Academic Calendar

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 2014-2015 academic year at MIT. 


2014-2015
  • Aug 2014
  • Sep 2014
  • Oct 2014
  • Nov 2014
  • Dec 2014
  • Jan 2015
  • Feb 2015
  • Mar 2015
  • Apr 2015
  • May 2015
  • Jun 2015
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Aug 21 MBA Program Matriculation Deadline
Aug 25 - Aug 28 Orientation
Sep 1 Labor Day - Institute Closed
Sep 2 Registration Day: Fall Term
Sep 3 First Day of Classes: Fall Term
Sep 19 Student holiday (no classes)
Oct 13 Columbus Day - Institute Closed
Oct 20 - Oct 24 Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)
Nov 10 - Nov 11 Veterans Day - Institute Closed
Nov 27 - Nov 28 Thanksgiving Vacation
Dec 10 Last Day of Fall Classes
Dec 15 - Dec 19 Final Exam Period
Jan 5 First Day of Independent Activities Period
Jan 5 First Day of Dedicated Interview Period
Jan 19 Martin Luther King Day - Institute Closed
Jan 30 Last Day of Independent Activities Period
Feb 2 Registration Day: Spring Term
Feb 3 First Day of Classes: Spring Term
Feb 16 Presidents' Day - Institute Closed
Feb 17 Monday class schedule
Mar 16 - Mar 19 Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)
Mar 23 - Mar 27 Spring Vacation
Apr 20 - Apr 21 Patriots' Day - Institute Closed
May 14 Last Day of Spring Classes
May 18 - May 22 Final Exam Period
May 25 Memorial Day: Institute Closed
Jun 4 Convocation
Jun 5 Commencement
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
MBA
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
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The project was really interesting because the scope changed a lot. We started focusing in one goal, then we changed to another, then we changed to another, all before we even left Cambridge."
Gerardo Guzman
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
MBA
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
SF
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
SF
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“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.”

Ian Lavery
MBA
$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
MBA
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
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
MBA
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
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
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
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"This year we were so fortunate to have 26 nationalities. So it was amazing exposure. I feel much more well rounded as a global business maker than I was before."
Abner Oliviera
SF

“Another plus is the international breadth of its student body. The students share their direct experiences and this greatly contributes to our understanding of various economic issues.”

- Kristin J. Forbes
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management