Application Procedures

At MIT, a regular graduate student is one who is registered for a program of advanced study and research leading to a post-baccalaureate degree. A regular graduate student may concurrently hold an appointment as a research assistant, teaching assistant, or instructor.

To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. (Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they enroll at MIT.) Applicants are evaluated by the individual departments in which they intend to register on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with their capabilities, and any other pertinent data they submit. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, MIT expects such achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional promise.

Specific admission requirements vary by department. Direct links to departmental applications are provided below:

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Biological Engineering


Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Chemical Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering
Comparative Media Studies

Computation for Design and Optimization

Computational and Systems Biology

Computational Science and Engineering

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Insititute for Data, Systems, and Society

Health Sciences and Technology

History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society

Leaders for Global Operations
Linguistics and Philosophy

Materials Science and Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Media Arts and Sciences


Nuclear Science and Engineering

Operations Research Center


Political Science

Real Estate

Science Writing

Sloan School of Management

Supply Chain Management

Systems Design and Management

Technology and Policy Program

Urban Studies and Planning

MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering

For any additional questions, please contact the academic department directly.

Click here to view contact information for all departments.