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Dual and Joint Degrees
MIT Sloan offers joint degree programs with the MIT School of Engineering in both The Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) and in Systems Design and Management (SDM). We also offer a dual degree with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS).
Leaders for Global Operations
MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) is a two-year program that offers an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Science from the MIT School of Engineering. LGO admits students who aspire to leadership roles in operations or manufacturing and equips them with world-class training and experience in management, engineering and leadership.
Students spend six months of the two-year program working on a real-world operations problem at one of LGO's partner companies, which also provide generous fellowships for all students. The internship research and solutions result in the dual-degree master's thesis.
System Design and Management
In the System Design and Management (SDM) program, offered jointly with the MIT School of Engineering, students learn to lead the design and management of complex products, organizations, and systems. The curriculum combines technical depth with key lessons in management and leadership, and engages partners from across MIT and industry to pursue advanced research.
MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dual Degree Option
This dual degree program with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University enables students to receive both an MBA and an MPA/MPP. The program is especially relevant for those students who plan to pursue careers in international management or economic development, or who plan to work in industries or regions with a high degree of government partnership or regulation. This program is completed in three or four years.
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“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
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