Every graduate degree candidate must be admitted through one of the 24 graduate departments; in nearly all cases financial aid is arranged through departmental auspices, and the degree or degrees which are earned will be awarded only upon recommendation of the department in which the student is registered. In short, every graduate student, including those who are working on interdepartmental programs under the guidance of standing or specially created interdepartmental committees, must have a "home" in some department. If you have questions about a specific department please contact their office directly.
For information on specific departments, see the MIT Academics page.
To view courses offered please visit the Course Catalogue.
Interdepartmental programs are especially rigorous at MIT. For example, in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, graduate students and faculty from 12 departments, ranging from physics and life sciences to modern languages and economics, find an effective and congenial environment for their creative work.
There are many more opportunities for students to work out interdepartmental programs with interested faculty members.
Current programs include:
Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO)
Computational and Systems Biology (CSB)
Economics and Urban Studies
Health Sciences and Technology
Leaders for Global Operations
Medical Engineering and Medical Physics
MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Joint Program in Oceanography
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Program in Polymer Science and Technology
Real Estate Development
The following interdepartmental programs are affiliated with the Engineering Systems Division (ESD):