• How to Approach Your Employer

    What your organization has to gain from your participation in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program

    For generations, companies around the world have been sending their most promising leadership candidates to the MIT Sloan Fellows Program to prepare for pivotal executive roles. Even if your organization does not have a practice in place of sponsoring candidates to the program, company leaders may be willing to consider your request to attend.

    On this page, we outline a strategy to help you convince decision-makers of the program’s value. It’s important you illustrate just why this program is worth your organization’s investment, why they should fund the costs associated with your attending, and why they should sanction your absence from the office for a year. As many organizations can attest, the reasons are enumerable, and their success stories will be among your most persuasive negotiating tools.

    How it works

    Funding for the MIT Sloan Fellows year typically falls into three categories:

    • Full organizational sponsorship—The fellow’s employer funds the full cost of tuition, some or all expenses, and may continue the fellow’s salary during his or her year in the program. In return, the fellow often agrees to serve a certain number of years at the organization after graduation.
    • Partial organizational sponsorship—The employer funds a portion of the tuition or provides the fellow with the equivalent of an unpaid sabbatical for one year to attend the program, typically continuing benefits (e.g. health insurance). Traditionally, in such cases, there is an understanding that the fellow and the organization will stay in touch over the year and discuss possibilities for return after graduation. Under this scenario, the organization provides little, if any, financial support at the outset, but if the fellow returns to the organization, there may be a discussion about covering some or all of the tuition.
    • Self-funded—Some candidates leave their organizations and fund the year at MIT themselves. Entrepreneurs also fall into this group.

    Make the case

    1. Business plan—Talk to key members of your organization, determine the greatest challenges going forward, and demonstrate how you might be able to help address those roadblocks by spending a year in intensive concentration on the company’s growth and success. The Flexibility page on this site describes how you can map the program to your goals.
    2. The MIT strategy—Outline the reasons for choosing the MIT Sloan Fellows Program for professional development. Make clear how you will leverage the program’s resources for the benefit of your organization. The Why the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and
      Why a 12-Month Program pages will help you make your case.
    3. Success stories—Share with decision-makers the impact the program has had on program alumni and their organizations. While it is impossible to calculate a dollar-for-dollar ROI, the testimonials exemplify the power and endurance of the “MIT Sloan Fellows effect.” The Alumni Perspectives and Sponsor Perspectives pages provide detailed accounts of the program’s extraordinary value.
    4. Program details—Provide decision-makers with demographics about the program cohort, demonstrating its remarkable geographic and industry diversity. Presenting the program brochure with the class profile as well as the “Program Details” document will help you to illustrate the depth and breadth of the experience—and its enduring value.

    Reach out

    If you or decision-makers at your organization have questions about the program, reach out to MIT Sloan School of Management's, Office of Admissions Senior Director Rod Garcia at rgarcia@mit.edu / 617.258.5434. Rod will be happy to answer questions and address concerns.

  • Questions about sponsorship?

    Please contact:
    Rod Garcia
    Senior Director, Office of Admissions
    MIT Sloan School of Management