The Sloan Fellows Program was created at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1930, by Alfred P. Sloan, Chairman of General Motors from 1937 to 1956, who envisioned the Sloan Fellowship as a means of developing the "ideal manager". The Sloan Fellows Program is the first management and leadership education program for executives and mid-career experienced managers.
In the following decades, the program was expanded to include the Sloan Master's at Stanford Graduate School of Business (1957) and the Sloan Master's at London Business School (1968 ). In 2013 Stanford changed the name of its Sloan Fellows Program to Stanford MSx (Master of Science in Management for Experienced Leaders), though participants in the program remain Stanford Sloan Fellows.
Sloan Fellows comprise a mix of company- and self-sponsored candidates. On all three schools, a significant degree of experience is required for admission. This is in keeping with Alfred P. Sloan's conviction that experienced managers would benefit best from the program. Alumni describe the program as "transformational", in keeping with the original vision of preparing successful managers for senior business leadership positions.
Unlike most Executive MBA programs which are part-time over a year and a half to three years, the Sloan Fellows program runs full-time over the course of 12-14 months, depending on electives. London Business School and MIT Sloan offer an optional research project/thesis.
The program recognizes the importance of developing leadership as well as management competency in Sloan Fellows. As such, in addition to the standard MBA curriculum of management courses, the Sloan program contains a strong personal-development component designed to develop the leadership and strategic thinking capabilities of Sloan Fellows.
Traditional full-time MBA programs comparison
The Sloan Fellows program is a mix of top Executive MBA programs (experienced professionals) and top full-time MBA programs (full-time, academic rigor). The table below shows the main differences between the Sloan Fellows program and the traditional top MBA programs.
Typical top 10 MBA program
Sloan Fellows program
Average work experience
13-year, 8-year minimum
25 - 30
30 - 45
between 400 and 1000
between 50 and 110
MSc in Management (except MIT, which offers MBA too)
GMAT influence on acceptance
Work experience influence on acceptance
MIT, Stanford and LBS differences
Although the program in any of the three schools are very similar in nature, there are some key difference among them. The table below summarizes the differences:
Sloan Fellows at MIT Sloan may opt for an MBA, an MS in management, or an MS in the management of technology (MOT), depending on their curricular and research choices. Sloan Fellows at London Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business are both awarded a Master of Science degree.