What Makes MIT Sloan Different
Entrepreneurship and self-direction. The MIT Sloan MBA program is customizable, allowing for each student to focus on developing specific leadership and analytical skill sets while pursuing a unique set of interests. Following the rigorous and intense experience of the first-semester core, students are given the remaining 75% of their time at Sloan to focus on a certificate program of their choice or create an informal specialization of their own. The Sloan admissions committee targets students who are proactive, creative, and comfortable with ambiguity. These entrepreneurial traits are all helpful in this environment, in which each individual student has a higher degree of responsibility of making the most of their time at Sloan.
Technology. Given the strength of MIT and engineering, it’s no surprise that MIT Sloan has a superior offering in the area of tech ventures and IT. Innovation is a buzzword at many top business schools, but Sloan embodies it, particularly in the area of high tech. Support for an entrepreneur in launching a new venture at business school is stronger at MIT than almost anywhere else.
Sustainability. Sloan has a concerted focus on “green” business, and the relatively new Certificate in Sustainability is one of the few formal programs of its kind at any top school. MIT Sloan also has a track record for putting its money where its mouth is: Not only is the new E62 building at Sloan LEED Gold certified for environmental friendliness, but MIT’s admissions team also recently converted Apple iPads in order to make their entire admissions process paper-free.
Open access to information. Not just Sloan, but all of MIT believes in sharing information, and the school is a pioneer in the way it’s made its educational content—nearly all of it—available for free on the web through the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. This includes a vast array of Sloan courses, from undergraduate to graduate to PhD. These course materials are open to everyone, though the school does not grant degrees or certificates, or provide any proof of completion. (It is no substitute for the actual MBA experience.)
Sloan Fellows. Most schools keep their executive MBA students totally separate from their full-time students—even sequestered in a separate building or a totally separate campus. But not Sloan. The Sloan Fellows are a select group of highly experienced, mid-career students who take classes right along with the full-time students, adding valuable real-world insights to the classroom.