MBA Tracks

Designed to support your career goals

Many MBA students pursue completing a Track certificate as part of their MBA experience. The Tracks are intended as a deep dive for students committed to careers aligned with these areas.  Participation in a Track does not preclude you from taking courses in other areas, and with the exception of the first semester ProSeminars, the Silicon Valley and Finance Trips, and the Enterprise Management Capstone Course, all other courses and activities that are part of the Track curricula are electives that are open to the greater MIT Sloan MBA community.

MIT Sloan offers three optional academic Tracks within the MBA program that are designed to meet the internship and career interests of their participants. The Tracks have been designed to make our graduates successful the first day of work and as they advance their careers. Each Track builds on the expertise and research of our renowned faculty and provides students with theoretical and practical applications of the different functional areas covered in each Track.

Participation in a Track will provide you with:

  • A clear signal about your career interest to prospective employers
  • The opportunity to learn with a cohort of like-minded classmates
  • A road map for career changers and deeper learning for career enhancers
  • Involvement in one or more action-learning experiences

Detailed descriptions of the three Tracks — Enterprise Management (EM), Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I), and Finance follow. 

Enterprise Management (EM)Track Brochure

 

Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Track Brochure

 

Finance Track Brochure

 

Enterprise Management (EM)

The goal of the Enterprise Management (EM) Track is to develop your capability to apply integrated management perspectives and practices in your role within large organizations, using innovative classroom and project-based activities. Skills in Marketing, Operations, and Strategy will be developed into a coherent perspective to support cutting-edge performance. To enhance your skill building, the Track will use MIT Sloan’s signature action-learning curriculum to promote an integrated mindset towards viewing and addressing business issues. During your first semester, you’ll participate in a tightly scoped team project focused on marketing, operations, and/or strategy for an external client. Your experience across the program will be integrated in a second-year workshop, where student teams will compete to address issues in live integrative client projects using a holistic perspective.

As part of the Track, you may choose to further focus your education on particular skills, topics, or industries to prepare for specific careers. These requirements can be satisfied by completing a recommended set of courses from a long list of electives. The recommended sets of courses, linked to specific careers, are intended to guide you and to act as a signal to potential employers.

The Track prepares you for career paths related to large organizations, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • Consulting, including large strategic management and boutique consulting firms
  • Functional and cross-functional positions, including leadership development programs, rotational management programs, marketing, supply chain, and operations management
  • Product development and innovation management

Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I)

The MIT Entrepreneurship faculty offers the Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Track for MBA students who are already committed to a future entrepreneurial life. The classes and related activities focus on launching and developing new companies, especially those that are based upon the emerging technologies for which MIT is famed. E&I students explore the hotbeds of entrepreneurship and build their network through immersive days in Boston and a 3-day study tour to Silicon Valley. They participate in multiple action-learning projects through Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab), and/or Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), plus Innovation Teams (i-Teams), or similar new product-oriented subjects, plus required membership in an MIT $100K Business Plan Competition team. The Track:

  • Immerses you in an intense curriculum led by a faculty of academic thought leaders and successful practitioners of entrepreneurship
  • Includes multiple required and elective courses providing depth of information and experiences
  • Builds a strong cohort of like–minded entrepreneurial classmates

Finance

The Finance Group offers the Finance Track, which consists of required courses, electives, and extra-curricular activities designed to prepare MBA students for careers in the finance industry. During your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the world’s major financial markets through on-site visits in New York and/or London and/or Asia. You’ll also participate in an action-learning experience through completing the Proseminar in Corporate Finance/Investment Banking, Proseminar in Capital Markets/Investment Management, or the Finance Research Practicum. Designed for career changers and experienced finance professionals, the Finance Track:

  • Exposes you to the institutions and practices of the financial world
  • Grounds you in the principles of finance theory and in the application of theory to real problems
  • Provides an overview of professional opportunities in finance
  • Creates a cohort of students and alumni in financial careers

* Students may only pursue one Track at a time but may pursue a Track and a Sustainability or Healthcare Certificate concurrently. There is enough flexibility and overlap that the latter is more than doable.
 

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: 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
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“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.”

Kelsey McCarty
MBA
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

“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.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“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.”

Katie Baron
MBA
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“[LGO students] get the advantage of a small cohort. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program. They’re part of the core program that meets every fall, they’re part of the engineering committee; they get the benefits of both the larger community and the small cohort.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
SF
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
$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
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: 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: 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
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

“One of the things that has always struck me is the level at which the students really enjoy learning. You hear laughter in the classrooms — not just to relieve tension, but real laughter, because they’re really excited to be learning.”

- Janice Klein
Senior Lecturer, Operations Management and Organizational Change