Don't we have to talk about our long term goal and short term goal OR address why I want an MBA in the Sloan cover letter? How do I then talk about the specific courses I am interested in or the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track they have? Also, should we talk about any specific clubs/courses/professors or not?
I have copied the below text from the Sloan's website (FAQ section):
Should I focus on past achievements or future goals in my essays?
Concentrate on your past achievements. Help us better understand you and what you have already accomplished: past performance is the best predictor if future performance. Your essays and cover letter should focus on what you have already done, your past performance, rather than what you want to do. We do not evaluate you on why you want an MBA or what you intend to do with it afterwards, but do want to get to know you and your interests better.
Yes, Sloan's cover letter causes significant hand wringing and hair pulling every year. I do like the cover letter to explain why you are seeking a place in the class at MIT Sloan (by stating your career goals), but there really isn't room for detail about the Sloan program and how it will help you reach your goals. The good news is that since they do not want to see this kind of detailed information about why you are interested in their program, you are not judged on its absence.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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