not be live until July.  The essays have changed -- details follow.

In the coming weeks, we will analyze these prompts in greater detail and provide our usual best practices blogs on the subject.  For now, just familiarizing yourself with the prompts and beginning to brainstorm responses will give you a good headstart.


We are interested in learning more about you. In each of the essays, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did. Please draw upon experiences which have occurred in the past three years.

Essay 1: 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.  Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities.   (500 words or fewer)

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)

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
  • Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
  • Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
  • Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
  • Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.
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