The MIT School of Engineering designed LGO’s curriculum to allow for flexibility. Students are encouraged to follow their interests. The program is also set up to guide students who will become the next generation of high-tech leaders. As an LGO student, you’ll have full access to the world’s best technical institute.

Each engineering department working with LGO has world-class faculty expertise, unique areas of research, and exciting research opportunities. LGO students connect with their engineering department communities, which is a vital part of their experience while at MIT.

During the admissions process, we admit LGOs directly into one of six engineering departments. Applicants select an engineering department when they apply. You’re encouraged to choose your engineering field based on academic background, professional interests, and research goals. We’ve provided guidance to the admissions expectations at each department on their individual pages, and we encourage you to have a close look at each one to help decide which is best for you.

Engineering Core

All LGOs complete an engineering core curriculum. These courses prepare students for further engineering coursework at MIT as well as a management career in operations and technology. Students complete much of the LGO School of Engineering core during their first summer (for a list of summer courses, please follow this link). The summer courses include Engineering Probability and Statistics, Systems Optimization, and Analysis for Operations.

Furthermore, LGOs take at least one course in product design and development to finish engineering core coursework. Approved design courses are:

  • Global Engineering: This very popular LGO class works on integrating new technologies into existing products and companies such as Porsche and Daimler. The course works similar to a Sloan Action Learning Lab, and some students have traveled to their project company for implementation. You can also watch the first lecture here.
  • Product Design and Development: Offered jointly through Mechanical Engineering, MIT Sloan, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Product Design: Develops products and prototypes in a project-based course offered through Mechanical Engineering.
  • Development of Mechanical Products: Uses design principles to develop medical devices. Students work with Boston-area physicians to solve medical problems.
  • Design of Medical Devices and Implants: A popular medical device design course offered jointly through Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences, Biological Engineering, and the Harvard-MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology.
  • Manufacturing Processes and Systems: covers all steps in the manufacturing process, and incorporates a small group project.
  • Space Systems Engineering: Applies design principles to satellites, rockets, etc. Because you always wanted to call yourself a rocket scientist.

Engineering Department Curriculum

Each MIT School of Engineering department working with LGO has its own curriculum requirements and course list. Explore each department’s page to learn more.

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics: Take classes from NASA astronauts; learn about unmanned aerial vehicles, space systems, airplane design, and airline management. MIT is the only place where you can specialize your MBA in rocket science.
  • Biological Engineering: You’ll be able to engage with professors at the cutting edge of drug delivery, CRISPR, biotech, and pharmaceutical development.
  • Chemical Engineering: Apply the molecular sciences to manufacturing and biotech.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Work with renowned professors in supply chain and logistics, or focus your studies in environmental science, transportation, and infrastructure.
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: You’ll be able to take an in-depth exploration of applied mathematics, hardware and device design, computation, and decision systems.
  • Mechanical Engineering: The department offers specializations in biomechanics, manufacturing, and ocean engineering.