"MIT Sloan is the place to be if you want to make an impact. I wanted to be at a place where I could personally make a difference."
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 2013-2014 academic year at MIT.
- Aug 2013
- Sep 2013
- Oct 2013
- Nov 2013
- Dec 2013
- Jan 2014
- Feb 2014
- Mar 2014
- Apr 2014
- May 2014
- Jun 2014
|Aug 19 - Aug 23||MBA Review Classes|
|Aug 22||Class of 2015 Welcome BBQ|
|Aug 23||MBA Program Matriculation Deadline|
|Aug 26 - Aug 29||Orientation|
|Sep 2||Labor Day - Institute Closed|
|Sep 3||Registration Day: Fall Term|
|Sep 20||Student holiday (no classes)|
|Sep 27||Team Day|
|Oct 14 - Oct 15||Columbus Day - Institute Closed|
|Oct 21 - Oct 25||Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)|
|Nov 11||Veterans Day - Institute Closed|
|Nov 28 - Nov 29||Thanksgiving Vacation|
|Dec 11||Last Day of Fall Classes|
|Dec 16 - Dec 20||Final Exam Period|
|Jan 6||First Day of Independent Activities Period|
|Jan 6||First Day of Dedicated Interview Period|
|Jan 20||Martin Luther King Day - Institute Closed|
|Feb 3||Registration Day: Spring Term|
|Feb 17||Presidents' Day - Institute Closed|
|Feb 18||Monday class schedule|
|Mar 17 - Mar 21||Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)|
|Mar 24 - Mar 28||Spring Vacation|
|Apr 21 - Apr 22||Patriots' Day - Institute Closed|
|May 15||Last Day of Spring Classes|
|May 19 - May 23||Final Exam Period|
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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 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 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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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 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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“LGO students get the advantage of a small cohort that they take many courses with. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program.”