Dave of Journey to my MBA alerted the blogosphere to a change at MIT Sloan: It is now accepting the GRE.
I called the Sloan admissions office this week to discuss the change. Rod Garcia, Sloan’s Director of Admissions, explained that MIT Sloan believes bright, motivated individuals can do well at Sloan and that the GMAT is not the only way to demonstrate intelligence and motivation. Sloan can interpret either the GRE or GMAT along with a transcript as evidence of intellectual fire power. Furthermore, Sloan’s experience with LFM applicants, many of whom just submit GRE scores, validates the GRE as being predictive of success at Sloan.
The goal of the change is to encourage those who may have already taken the GRE, but have not taken the GMAT, to submit an application. The history or English majors who see themselves in policy roles and may be considering application to the Kennedy School of Government or the Fletcher School of International Relations could add a valuable qualitative approach to the Sloan classes. They may also be toying with the idea of earning an MBA. But there’s that darn GMAT.
It’s those people Sloan seeks to attract.
So those of you coming from the liberal arts or social sciences and desiring a career either in policy management or business, consider Sloan. It’s looking for you and making it easier for you to apply.