Curriculum

The MSMS degree is a 90-unit curriculum with a 66-unit requirement to be completed in MIT coursework. This includes courses at MIT Sloan, other MIT departments, and Harvard University. At least half of the classes (34 of the 66 units) must be in the same concentration area as the Master’s thesis (24 units) that students are required to write and submit for approval.

Each student's curriculum and Master's thesis will be directed by a faculty adviser in his or her chosen concentration area. An applicant must specify a proposed area of concentration in his or her application. The specific concentration topic can combine courses in one of the following three MIT Sloan academic groups:

  1. Behavioral and Policy Sciences, which offers courses in strategy, technological innovation & entrepreneurship, organization studies, and international management;
  2. Economics, Finance, and Accounting, which offers courses in international economics, applied microeconomics, corporate finance, financial engineering, and managerial accounting, as well as other subjects; and
  3. Management Science, which offers courses in operations management, operations research and statistics, information technology, and marketing.

There are ten areas organized under the three academic groups. Applicants should specify one of the ten areas as their concentration area on the online application:

  1. Behavioral & Policy Sciences
    • Economic Sociology Program: addresses the merging of Economic and Sociological research to gain a deeper understanding of organizations and the economy.
    • Institute for Work & Employment Research: addresses the full range of issues related to work, labor, and employment relations as well as human resource management, labor market issues, and related public policies.
    • Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management: addresses two areas: the organization, development, and commercialization of technology-based innovation in existing firms; and the formation, development, and growth of technology-based new enterprises.
    • Organization Studies: a multidisciplinary activity that brings together the concepts and research methodology of social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other social sciences.
  2. Economics, Finance & Accounting
    • Finance: study of markets for real and financial assets.
    • Accounting & Control: study of financial reporting, disclosure, and contracts using financial information.
  3. Management Science
    • Information Technologies: a multi-disciplinary study that utilizes faculty with diverse backgrounds and includes innovative IT research in a range of computer software and hardware systems as well as networking and telecommunications systems.
    • Marketing: addresses problems that organizations face in seeking to provide products and services that satisfy customers' demands.
    • Operations Management: addresses the design and management of products, processes, services and supply chains.
    • System Dynamics: combines the theory, methods, and philosophy needed to analyze the behavior of systems — not only in management, but also in such other fields as environmental change, politics, economic behavior, medicine, and engineering.
See concentration examples.

While we offer a wide variety of courses, each one exemplifies our commitment to balancing innovative ideas and theories with real-world application.