Although not explicitly stated, MIT is using this prompt to combine two commonly asked questions: “Why X Major?” and “Why MIT?” As with the previous essay, there’s no room to provide too detailed of an explanation, but you must still briefly justify your response. The key word here is “why.”
If you’re interested in chemistry but are also looking into a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing, you might write about your interests in MIT’s chemical engineering program. Or if you’re interested in economics, you can praise MIT’s Sloan School of Management, analyzing the ways in which the school will help you hone in and develop your leadership skills. If you want to conduct research in a STEM field, mentioning the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and citing some specific projects can be a great way to highlight your interests.
For those looking to study EECS, you can discuss the appeal of MIT’s new curriculum, which offers more flexibility and independence for undergraduate students. Perhaps when compared to other campuses, you find that MIT offers a stronger entrepreneurial culture, a quality that you find necessary for your academic success. If you have hopes of one day launching your own startup or designing your own program, now would be a great time to mention the program’s emphasis on entrepreneurship.
Writing about your long-term goals and connecting them back to MIT’s academic culture (demonstrated through EECS example) is a very strong way to approach this prompt, as it answers both “Why X Major?” and “Why MIT?” Avoid vague answers such as “MIT is known for its excellent STEM programs” or “the Sloan School of Management is among the best in the nation” — these types of answers do not answer the prompt nor do they highlight your interest in the school.
No matter what major you intend on studying, remember to show admission officers how you plan to take advantage of MIT’s academic programs. Is there a specific professor you want to conduct research under? Is there a specific course you’re really excited to take? If so, mention it! There’s no need to write a creative response to this prompt; the best approach is to be straightforward and specific.
|FROM Sloan Admissions Blog:MBA Application Next Steps|
| Our application goes live in early July, and these next few months are the perfect time to get prepared. The Admissions office is open throughout the summer M-F from 9-5PM if you want to stop by, attend an on-campus info session, or take a self-guided tour.|
One of our graduating students and co-president of the Sloan Senate, John Mahler MBA’15, was kind enough to share some advice for prospective applicants:
How did you research MBA Programs? Did you attend an event beforehand?
“It’s valuable to go beyond what you read online. I went to quite a few
admissions events in Seattle, where I was living at the time, to get a feel for what differentiated the schools. The alumni panels were particularly informative to get a window into the culture and community. Hearing about first-hand experiences is really important to see what is a good fit for you. I would highly recommend attending any and all events that you can. The culture and the community of the top schools is really their differentiator, and you can only understand that as you interface with people that have lived and thrived within that community.”
What advice would you give a prospective applicant?
“You have a limited amount of space in the application so put forth your best accomplishments. It’s a challenge to be convincing and concise at the same time. In the interview, don’t try the affect of someone you are not. Go in and be true to yourself. Be honest about what you are looking for and the environments you thrive in.”
Other great sources of information that will help you with your MIT Sloan research are our student blogs or our Ask an MBA Student page.
Check back soon for more application and event information!
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