Building a community

Admissions at MIT Sloan MBA

A dynamic, diverse, and motivated group of MBA students is a cornerstone of MIT Sloan’s community and an essential part of the overall MBA experience. It’s a community that has the power to transform you personally and professionally as you learn inside and outside the classroom.

The entering class represents individuals from more than 60 countries, with an array of personal experiences and professional backgrounds. It is our goal that all students emerge from their MBA experience as informed and responsible global citizens — with the vision, drive, and real-world experience to contribute lasting change to a variety of organizations.

In carefully building this robust community, we seek individuals who demonstrate:

  • Leadership and an ability to inspire others
  • A collaborative spirit and focus on community
  • Intellectual curiosity and analytical strength
  • Creativity to generate new solutions to existing challenges
  • Growth in both professional and personal endeavors

When asked why they chose MIT Sloan over other business schools, MBA candidates often cited the exceptional collaborative community they experienced while visiting campus. The School’s unique one-semester Core fosters that connection. During the Core semester, students are assigned to groups called cohorts which are composed of about 68 students who remain together through all Core classes. Within the cohort, students are assigned to study groups of six to seven students. As our students will tell you, these relationships are vital to the overall MIT Sloan experience, and are often just the beginning of lifelong friendships.

Personalized Curriculum

The MIT curriculum encourages freedom of choice and academic experimentation. After the powerful shared experience of the first-semester Core, students construct a personalized course of study. In addition to the analytic rigor you would expect from MIT, the curriculum focuses on the broad concepts and subtle nuances of real-world business challenges. You will have exclusive opportunities to engage in decision-making and big-picture analysis that serves to enhance your leadership skills.

Follow Your Interest

Through entrepreneurial energy and a willingness to experiment and innovate, MIT Sloan presents a broad portfolio of management education to our MBA students. Our program is exceptional among top-tier business schools, because it is designed to meet the needs of different learners with distinct visions. Fulfill your personal path of study by following a specific track by selecting particular courses from a variety of MIT and MIT Sloan options, or by pursuing one of several dual degrees.

Real-World Challenges Equal Unparalleled Experience

MIT's motto, "Mens et Manus" (Mind and Hand) fosters an attitude of excellence that transforms a career path into a lifetime of exploration, innovation, and leadership. “Learning by doing” is fundamental to the MIT Sloan experience, as it allows you to fill the gap between what you know and how to apply that knowledge to make a powerful impact in your chosen field or career. In hands-on Action Learning Labs, student teams develop solutions to partner organizations’ most pressing business challenges, and then go on-site to implement those solutions. This in-depth interaction — coupled with the application of knowledge and skills gained from the multitude of unique course offerings at MIT— exemplifies the School’s motto.

Intrigued? If so, join us for a campus tour, familiarize yourself with our world-renowned professors, and meet with our students from around the globe. Read about student experiences in our MBA Brochure, and then decide whether you can see yourself working toward your own vision of an MBA at MIT Sloan.

A Realm of Possibility, a World of Opportunity

“The School will never be finished. It will always be a work in progress, anticipating and responding to a changing world,” stated benefactor and former chairman of General Motors Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. His vision in 1964 still holds true today — as clearly evidenced by the ongoing evolution of both our courses and our campus.

One example is the new physical and intellectual center of MIT Sloan, Building E62, and the Joan and William A. Porter 1967 Center for Management Education. Designed to provide a dynamic platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration by bringing together our entire faculty under one roof, E62 features numerous gathering spaces, along with classrooms equipped with sophisticated technology. E62 also carries the distinction of being the “greenest” building on the MIT campus.

What remains constant, however, is our reputation as one of the leading management, science, and technical institutions in the world, which in turn attracts preeminent corporations, not-for-profit organizations, NGOs, and government agencies to seek out and recruit our students for employment. Those with an entrepreneurial interest will also find themselves at home in an educational ecosystem built to foster the innovation and creativity that lead to the formation of successful and diverse companies across the globe.

SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”

Kelsey McCarty
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."

Ramy Hakim
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The project was really interesting because the scope changed a lot. We started focusing in one goal, then we changed to another, then we changed to another, all before we even left Cambridge."
Gerardo Guzman
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan

“Getting an education from MIT is like taking a drink from a fire hose.”

- Jerome B. Wiesner
President of MIT, 1971-1980