Pre-Arrival Checklist


Financial Certification Form

All incoming international students must fill out the Financial Certification Form from the International Students Office.

Course Registration/Bidding

For general information, see the Course Registration page.

Self-Introduction PowerPoint (MUST be submitted no later than August 4, 2017)

One of the most important — and fun — components of your first day at MIT SDM will be the self-introduction session on the first day of class. It’s an SDM tradition and a great way to begin to get to know everyone in your cohort!

Participation is mandatory. All students must create and submit a three-slide PowerPoint presentation to introduce themselves.

Please click on the links below to see samples.

We encourage the use of photos, animation, music, etc. Be creative, but be sure to make it informative and fun!

NOTE: All completed presentations must be uploaded no later than August 4, 2017, since each one will be accessed from a single computer during the introduction session.

To submit your presentation, please upload it to the Virtual Community under the Personal tab on your profile page. These presentations are only visible to you and the SDM staff.

If you have questions on content or procedure, please contact Dave Schultz, SDM media development,

Information Technology Setup


Soon after you are admitted, you will receive instructions on setting up your MIT computer account (called an Athena or Kerberos account), which will also create your MIT email address. Once that is completed you should install the MIT and Personal Certificate in your supported web browser of choice.

Please refer to the Getting Started guide for all MIT students on the Information Services and Technologies (IS&T) web page. This page has detailed instructions on creating your Athena (Kerberos) account, installing certificates, and setting up MIT email. It is also the place to go for laptop purchasing guides and resources, as well as links to free software available to all MIT students. Resources are also available here on where to get IT help on campus.

If you are having trouble setting up your account, contact Accounts Support at or 617.253.1325. For help with certificates or any other MIT IT issue, contact MIT Support at or 617.253.1101.

Virtual Community

The SDM Virtual Community is a resource for the SDM, IDM, and LGO staff, faculty, alumni, students, and affiliated company representatives to share information. Recruiting, billing, and connecting with alumni via search are some of the resources built into the SDM Virtual Community. You will receive account information from soon after you are admitted to the program.

Once you have your Kerberos name and MIT email address, be sure to log in to the Virtual Community and change you email address to your MIT email address.

If you have any issues with the Virtual Community, assistance is available via email at


To obtain a MySloan account, you must be an admitted student with an Athena (Kerberos) account. MySloan accounts are requested for students by the SDM program staff; please do not request a MySloan account yourself. Registering independently will not give you the necessary SDM setup guide options you need. The SDM staff will request a MySloan account for you before you arrive. You will be notified of account details via email, usually around the first day of classes.

Please visit the Sloan Technology Pre-Arrival Checklist for laptop setup guides, scripts, and software to set up your laptop before you arrive at SDM.

For help with MySloan, contact the Sloan Help Desk in the basement of E52 during office hours: M-F 9-5, or email

Distance Site Connection Information

SDM distance students must use WebEx to connect to all classes. All MIT students have free access to WebEx. Please contact Bill Foley, SDM program coordinator: academics & distance learning (, if you have any questions.