Frequently Asked Questions about Custom Programs



  • What type of courses can be customized?

    Courses generally focus on scientific and technical leadership and can include faculty from any of MIT’s five schools. Topics can target a specialized field or combine management and technology. Companies may also request a customized version of MIT Professional Education - Short Programs.

  • Do MIT faculty teach custom programs?

    Custom courses are taught by MIT faculty. Faculty develop curriculum for each course, drawing on their academic and research experience and engagement with industry.

  • How do you make courses target my company’s goals?

    MIT Professional Education staff work with managers to define curricula, then collaborate with MIT faculty to design a specialized learning experience.

  • Are custom programs delivered at MIT or my company?

    These courses can be delivered at MIT, the company site, or off site.

  • How long does a course run?

    A custom course typically runs a single week but may extend several weeks over a year with interrelated projects. Some courses are as short as two days.

  • How many people can take a custom course

    Custom programs are typically offered to groups of 30 or more, but a company may negotiate class size with the MIT Professional Education office.

  • How much does a custom program cost?

    The cost of a custom course is determined by factors including the length of the course and the number of students involved. In general, the per-person cost of MIT Professional Education custom courses is not less than Short Programs tuition, and it can be more depending on the duration, complexity, and level of curriculum development required.

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