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(found at http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/dates.php; accessed 2012/07)

 

 

 

 

 

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MIT Story Planning

 
You can find Vince's 2011 - 2012 MIT Essay Tips here http://www.vinceprep.com/essays/mit-essay-tips

 

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MIT Story Planning Matrix

Use this chart to ensure that your MIT essays show your behavior in a wide range of recent situations

ITEM

SITUATION

TASK

ACTION

RESULT

LESSONS

IMPLICATION

ESSAYS: For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. Please limit the experiences you discuss in the three essays below to those which have occurred in the past three years. In each of the essays please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.

When did this situation happen? [NOTE: For essays 1, 2 and 3, you need to select events that occurred in 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011. My admitted clients sometimes write about older events in their supplemental essay or cover letter.]

Where were you?

Why were you involved in this situation?

What was your precise role?

Who else was involved?

What was everyone else's role?

What did you think was your most important task?

How did you achieve your task?

What did you say and do to achieve your task?

How did others respond?

What did you think and feel?

What did you do next?

What happened in the end?

What were your quantifiable results?

What was your impact?

What did you learn from this experience?

So what?

How are your results and lessons relevant to MBA life and your future career?

ESSAY 1

Please describe a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected, established, or popular. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

When did this situation happen? [NOTE: 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011]

Where were you?

Why were you involved in this situation?

What was defined, expected, established, or popular? [NOTE: Pick one keyword. If “defined,” show who set the standard. If “expected,” identify who held this expectation, and why. If “established,” show the history. If “popular,” add data.]

Why did you decide to change definitions, exceed expectations, challenge the establishment, or defy popular convention?

What did you hope to gain by doing so?

What steps did you take?

Did you encounter resistance?

Who resisted you most?

How did you overcome this person’s resistance?

What happened in the end?

How did you know that you had successfully “gone beyond” what had been defined, expected, established, or popular?

Where there measurable outcomes?

What did you learn from this experience?

What did you learn about yourself or other people?

So what?

How is your learning relevant?

What do you want Rod Garcia and others to think about you after reading this essay?

ESSAY 2

 

Please describe a time when you convinced an individual or group to accept one of your ideas.

(500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

When did this situation happen? [2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011]

Where were you?

Why were you involved in this situation?

What was your idea?

Who was the individual or group that you needed to convince?

How did you convince the individual or group?

What was the hardest part?  For example, was there a particular person who did not like your idea?

What did you do change her mind? For example, did you show data, or make a prototype, or secure support from someone that she trusted and respected?

How did you know that you had convinced the individual or group?

What happened in the end?

What was the impact of your idea?

What were your quantifiable results?

What did you learn from this experience?

Are you more effective at convincing others now?

So what?

How will your new persuasive skills help you in the future?

What do you want Rod Garcia and others to think about you after reading this essay?

 

ESSAY 3

 

Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed.

(500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

Where were you?

Why were you involved in this situation?

What was the decision you had to make?

Why didn’t you have all of the information that you needed?

Why couldn’t you wait to make the decision until after you gathered all of the necessary information?

What were the risks of making a decision without all of the necessary information? For example, did you risk losing time, or money, or market share, or the trust of others?

Why did you go ahead and make the decision even though you lacked necessary information?  

What steps did you take to minimize risks?

How did you ensure that your decision was the best possible one you could make?

Who did you ask for help?

What happened after you made your decision?

What were your quantifiable results of your decision?

How did your decision impact others?

What did you learn from this experience?

Did this experience give you more confidence to make decisions under pressure?

What else do you still need to learn to become a better decision maker?

So what?

Of course you will study decision making at MIT.

What else can Rod Garcia learn about you from this essay?

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

 

(OPTIONAL – NOTE: All of Vince’s admitted clients answer this question because it is open-ended and welcoming, as opposed to some optional questions that set conditions for answering, e.g. if you do not have a letter or reference from your direct supervisor, low GPA, etc.)

 

You may use this section to address whatever else you want the Admissions Committee to know.

(250 words or fewer, limited to one page)

What story do you want to share?

This situation can be from before 2008.

 

 

 

How did this experience help you learn about yourself?

So what?

What do you want Rod and his team to learn about you from this story?

COVER LETTER: [NOTE: do this last!]

 

Prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words – NOTE: exclusive of salutation and signature) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program.

Describe your accomplishments

and include an example of how you had an impact on a group or organization. [NOTE: keep your example short – around 100 words]

Your letter should conform to standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Director of MBA Admissions.

When did you have an impact on a group or organization?

When did this situation happen? [NOTE: You can mention an experience that occurred before 2008.]

Why were you involved in this situation?

Why did you think it was important to have this impact?

What steps did you take to impact others?

How could you measure the impact?

Was your impact tangible (money, saving time) or intangible (motivating others)?

Did you learn anything about yourself or others from this experience?

So what?

Why is this accomplishment and impact meaningful to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

MBA Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.
Professional recommendations are preferred.
Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept mailed recommendations.
Each recommendation should not exceed two pages.
 


 

RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONS



1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
2. How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
3. Please provide an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
4. Please provide a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
5. Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
6. Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.



 


 

RECOMMENDATION QUESTION ANALYSIS AND TIPS



1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?

[VINCE HINTS]

When they say, “In what capacity”, they mean the following:
  • Is he now your direct supervisor?
  • If not, was he your direct supervisor in the past? When? For example, "I directly supervised him from April 2009 to March 2011.)
  • How long has he known you? Include the month and year or total years e.g. “I have known him since April 2008.” or “I have known him for four years.”
  • How frequent is/was his interaction with you? For example, “I interact with him on a daily basis.” or “I interact with him daily while we are collaborating on a project. Otherwise, I see him at least once a week for team meetings and casual conversation.”


2. How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?

[VINCE HINTS]

He needs to define your peer group.
  • Who are the "others in a similar capacity?” For example, "I am comparing him to the ten members in my team. He stands out among them based on his [skill one] and [skill two].”


3. Please provide an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.

[VINCE HINTS]

He needs to share a DIFFERENT example from the one mentioned in Question 2 or Question 4.

AdCom wants to an example of your leadership in action. Can your recommender share an example that best demonstrates your ability to leave a legacy on your organization or company? For example, when have you:

 
  • Made a positive contribution to your company’s bottom line or your organization’s mission?
  • Motivated a subordinate or influenced senior to go beyond expectations?
  • Left behind tangible or intangible changes that will continue to make a difference in the lives of others?

Here are some questions to help get your recommender started.

SITUATION
  • When did you have an impact on a group or organization?
  • When did this situation happen?
  • Why were you involved in this situation?

ACTION
  • What steps did you take to impact others?


RESULT
  • What were your quantifiable results? (For instance, did you boost profits, save time, or cut costs?) What was your intangible impact? (For example, did you influence seniors or motivate juniors?)


IMPLICATION
  • So what?
  • Why is this impact meaningful to him and others at your company? For example, are other people continuing or even expanding upon your legacy? Add the details that prove it.



4. Please provide a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.

[VINCE HINTS]

AdCom wants to hear a specific story about how you demonstrate your interpersonal skills, preferably in a professional setting.
 
  • Can your recommender mention an example of how you influenced seniors or motivated subordinates?
  • Can he share a story about how you mentored someone, or took care of an important client that needed extra help?
  • As always, try to help your recommender think of a story that you are NOT mentioning in your essays so that his recommender adds value to your application.
     



5. Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?

[VINCE HINTS]

AdCom is asking your recommender to discuss your weakness.

Help your recommender think of at least one area where you could improve. Two areas would be even better, as long as they are not fatal weaknesses. A fatal weakness would be:

 
  • He cannot accept criticism from others.
  • He does not listen well.
  • He becomes defensive when others question his motivations.
  • He frequently misses deadlines.


The more weaknesses he mentions, the more AdCom will believe that he knows you and cares about your professional growth.

In addition, I am happy to speak to your recommender if he needs help understanding why AdCom asks these questions.



6. Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

Recommenders often answer this question in one of the following ways

  • I would like to also mention that I have had the privilege of directly observing his outstanding leadership, teamwork and personal showmanship outside of the office. [+ SPECIFIC EXAMPLE]
  • I would like to mention the great contributions he has made to our Bank X Alumni network. [+ SPECIFIC EXAMPLE]
  • I wish to add a non-work story that also shows her contributions to our company beyond her professional duties. [+ SPECIFIC EXAMPLE]
  • I would also like to mention his activity supporting our overseas subsidiary because it shows his extraordinary initiative. [+ SPECIFIC EXAMPLE]
     
 
 

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews are by invitation only. Our goal is to interview all candidates accepted into our programs. An invitation to interview thus signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission.

Candidates will be invited to interviews by email, up until the decision deadlines. Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.

Interviews will be conducted at MIT Sloan and in several key regions around the globe. Please indicate on the application if you currently reside in a location other than your mailing address. In some cases, we may conduct interviews by telephone. Please note that interviews are conducted on weekdays and during business hours.

 

Source: MIT Sloan MBA Online Application
(found at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=mit-mba; accessed 2011/08)

 



PROFILE

 
MIT Sloan’s two-year MBA Program is comprised of a combination of case studies, team projects, lectures, live case discussions, interactions with industry leaders, and hands-on lab classes. Throughout the first-semester core, students build the foundation of their MIT Sloan education. Working with a team of five or six classmates, they gain fundamental skills through required course work in economics, accounting, managerial communication, business statistics, and organizational processes (as well as an elective in either strategic marketing or finance).

Only one-semester long, the core allows students freedom and flexibility in pursuing their personal goals throughout the rest of the program. And students enjoy the company and intellectual stimulation of their cohort — a group of roughly 60 students (made up of 10-12 teams) who take their courses together.
 
 
MBA Program Consideration Set
 
  • Stretch Schools:  Harvard, Stanford, Wharton
  • Match Schools: Columbia, Dartmouth, Northwestern’s Kellogg School, Berkeley, Duke, Virginia
  • Safe Schools: New York University, Michigan, Yale, Cornell

(found at http://poetsandquants.com/2010/12/13/mits-sloan-school-of-management; accessed 2011/08)
 
 

 

FIT

Four Things That Set MIT Sloan Apart

1. Action-based Learning
2. Collaboration
3. Entrepreneurship and Self-direction
4. Global Focus
 (found at http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2010/01/four-things-that-set-mit-sloan-apart; accessed 2011/07)
 

 

THE NUMBERS


Tuition & Fees: $101, 250
 
Entering Full-Time MBA Students: 401 Students
13.0% accepted = 4th most selective program*
64.6% yield = 10th highest yield rate*
4,782 applicants
621 accepted 
401 enrolled
*among 50 US MBA programs with lowest admit rate
(found at http://poetsandquants.com/2011/04/22/the-50-most-selective-mba-programs-in-the-u-s; accessed 2011/08) 
 
GMAT
Average GMAT: 718
Median GMAT: 720
Middle 80% range GMAT scores:
* From: 670
* To: 770
(found at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/full_time_mba_profiles/sloan.html; accessed 2011/08)
 
Lowest 10% GMAT range among admitted students: 680 or below
(found at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/blogs/mba_admissions/archives/2011/08/gmat_how_low_is_too_low_for_top_b-schools.html; accessed 2011/08)
 
Average GPA: 3.57
 
Average Age: 27.8
Average Work Experience: 59 Months

% Students who are Women: 34%
% Students who are International: 42%

Rankings
Bloomberg Businessweek: 10
U.S. News & World Report: 3
Financial Times: 9

Employment
Average Base Salary: $108,009
Median Base Salary: $110,000

(found at http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/school/mit-sloan-school-of-management/a/info; accessed 2011/07)

Tuition & Fees: $101, 250
Average GPA: 3.57

Median Base Salary: $110,000
Average Signing Bonus: $24,400
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 84%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 11%

Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $3,031,132 (one of only seven schools with career pay exceeding $3 million)

*Payscale 2010 estimate for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

(found at http://poetsandquants.com/2010/12/13/mits-sloan-school-of-management; accessed 2011/08)
 
 

 

FAQ

Please read the MIT Sloan Admissions FAQs for useful tips http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/faq/index.php
 
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MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program

 

Engineering Master's Program

 

Select an Engineering Master’s Program you wish to pursue, using guidelines explained on the LGO application page.
http://lgo.mit.edu/engineering-programs.html
 

Recommendations

 

LGO applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. One of the recommendations should be from an academic source or someone who can speak definitively of your technical skills. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommendations should not exceed two pages each.
 

Academic Records (Transcripts)

 

Please scan and upload copies of your academic records. Do not mail in your official academic records or transcripts.
 
Record of Courses Taken in Preparation for Graduate Study: Depending on the Engineering Department you wish to pursue a degree in, we ask that you complete a detailed list of courses taken in preparation for graduate study. Please use guidelines explained on the application page.
 
Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide an official transcript from each school attended. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection in our decision or a withdrawal of our offer of admission.
 
(found at http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/applicationinstructions.php#lgo; accessed 2011/10)

 


The MIT Mashup

Published by Vince Ricci



TESTIMONIALS

MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2011

(also admitted to Chicago, Kellogg, and Columbia)


Vinceのカウンセリングの大きな特徴は、 「コミットメント」にあると思う。

勿論、ビジネススクール受験については、絶対合格することを確約することは出来ないが、彼の常にベスト を尽くす姿勢こそ、他のカウンセリンサービスとの大 きな差別化要因であると思う。具体例を挙げるときりが無いが、主なものを以下に示したい。

1. 固定料金
多くのカウンセリングサービスにおいては、時間に対し料金を支払うことも多く、私の知っている友人等からは、簡単な質問1つにまで時間 給を請求されている 方もいた。
一方、Vinceの場合は、エッセイ、推薦状、面接練習の全てを含めた固定料金方式となっており、生徒は都度請求 される金額を気にすることない。 Vince にとっては大きな負担であったと思うが、「時間の提供」では無く、「合格へ向けた全力のサポート」の提供を誓う彼の姿勢を強く感じる。

2. 仕事の鬼であること
Vinceは非常に仕事の鬼であり、妥協が無い。カウンセリングを申し込むと、週2時間のカウンセリング時間を確保すること になるが、本時間以外でも問題 が起きた際には顧客は自由に彼に連絡することができ、時間外の依頼であっても確りと対応してくれる。その仕事振りは、他にも顧客がいる中、いつ寝ているの かと、顧客側が心配になる程だった。

3. 柔軟性
Vinceは単なるエッセーカウンセラーでなく、顧客の状況に併せ、最適な サービスを提供する。具体的には、顧客の都合に合わせ、週2回のカウンセリング は面談型式、電話、Skype、Email等で実施でき、また、前述の通り、その他の質問事項についても、都度顧客にあわせた方法やタイミングで対応して くれ、出願直前は大変助かった。さらに、GMATやTOEFLの進捗状況等に応じて顧客のワークロード管理や志望校選定等にも応じ、個々の顧客に合致した 受験の進捗管理をしてくれる。この為、他の顧客と話した際も、みんな夫々彼のカウンセリングへの満足度は非常に高かった。

この他、 Vinceの過去の顧客の方は皆、積極的に彼の顧客へのサポートを提供しており、私自身、School Visit時やWhy Schoolを考える際には大変助かった。過去の顧客が積極的にサポートしてくれるのも、Vinceが顧客と深い信頼関係を築いてきた結果であると思う。 また、私自身、献身的に支援してくれたVinceへは大変大きな感謝をしており、今後、彼の顧客へサポートできることがあれば、積極的に協力させて頂きた い。


“Commitment” is the appropriate word to express Vince’s counseling.

Of course no one can promise results for a top business school, but his attitude to do his best made his service stand out from all other counselors. As there are too many aspects to prove his attitude, I could not point all here, but if I believe following three aspects would be enough for you to understand what I mean.

1. Fixed Fee Structure - Most counseling services charge their fee by time spent. I find out that some of the applicants had to pay a fee for making an easy question and the fee made them hesitate to ask questions or contact to their counselors frequently. However, as Vince offers full-fledged fixed-fee service (including essay counseling, LOR counseling and interview preps), his clients don’t have to care about the amount charged by time. I believe this fee structure required Vince to work very hard, but I also believe this fee structure represents his commitment: “not selling time, but providing the best effort to make things happen”. VINCE'S NOTE ADDED MAY 2011 - I NOW SELL HOURLY PACKAGES, BUT PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FLAT FEE COUNSELING.

2. Hard Work - Vince is truly a hard-working man and has no room to compromise in his service. Whens client sign-up for his service, he or she will be secured for 2 hours of session per week. However, the clients are permitted to contact Vince whenever they want for the problem whatever they have, other than the scheduled session. Given that there are other clients, his attitude to work sometimes made me worry if he could have time to sleep!! VINCE'S NOTE ADDED MAY 2011 - I NOW MEET MOST CLIENTS ONCE PER WEEK, BUT I AM HAPPY TO MEET CLIENTS MORE OFTEN.  

3. Flexibility - Vince is not just an ordinary essay counselor. He provides necessary service or overall-application counseling based on the situation of his clients. For example, as per the request of his clients, Vince conducts the scheduled session by face-to-face, phone, skype and email. His flexibility really helped me especially when I got close to the application deadline. In addition, not only essay counseling, he manages overall process or school selection counseling based on the situation of each customer, including GMAT and TOEFL scores. Therefore, when I had a chance to talk with his other clients, most of them express great satisfaction to his service.

Other than the issues mentioned above, Vince’s past clients provided me great support especially when I visited the school and I am structuring my answer to “Why this school?” Overall, I believe the fact that Vince’s past clients tend to provide voluntary support is the biggest evidence that he have established deep relationship of mutual trust with his clients. Lastly, I would like to express my greatest appreciation to his dedicate support. If I have any chance, I am more than welcome to support him or his clients.

 


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