"A year after coming to MIT Sloan, I ran for Cambridge City Council, and won. The support network here pushed me to 'go for it.'"
In a program without majors, no topic is minor
The MIT Sloan curriculum and degree requirements encourage freedom of choice and experimentation. After the powerful shared experience of the first-semester Core, students construct a completely personalized course of study. Students receive either an MBA degree or Master of Science in Management (SM). Students who complete a thesis may elect to receive the SM in Management; the thesis is optional for MBA degree candidates.
In addition to the analytic rigor you would expect from MIT Sloan, we focus sharply on the broad concepts and subtle nuances of real-world business challenges — and offer a host of opportunities exclusive to MIT Sloan to engage in decision-making and big-picture analysis, while enhancing leadership skills.
Follow Your Interest
Through entrepreneurial energy and a willingness to experiment and innovate, MIT Sloan has created a broad array of management education approaches. Customized to the needs of diverse learners with different visions, these programs make MIT Sloan unique among business schools in North America. A student’s personal path of study can be accomplished by following a specific Track, by selecting specific courses from a wide variety of MIT and MIT Sloan options, or by pursuing a dual degree.
Tracks and Certificate Programs
To further expand our customized curriculum, we offer our MBA students specialized Tracks in Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and in Enterprise Management. We also offer a certificate program in Sustainability. Each of these specialized options can take you down a more defined career path. Within these offerings, like-minded students take relevant courses and participate in extracurricular activities with key industry leaders and faculty. They get to take full advantage of action-based lab courses, in which small student teams develop solutions to actual problems for partner companies, then go on-site to help implement those solutions.
The joint degree program, Leaders for Global Operations (LGO), is offered in conjunction with the MIT School of Engineering and combines coursework in management and engineering with a six-and-a-half-month internship at an MIT partner company.
The three-year MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School of Government dual degree enables students to receive both an MBA and an MPA/MPP in preparation for management roles in local, state/provincial, or federal/national governments, as well as in NGOs and not-for-profit organizations.
A World of Possibilities and Opportunities
Our diversified, specialized, and action-oriented curriculum creates unmatched personal and professional opportunities for our students. As a result of their personalized preparation, MIT Sloan MBA students field one of the highest percentages of job offers of all top-tier business schools in the United States. This is clear evidence of the value that employers around the world place on MIT Sloan’s hands-on, high-touch course of studies, as well as an ongoing testament to the caliber of MIT Sloan MBA graduates.
Ideas with Purpose in the Real World
While we offer a wide range of courses, each one exemplifies our commitment to excellence and to balancing innovative ideas and theories with their use in the real world. The academic level of coursework at MIT Sloan is markedly rigorous, and the ideas imparted must stand up to the true test of hands-on application.
"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 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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“They allowed me, as someone who had limited business background, to maintain my interests and keep studying the kinds of things that I was interested in. I think that is not typical of all business schools.”