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The Future of Work Requires Non-Technical Expertise

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As advanced technologies automate our world in more ubiquitous ways, we naturally assume that technical skills will be in the highest demand in the future job market. But as revealed in a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), among many other studies, the rise of ever-smarter machines demands a surge in the social and emotional abilities machines cannot master. Soft skills such as adaptability, creative thinking, persuasion, relationship mastery, the ability to deal with complexity, and time management are increasingly valuable to companies as they become more dynamic, interconnected, and flexible by necessity. However, HR professionals report difficulty recruiting candidates who have these very skills!

Whether you’re looking to futureproof your career or trying to close the talent gap at your company, increasing soft skill mastery is critical to success. The courses offered by MIT Sloan Executive Education are designed to help you and/or your company address this growing demand for expertise.

Executive Certificates

An executive certificate from MIT Sloan is an opportunity to take a deep dive into the topics that matter to you most. It’s formal recognition of your professional development. And, as many executives attest, it can be a significant catalyst in your career. Hone in on fundamental skills, get up to speed on timely business topics or tailor your certificate to address specific challenges you face. Simply select your track, choose your courses, and start earning your certificate on a schedule of your own design. 

Executive Certificates are offered in three tracks:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Technology and Operations

Certificates are earned by completing four programs, with at least three of those programs coming from your chosen track. You have up to four years to earn your certificate, but because courses in our portfolio are often scheduled consecutively, it’s possible to earn a certificate in as few as two weeks. At least one of the four programs must be attended in person rather than online. With more than 50 courses in our portfolio, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations that can meet these certificate requirements.

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Lisa Hingson

The way that faculty members pair their deep field research with the practical experience of other business professionals creates a really great mixture of both theory and application. There’s a lot of interaction and activities with the group. I found the courses at MIT to be a really immersive learning experience.

—Lisa Hingson, Director of Innovation, Southwest Airlines, USA

The MIT Experience

View this short video we call “A Taste of MIT Sloan Executive Education” to hear what some of our participants have to say about their MIT experience.

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Whether you’re looking to futureproof your career or trying to close the talent gap at your company, our short courses can help.

Upskill At MIT
Calvin Dalton

MIT Sloan’s Executive Education programs are unique ... They don’t mirror other programs, they have their own methods, they use their own resources and research. They enlist incredible faculty and thought leaders. And the short courses work for a lot of people who can’t take weeks or months off at a time. It means the classes are very diverse, filled with unique, global perspectives.

—Calvin Dalton, Afghanistan Country Lead and Program Manager, BAE Systems



Meet the Faculty

MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty members are innovation experts, leading economists, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and executives of companies large and small. Their innovations are the result of strategic collaborations with researchers and industry experts around the world—and with talented, forward-thinking participants like you. In our courses, you can learn from faculty firsthand and engage with their latest research, frameworks, and tools.


  • Maximizing Your Personal Productivity
  • Negotiation for Executives
  • Neuroscience for Leadership
  • Transforming Your Leadership Strategy

Management and Leadership

  • Analytics Management
  • Digital Marketing Analytics (self-paced online)
  • Marketing Innovation
  • Revitalizing Your Digital Business Model

Strategy and Innovation

  • Managing Complex Technical Projects
  • Managing Product Platforms
  • Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations
  • Systematic Innovation of Products, Processes, and Services

Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Upskilling is more important than ever in the age of machines.

Andreas Mathismoen

MIT has given me a way to further my development. Change is coming more and more quickly, and you have to be a student the rest of your life if you’re going to succeed.

—Andreas Mathismoen, Media and Communication Professional, Norway



Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Founder of the MIT Leadership Center at MIT Sloan. She is known for her pioneering research on leaders and leadership teams, including her concepts of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations, distributed leadership at the organizational level, and a framework (4-CAP+) for understanding the key capabilities of effective leaders.

Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.  



Jared Curhan is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Curhan specializes in the psychology of negotiation and conflict resolution. He has pioneered a social psychological approach to the study of “subjective value” in negotiation—that is, the feelings and judgments concerning the instrumental outcome, the process, the self, and the relationship. He was recently presented with a 2019 Teaching with Digital Technology Award from MIT for his innovation in the classroom.

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