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Executive Certificate FAQ

Benefits and Certificates

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Tracks and Eligible Programs

Tracks and Eligible Programs: Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE)

BENEFITS AND CERTIFICATES

What are the benefits of earning an Executive Certificate?

An MIT Sloan Executive Certificate is formal recognition of your professional development and commitment to continuous learning. Pursuing an Executive Certificate allows you to further your business knowledge and skills on a convenient, flexible schedule of your own design. Our programs are offered throughout the year and range from two days to four weeks in duration. Through our certificate concentrations, you are able to focus your development on a set of competencies that will allow you to have an immediate and lasting impact on your organization's future.

Participants who have earned an Executive Certificate will receive:

  • Discounts on select programs
  • Invitations to special alumni events and networking opportunities
  • Complimentary subscription to the MIT Sloan alumni magazine
  • Updates on faculty research, new programs, and School initiatives
  • Networking opportunities with global leaders in a wide array of industries
  • Formal recognition of your professional development and commitment to continuous learning

Participants who earn the Advanced Executive Certificate Program in Management, innovation & Technology (ACE) or complete the Advanced Management Program (AMP) program will also benefit from inclusion in the MIT Sloan alumni directory, an MIT Sloan email-forwarding-for-life address, and a subscription to the MIT Sloan alumni enewsletter.

Will I receive MIT Sloan alumni status?

You will not earn MIT Sloan alumni status from completing an executive certificate from one of the three tracks: Management and Leadership; Strategy and Innovation; Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management. However, participants that earn the Advanced Executive Certificate Program in Management, innovation & Technology (ACE) or complete the Advanced Management Program (AMP) program will benefit from inclusion in the MIT Sloan alumni directory, an MIT Sloan email-forwarding-for-life address, and a subscription to the MIT Sloan alumni enewsletter.

Will I receive academic credit?

No. Earning an Executive Certificate does not grant you academic credit.

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ENROLLMENT AND COSTS

Where can I see a list of programs I have completed? Where can I see how close I am to earning an Executive Certificate?

Please log into or create your MySloanExecEd account. Once you are logged in and on your profile page, you can see a list of the programs you have completed and how close you are to earning an Executive Certificate (see screen shot below.)

Where can I see sample Executive Certificate schedules and costs?

There are many different program combinations available when designing the Executive Certificate plan that is right for you. Here are just a few samples to get you started.

What does the Executive Certificate look like?

The Executive Certificate is signed by the Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Executive Director of MIT Sloan Executive Education. Click here to see a photograph of a sample certificate.

What are the requirements to earn an Executive Certificate?

The only requirements for the Executive Certificate are that you apply for, are accepted to, and complete four open enrollment programs--at least three of which must come from your chosen certificate track--within a four-year period. At least one of the programs must be attended in person rather than virtually.

Are tests or grades given?

As our programs are non-academic, no exams are administered nor are grades conferred. We do not offer letter grades or a pass/fail designation. A certificate of completion is granted to each participant upon completion of each course. To qualify for an Executive Certificate, participants must complete four programs—at least three of which must come from their chosen track—within a four-year period.

How long will it take me to earn an Executive Certificate?

The Executive Certificate is designed to work with your schedule. The only requirement is that you complete four programs of any length within a 4-year period. Many recipients have earned their certificates in less than a year. It is even possible to earn an Executive Certificate within one two-week visit. See sample plans here.

I understand I have four years to complete four programs. At what point does the four years begin?

The four-year time frame begins with your first program start date. For example, if you attended your first program in June 2009, you must complete your fourth program by June 2013.

How do I enroll in the Executive Certificate program?

Use the Program Application/Certificate Enrollment form to enroll in the Executive Certificate program. You have the option to enroll in multiple tracks or indicate that you have not decided on a specific track. You also have the option of enrolling in an Executive Certificate track while you are completing a program application. (You must also apply for each of the individual programs you plan to attend.) You will be automatically awarded the appropriate certificate after completion of the required programs.

How much does an Executive Certificate cost?

The Executive Certificate is designed to meet your individual education needs. You attend four programs--at least three of which must come from your chosen track--within a four-year period. You choose the programs, and the total cost to you would be the costs of the individual programs you attend. We also offer a Multiple Program Discount: Individuals registering at one time for more than one program receive 15% off each “additional” program (e.g., If you are enrolling in three 2-day programs, the first program would be at the full price of $3,300, and the two additional programs would be at the discounted price of $2,805 each). All program registrations must be submitted via a single application form. See sample costs here.

Do I have to pay for all of the programs in an Executive Certificate plan in advance?

No, you pay on a per program basis. You have a 4-year period to complete the four required programs. However, we also offer a Multiple Program Discount: Individuals registering at one time for more than one program receive 15% off each “additional” program (e.g., If you are enrolling in three 2-day programs, the first program would be at the full price of $2,900, and the two additional programs would be at the discounted price of $2,465 each). All program registrations must be submitted via a single application form.

What if I need to miss a day or more of a program or leave early; will I still earn Executive Certificate credit?

In order to receive a program certificate of completion, you must attend the entire program. In addition, if you cannot attend the full program, you will not receive any Executive Certificate or ACE credit for the program. (Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive the certificate of completion and any credit towards an Executive Certificate.) If you find that you cannot attend the full program for which you are registered, we advise to you defer your enrollment to the next session. Please see our Cancellation and Deferral policies for more information.

When should I expect to receive my Executive Certificate?

In most cases, Executive Certificates will be awarded during the last required program of your chosen track. However, if you did not provide the same contact information when you applied for each of your qualifying programs, we will need to verify your information and the programs you have taken and will mail the Executive Certificate to you at a later date.

How do I receive a replacement Executive Certificate?

Please send us an email at execed-registration@mit.edu to request your replacement Executive Certificate. Please be aware that there are administrative costs plus shipping and handling fees.

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SAMPLE PLANS

Where can I see sample Executive Certificate plans?

You can view sample plans here.

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TRACKS AND ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS

What Executive Certificate tracks are offered?

Executive Certificates are offered in three areas of concentration and provide executives with the opportunity to tailor their education plans to meet their own career development needs. To qualify for each certificate, participants must complete four programs--at least three of which must come from their chosen track--within a four-year period. The three tracks are:

Our executive education staff will be happy to assist you in designing an Executive Certificate plan to meet your individual and organizational objectives. Please feel free to contact us at 617-253-7166 or sloanexeced@mit.edu.

Is it possible to customize my own Certificate track?

No. To qualify for each certificate, participants must complete four open enrollment programs--at least three of which must come from their chosen track--within a four year period. The three tracks are:

You can take all four programs in your chosen track, or you can take three programs in your chosen track plus one "elective" from one of the other tracks.

You cannot take two programs from one track and two from another for example. Nor can you take two programs from one track and then one from each of the other tracks.

You can see sample Executive Certificate plans here.

Our executive education staff will be happy to assist you in designing an Executive Certificate plan to meet your individual and organizational objectives. Please feel free to contact us at 617-253-7166 or sloanexeced@mit.edu.

Do you offer guidance in designing an Executive Certificate plan?

Our executive education staff will be happy to assist you in designing an Executive Certificate plan to meet your individual and organizational objectives. Please feel free to contact us at 617-253-7166 or sloanexeced@mit.edu.

What programs are eligible?

All of the MIT Sloan Executive Education open enrollment programs are eligible for Executive Certificate credit. Select custom programs may be used as your "elective" program. Please contact us directly to see if your company's custom program qualifies for Executive Certificate credit.

Are your programs offered online?

Big Data 4Dx is our first online offering. It is a live, online offering of our popular Big Data program. The online program features the same faculty, content, discussions, and exercises used in the on-campus version. There are currently no sessions of Big Data 4Dx.

We currently do not offer any other online programs.

I just recently decided to register for an Executive Certificate track, but I previously attended one of your programs. Would this program count toward my Executive Certificate requirements?

Yes, as long as you complete all four programs within a four-year period, programs taken prior to enrolling in a certificate track will qualify.

I attended an MIT Sloan custom program sponsored by my company. Would the custom program count toward an Executive Certificate?

Select custom programs may be used as your “elective” program. Please contact us directly to see if your company's program qualifies for Executive Certificate credit. If so, you must still complete three open enrollment programs from your chosen track.

Can I apply credit from courses I've taken at other universities or in other divisions of MIT toward an Executive Certificate?

No, credit from courses taken at other universities or in other divisions of MIT will not be applied to an Executive Certificate. Only MIT Sloan Executive Education programs qualify for Executive Certificate credit.

I completed an Executive Certificate and would like to pursue another one; can one of the programs I just finished count towards the other track, or toward ACE?

Yes, you may apply programs you have already taken toward another Executive Certificate or ACE. For example: You earned the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership with three programs from that track and one elective from the Strategy and Innovation track. You now want to pursue the Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation. You may count the previously taken Strategy and Innovation program toward one of the three required Strategy and Innovation programs, and you may count one of the previously taken Management and Leadership programs as the Strategy and Innovation elective, provided all programs are still within the four year period. So, in this example, you would need to complete only two additional programs to earn the second Executive Certificate.

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TRACKS AND ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS: ADVANCED CERTIFICATE FOR EXECUTIVES (ACE)

What is the Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE)?

ACE is a new type of Executive Certificate for participants who complete 25 program days and attend at least two programs from each Executive Certificate track within a four-year period. ACE represents an extraordinary commitment to learning. It is comparable to a traditional advanced management program (AMP) in terms of cutting-edge content, access to today’s thought leaders, and excellent networking opportunities. However, the flexible, customizable format of ACE allows participants to design their own curriculum by choosing the programs that best fit their needs. Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE) >>

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Can my previously completed Executive Education programs count towards an Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE)?

Yes, programs completed prior to ACE enrollment but within the four-year period are eligible toward ACE. Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE) >>

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