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MIT EMBA: Is Admissions Getting Harder?

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MIT EMBA: Is Admissions Getting Harder?

At MBA, we have been offering admissions guidance to business school applicants for over 20 years. EMBA programs have only been around for a fraction of that time. Because we have watched the first programs emerge and grow, we have seen the trends in admission. Yes, the MIT EMBA does seem to be getting much more competitive. The earlier you apply, the better you may fare. Admissions are rolling and the school began accepting EMBA applications at the end of September 2016. You still have time, because the final deadline is still a few months away, but your aim should be to submit sooner rather than later, while there are still plenty of seats to be allocated to applicants.

Why does admissions seem to be getting harder at MIT?

First, it is MIT. The brand is world-class. Upon graduating from the EMBA program, you will become a part of this world-class alumni network and have continuing access to the resources of prestigious MIT.

Second, the MIT EMBA program does not require a standardized test for admission! Hence, they have removed a major obstacle that prevents many rising executives from pursuing an EMBA program. The demand for the program is therefore robust.

Third, MIT is a relatively new player in the EMBA program field, relative to schools like Wharton. As more potential candidates hear about the MIT program and decide to apply, the school seems to be getting pickier about work experience. While MIT Sloan indicates it will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis with no hard minimum number of required work experience years, it also states that MIT prefers EMBA candidates to have approximately 10 years of work experience. If you are a candidate who has less than 10 years of work experience, you will need to showcase excellently the quality of your work experience in the essays and recommendations. So far, we at MBA have seen great success among MIT EMBA candidates with 7-8 years of work experience in addition to candidates with more work experience, but key is the presentation of an absolutely sterling set of essay responses that convey your leadership experience and skills.

Finally, the complex nature of the MIT EMBA essays and recommendations set a high bar. The very fact that the school asks candidates to complete such complex questions and also that its recommendation questions are so extensive means that, amid intensifying competition, a candidate who tries to submit an application with little thought or guidance may not be able to fare well even with good credentials.

The take-away? Prepare your MIT EMBA application with particular care. We at MBA consider it to be the most complex of all of the current EMBA applications we have seen for top U.S. business schools.

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