Application Directions

We designed the MIT LGO application to get to know you and how you fit into the program. As an LGO student, you have access to the best courses at the MIT School of Engineering (SoE) and the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Between 45 and 50 new students join LGO each year. That’s roughly one-eighth of the MBA class. The program begins in early June.

What Makes a Successful LGO Applicant?

MIT LGO Class of 2020
The LGO Class of 2020 is only 48 students, creating a close-knit community tied into a broad network at the MIT Sloan MBA and School of Engineering.

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

  • A strong academic background with a previous bachelors degree in a STEM field (Some students have also earned a first master’s degree prior to LGO, and that’s okay, too.)
  • Research and academic interest in your 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

To learn more about our students and career outcomes, please review these pages:

Application Instructions

To begin your MIT LGO application, decide which of our eight engineering departments is the right one for you. We don’t publish individual department enrollment statistics because we assess each LGO applicant individually – we want to admit the best students.

As an MIT LGO applicant, you are applying to MIT Sloan, the MIT School of Engineering, and LGO with one online application. In addition to the general qualifications listed above, some engineering departments will have specific admissions requirements. (You can find that information for each department on their individual pages). Some departments also have different internship opportunities. Have a close look at the partner company page to explore internship possibilities.

For some applicants, choosing a department is easy. Others need a bit more guidance in deciding where they best fit. If that’s you, please see our Connect to LGO page, where we have a variety of options for reaching out to the LGO admissions team.

LGO applicants submit ONE application. Students can apply EITHER through the MIT Sloan School of Management (Round 1 or Round 2)* OR the MIT School of Engineering (Round 2 only).

We evaluate your application using the same criteria regardless of where you submit your application.

The only difference between applying through Sloan vs applying through the engineering department is what you want to get a primary degree in. If you apply through Sloan but are not accepted by LGO, you will still be considered for just an MBA. If you apply through an engineering department, you will be considered for just the MS if you are not accepted into LGO. Every year, MIT engineering and the Sloan MBA program admit a few LGO applicants to their program after the LGO admissions process has finished.

To learn more about the different engineering departments working with LGO, please visit our curriculum section.

The LGO Application has closed for this year. The next application will open in Summer 2021.

*Please note: Applicants to Operations Research Center, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science can apply only through MIT Sloan.

Below are some extended application directions. 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.

There may be supplemental questions related to your engineering department of choice. For more information, please consult the LGO page for your chosen engineering department.

Official transcripts

Upload official transcript copies in the online application. A scanned copy of your transcripts uploaded to the online system is sufficient.

We will ask all admitted applicants for an official transcript. Any discrepancies between the transcripts in your application and the hard copies may result in a candidate’s rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer.

MIT Graduate Admissions Statement Regarding COVID-19 – March 26, 2020
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record. Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.

GMAT or GRE scores

Standardized tests, such as GMAT and GRE,  are a component of the application process and play an important role in our holistic evaluation process. However, in view of challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, we will allow candidates for the 2020-21 admission cycle to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences. If admitted, candidates will not be required to take a test.

Additionally, applicants are welcome to submit other pieces of evidence, such as expired test scores (GMAT, GRE, EA, TOEFL, IELTS); MITx MicroMasters, CORe, edX, MBAMath, or any other non-degree coursework completed; or certifications earned such as CPA, ACCA, CFA, etc; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.

We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online version of exams.

About 50% of previous LGO students submit a GRE, and about 50% provide a GMAT. If you are applying through an engineering department, we would recommend applying with the GRE to be competitive with other MS applicants. When you send your official scores, please follow MIT Sloan’s or your engineering department’s directions.

Round Deadline Test must be taken on or after:
Round 1 October 2015
Round 2 December 2015


Upload a business resume 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 resume: ideally no more than one page long and in reverse chronological order.

Cover Letter

MIT LGO seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT LGO Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Dr. Thomas Roemer, Executive Director of the LGO program. (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Statement of Purpose

Write a short description outlining why you would like to enroll in the engineering department you chose. Feel free to explain your academic/research interests, career goals, and why the department’s relationship with LGO fits you. In the Sloan application, we ask you to keep your statement to 300 words. In the SoE application, there is no defined length, but we believe 300 words is still a good maximum length.

Video Statement

Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement. You will upload your video file to the application system and will receive detailed instructions on how to record your statement in the application. It’s fine to record this 60-second video at your desk or table at home. We’re looking for how you present yourself, not for your video editing skills. A head shot from the shoulders up is best.

Letters of recommendation

MIT LGO applicants submit two recommendation letters through the MIT Sloan application. If you are applying through an engineering department, the application will require three recommendation letters. At least one letter should be a professional recommendation and one should be a recommendation focusing on your technical/scientific skills. It’s certainly possible for a recommendation to touch on both professional and technical qualities, especially if you’ve worked in a setting solving complex problems.

Your professional recommendation should reflect your leadership and teamwork skills and should follow the recommendation guidelines on the Sloan application site. It is very useful for your recommender to follow the prompts listed on Sloan’s website.

Your technical reference can come from a professional or academic source, although we prefer and encourage an academic source when possible. 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 follow the MIT Sloan recommendation prompts, but we are looking for answers specifically to the following additional questions:

  1. Please give an example of an engineering project or challenge that the applicant faced, and the resources they used in addressing it.
  2. 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.

Record of courses

You can provide a list of 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. If you are applying to an engineering field where you do not have a bachelor’s degree in that exact field, we recommended you complete this section.

Interviews will be scheduled by invitation only, after an initial evaluation of a complete application. We make every effort to give at least a week’s notice of the interview date. We only interview a select number of candidates who apply, but receiving an invitation to interview does not guarantee admission. For the foreseeable future all admission interviews will be conducted virtually, and we will contact you with more information.

Those invited to interview will write an additional essay on the following topic:

“The missions of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovated leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive, and increasingly diverse.”

You will receive instructions to submit your essay in the interview invitation.

MIT LGO Application Round 1

Date Action
October 1st, 2020 Round 1 LGO Application Deadline
October/ November, 2020 LGO Interviews: We invite elected candidates to an interview.
December 16th, 2020 Admissions Decisions: Candidates notified of decision.
February 8th, 2021 Decision Deadline: Admitted students must reply to our offer by this date.

MIT LGO Application Round 2

Date Action
December 1st, 2020 Round 2 LGO Application Deadline
January, 2021 LGO Interviews: We invite elected candidates to an interview.
March 1st, 2021 Admissions Decisions: Candidates notified of decision.
April 20th, 2021 Decision Deadline: Admitted students must reply to our offer by this date.

We encourage you to apply when you feel you can submit your strongest application to the program. Please be prepared to wait up until March 1st to receive a final admissions decision. Candidates who apply to the Operations Research Center should expect a decision on March 1st, regardless of the round in which they applied.