The MIT School of Engineering designed LGO’s curriculum to be flexible. Students combine their masters in engineering and management seamlessly. Students are encouraged to follow their interests. The program is also set up to guide students who will become the next generation of high-tech leaders.
Each LGO engineering department has world-class faculty expertise, unique areas of expertise, and exciting research opportunities. LGO students connect with their engineering department communities, which is a vital part of their experience while at MIT.
During the admissions process, we admit LGOs directly into one of seven 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.
These courses prepare students for further engineering coursework at MIT and a management career in operations and technology. Students complete much of the LGO School of Engineering core during their first summer (for a list of summer courses, please follow this link). The summer courses include Machine Learning, Systems Optimization, and Analysis for Operations.
Product Design Requirement
LGOs 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, product architecture, user needs, and prototyping or simulation. Approved design courses include:
- Innovation Teams (i-Teams): A joint engineering and management course, students work in teams and choose from a list of new discoveries at MIT and develop a go-to-market plan for that innovation.
- Introduction to Robotics: As part of this course, students design a working robotic system in a group project.
- Global Engineering: This very popular class works on integrating new technologies into existing products and companies such as Porsche and Daimler. The course works similar to a Sloan Action Learning Lab, and some students have traveled to their project company for implementation.
- Design and Fabrication of Microelectromechanical Systems: The course applies design processes to small electronic systems.
- Medical Device Design: Uses design principles to develop medical devices. Students work with Boston-area physicians to solve medical problems.
- Complex Digital Systems: Students work in teams to design a microsystem (such as a sensor/control system) to meet performance specifications.
- Principles and Practice of Drug Development: This course, jointly listed in the chemical engineering, management, and biology departments, focuses on product design within the biotech industries.
- Product and Service Development in the Internet Age: This MIT Sloan course looks at the innovation process as it transitions to focusing on user experiences, particularly on the internet, and how that informs new approaches to products and services.
- Engineering Apollo: students study the “moon project” as a complex problem in system design and development. The class welcomes guest lectures from engineers affiliated with the Apollo and other space programs throughout the course.
- Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering: Product design principles are applied to how space suits, extravehicular activity, and life support in space.
Engineering Department Curriculum
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, 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: Specialize in biomechanics, robotics, manufacturing, ocean engineering, or build your own focus.
- Operations Research: Work on applied mathematics and data science problems related to operations, machine learning, and decision systems.