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MIT has launched a new pilot program for graduate admissions to its supply chain management program. Instead of the traditional application with the personal statement, letters of reference, etc., prospective students are invited to take the first semester of classes online for free. Those students who perform well will then be admitted and will take the remaining courses on campus.
Supply chain management graduates are in high demand, so it makes sense that MIT would want to encourage more prospective applicants to consider this field. It will also be interesting to see what final balance traditional campus schools like MIT find as they strive to find ways to lower costs and deliver high quality education to a larger number of students.
We agree that graduate education is so personalized that the way to get the best education is through traditional means. While some students may have learning styles conducive to success in an on-line environment, the cues and guidance that are given on-campus and face-to-face are invaluable to creating new knowledge. Collaboration can occur on-line, but we do not believe it is as complete as with direct contact.
Finally, we are excited to see how this new admissions process works. There is a good chance this will expand the applicant pool and some students with perhaps low undergraduate grades or other blemishes, who may have otherwise been dissuaded from the traditional application process, will take full advantage of the free semester opportunity to earn admission to the school.
Best of luck with your applications!
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