Academics

During their two years at MIT, LGO students complete a curriculum that combines the requirements for two separate degrees: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sloan School of Management and a Master of Science (SM) from the School of Engineering in one of seven disciplines.

Each LGO engineering department has world-class faculty, unique areas of expertise, and exciting research opportunities to guide our students to become the next generation of high-tech leaders.

MBA + Engineering

The LGO engineering and MBA experience prepares you for a unique position at the forefront of industry while directly applying the innovative thinking the MIT Sloan School is known for.

Every year, the MIT Sloan MBA program begins with about 400 students, about 50 of those which are LGOs. The LGO cohort is fully integrated into the MBA program and LGOs benefit from the dynamic atmosphere in the Sloan MBA program, networking with Sloanies, and developing leadership and learning with the community.

The MIT School of Engineering has designed LGO’s curriculum to be flexible within each discipline and students are encouraged to follow their interests.

During the admissions process, we admit LGOs directly into one of eight engineering fields. Applicants select an engineering department when they apply. You’re encouraged to choose your field based on academic background, professional interests, and research goals. We’ve provided guidance to the admissions expectations on each department’s page.

Open Curriculum

The Sloan MBA has a one-semester core. LGO students join an MBA core team in their first fall semester and take MBA core classes with their team. Following core, Sloan MBAs have an open curriculum to pursue what is most interesting to them. For LGOs, a portion of the remaining electives are a preset LGO-specific curriculum in operations and leadership. LGOs have about 6-10 courses to take as free Sloan electives toward their MBA degree. Many LGOs fill gaps in their knowledge with courses in finance and branding. Others take a deep-dive into operations management and business analytics. It’s up to you to choose.

LGOs (and all Sloan MBAs) can take up to three Sloan elective courses in any MIT or Harvard course. You can learn Spanish, take a public health or governance class, or dive into a different area of engineering.

Each MIT School of Engineering department working with LGO has its own curriculum requirements and course list. Explore each department’s page to learn more:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics: Take classes from NASA astronauts; learn about unmanned aerial vehicles, space systems, airplane design, and airline management.
  • Biological Engineering: You’ll be able to engage with professors at the cutting edge of drug delivery, CRISPR, biotech, and pharmaceutical development.
  • Chemical Engineering: Apply the molecular sciences to manufacturing and biotech.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Work with renowned professors in supply chain and logistics, data analytics, or focus your studies in environmental science, transportation, and infrastructure.
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Take an in-depth exploration of applied mathematics, hardware and device design, computation, and decision systems.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Explore topics in biomechanics, robotics, manufacturing, ocean engineering, energy or build your own focus.
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering: Study and understand the depths of nuclear science and engineering to develop applications of nuclear technology for the benefit of society and the environment.
  • Operations Research: Work on applied mathematics and data science problems related to operations, machine learning, and decision systems.

LGO Summer Core

Beginning in June, these required courses prepare students for further engineering coursework at MIT and a management career in operations and technology. The summer courses include focuses on Organizational Leadership and Change, Lean Tools and Applications, Programming in Python, Operations Management, Building and Leading Effective Teams, Systems Optimization and Analysis, and Probability, Statistics, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.

The Summer Core also includes local plant treks around the Boston area and the foundations  of LGO’s Leadership Components.

Product Design

LGOs are required to take at least one course in product design and development, which can count as either an MBA or engineering elective. Design courses usually cover aspects of the design process, design for manufacturing (DFM), product architecture, user needs, and prototyping or simulation. Approved design courses include:

Action Learning

Applying knowledge immediately in the real world is a cornerstone of MIT education. Many graduate courses throughout the institute have a project or consulting component. At MIT Sloan, students can take Action Learning Labs to gain hands-on experience in various subject areas. Popular among LGOs are:

LGOs also spend six months off-campus to work on the LGO Internship: a research fellowship at an LGO partner company that combines rigorous graduate level engineering and business applications. Internship research forms the basis for the master’s thesis, overseen by both a management advisor from Sloan and an engineering advisor from the engineering department.