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Master’s degree and certificate students attend the integrated core class together through synchronous course delivery, which allows on-campus students and distance students to participate fully in real-time during the class. All student expected to meet the same high academic standards. 

Time on Campus

While our programs allow for distance learning, all students come to MIT campus for:

  • Our orientation “boot camp” in August – one week for certificate students and two weeks for master’s degree students
  • A residency week in January during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP)
  • Several days at the conclusion of the spring semester in May for final presentations

Comparison Chart

Degree or certificate earnedSM, Engineering and ManagementGraduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development
Time to completion12-21 months, depending on degree option12 months
Coursework36 units of integrated core course (36 units) 
54 units* of engineering and management coursework
36 units of integrated core sequence 
9 units of capstone project
Final projectThesis completed under supervision of MIT facultyCapstone project completed with guidance from SDM faculty
Time on campusResidential option: 12-21 months on campus
Distance option: minimum of four weeks on campus during the first year (split between August, January, and May) plus one full-time semester on campus
Three weeks on campus (split between August, January, and May)
*Note: MIT credit system awards 9-12 units each for most full semester courses