You Oughta Know
Cross-registration. One huge advantage of MIT Sloan is that students can cross-register at Harvard Business School (HBS), at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and across other MIT departments, giving them the flexibility to pursue a wide range of subjects outside of Sloan’s curriculum. If HBS is your top choice, you may want to put MIT Sloan on your list as well.
Tracks. As part of the standard MBA degree, MIT Sloan students may optionally pursue a track in one of three areas:
Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I). This is one of the most popular programs at MIT and it’s the main reason many students apply there in the first place. All Sloan students are free to bid on and take courses in entrepreneurship, but participants of the E&I program benefit from direct exposure to a rich network of influential players in the entrepreneurial community.
Enterprise Management (EM). The Enterprise Management certificate is a relatively new offering for MIT Sloan, with a focus on training students for management careers in large organizations (consulting, functional roles, product development, and rotational management programs, for example). The recommended set of courses in this certificate track aims to provide students with a cohesive skill-set including marketing, operations, and strategy. The track includes a project-based seminar during the first semester in which students work on a consulting project for a large organization, and provides exposure to practitioners in the field through speaking events, seminars, networking events, and on-site visits. This track offers a solid foundation for students who are looking to transition into a consulting or industry job.
Finance. The Finance track consists of a set of required courses, electives, and extracurricular activities designed to explicitly prepare MBA students for careers in the finance industry. MIT was the first business school to offer a specialized finance education, and many pioneers of finance and today’s leading theories got their start at Sloan.
Sustainability certificate. In addition to the three separate tracks, MIT Sloan also offers a certificate in sustainability. Sloan’s Sustainability Certificate was launched in early 2010 to offer an integrated curriculum across Sloan and leverage MIT’s strengths in the physical sciences, social sciences, and technology for those interested in tackling the challenges of adapting business to the changes in the world around us. This certificate, and related classes and initiatives, are strong examples of MIT’s efforts to have robust offerings and a focus on sustainability in recent years.
Healthcare certificate. For years, Sloan had only a certificate in sustainability, but it recently added a healthcare certificate as well. While several MBA programs now provide similar offerings, MIT Sloan’s is unique in that any student in a degree-granting program across the MIT campus may enroll in the certificate. Courses are offered through the Sloan school and other schools on campus, offering a multidisciplinary approach.
Business plan (and other) competitions. Most MBA students have a competitive streak, but MIT Sloan takes the idea of friendly competition to an entirely new level. The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is one of the world’s premier business plan competitions. Since the inception of the competition 20 years ago, the amount awarded to winners has grown from $10K to $100K and has spawned more than 120 companies with a collective market cap of more than $10 billion. Some notable companies with roots in this competition are Akamai, Zipcar, and Harmonix, developer of the popular Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games. The Competition spans most of the academic year, and is designed to encourage students and researchers across the MIT community to act on their talent, ideas, and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading firms.