MIT Sloan School of Management: Building World Leaders by Nurturing Leadership Skills
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Their mission is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.

MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to solve problems, create new organizations, and improve the world. The institute offers eight master’s degree programs, bachelor’s and doctoral degree programs, and executive education. Their MBA program is among the most selective in the world, and is consistently ranked among the top ten schools nationally and globally. MIT Sloan is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

A part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Sloan campus in Cambridge, MA is a hive of energy and technological innovation, surrounded by cutting-edge technology companies in Kendall Square and Boston along with ground-breaking research centers across MIT. The business school’s ties to MIT are deep, enabling cross-disciplinary learning, from shared research institutes such as the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship to joint degree programs including the Leaders for Global Operations Program.

Ideas Made to Matter

MIT Sloan faculty is comprised of leading economists, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, executives and Nobel prize winners. Their global research is conducted alongside private sector leaders, and MIT Sloan students. Faculty accomplishments are significant. Tavneet Suri leads trailblazing research into economic activity in the poorest parts of Africa. John Sterman has developed a climate simulator used by policymakers to examine the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. And Andrew Lo applies structured finance techniques for funding cancer research.

Alumni aim to make a difference in the world and are employed by a wide variety of organizations. Jeff Wilke, SM ’93 MBA ’93, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer, sculpted the leadership principles at Amazon that guide employee behavior, helped develop the two-day Prime shipping service, and integrated Whole Foods Market into the company, among other achievements since graduating from MIT Sloan.

The Life of a Global Leader

Driven by intellectual curiosity, collaboration and organizational leadership, MIT Sloan students represent more than 45 different countries, with the rich diversity of nationality, culture, and professional and academic experiences enhancing peer learning. MIT Sloan MBA students study a core curriculum for a single semester. Students choose their own path, and have the option of pursuing one of three tracks (Enterprise Management, Finance, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation), and three certificates (Sustainability, Business Analytics, and Healthcare), giving them the freedom to pursue a career path of their choosing, the opportunity to learn from a cohort of like-minded classmates, and a way to signal interest to specific employers.

Careers in Every Industry

Academic and career advisors prepare MIT Sloan students for the jobs market. Professional development is at the heart of the programs, which sets participants up for a lifetime of success. Alumni can network across MIT, and the Career Development Office is available to help at every stage of their career. Graduates have gone on to command the US Coast Guard, the United Nations, and lead Israel. Others have shaped their industries in commerce, such as Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company.

Top employers include Apple, Bain & Company, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Common post-MBA job titles include Consultant, Product Manager, and Investment Banking Associate.

Assessing the Machine Age

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at MIT Sloan and director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, which explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation. He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, and its sequel, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future.

Prof. Brynjolfsson co-founded the annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge, which, to date, has awarded over $2 million to 40 organizations that are using technology to create shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work.

Exciting Extracurricular Clubs, Conferences, and Competitions

Students aren’t just bookworms at MIT Sloan. Clubs and conferences abound, covering such topics as venture capital, sports analytics, FinTech, healthcare, technology, leadership, women in management, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and even ‘astropreneurship’ in the space industry.

The annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, which focuses on developing company-founding skills, has facilitated the birth of more than 160 companies, which have gone on to raise $1.3 billion in venture capital and build $16 billion in market capitalization.

Words of Trust

Community Reflection, and Career Management

“MIT has provided me with numerous, exciting campus events, and a network. I am pursuing MIT Sloan’s sustainability certificate, which has led me to lunchtime talks featuring the head of innovation at AB InBev; a venture capitalist with major investments in several plant-based meat startups; and the head of innovation at a local agricultural technology startup that raised over $200 million. And I’ve been able to channel this interest into a role on the team leading the Rabobank Food and Agricultural Innovation prize, as well as an internship at a local agricultural tech company.”
__Emily Ullmann, MBA ’19

“At MIT Sloan I have found repeated opportunities to challenge myself both inside and outside the classroom. Serving as one of the student co-leads for the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has been the ultimate hands-on leadership experience. With 3,000-plus attendees and some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and technology slated to attend this year alone, the chance to be a part of this uniquely Sloan tradition is something that will always be a source of pride.”
__Sean Singer, MBA ‘18

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