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-sixth of the MBA class. The program begins in early June.

What Makes a Successful LGO Applicant?

MIT LGO Class of 2017
The LGO Class of 2017 was only 45 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 seven 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 for both degrees. Students can apply either through the MIT School of Engineering (Round 2 only) or the MIT Sloan School of Management (Round 1 or Round 2).*

What is the difference between applying through SoE and MIT Sloan? For the MIT LGO evaluation process, there is no difference. We evaluate your application using the same criteria regardless of where you submit your application.

But if you are unfortunately not admitted to LGO, your application is re-reviewed for the department you applied through. If you applied to LGO through MIT Sloan and we cannot admit you for the dual degree, MIT Sloan Admissions will assess your application for their two-year MBA program. Likewise, if you applied through the SoE, your chosen engineering department will assess your application for their master’s degree program. Every year, MIT engineering and the Sloan MBA program admit a few LGO applicants to their program after the LGO admissions process has finished.

The Sloan application is available starting in July, and the SoE application will open in mid-September.

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

In the MIT LGO application, we ask you for a variety of documents to assess your academic ability and professional experience. Each system asks for slightly different documents , 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 (Round 1 or Round 2) or the School of Engineering (only Round 2).

MIT Sloan Application MIT Engineering Application
Completed application form Completed application form
Uploaded transcripts* Uploaded transcripts*
Resume Resume
Cover Letter Cover Letter
Video Statement Statement of Purpose
Statement of Purpose Three letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation GRE scores
GMAT or GRE scores Record of courses (optional)
Record of courses (optional) TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)

Note for international applicants:
MIT Sloan reviews applicants’ English level during the review process. Do not submit an English test score when applying through MIT Sloan. Most of the engineering departments will require a TOEFL or IELTS test score in the application if you apply through SoE.

* Please do not send official transcripts to MIT LGO. We accept only uploaded copies. If you are admitted, we will direct you to send your transcript official hard copies.

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.

GMAT or GRE scores

You can choose to submit a score for either test. About 50% of previous LGO students have submitted a GRE, and about 50% provided a GMAT. You should have taken one of these tests no earlier than 5 years before the application deadline. There is no preference for either test. 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 September 25, 2012
Round 2 December 4, 2012

Resume

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.

Your cover letter should explain how you would fit into the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program. It should conform to standard business correspondence. Include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above. Address your letter to Mr. Thomas Roemer, Executive Director of the LGO program. We ask you to keep the text of your letter under 300 words (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 three recommendation letters. At least one letter should be a professional recommendation and at least 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(s) 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.

Optional essays

The application provides space for two optional essays. The questions are:

  • Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy. This is a truly optional space for you to address things like the recommenders you chose, your academic record, and other extenuating circumstance, if needed. (200 words or less).
  • The MIT LGO Admissions Committee invites you to share additional information on ONE of the following questions below using any format. You can use this space to tell us more about your passions for analytical projects, engineering innovations, or problem solving. If you make a video or other multimedia, keep it limited to 2:00 minutes total in length. If you use a multimedia presentation, please follow the instructions in the admissions system.
    • Tell us about a recent technical problem you faced at work. How did you solve the problem?
    • What was your most challenging project or accomplishment from your previous studies? How did you work on this project and what made it rewarding for you?

Please keep all written essays to 200 words or less.

Interviews are by invitation only. We only interview a select number of candidates who apply, but receiving an invitation to interview does not guarantee admission.

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.