Advanced Study Program
The Innovation focus is designed for entrepreneurs, technology experts, business people, and creatives who want specialized training to help them launch their ideas. Bringing brilliance to the marketplace takes more than money and moxie. It takes expertise and acumen grounded in tomorrow’s technologies and today’s business environment.
MIT’s innovation ecosystem has interconnected elements both inside and beyond MIT’s campus. The dynamic environment MIT resides in includes innovation research, technology, and business, and supports a wide array of new ideas, businesses and start ups.
What is the Advanced Study Program
The Advanced Study Program (ASP) is a non-matriculating, non-degree program, that gives you access to MIT’s 2000 classes. ASP is flexible and allows you to focus on your areas of interest – sustainability, innovation, science and more – at your own pace either fulltime or part time. ASP is open to individuals who meet these requirements:
- An undergraduate degree
- Minimum three years’ work experience
- The ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment
The following are a sampling of courses focused on innovation available to ASP participants. While the entire MIT catalogue is available to ASP students, the classes below have proven to be of particular interest.
- MAS.665J Development Ventures
- ESD.61J Integrating the Lean Enterprise
- CMS.631 Systems Visualization
- MAS.664J Media Ventures
- ESD.38J Enterprise Architecting
Kent, Partner and Business Development Executive, Consulting Industry
Kent served on the senior leadership team of a start-up consulting company grown to 200 people and sold twice. Kent took the course Media Ventures to learn about emerging technologies at the Media Lab and commercialization strategies for technology companies.
"In Media Ventures, I engaged in new venture brainstorming sessions, organized a special interest group, met teammates and formed a new venture plan that became a semi-finalist in the MIT 100K competition. We connected with relevant MIT alumni, investors, and potential clients for our fledgling enterprise and ultimately secured a pilot deal. I definitely learned a lot more from MIT's "Mens et Manus" (Mind and Hands) approach than other competing programs that are lecture based!"
Yakov, President, Lead Producer and Designer, Music Software
At MIT, Yakov took the courses Media Ventures and Systems Visualization to advance his professional skills as president of Mixed In Key, a music software company and to benefit from the close collaboration of students with diverse backgrounds.
"Imagine 5 people sitting together in a classroom: an astrophysicist, a medical doctor, a graphic designer, a musician, and an MBA student. It's fascinating to watch what happens when they collaborate. I doubt that typical companies ever come out of MIT because of the cross-discipline mixing that happens every day. I've never been more challenged and stimulated in my life because of the students and professors I met at MIT. Systems Visualization was the best academic experience of my life because of the quality of the material. The class gave me the academic language and techniques to be able to explain to anyone the complex systems I work with professionally."
Fabiano, Business General Manager, Freight Rail, Brazil
With a background in engineering and development, Fabiano came to ASP to learn the latest technologies that affect his business.
“I attended the Advanced Study Program to benefit from the exciting cutting-edge innovative practices and technologies born in its labs and classes and to immerse myself in the globally oriented MIT community.
In Media Ventures, I learned how to expand my creativity and develop my skills as an innovator. I’ve always had great ideas; however, I wasn’t able to develop them into businesses. Media Ventures met my needs. Since the course is taught in the Sloan School, business practices were central in class discussions--not just the technical challenges.
I learned so much more than I had expected. Professors Pentland and Bonsen provided a rich and challenging environment where I learned that social interaction and prototyping are the best way to realize your enterprising dreams. Joost Bonsen connected us with dozens of successful digital entrepreneurs. Every class included a former student or entrepreneur who shared their challenges, problems, difficulties and solutions, creating a real academic bridge among us. Joost is an example of the excellence of the MIT faculty.
Since MIT, I’ve been able to drive my ideas with a business mind, think about lead customers, niche markets, disruptive products and connect with current successful projects. To show my gratitude to MIT for what I have learned, I contribute to solving my peers’ challenges by connecting them with my network connections so they can benefit from my connection’s expertise.”