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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 fellow participants.

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

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.

Custom Programs

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.

International Programs

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 among employees.
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