MIT Professional Education Digital Programs
About Digital Programs
About Digital Programs aims to deliver timely, relevant programs to a global audience
using online platforms, including the open-sourced online education platform developed by edX.
The first course launched under the Digital Programs banner was Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,
which featured 12 faculty experts from the world-renowned Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory in MIT’s School of Engineering. Future offerings are planned from all five MIT schools.
Digital Programs participants have diverse personal, business, and academic backgrounds and hail from
both the U.S. and around the globe. They include scientists, engineers, technicians, managers,
consultants, and others, and they come from industry, government, the military, non-profit and academia.
The benefits of online learning include a flexible schedule that allows busy professionals to take
courses at their own convenience; access to advanced professional training from MIT faculty without
the need for travel to the MIT campus; and networking opportunities with a diverse population of
About MIT Professional Education
The MIT Professional Education mission is to provide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge,
and expertise for those engaged in science and technology worldwide, through advanced education
programs designed for working professionals.
The programs are delivered by MIT faculty and promote technical excellence through ongoing educational
engagement with communities of practice. Under the leadership of the School of Engineering, MIT
Professional Education supports the development of creative leaders equipped to address complex
problems with faculty from across all five schools at MIT.
MIT Professional Education is central to MIT’s vision. It fulfills the mandate to provide lifelong
learning opportunities to alumni and other professionals and impacts professional practice. It also
provides important feedback regarding the quality and relevance of MIT’s teaching and research
activities and facilitates the integration of industry knowledge into MIT education.
Additional Programs Offered Through MIT Professional Education
Short Programs offers more than 50 courses in two-to-five day sessions, primarily in the summer.
Classes may involve lectures, discussions, readings, interactive problem solving, laboratory work,
and collaborative projects among participants, faculty, and peers. These intensive courses are
designed for busy professionals wishing to gain new career tools and insights about the impact of
evolving technologies. Courses combine MIT’s breakthrough research with insights from industry,
government, and academic participants.
Advanced Study Program
Each semester, professionals in engineering and technical fields come to MIT as Fellows to gain
knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers and bring innovative ideas and practices to
their employers. While at MIT, they are enrolled as graduate students with full privileges. They
plan their own academic experience that may include courses from more than 30 disciplines, and some
also arrange research opportunities with faculty in their field. Fellows earn grades, MIT credit, and
an ASP certificate.
These are programs designed to meet company-specific training needs, and range from a single day to a
year-long sequence of sessions, on or off campus. Courses are generally focused on scientific and
technical leadership, combining topics from both technology and management fields. MIT Professional
Education will work with companies to match their needs with custom curricula from MIT faculty who
have in-depth expertise in relevant disciplines.
MIT Professional Education addresses corporate education needs and strategic goals through educational
programs relevant to your region. The staff works with your leadership to help define needs and then
coordinate with MIT faculty to design a targeted, needs-based learning experience. These specialized
courses (based on Short Programs courses) can be 2-5 days and held at your company site, or at an
off-site location in your region. Our International Programs apply research insights to your
organization’s and country’s real-world challenges while developing productive new networks
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