Application Directions

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. The program begins in early June. Please follow the tabs below to learn about each step in the application.

Successful LGO Applicants

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

To learn more about the kinds of students who join LGO and their careers after the program, please review these pages:

Application Instructions

Deciding on an engineering department is the first step in your application process.

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). Some engineering departments also have different internship possibilities. Please review each department’s curriculum through the link above and have a close look at the partner company page to explore internship possibilities related to each department.

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 and connecting with the LGO admissions team.

LGO applicants submit one application for both degrees. Students can apply either through the MIT School of Engineering (SoE) 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 application route. However, if we cannot accept you to the LGO program, you will be considered for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA program (Round 2) 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 Sloan application is available starting in July, and the SoE application in mid-September.

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

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
Uploaded transcripts* Uploaded transcripts*
Resume Resume
Cover Letter Cover Letter
Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose
Three letters of recommendation Three letters of recommendation
GMAT or GRE scores GRE scores
Record of courses (optional) Record of courses (optional)
TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)

In all applications, students have space to provide supplemental information in two different question prompts (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.

* Please do not send official transcripts to MIT LGO during the application process. We accept only uploaded copies. If admitted to the program, we will ask you to send your transcript official hard copies.

In the online application, you will be directed to complete all necessary forms and supplemental documents. Below are a few application tips and hints . 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.

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

Official transcripts: You are required to upload official transcript copies in the online application. A scanned copy of your transcripts uploaded to the online system is sufficient.

All admitted applicants will be 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.

GMAT or GRE scores: You can choose to submit a score for either test. About 50% of previous LGO classes have submitted a GRE, and about 50% have submitted a GMAT. There is no preference for either test. Please follow MIT Sloan’s or your engineering department’s directions to have your test score sent to your application department.

Resume: We will ask you to 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: We ask you to submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Thomas Roemer, Executive Director of the LGO program. The cover letter should tell why you are applying to LGO. We ask you to keep the text of your letter under 250 words.

Statement of Purpose: You will have a chance to write a short description outlining your desire to enroll in the SM degree for your chosen engineering department. Feel free to explain your academic interests, career goals, and why the department fits them. In the Sloan application, we ask you to keep your statement to 250 words. In the SoE application, there is no defined length, but we would still like to see about 250 words maximum.

Letters of recommendation: MIT LGO applicants submit three recommendation letters, both professional and technical in nature. 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 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 are given the optional opportunity 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. We strongly recommended you complete this section especially if you are applying to an engineering field where you do not have a bachelor’s degree in that exact field previously.

Optional essays: The application provides space for two optional essays. This is space you can use to tell us more about yourself and what makes you “tick,” or provide more information about your engineering knowledge and passions. The questions are:

  • The Admissions Committee invites you to share additional information about yourself in any format. If you choose a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us with the URL. Please use this space if you would like to highlight anything about your personality and passions.
  • The 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.
    • 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?

Suggested guidelines:

Please keep all videos and media limited to 2:00 minutes total in length.
Please keep all written essays to 500 words or less.
If hosting your submission on a website, please ensure you provide an unprotected link (no password required).

The MIT LGO admissions process has only one round per year, with one deadline in December.

After the deadline, your application is read at least twice, and reviewed for engineering department fit, fit with the LGO program’s goals and curriculum, and fit with the MIT Sloan School’s MBA program.

Here are some important dates in that process:

Date Action
December 1 Application Deadline: all documents and forms, including recommendations, need to be complete by this date.
Late January/early February LGO Interviews: selected candidates will be invited to the MIT campus for an interview. We hope to send out initial interview invitations by January 10, although you could receive an interview request later than that. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview in person at MIT, but other solutions will be available if necessary (especially for international candidates).
March 3 Admissions Decisions are released.
April 20-22 LGO AdMIT: Admitted students are invited to MIT again for a fun weekend of networking, Q&A, and integration into MIT student life.

If your application to LGO is not successful, you are automatically considered for MBA Round 2 (if you applied through Sloan) or the SM degree in your engineering department (if you applied through SoE).