The MIT Sloan undergraduate program provides an academic experience where students learn how to bring business perspectives to their technical and quantitative expertise. Our program is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of management education grounded in the scientific method.
Our community is important to us
We are committed to creating learning environments that are inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and empowering for all students who are majoring, minoring, or interested in learning more about Course 15. It is through these core values that we hope to provide a platform for members of our community to engage in the work of making a better world.
Our Community at a Glance
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Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a student group that is comprised of Course 15 students. The members of the SAB volunteer their time to represent the Sloan Undergraduate community. The Board provides the Undergraduate Education Office with valuable feedback about classes, events and other initiatives that lend to sustaining the sense of community and academic excellence that typifies the Course 15 experience.
Grounded in the scientific method. Backed by a quantitative foundation. And refined in the real world. Course 15 was established more than 100 years ago to give MIT students a timeless advantage: practical business skills to make ideas matter. Choose a major or minor in management, business analytics, or finance. Sit shoulder-to-shoulder with graduate students who bring real-world work experience to the classroom. Participate in class discussions that mimic workplace environments where teams of diverse experience, levels, and expertise work together.
Interested in Taking a Course 15 Class in the Fall?
With three majors and three minors available to MIT undergraduates, you can bring your startup to life, your best prototypes to market, and be positioned to lead, in and for the world.
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Course 15 Majors & Minors
The foundation for business starts here. 15-1 Management gives students a broad exposure to management and business topics. Building upon this base, students then tailor their education towards a deep dive in a specific subject area or an interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary concentration.
Data-based decisions for tough challenges. 15-2 Business Analytics informs the scientific process of using data to make better decisions in business and other domains. By using data analysis, optimization techniques, and modeling tools, students in the field of Business Analytics have the potential to make sense of big data across myriad sectors.
Shape your mind, then shape markets. 15-3 Finance provides a rigorous curriculum designed to train students for careers that focus on the application and management of modern finance tools. Beginning with the fundamentals of finance, accounting, microeconomics, probability, and statistics, students then choose electives based on specific finance interests.
Alekhya Reddy, SB ’16, discusses her desire to solve challenging problems in health care and pharmaceuticals through operations research.
David Afolabi, SB ’16, explains how he combined his interests in making things (mechanical engineering) with managing how things are made (operations). David is now working at Apple as a technical program manager.
Liana Ilutzi, SB ’17, Course 15 (management), talks about her experience in Course 15 classrooms and about how she applies her finance studies to real life situations.
The 15-1 Management is comprehensive, yet flexible. Study foundational subjects including communications, accounting, microeconomics, organizational processes, probability, and statistics. Tailor your education towards either a deep dive in a specific subject area or a cross-discipline concentration.
We live in an increasingly connected world with greater access to data than ever before. With 15-2 Business Analytics, you learn different approaches to make sense of complex data and uncertainty. You focus on how to make informed data-driven decisions by using efficient business practices. Heavy on quantitative research and rigor, you will be prepared to think critically and use data in meaningful ways that improve organizations.
At the intersection of economics, strategy, and accounting, finance looks at how to keep markets and organizations operating efficiently. The 15-3 major in finance prepares you for a career in finance, from managerial finance to corporate finance to algorithmic trading to emerging finance technologies. Lab and communications subjects help you apply the tools of finance to industry. The restricted electives give you flexibility to focus on certain areas or explore topics that complement finance.
Valued for their ability to think analytically and communicate effectively to creatively solve problems, Course 15 students graduate prepared for both short- and long-term career success in a changing global landscape. All Course 15 students find a job after graduation; we can help you discover your career path.
MIT is a global hub of innovation in management, analytics, finance, entrepreneurship, and technology. As an MIT student, you are part of this dynamic ecosystem; when you graduate, you’ll be welcomed into the vast alumni network.
Preparing for Your Career Starts Now
Internships, externships, UROPs, info sessions, coffee chats… there are many steps in career exploration. Resources at MIT will help guide the way.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Participate in a research experience with faculty through UROP. This is a great option for students who are exploring career opportunities and would like to work for a short amount of time (summer or IAP), or pursue a semester-long research project that complements coursework.
The MIT Career Advising and Professional Development Office (CAPD) hosts company presentations and facilitates companies’ recruiting schedules. Our office supplements CAPD resources with additional industry information and co-curricular guidance. The vast MIT Sloan student network cultivated in the classroom and community are also major assets to your internships and job search.
MIT Sloan Virtual Career Resources
Course 15 majors have access to online tools that will provide them the opportunity to research careers and industries of interest. Using these tools offer students the ability to learn more about what it may be like to work within a particular industry, company, or profession. They will also provide students with valuable information that may assist in their preparation for interviews or other networking opportunities. These resources include but are not limited to Vault Career Intelligence, Capital IQ, D&B Business, and Plunkett Research Online.
While many students pursue conventional career paths, we encourage you to explore multiple interests and not feel limited by your major or minor. Internships (often during the summers after sophomore and junior years) and externships (during January IAP) will help you try out an industry and function, and also experience different company cultures to find one that fits your career goals.
Starting Your Own Company
Interested in the entrepreneurship and innovation space? There are many opportunities at MIT to connect with start-ups or create your own company, ranging from Course 15 classes to many interdisciplinary centers and funds across campus. Why go alone when you can collaborate with an entire community?
Course 15 curricula provide a strong foundation for multiple career paths. Regardless of which major or minor you choose, your distinct skills and experiences at MIT will help build your own unique path. There’s no one exactly like you, which is why our office is here to help you navigate academic decisions that will ultimately lead to a great career. All Course 15 students find a job after graduation; we want to know what excites you!
Curious about consulting, operations, finance, strategy, marketing, or starting your own business? 15-1 Management allows for broad exploration followed by a concentrated focus of your choice.
Investigating a technical or applied role in operations, statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science? 15-2 Business Analytics provides the foundation.
Focused on finance, perhaps in investment banking, asset management, venture capital, consulting firms? 15-3 Finance will guide the way.
Course 15 opens students to a wide network of opportunity. Here are some of the companies where our students have received internships or full-time positions.
Percent of MIT undergraduates found their job through an internship or the MIT career fair
MIT admits some of the best and brightest students in the world. All undergraduate students enter MIT undeclared and students are not admitted directly to MIT Sloan. Therefore, please visit the Admissions Office home page to apply to MIT. All MIT undergraduates can take classes at MIT Sloan beginning their first semester; students select a major at the end of their first year. If you are a current MIT undergraduate considering a Course 15 major or minor, please contact our office.
15.000 is a 3-unit course designed for first-year undergraduates so that they can learn about the Sloan majors as well as learn about the disciplines we teach at Sloan. The course is also constructed to provide students with a community of peers, staff, and faculty that they get to know throughout the course of the semester.
15.000 provides a broad introduction to the various aspects of management including analytics, accounting and finance, operations, marketing, entrepreneurship and leadership, organizations, economics, systems dynamics, and negotiation and communication. Introduces the field of management through a variety of experiences, including management games (simulations), cases, and discussions led by industry experts. Our course also reviews the three undergraduate majors offered by Sloan as well as the broad scope of opportunities that come with deciding to pursue a career in management. In addition to the exploration of Sloan disciplines, we invite current Course 15 students, alumni, and various MIT partners to class to empower students to reflect and design their own plan for academic success here at the Institute.
Explorations in Management - Career Night
On Mach 18, 2019 our Career in Explorations class hosted a Career Night. Students in the class had the opportunity to meet 11 MIT alumni that were enrolled in Course 15 as undergraduates. Students and alumni spent the evening discussing the Course 15 program, UROPs (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), and career paths after graduation. Our Course 15 alumni represented a myriad of fields including but not limited to entrepreneurship, management, finance, and analytics.
The Office of Undergraduate Education supports a number of monthly events that seek to create community among Course 15 students, faculty, and staff. While most of our events are designed with current Course 15 majors in mind there are a number of events that are open to non-Course 15 students. If you have any questions about Course 15 events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.