SDM students are guaranteed seats in all required SDM courses, but the MIT Sloan School of Management uses a bidding process for electives. This system is designed to ensure students get into the courses they need for their degrees and to assign spots fairly in popular classes.
Bidding for the fall term occurs in early May, and for spring in early December (there is no bidding in summer). Since SDM has a rolling admissions process, it is possible that some students may be admitted too late to participate in fall bidding. Students will have the opportunity to bid in other terms, however, and can be confident of creating an SDM course schedule that will meet their needs. It should also be noted that Sloan elective courses that do not close during bidding will be open for enrollment at the start of the term in which they are offered.
The bidding process itself is fairly complex, so those who are admitted in time to bid are strongly advised to attend SDM’s online bid training session for new students, which will occur in late April or early May. Watch for an email from Bill Foley, SDM’s academic coordinator, by late April for details about exactly when and how the bidding training will be conducted.
For more information, visit sloanbid.mit.edu. This website is also the best and most accurate source for the Sloan schedule of classes.
Sample Course Schedules
The 12-month and 21-month schedules provided are examples only. They show sequence options for how one might fulfill SDM’s requirements. In practice, SDM is a flexible program and individual elective course choices vary.