The MIT LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program is the world’s best program for professionals who aspire for leadership in the operations arena, combining technical acumen with management education. Students can opt for an engineering master’s in Aeronautics, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Systems, or Mechanical Engineering. On graduating from the two year program, students receive both a master’s in engineering as well as a master’s in management (or MBA if they so prefer).
MIT LGO essays for the 2013-14 application
MIT LGO Essay 1: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
MIT LGO Essay 2: Describe a time when you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
MIT LGO Essay 3: 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, limited to one page)
MIT LGO Essay 4: Why do you wish to pursue the engineering field and specialty area you have selected? (250 words or fewer, limited to one page)
MIT LGO success story – RS makes it to her dream school
RS brings considerable experience from a variety of operations roles that she has held across Asia, Europe, and North America. She has worked in manufacturing, in procurement, and also led the setting up of new manufacturing facilities for her employer (a global healthcare products major) in Asia. RS worked with GyanOne to refine her MIT application. She succeeded because:
– She was clearly able to showcase how her work has helped her organization be more effective. Essay 1 is all about this. The shop floor and operations arena is rife with examples of management practices that one can pioneer, and RS highlighted these to show how she made a difference.
– Pushing oneself beyond one’s comfort zone can be a difficult essay topic to tackle, but here is where RS used the mention of her Asian experience well. Working in an Asian setup itself can be a big plus for a North American citizen, and RS showcased not only her struggles but also her innovation when describing her stint there.
– The MIT LGO admissions process is non-traditional in that it forces applicants to create a clear case for why they seek both technical and management education. For RS, this reason was simple – she was already in a very technical role, and needed the technical education to understand and grow her division further. She needed management education to also handle increasing responsibility and create greater commercial value for the organization through her efforts.
GyanOne helped RS to comprehensively refine and define her story. From helping her select the right instances to highlight, to helping her polish her description of the need for an MBA and MS, we worked intensely with RS and contributed strongly to her success.
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