Cross-Campus Integration

An interdisciplinary approach

Cross-Campus Integration at MIT Sloan MBA

Both cross-disciplinary study and teamwork are built into the structure and culture of both MIT Sloan and MIT. Face-to-face contact across departments has long been recognized here as crucial to truly innovative thinking. Our buildings are designed to promote that span. Each school at MIT leverages the vast intellectual capital of every academic program to solve problems that span diverse fields and industries.

No Barriers

MIT is known for its porous borders, which encourage the sharing of knowledge. Engaged in a dynamic and diverse learning environment, each student contributes a unique brand of expertise, insight, and vision — the best preparation for fostering innovation and their careers.

MBA students routinely take classes from departments outside MIT Sloan to follow their passion and round out the knowledge and skills they wish to acquire. Many classes, such as multidisciplinary Innovation Teams (I-Teams), allow a focus on problems in areas as varied as energy, sustainability, and digital technologies. These and other cross-disciplinary courses, such as the X-Prize Labs, require mixed teams from a variety of MIT departments.

Innovation Teams (I-Teams)

In these real-world project classes, Innovation Team (I-Team) students organize in multidisciplinary groups of four or five members. These working teams focus on developing commercialization plans for carefully selected MIT faculty research efforts in collaboration with MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation in the School of Engineering.

Each team of management and technical students deconstructs the features of the budding technology, and learns about the intellectual property issues in concert with the MIT Technology Licensing Office. Coached by a seasoned entrepreneur, teams perform a go-to-market analysis that results in recommendations for a specific course of action. Some I-Team business plans are entered in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, while a select few go straight to investors and on to development.

X-Prize Labs

Variations of I-Teams, X-Prize Labs specialize in areas such as sustainable technologies, clean energy, and mobile devices. Team members develop ideas for the X-Prize competition, which recognizes radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Coordinated academic courses — dealing with energy markets, technologies, competition, and regulatory aspects — run in parallel, so students can learn theory and practice together.


MIT students participate in more than 60 student-run clubs, ranging from business and professional groups to groups representing different cultural, regional, religious, sports, recreation, arts, and personal affiliations. These clubs form a key component of life at MIT, blending students from all levels, departments, interests, and backgrounds. Specific examples include:

  • The Sloan Entrepreneurship Club creates networking events within MIT Sloan, and connects students with the Greater Boston community, other local MBA programs, and established area organizations.
  • The Venture Capital Private Equity (VCPE) Club runs two nationwide conferences: the MIT Venture Capital (VC) Conference and the MIT Private Equity (PE) Symposium. The VC Conference is one of the largest and most prominent VC gatherings in the country, with more than 500 attendees each year, while the PE Symposium attracts 300 to 400 industry professionals and students.
  • TechLink, the largest club on campus with 1,200 members, organizes "treks" to dozens of companies each year, from startups to industry icons, like Apple and Cisco.
  • The MIT Innovation Club helps its members hone new ideas and commercialize cutting-edge technologies.
  • Other groups include the Finance, Astropreneurs, Real Estate, BioPharma Business, Energy, Mobile Media and Internet Technology, NeuroTech, Energy and Environment, Marketing, and NanoTech clubs.


Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship has created a powerful network of entrepreneurs who advise and assist each other in the starting of new ventures. It reaches well beyond MIT’s borders to further expand students’ options. Along with offering educational programs to inspire, train, and coach a new generation of entrepreneurs, the Center provides numerous networking opportunities. Examples include:

  • "Bio Bash," which draws more than 850 people, and connects founders, CEOs, board members, students, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. With MIT’s location in the center of a dynamic biotechnology cluster, the program draws executives to Cambridge from around the globe.
  • A reception held each semester to honor past and present CEOs of Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab) companies, who have hosted student teams from E-Lab classes. Current students are given a prominent role at this event to promote summer internships and permanent jobs with leaders of high-tech companies and with their many venture capital investors, who regularly attend this event.
  • A black-tie networking event held in London, in conjunction with The University of Cambridge.

See for Yourself

Take the time to mingle with the MIT community. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the multitude of opportunities here.

G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“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.”

Kelsey McCarty
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
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
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
$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
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
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“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.”

Katie Baron
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
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
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: 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

“I learn from what I do on the outside, I bring it back into my classrooms, and I bring it back into interpreting my research. It informs my research, and my research informs my practice.”

- Edward Roberts
David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology