"Now I really feel like I'm learning what I need to run a company effectively. I'll probably stick to my guts and intuition, but I'll know what the risk will be."
MIT Sloan Community
Inventing the future
The energy hooks you as soon as you step on campus. It vibrates, hums, and is impossible to ignore. Since it’s MIT, we’re busy measuring that energy, capturing it, and finding the best way to harness and roll it out to impact the world.
You’ll also notice the informality at MIT. That’s born of mutual respect. Everyone here is exceptional, and everyone assumes that you are, too. That means you are expected to contribute, and that your contribution is important and will lead others to contribute even more. The professors you lunch with know that just because you’re at MIT, you have a hand in something both interesting and meaningful. They respect that. If you have questions, they'll help you find the answers, or lead you to someone else who can. And those professors, like most people here, are refreshingly down to earth.
Welcome to the MIT Sloan School of Management. Expect to work shoulder-to-shoulder with techies from across campus who respect that you have a unique brand to contribute. You will find this to be two of the most exciting, exhilarating, and rewarding years of your life.
Invention and innovation at MIT are cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational. Both are the result of excellence and the strong belief that, with knowledge, effort, and energy — anything is possible.
MIT Sloan students and faculty engage across disciplines at the Institute — a key attribute of the MIT culture. Some courses require cross-disciplinary teams. In their quest to acquire further knowledge and experience, MIT Sloan students often take courses from other departments.
Accessible, Creative, Curious
Students at MIT Sloan immediately tap into the synergy they find on campus. We often hear new students, in particular, marvel at how everyone pitches in to help you attain your goals. Ask anyone what makes MIT such a special place, and you’ll inevitably hear about the people here — intelligent, respectful, and imaginative people, who eagerly collaborate toward common goals.
MIT is a place comprised of distinguished thinkers and unparalleled opportunities. It is also a place that values humor, as evidenced by the elaborate pranks or “hacks," which are as challenging to the perpetrators who dream them up, as they are amusing to the MIT community. People also are surprised to learn that MIT boasts one of highest participation rates in athletics of any research university in the United States. Our diverse and well-grounded campus community is grounded in the real world.
A private institution of just under 11,000 students (60 percent graduate students) and about 1,100 faculty, MIT sits on a 168-acre campus along the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a short walk across the Harvard Bridge to the city of Boston, and a 10-minute walk to Central Square, Cambridge. MIT is two stops on the subway from Harvard University, or a 30-minute shuttle trip to Wellesley College – MIT partner schools that offer cross-registration.
Boston is one of the most cosmopolitan and historic cities in the United States. With many neighborhoods in walking distance and excellent public transportaion, every part of the city is easy to reach.
The Boston area boasts an active and thriving venture capital and private equity community, as well as a huge concentration of high-tech and bio-tech businesses. All are well connected with MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Opportunities abound for geographic exploration as well. Within four or five hours, you can reach Cape Cod, New York City, the State of Maine, the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, the Connecticut coastline, and Montreal, Canada.
We offer many opportunities for you to visit, whether for an on-campus information session or to sit in on a class. You’ll find our community as informal as it is intense, and as playful as it is rigorous. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events around the globe, and showing you what we’re all about!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“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.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“My students are very smart, very interesting — and in a way I like it when they don’t have extensive technical backgrounds, because they don’t have fixed ideas about how to approach things.”