MIT LGO Application Process

As an LGO student, you have access to the best courses at the MIT School of Engineering (SoE) and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Between 45 and 50 new students join LGO each year. Please follow the tabs to learn about each step in the application.

During the MIT LGO admissions review process, we look for the following qualities in applicants:

  • A strong academic background with a previous degree in a STEM field
  • Research and academic interest in the applicant’s chosen engineering field
  • Ideally, two or more years of work experience showing career development and growth
  • Demonstrated leadership and an ability to inspire others
  • Interest in a career in operations, manufacturing, product development, technology, or similar engineering management path

Choose an Engineering Department

You should decide on an engineering department as the first step in defining your application's goals.

As an MIT LGO applicant, you are applying to MIT Sloan, the MIT School of Engineering, and LGO all with one application. In addition to the general qualifications listed above, some engineering departments will have specific admissions requirements (for example, an undergraduate course in thermodynamics for Mechanical Engineering). Please review the engineering departments’ descriptions while developing your application.

Where to Apply

LGO applicants submit one application for both degrees. Students can apply either through the MIT School of Engineering or the MIT Sloan School of Management.*

What is the difference between applying through SoE and MIT Sloan? For the MIT LGO admissions process, nothing. Your application is evaluated using the same criteria regardless of which route you took to apply. However, if we cannot accept you to the LGO program, you will be considered for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA program if you applied through MIT Sloan, or for admission to your engineering department if you applied through SoE. Every year, a few students are offered admission to an engineering department or to the Sloan MBA program after the LGO admissions process has finished.

The LGO application is currently available through Sloan. If you wish to apply through the SoE, the application will go live in mid-September.

*Please note: Applicants to Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science apply only through MIT Sloan.

Application Documents

During the MIT LGO admissions process, we ask you for a variety of documents to assess your academic ability and professional experience. You’ll be asked for slightly different documents based on whether you apply through the MIT School of Engineering or MIT Sloan, but the basic information we look for remains the same for all applicants.

LGO applicants submit only one application. You choose to apply either through MIT Sloan or the School of Engineering. Each school has slightly different application document requirements:

MIT Sloan Application MIT SoE Application
Completed application form Completed application form
Official transcripts Official transcripts
Résumé or CV Résumé or CV
One Sloan essay One Sloan essay
Two LGO essays Two LGO essays
Three letters of recommendation Three letters of recommendation
GMAT or GRE scores GRE scores
Record of courses* Statement of purpose
TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)
Record of courses

In all applications, students have space to provide any supplemental information you like (including multimedia). This space is supplementary and optional.

Note for international applicants:
MIT Sloan reviews the English level of applicants through the essays and interview. You are not required to submit an English test to apply through MIT Sloan. Most of the engineering departments will ask you for a TOEFL or IELTS test score in the application if you apply through SoE.

Application Directions

In the online application, you will be directed to complete all necessary forms and most of the supplemental documents. We’ve gathered a few application tips and hints below. Please note that this information is subject to change, and you may receive slightly different instructions when you begin the application. If this happens to you, please follow the directions in the online application first.

Official transcripts: You are required to upload official transcript copies in the online application. For MIT Sloan and most engineering departments, a scanned copy of your transcripts uploaded to the online system is sufficient.

For some engineering departments, you will be asked to mail a signed and sealed copy of your transcripts. Please check your engineering department if this applies to you. If so, mail transcripts to:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Attn: Admissions, [Insert Department Name]
[Insert Building and Room Number]
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

All applicants accepted to the LGO program are asked to submit an official signed and sealed transcript. If you are accepted to the program, we will give you directions for this step. Any discrepancies between the scanned transcripts in your application and the hard copies may result in a candidate’s rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer.

Résumé or CV: We will ask you to upload a business résumé that lists your employment history, educational record, and any other appropriate information. We recommend you follow the general rules and guidelines for an American-style résumé, which should ideally be no more than one page long.

Sloan and LGO essays: You will have three short essays to write in your application:

  1. Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have? (500 words or fewer).
  2. Why do you wish to pursue the LGO program? What are the goals that you hope to accomplish, both as a student and as a graduate of the program? Be sure to include a description of your post-LGO career plans. (250 words or fewer)
  3. Why do you wish to pursue the engineering field/specialty area you have selected? (250 words or fewer)

A final, short-answer question will be asked only of those invited to interview:

The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that aligns with this mission. (250 words or fewer)

Letters of recommendation: MIT LGO applicants submit two kinds of recommendation letters: professional and technical. If applying through Sloan, you should submit two professional recommendations and one technical recommendation. If applying through SoE, you should submit two technical recommendations and one professional recommendation.

Your professional recommendation(s) should reflect your leadership and teamwork skills and should follow the recommendation guidelines on the Sloan application site. Please remember that these recommendations should follow the prompts listed on Sloan’s website.

Your technical reference can come from a professional or academic source, although an academic source is preferred and strongly encouraged. Your recommender should assess your academic and technical skills, particularly regarding analytical acumen, technical expertise and depth, quantitative problem solving, and the ability to look deeply into a technical problem. This letter can either follow the MIT Sloan recommendation prompts or be a free-form letter.

Statement of purpose: The SoE application system will prompt you to describe your reasons for applying to a graduate engineering program, your research interests, and how your background can support you in pursuing those interests at MIT. You can use this space to elaborate on your professional and academic goals during and after the LGO program, and you can use any academic or professional experiences to date to support your goals.

Record of courses (only required for some engineering departments): In the SoE application, you will be asked to provide a list of your STEM courses taken at university and the required textbooks for these courses. This is used to assess your technical knowledge and your ability to join MIT-level graduate coursework on arrival at LGO. In the Sloan application, this section is optional, but strongly recommended for applicants to Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.

Admissions Timeline

The MIT LGO admissions process has only one round per year, aligned with the MIT School of Engineering admissions process. Here are some important dates in that process:

December 15 Application Deadline: all documents and forms need to be complete by this date.
Late January/early February LGO InterviewFest: selected candidates will be invited to the MIT campus for an interview. We hope to send out initial interview invitations by January 8, although you could receive an interview request later than that. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview in person at MIT, but Skype interviews are also available if necessary (especially for international candidates).
March 1 Admissions Decisions: applicants receive their admissions decisions.
Early April LGO AdMIT: Admitted students are invited to MIT again for a fun two days of networking, Q&A, and integration into MIT student life. LGO’s AdMIT days in 2016 are scheduled for April 7 and 8.