Visiting Fellows Program

Visiting Fellows Program

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program is a non-degree, customized course of study for individuals who wish to focus on specific topics in management.

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Visiting Fellows Program

Experience MIT Sloan

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Experience MIT Sloan

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program is a non-degree, customized course of study for individuals who wish to focus on specific topics in management. Upon completion of the program, each Visiting Fellow receives a certificate from MIT Sloan.Unlike a traditional degree program, there are no course requirements. Visiting Fellows come to MIT Sloan with the freedom to pursue their academic and professional goals. Those goals may be to develop skills in global entrepreneurship, to broaden their understanding of strategic innovation, or to explore international finance and capital markets. As a Visiting Fellow, you are free to explore what MIT Sloan has to offer.

Visiting Fellows take MIT Sloan courses with world-renowned faculty; collaborate, study, and network with other MIT students; and
participate in student clubs, conferences, and special seminars. In addition, Visiting Fellows have access to a wealth of cultural, social, and recreational activities, both on campus and in Cambridge and Boston.
 

Program Details

Visiting Fellows enroll as full-time students for either one or two semesters. In consultation with an MIT Sloan faculty advisor, Visiting Fellows choose courses to meet their academic and professional goals.

Visiting Fellows may also participate in an independent study with a faculty member on a specific topic of their interest. They may take courses throughout MIT and enjoy cross-registration privileges at Harvard University. Visiting Fellows take between 36 and 54 credit units, or about four to six courses, per semester.

Term Dates
 

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program is available in the following terms:

  • Spring: Begins early February through mid-May.

  • Fall: Begins early September through mid-December. 

Visiting Fellows Program

Admissions

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Admissions Criteria

Enrollment in the Visiting Fellows Program does not imply subsequent admission into an MIT degree program. Visiting Fellows typically have one or more university degrees and several years of work experience before they apply to the program. Visiting Fellows who successfully complete their course of study will receive a program certificate from MIT Sloan.

The Visiting Fellows brings together cohorts from various backgrounds and walks of life. We take great care to make sure that students are prepared for the high level of academic rigor experienced in the Sloan classroom and are capable of keeping up with other Sloan students.

There are two key steps to the admissions process:

  • Application Review: The admissions committee reviews your application materials. Should your application be recommended for admission, the committee will submit your application to faculty advisors who are experts in your areas of interest.
  • Acceptance by an Advisor: Faculty advisors review applications recommended by the committee and make the final decisions on admission to the Visiting Fellows Program. As stewards of your academic experience at Sloan, faculty advisors will recommend courses as well as extracurricular academic activities such as seminars and conferences that correspond with your area of study.
Application Materials

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Résumé or CV
  • Statement of purpose and study objectives
  • English Proficiency Test for International Applicants, with a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 95, and minimum International Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5.
 

English Proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate proficiency by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test provided by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Candidates who have attended an academic program conducted in English for one year may request a TOEFL waiver. If you qualify for this waiver, please email visitingfellows.mitsloan@mit.edu before you submit your application.

Deadlines And Decision Schedule

The Admissions Committee carefully reviews the application of each individual and will notify applicants of their decision by the deadlines listed below. Interview invitations will be extended up until the final decision date. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via email.

Term: Submission Dates for Application: Notification Date:
Spring August 1 – October 1 November 1
Fall February 1 – April 1 May 1
Interviews

As part of the admission process, interviews are by invitation only and do not guarantee admission. Candidates will be invited by email to interview up until the notification date. Interviews are conducted via Skype. In-person interviews on campus are an option for candidates who may be in the greater Boston area.

Visiting Fellows Program

Student Profiles

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Student Profile

There are two student profiles that fit the MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program:

  • Professionals with a minimum of five years of professional experience, or a mix of academic and professional experience.
  • MBA students enrolled in one of MIT Sloan’s international collaborative universities.  These students attend the Visiting Fellows Program for one semester to attain academic goals via a specific set of courses focusing on finance, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, or other concentrations specific to their needs.
Key Attributes

The Visiting Fellows Program is an opportunity for you to build your skills, expand your global leadership network, and define your place in the world. The following are a few attributes that we would like to see in candidates:

  • Work in a global environment or demonstrated commitment to a global perspective.
  • Pushing boundaries and tackling challenges others might think too difficult to achieve.
  • An undergraduate degree (or currently pursuing a masters’ or PhD) or at least five years of professional work experience, or an appropriate mix of both.
  • Commitment to a full semester immersion at MIT Sloan, actively engaging with students from other programs.
  •  Capability and interest to master a rigorous curriculum.
  • Effective English communication, both oral and written. Candidates who have attended an academic program conducted in English for one year may request a TOEFL waiver.
Visiting Fellows Program

Registration

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Course Registration

MIT Sloan Visiting Fellow students may register between 36 – 54 units, which is usually 4 -  6 courses during your semester. MIT Sloan manages class enrollments by having students “bid” for courses. Bidding allows students to rank their top choices, and indicate how much they want a particular class over another.

The course bidding is broken up into Round I, Round II, Add/Drop, and Waitlist. The mechanics of bidding for courses are the following:

  • Every student receives 1000 points to spend, and the minimum bid is 1 point, and maximum bid is 1000 points.
  • Students should bid more points on courses you have higher desire to enroll.
  • You will be allowed to modify your bids and enrollment throughout an open round.
  • All bids are resolved at the end of each round.
  • The Add/Drop Round is the only time-sensitive round.
  • As a non-degree student, Visiting Fellows don’t have priority to bid for courses; you will only be allowed to bid in Round II, during the Add/Drop period and add your name to the Waitlist.
  • Round I is reserved for degree seeking students who may require registration in core courses. This may result in a limited availability in course selection.
  • When bidding for courses, you will be able to note the number of seats filled vs. capacity for that particular class.
  • There are typically more entrepreneurship and innovation courses available during the spring term.
Certification and Course Credits

All students who successfully complete the program are issued a certificate from MIT Sloan at the end of the program.

If you are a current degree student at another school, upon successful completion of the Visiting Fellows Program, MIT Sloan will issue a certified transcript for your school.

Program Expenses

The MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows is a non-degree, certificate-only program. Therefore, no financial aid or scholarships are available for the program.

The estimated expenses for the fall 2017 semester are:

$45,856 – Tuition*                             

$500      – Books, course materials, supplies

$20,000 – Living Expenses, single person**

$1,310   – MIT student extended health insurance plan, single person***

*Tuition for the Visiting Fellows Program includes cultural outings with other Fellows to attractions and activities in Boston and Cambridge, such as social gatherings, attending professional sporting events, and other activities available during your semester at MIT Sloan.

**Living expenses are quoted for a single bedroom apartment in the Kendall Square neighborhood surrounding campus. Costs may vary if you share an apartment or live farther away from campus. After acceptance, the International Programs will assist you in locating suitable off-campus housing options. Visiting Fellows are not eligible for on-campus housing.

***The MIT student health insurance may be waived if you are able to provide other health plan coverage that meets the minimum required per law. If you are an international student, your health plan should meet the minimum insurance visa requirement.

The tuition figure above is set for the 2018-2019 academic year, but all living expenses are taken from 2017-2018. There may be a small increase in some or all of those figures. Deposit: $10,000. Due within 30 days of acceptance and applied to the program tuition. 

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