How hard is to receive MBA sponorship from McKinsey in the US?

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New answer on Jan 21, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 18, 2020

I know that BA's are required to have a certain rating to have the option for sponsorship. How does this work, and how hard is it to get that rating? Does nearly everyone who wants sponsorship end up getting the opportunity, like at Bain and BCG?

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updated an answer on Jan 23, 2020
McKinsey | BCG | CERN| University of Cambridge

Hello there,

Getting a sponsorship will require one to achieve Tracking rating based on the latest 2 reviews. Although some office might require higher rating above Tracking.

The rating system are normalized, meaning your performance is being compared to the performance of your cohort in the Firm. With the Firm filled with highly-driven professionals, these could indeed prove challenging at times for some, although for tracking, it should be very doable.

Most of the people who stayed typically gets an opportunity to propose for and receive the scholarship (since getting Tracking means you are not counseled to leave in this case), although it is indeed to offer to jump straight to Associate for high performing ones are quite enticing and preferred by the Firm.

One can apply for the funding once yo have ticked all the boxes, hence you have somewhat of a control in getting it.

Hope it helps.

Kind regards,


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Anonymous A on Feb 09, 2020

How hard is it to receive tracking ratings? Does this just mean you're in the top 60% or so of candidates?

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replied on Jan 21, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Criteria is not what-so-ever clear since it gets voted closed door by a group of partners

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replied on Jan 18, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


If your rating is Tracking and above - you can get it. In reality, there are nuances:

  • In economic downtime, the requirements are more strict. (And I believe there will be downtime if you are recruiting now)
  • If you are high performer - they'll offer you to be promoted directly to Associate and they'll push hard for that



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Anonymous A on Feb 09, 2020

What does tracking mean? Top 60% or so?

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