• Design is one of the new minors available to MIT undergraduates beginning in fall 2016.

    Design is one of the new minors available to MIT undergraduates beginning in fall 2016.

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New undergraduate majors and minors to debut in fall 2016

Design is one of the new minors available to MIT undergraduates beginning in the fall of 2016.

Driven by student demand and the blending of fields, new opportunities include management tracks and minors in computer science, data science, and innovation.


This coming fall, MIT undergraduates will see some major (and minor) enhancements to their education. Four new majors and seven new minors, many that cross disciplines and schools, have been created.

New major bachelor of science programs include Management, Business Analytics, Finance, and Mathematical Economics (pending approval at the April MIT faculty meeting).

New minor programs include Computer Science, offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Design, offered by the Department of Architecture; Entrepreneurship and Innovation, jointly offered by the School of Engineering and MIT Sloan School of Management; Statistics and Data Science, offered by the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS); and Management, Business Analytics, and Finance, offered by MIT Sloan.

“These new majors and minors offer our students the potential for new educational pathways through MIT,” says Krishna Rajagopal, professor of physics and chair of the faculty. “They are also, like so many things at MIT, driven by student interest and demand, including an increasing desire for interdisciplinary flexibility and the ability to combine opportunities across schools and departments. It is exciting to see so many faculty, departments and schools responding with innovative new programs.”

New majors in detail

15-1: BS in Management
15-2: BS in Business Analytics
15-3: BS in Finance

The new MIT Sloan School of Management (Course 15) curriculum — which includes corresponding new minors — provides more choice, flexibility, and the opportunity for greater breadth or greater depth of study in business and management topics at the undergraduate level.

14-2: BS in Mathematical Economics will be offered by the Department of Economics (Course 14), pending approval. This new major is designed for students interested in mastering technically and theoretically oriented topics in economics, including game theory, microeconomic theory, and formal econometrics.

New minors in detail

Minor in Computer Science will be offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6). The computer science minor provides a strong background in the fundamentals of programming, algorithms, and discrete mathematics, giving students the knowledge and skills needed to make effective use of computer science concepts and computing technology in their future careers.

Minor in Design will be offered by the Department of Architecture (Course 4). The design minor provides students with the opportunity to learn the conceptual foundations, core principles, and skills of design in dynamic studio settings, develop a sensibility for visual and physical form, and contribute to new ways of designing that are applicable across a spectrum of areas.

Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be jointly offered by the School of Engineering and MIT Sloan School of Management. The E&I minor will prepare students to serve as leaders in the innovation economy, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop, scale, and deliver breakthrough solutions to real-world problems.

Minor in Statistics and Data Science will be offered by the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. The minor in statistics and data science focuses on providing students with a working knowledge base in statistics, probability, and computation, along with an ability to perform data analysis.

Minors in Management, Business Analytics, and Finance will be offered by the MIT Sloan School of Management (Course 15).


Topics: Undergraduate, Business and management, Analytics, Finance, Economics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (eecs), Architecture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), IDSS, Sloan School of Management, School of Engineering, SHASS, School of Architecture and Planning

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