"I never saw myself as someone going to go to business school. MIT Sloan has changed my impression of MBAs as a group."
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.
- Aug 2014
- Sep 2014
- Oct 2014
- Nov 2014
- Dec 2014
- Jan 2015
- Feb 2015
- Mar 2015
- Apr 2015
- May 2015
- Jun 2015
|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|
“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.”
“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.”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“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."
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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.”
“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.”
“During the mid-1980s there were only five women faculty, and we used to have regular dinners together. The number of female faculty members has greatly increased since then, and students will have several of us for classes in the first year.”