MIT’s MBA program encompasses an unparalleled combination of in-depth case studies with live case discussions, stimulating collaborative projects, engrossing classes taught by exceptional faculty, extraordinary chances to interact with industry leaders, and Action Learning Lab classes.
This broad portfolio of learning opportunities puts you in an enviable position to experience exponential growth — academically, personally, and professionally. More than that, the MBA program at MIT gives you confidence in your own leadership skills and your ability to meet a variety of challenge, and it propels you toward accomplishing your career goals and aspirations.
Specialized, Diversified, Rigorous
MIT's diversified, specialized, and rigorous curriculum exemplifies our commitment to balancing innovative ideas and theories with hands-on, real-world application. The academic level of the coursework at MIT is markedly rigorous, and is further distinguished by a greater emphasis on analytical reasoning and quantitative analysis than most top-tier programs provide.
A core component of MIT’s curriculum is Action Learning — directly applying academic concepts to real-world business challenges. Courses blend in-depth case studies, integrated lectures that link historical context to contemporary issues, live team projects, and opportunities for reflection, laying a strong foundation for career exploration and personal growth. Through reflection before, during, and after their project-based work and classroom learning, students broaden their leadership skills, bringing new insights back to MIT, enhancing their academic experience and more fully preparing them for their professional lives.
Through the powerful, shared experience of the first-semester Core, you'll build the foundation of your MIT Sloan education. Working with a diverse team of six to seven classmates in a larger group of 68 students who stay together for all Core classes, you’ll gain necessary, fundamental skills through required coursework in economics, accounting, managerial communication, business statistics, and organizational processes (as well as an elective in marketing, finance, operations, or strategy). You’ll also learn invaluable lessons about teamwork.
Sloan Innovation Period (SIP)
The Sloan Innovation Period (SIP) replaces the traditional 13-week semester with a more effective rhythm, allowing you to engage in intellectual exploration outside the classroom. SIP occurs at the midpoint of each semester and gives students one intensive week of experiential leadership learning, as well as exposure to groundbreaking faculty work. During the Core, SIP courses focus on the critical topics of ethics and leadership. The flexibility of SIP course selection permits you to focus on a particular area of interest, further customizing your experience. During the spring semester, SIP combined with spring break, affords enough time for on-site visits to host companies for Action Learning courses and programs.
Independent Activities Period (IAP)
For enterprising members of the MIT Sloan community, winter break can be a time to broaden educational horizons and further explore personal interests alongside other students, MIT staff, faculty, and alumni. Every January, the Independent Activities Period (IAP) offers a four-week term of credited and non-credited how-to sessions, forums, lecture series, films, recitals, treks, and tours. IAP offerings represent literally hundreds of wide-ranging topics — diverse options have included An Introduction to Nuclear Power, Mediterranean Cooking, Developing Scalable Cloud Applications Using Spring, and Welding. Students enrolled in G-Lab and L-Lab Action Learning courses will spend IAP traveling to sites around the world to conduct on-site project work with their host companies.
Action Learning Labs
MIT Sloan offers a broad portfolio of hands-on Action Learning opportunities that combine classroom learning and real-world business experience. In the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), student teams engage with entrepreneurs in developing economies around the world. The Leadership Lab (L-Lab) partners students with leaders to help drive innovations that generate both social responsibility and global business sustainability. Through the China Lab, MIT Sloan students team up with international MBA students from five of China’s leading business schools to collaborate with Chinese entrepreneurs on a variety of business challenges. In the India Lab, students get intensive real-world experience working with for-profit and non-profit organizations to address business challenges. The Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab) crafts business approaches to environmental and social issues by working with a variety of organizational structures. Within these Action Learning Lab courses, students choose from a broad array of projects with companies, NGOs, and government agencies that cover wide-ranging interests and challenges.
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