"What I can tell you about my classmates is that there are a few “universal” attributes to all of them: they are all wicked smart (but also incredibly humble), driven, passionate, and energetic."
Although the MIT Sloan two-year MBA experience encompasses four semesters, they do not follow the typical sequence. Each semester is divided in half, separated by the Sloan Innovation Period (SIP) — a week of Action Learning leadership classes.
The first-semester Core, which includes more traditional coursework, prepares students for a more action-oriented second half, and it's not unusual for that to be followed by time on-site with a host or partner enterprise. To facilitate time off-campus, the Independent Activities Period (IAP) — a month of nontraditional, low- or no-credit courses and events every January — provides space in the calendar for travel after the fall semester. Similarly, during the spring semester, spring break is followed by spring SIP, allowing a two-week pause in the traditional classroom curriculum for credit bearing global experiences.
Our unique academic calendar structure facilitates opportunities to visit host companies, go on tours and treks, and take full advantage of all that MIT Sloan offers.
Please refer to the MIT Academic Calendar for key dates in the 2015-2016 academic year at MIT.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”