MBA Curriculum

The two-year, full-time MBA program provides the intellectual discovery and expert faculty you’d expect from MIT, combined with the flexibility to customize coursework to your goals. After the first-semester core, you can choose your electives—and real-world learning opportunities—to ensure that you’re prepared to analyze and act.

First-semester core: your cohort, your team

During your first semester here, also called the core semester, you'll be carefully grouped into one of six cohorts of students from a rich mix of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Following MIT Sloan tradition, each cohort is named after a body of water: Atlantic, Baltic, Caribbean, Indian, Mediterranean, and Pacific. Each cohort is then divided into smaller teams. These teams and cohorts move through the core semester together, creating a strong, supportive bond that lasts throughout the MBA experience, and beyond.

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Core Curriculum

  • Required core courses

    • Leadership Challenges for an Inclusive World
    • Economic Analysis for Business Decisions
    • Data, Models, and Decisions
    • Communication for Leaders
    • Organizational Processes
    • Financial Accounting


  • Core electives (select one)

    • Managerial Finance
    • Intro to Operations Management
    • Competitive Strategy
    • Marketing Innovation

MBA Course Descriptions

Beyond core: electives, certificates, and more

After the first-semester core, you have three semesters to create a program that’s right for you. In total, you'll complete 144 units of electives. You may also take up to three approved, non-MIT Sloan graduate-level MIT or Harvard subjects. Some students opt to write a thesis in their second year.

Working across campus with students and faculty from other disciplines is one of the most exciting opportunities at MIT Sloan. These cross-campus connections spark new ideas, new products, and new companies. 

MIT Sloan also offers seven certificates so you can focus your studies and dive deep into what interests you.

MIT Certificates

These certificate programs allow you to tailor your education to meet your professional goals. Students may complete up to two certificates.

 Dual and Joint Degrees

Your talents, interests, and career goals may extend beyond management. MIT Sloan offers dual and joint degrees designed to prepare you for complex leadership challenges that combine industry expertise with critical management skills.

Dual Degree Options