The program is large, with approximately 1,000 students, and its key strength is entrepreneurship. Other strengths include management in a technology environment, finance, management of production and logistics. Naturally, Sloan is strongly connected to the rest of MIT, and fruitful collaboration often develops between the Sloan business people and the MIT technology people. Most Sloan applicants come from the high-tech industry (and less from business backgrounds), though the school is trying to reduce the proportion of engineers and to accept students of more diverse backgrounds.
Another characteristic of the school is its diverse global culture and high percentage of international students. The school is known to emphasize quantitative and analytical skills, in both the application process and in classes.
As far as the admissions process in concerned, Sloan is unique in not requiring the TOEFL test of non-native English speakers, but rather relying only on the verbal portion of the GMAT. However, a unique application requirement is writing a cover letter.
Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel), Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations), William Ford (Chairman of Ford Motor Company), John Thompson (Chairman and CEO of Symantec), Gerhard Schulmeyer (CEO of Siemens AG) and John Reed (Chairman and CEO, Citigroup).