Customized Education

A System Design & Management (SDM) education offers a customizable curriculum and flexible matriculation options.

SDM is designed so that fellows can:

  • explore MIT’s vast range of academic offerings;
  • take courses at nearby colleges such as Harvard Business School; and
  • design individualized programs that maximize their investment in an MIT education.

To achieve this, each SDM fellow works closely with the program director to tailor the program to support his or her professional goals. Together they develop a custom slate of electives that supplements SDM’s required courses in systems thinking, product design, and systems engineering while building upon the student’s educational background and work experience.

SDM matriculation options

High option

  • Enables students to earn a degree in 12 months; and
  • Students must complete all degree requirements, including the thesis, within this time.

Low and commuter option

  • Enables students to continue working and meeting family commitments while pursuing a 21-month program; and
  • Offers opportunities to immediately apply material learned in class to the challenges facing their organizations.

SDM students in all options must attend:

  • A two-week on-campus August orientation session; and
  • Three to six one-week seminars held on campus around the middle of each term

All information is accurate as of April 25, 2016, and is subject to change.