Frequently asked questions about the MIT EMBA Program

Program experience
Comparing the MIT EMBA and the MIT Sloan Fellows programs


What are the qualifications for admission to the program?
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their careers. They will also possess the drive to innovate and the intellectual capability required to succeed in a rigorous academic program at MIT. Candidates usually hold undergraduate degrees and have at least ten years of work experience. We will consider candidates without undergraduate degrees or with fewer than the recommended years of experience if they have demonstrated exceptional capabilities through other endeavors.

Are GMAT scores required?
No. However, we do recommend that you take the GMAT if you believe your academic records do not accurately reflect your current knowledge of quantitative methods.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?
The TOEFL is not required for native or fluent English speakers. Other applicants should consider taking the TOEFL.

Can I count credits from MIT Sloan Executive Education courses or courses I’ve taken at other universities toward the requirements for the MIT EMBA?
No. MIT will not count courses taken in a non-degree program towards a degree in the MIT EMBA program.

Do I have to be working to be admitted to this program?
Yes. We are looking for applicants who are active, employed, mid-career executives who have demonstrated outstanding potential.

I live locally. Am I required to stay in a hotel when the program is in session at MIT?

No. We have arranged a preferred rate at a nearby hotel as an option—not a requirement—for students.

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Program experience

What does the curriculum entail?
The majority of the program is made up of core, required courses that constitute a comprehensive general management education: economics, finance, strategy, marketing, operations research, organizational behavior, and more. The MIT EMBA curriculum places particular emphasis on global management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and leadership. Applied projects, a central component of classes, give you an opportunity to immediately use the methodologies you learn on the job. WIth electives, you delve deeply into specific areas of your own interest (see question below).

Can I take electives?
Yes, approximately 25% of the courses you take can be electives. Every January you may choose to take one or two electives. You will also take two electives in your final spring. Electives offered vary from year to year but include advanced topics and cutting-edge research. MIT EMBA students may also take advantage of full cross-registration privileges at Harvard and in MIT’s full-time programs.

How practical is the coursework?
The MIT EMBA focuses on real work-based problems that have measurable business repercussions. The bulk of your class activities and projects will involve working in teams to analyze business models and case studies, develop strategies that help solve complex business problems, and fine-tune your leadership skills. Most important, as an MIT EMBA student, you will be expected to take what you learn and apply it to your own workplace and to action-learning projects based in other enterprises.

What happens during the time between classes?
You should allot time for both individual and team-based projects between class sessions. MIT Sloan provides technology platforms for remote collaborations. Some courses also include online simulations, exercises, and submissions.

How much time outside of class will I need to devote to coursework?
Our students report spending 12-20 hours/week.

What happens if an emergency requires me to miss a class?
We videotape all of our course sessions for those who miss a class owing to unexpected events such as a travel delay or family emergency. However, class attendance is required, and missing classes should be reserved for emergencies only.

Does the program offer career development support and advising services?
Yes. Participants in the MIT EMBA program have full access to the MIT Sloan Career Development Office, including a dedicated career advisor and access to MIT Sloan recruiting resources.

Can I attend full time?
If you’re interested in a full-time mid-career program at MIT Sloan, we recommend that you consider the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.

Can I attend online?
All classes are conducted on campus at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although you will have some exams and individual and team work online outside of class, you must be on campus for all courses. Review the program schedule to get a sense of the commitment. 

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Comparing the MIT EMBA and the MIT Sloan MBA programs

What are the similarities and differences between the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and the MIT Executive MBA?
Both programs offer a rigorous curriculum, powerful experiential learning, and creative collaborations among world-class students and organizations. Both programs also share many of the same faculty, courses, and educational requirements.

The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is a one-year, full-time program for executives who want an opportunity to step away from their working lives and immerse themselves in an intense, transformative experience.

The MIT Executive MBA is a 20-month executive-schedule program for executives who want to enhance their global management and leadership skills in the context of their current positions. Because the MIT EMBA is designed for working professionals, participants benefit from the unique opportunity to apply what they learn in class to their work environments (and vice versa) in real time.

Both programs offer a rigorous curriculum, powerful experiential learning, and creative collaborations among world-class students and organizations. And both programs share many of the same faculty, courses, and educational opportunities.

Do students in the MIT Executive MBA Program receive a real MBA degree?
Yes. It is the same degree and diploma earned in the full-time programs. Graduates receive a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Do MIT EMBA students have access to the same faculty and resources as MIT Sloan Fellows?
Yes. Many of MIT Sloan’s senior faculty members teach in both programs.

As a student in the MIT EMBA Program, will I have opportunities to interact and network with MIT Sloan Fellows?
Yes. MIT EMBA candidates and MIT Sloan Fellows participate in networking and social events throughout the program. In some electives, students from both programs study and collaborate together.

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