The 2nd part of “Getting to Know the Top MBA Programs” features an interview with Dawna Levenson, Director at the Office of Admissions of MIT Sloan‘s Full time MBA program:

Dawna Levenson, Director at the Office of Admissions of MIT Sloan's Full time MBA program.

What is special about your MBA program? In addition to its’ excellent reputation, what differentiates it from other Top MBA programs?

MIT Sloan is a mission driven school. In my own words, the missions of our school is to solve the ‘big’ problems and to make the world a better place. In addition. We have a one semester core – which gives students 3 semesters to shape the curriculum to meet their specific interests.

Are there any recent changes in the MBA programs or in the admission process?

This past year we introduced a certificate in Business Analytics. This is our third certificate after Sustainability, and healthcare.

Can you share some details about the atmosphere in the school? Between students, between students and faculty?

Extremely collaborative and supportive. Faculty are very approachable. Relationships that develop between students and faculty are long term, not just for the two years that the students are on campus. How do students spend their free time? If you mean time outside of the classroom, there are clubs – 60 to 70 in any given year. There are a lot of social activities. There are student led treks and study tours.

Can you share some details about the area the school is located in?

MIT Sloan is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts which is directly across the Charles River from Boston. The Greater Boston area is known for its colleges and universities. Over the past 10 years or so, Cambridge has also become populated with many tech firms and start ups.

What kind of candidates is the Sloan school looking for? Who will especially enjoy this school? who will be a good fit to the school?

We are looking for candidates who are academically strong, who have the ability to and desire to make an impact, and who work well with others.

Is there anything you’d like our candidates to know regarding the MIT MBA admissions process?

Our entire process has been designed for us to get to know the candidate and for the candidate to get to know us. BE YOURSELF