"I worried I would be surrounded by competitive, type-A people who are out to cut you down. I experienced the complete opposite."
Life as a Sloanie
After the first-semester Core, the MBA program at MIT Sloan is a highly customized program. Action learning, along with our culture of empowerment and student initiative, results in a unique and intensive two years for every individual. Every experience will be tailored to each student's unique interests and goals.
The level of energy, world-class faculty, knowledge imparted, and entrepreneurial spirit found here may surprise even students who expect the best. But it is the people — our community — who are most talked about, even by prospective students who visit.
A Culture of Working Together
At the end of AdMIT Weekend, one future student put it this way: “The students I interacted with at MIT Sloan were obviously incredibly smart, accomplished, and driven. That is common among top business schools. What struck me as truly unique about MIT Sloan was how down-to-earth, humble, and genuine students were as well. I could tell that the they here weren't concerned about flash and image, but were concerned about showing up, working hard, increasing their impact, and doing what it took to achieve their goals.”
Leadership Is the Result
A second-year student talks about the collaborative nature of his student initiative: “At MIT Sloan, you will directly control and shape your experience. Leadership is a direct outcome of the experience. Everything that gets done here is a result of a student having some involvement in it. So if you want to change it, if you want to do something with your life, if you want to do something to grow the experience, not only for you, or you want to start a company, or whatever it is you want to do that takes initiative — this is the best place to do it. Everyone will double up on your initiative, everyone will fuel your fire, and everyone will give you all the resources you want to get things done.”
Meet Some MIT Sloan Students
On these pages, you’ll meet some of our students, both newly admitted and experienced. We hope you'll take the time to read what they have to say about the many aspects of life, learning, and leadership at MIT Sloan. Then come visit us on campus or at an event near you. We look forward to meeting you.
“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.”
“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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“One thing we teach students is that they have access to more data than they realize — that even qualitative data can be used to develop ideas and test them.”