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

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.

Our DNA

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.

Campus

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.

Greater Boston

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.

Come Visit!

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!

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
MBA
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
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
MBA
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
MBA
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“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.”

Ian Lavery
MBA
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
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
SF
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, 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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
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
SF
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
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
$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
MBA
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
SF
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
MBA
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
MBA

“At MIT Sloan you will find faculty engaging in many different kinds of research and multiple forms of pedagogy, that taken together, reflect the value of a wide range of perspectives, skills, and expertise in organizations.”

- Wanda Orlikowski
Eaton-Peabody Professor of Communication Sciences