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

Computational and Systems Biology

Computation for Design and Optimization

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

Engineering Systems Division Applicants to the Engineering Systems Ph.D., Engineering Systems S.M., Technology and Policy Program, and the Leaders for Global Operations Joint Program through ESD, please click here for access.

Applicants to Supply Chain Management, please click here for access.

Applicants to the Systems Design and Management Program, please click here for access.

Health Sciences and Technology
History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS)

Leaders for Global Operations (LGO)
Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) applicants can apply either through the MIT Sloan School of Management or through a participating department in the MIT School of Engineering.

Linguistics and Philosophy

Materials Science and Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Media Arts and Sciences (Media Lab)


Nuclear Science and Engineering

Operations Research Center


Political Science

Real Estate

Science Writing

Please see the Sloan School of Management for information on the following programs: Biomedical Enterprise Executive MBA Master of Finance (M.Fin) MBA Ph.D Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership System Design and Management (SDM)

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.