You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
These recommendation forms are for the MIT Sloan MBA & LGO 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking, recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.
MIT Sloan requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.
Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommendations may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each. Please note: We do not accept recommendations from family members.
– MIT Sloan Adcom
Before you ask someone for a recommendation it’s best to understand what types of questions the school will put to them. Asking the CEO of your company for a recommendation may be tempting, but will he/she be able to convincingly convey your strengths and weaknesses to the Sloan Admissions Committee? The best recommenders are those that have observed you interacting with others on a regular basis.
After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Sloan application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Sloan’s online recommendation form.
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I MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Letter of Recommendation
The mission of t he MIT Sloan School of Management is t o develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice Your recommendation letter will assist the Admissions Committee in selecting a class that will contribute toward this mission. The Admissions Committee may cont act you for further information.
We are interested in specific examples of intellectual and professional achievement and how they might relate to graduate study in management and in a career as a manager or business leader. In addition. we are very interested in the character of the applicant and will be helped by any information in that regard.
The letters that are most helpful to the applicant are those that utilize the template below and point to actual observations of the candidate’s actions. If you do not feel sufficiently informed to answer a particular question. please indicate’not observed’ or ‘not applicable’.
Please compose your answers to the following questions in one document and then upload below. Recommendations should be no longer than two pages. Upload a word or PDF document.
MIT Sloan asks recommenders to upload their recommendation to the online form.
How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? (no word limit)
How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity ? (no word limit)
Please give an example of t he applicant’s impact on a person, group,or organization. (no word limit)
Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people. (no word limit)
Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change? (no word limit)
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant. (no word limit)
If you’re applying to the LGO program, your technical recommender will need to respond to two questions (questions 7 and 8). Many applicants are confused about whether their technical recommender needs to reply to all eight questions or whether they only need to reply to questions 7 and 8. The answer is: They only need to apply to questions 7 and 8. If they would like to respond to questions 1-6, they may.
(Question 7 in the LGO recommendation) If you are a technical recommender, please give an example of an engineering project or challenge that the applicant faced, and the resources they used in addressing it. (no word limit)
(Question 8 in the LGO recommendation) If you are a technical recommender, please assess this applicant’s ability to continue graduate education in an engineering field, based on your observations of how this candidate addresses advanced technical coursework and problems. (no word limit)
II Notable MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions Sloan asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.), here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
- If you are a member of the MIT/MIT Sloan community, please indicate your MIT/MIT Sloan affiliation below.
- The MIT Sloan School occasionally contacts recommenders for clarification and verification purposes. Please indicate your preferred method of contact.
III MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Recommendation Assessment Grid
Please rate the applicant on the following criteria, in relation to other high potential people you know.
The MIT Sloan assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:
- 1 = Outstanding (top 2%)
- 2 = Very Good (top 10%)
- 3 = Above Average (top 25%)
- 4 = Average (top 50%)
- 5 = Below Average (bottom 50%)
- 6 = Unobserved
The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:
- Leadership Potential
- Creativity and Resourcefulness
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Energy and Initiative
- Ability to Work in a Team
- Oral and Written Communication Skills
- Analytical Thinking and Reasoning