MIT Sloan and Berkeley Haas published updated deadlines and essay questions for the MBA programs that start in 2019:


R1 – September 27, 2018

R2 – January 10, 2019

R3 – April 4, 2019


Required Essays

Essay #1

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

Essay #2

Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 words maximum)


Optional Information #1

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

    1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
      • Did not complete high school
      • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
      • Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
      • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
      • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
      • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)
    2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
      • Unemployed
      • Homemaker
      • Laborer
      • Skilled worker
      • Professional
    3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.
      • Raised by a single parent
      • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
      • Raised in a multi-generational home
      • Raised in foster care
    4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?
    5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate.
      • Child
      • Spouse
      • Sibling
      • Parent
      • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
      • Other
    6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.



R1 – September 25, 2018

R2 – January 22, 2019

R3 – April 8, 2019



MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).


Please submit a one-page resume (Times New Roman 10 point font preferred) that includes your employment history and academic record in reverse chronological order. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged, including extracurricular activities, awards, and achievements.

For formatting purposes, please list the information in the following order:

  • Name/Contact Information
  • Education – please feel free to include relevant awards, scholarships, professional societies
  • Work Experience – please list in reverse chronological order and include: company name, title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
  • Additional information – languages, extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, special skills/interests (if appropriate)


Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief 60 second video statement. (This video will be used for application purposes only and will not be shared.)

Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired Internet connection available. An intermittent or slow Internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.


Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy (i.e. choice of recommenders, areas of concern in your academic record, other extenuating circumstances, etc.). This information should be provided in a written format;(200 words or less).


Please upload an organizational chart which outlines the internal structure of your department and company. Limit to two pages.

Note: You may choose to create your own document or redact individuals’ names. However, please provide as much information as possible.

We should be able to see your line of reporting to the top of your organization, and to easily find you, your peers, your supervisor, their peers, and your direct reports, as well as any other recommenders from your current organization.

Please use the sample organizational chart displayed in the application as a guideline.