Master of Science in Management Studies

Combine an international MBA with a deep dive into management science. A special opportunity for partner schools only.

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The world is y(our) incubator.

MIT Sloan is about invention. It's about ideas made to matter. Here, we discover tomorrow’s interesting and important challenges. We go where we want to have an impact. And then, we invent the future.

At MIT Sloan, leaders come together to solve the most complex problems and bring solutions out into the world to improve today and advance tomorrow.


What is the MSMS Program?

The Master of Science in Management Studies program is a unique, customizable degree that complements an MBA or equivalent master’s degree from a partner school—Asia School of Business, Fudan University, Lignan University, the Lisbon MBA program, and Tsinghua University—or affiliate school—ESMT Berlin, IE Business School, Imperial College Business School, HEC, and INSEAD.

The MSMS program allows graduates or current students from these schools to pursue advanced studies in management and receive a Master of Science degree from MIT in nine months. Students have the ability to immerse in a particular area of study; including, Economics, Finance and Accounting (EFA), Behavioral and Policy Sciences (BPS), and Management Science (MS) and then complete a thesis based on their area of interest. Students are encouraged to complete approximately half of their credits within the same academic realm as their thesis topic.

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Students can also broaden their knowledge and experience base with MIT Sloan Action Learning courses along with MIT and Harvard courses. 

MIT Certificates🔗

Open to all MIT masters-level students, these certificate programs allow you to tailor your education to meet your professional goals.

Expert and Approachable Faculty

You’ll notice an informality at MIT born of mutual respect. Everyone here is exceptional, and everyone assumes you are, too. The professors you have lunch with know that because you’re at MIT, you have a hand in something both interesting and meaningful. They respect that. If you have questions, they'll help you find the answers, or lead you to someone who can. And those expert professors, like most people here, are refreshingly down to earth.

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Career Path

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What will you do with an MSMS from MIT Sloan?

You'll begin to imagine—and plan for—your future on your very first day here. MSMS students work with the Career Development Office to analyze personal strengths, interests, and values in order to effectively market themselves, and learn about the current job market and opportunities.

One-on-one career coaching. Faculty members who are also practitioners in their industry. Club events. Company presentations. These are just some of the ways MIT Sloan works with you at every stage of your journey, no matter where you want to go.

Access Career Resources at the Career Development Office

Are you looking to advance your career? Maybe change directions? Whatever your career goals, your time here will be a life-changing experience. We're here to support this welcome transformation.

Learn how MIT Sloan supports your career goals.

Alumni network and the MIT brand

The relationships you build here will last a lifetime. When you graduate, you’ll join an exceptional network of more than 136,000 MIT alumni, representing 90 countries around the world.

The MIT name is recognized around the world. Your MIT degree will open doors and create unimagined opportunities. That's because MIT is exceptional, and a degree from here says that you are, too.  

Alumni by the Numbers🔗

  • 136K

    MIT alumni around the world

  • 24K

    MIT Sloan alumni internationally

  • 90

    Countries represented by alumni

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The MIT Experience

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Student Life🔗

Our students are leaders and doers, and use the MIT campus—indeed, the world—as their playground for discovery and experimentation. Whatever your interests, there's a place for you here.

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Supporting the International Student Community

The MSMS program draws it's strength from the international community. Here you'll find resources and support.

Learn more about the International Students Office



Self-Guided Campus Tour 

Welcome to a different kind of management school. Our campus is a special place built for a community of people inventing the future. Everywhere you look, you’ll see bright minds working together to make meaningful ideas matter in the world. Are you ready to join us? Launch the slideshow to start exploring. 


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See Yourself Here

The MIT Sloan community brings together individuals from around the world, with a vast array of personal experiences and professional backgrounds. MIT Sloan students are informed and responsible global citizens with the vision, drive, and practical experience to make significant contributions to their organizations and to the world. In carefully building this special community, we are looking for individuals who demonstrate:

  • Leadership and an ability to inspire others 
  • A collaborative spirit and focus on community
  • Intellectual curiosity and analytical strength 
  • Creativity to generate new solutions to existing challenges 
  • Growth in both professional and personal endeavors 

We seek applicants with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with inventive ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Class Size

By the numbers🔗

  • 10


  • 3.36

    Average Undergraduate GPA

  • 5

    Average Years of Work Experience

  • 77%



  • 6.3%


  • 68.6%


  • 6.3%


  • 18.8%

    North America

Undergraduate Majors🔗

  • 25%


  • 6.3%


  • 12.5%


  • 18.8%

    Humanities and Law

  • 18.8%


  • 6.3%

    Social Sciences

  • 12.5%


Application Deadlines

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below. Please note that in the interest of confidentiality, we will only deliver official decisions via your online application.

Only graduates and currents students from the below international programs are eligible to apply.

Partner Schools:

  • Asia School of Business
  • Fudan International MBA Program
  • Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University
  • Lisbon MBA Program
  • Tsinghua Global MBA Program

Affiliate Schools:

  • ESMT Berlin
  • IE Business School
  • Imperial College Business School
  • HEC

MSMS Program Deadlines - for 2021 entry🔗

  • Application Deadline🔗

    Monday, February 22, 2021, by 3:00 p.m. EST

  • The admissions committee notifies applicants of their decision:🔗

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Admitted applicants must reply to their offers🔗

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

How to Apply

The most important information you can provide is a candid look at your personal story and the experiences that have shaped who you are today. We welcome applications from college graduates from all areas of concentration, including the humanities, the social and physical sciences, business and engineering.

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A complete application for the Class of 2022*:
  • Resume

  • Cover Letter
  • Video Essay
  • MSMS Thesis Topic
  • GMAT or GRE Scores
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

*The application components are the same as the MBA program.  View details here.

The Interview Process

Interviews are required, by invitation only, and conducted via Skype.

Financing Your Education

The tuition and expenses for the MSMS program are the same as the MBA program.

View details on tuition here.

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