Undergraduate Special Student Procedures


Online Undergraduate Special Student Application

Supplemental Undergraduate Special Student Instructions


Qualifications for admission as an Undergraduate Special Student are not appreciably different from those expected of a regular student. The department to which the student applies will evaluate an applicant’s qualifications for the specific course(s) desired. Prior instructor approval does not ensure admission. If an individual is applying to take subjects in more than one department, approval of the Registration Officer in each department is required. Final approval is at the discretion of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE). All admitted Special Students must receive satisfactory grades in order to reapply for future terms.

Undergraduate Special Students are limited to two terms. Special Student status is a guest status only and not a means to an undergraduate degree at MIT.

A candidate who has obtained a bachelor's degree or higher is considered graduate level and must apply through the Advanced Study Program. Please visit their website or contact them at advancedstudy@mit.edu for more information.

Application Procedure

A person seeking admission as an Undergraduate Special Student must apply through the ODGE Graduate Admissions Office. Complete applications for a given term must be submitted before the appropriate deadline, including a $75 application fee.

The deadlines for special students applications are:

Fall Term: May 1 (All Students)
Spring Term: December 1 (All Students)

The ODGE Graduate Admissions Office notifies all applicants of admissions decisions.

Current course offerings are listed online in the MIT Bulletin (Course and Degree Catalog).

International Students

A student who is neither a United States citizen nor a United States Permanent Resident is considered an International Student.

In addition to the academic documentation required for admission as a Special Student, international applicants must submit a photocopy of their official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The minimum required scores are 90 on the TOEFL internet-based test and 7 on the IELTS. Some departments may have higher score requirements; please visit the relevant department's website for further information regarding minimum score requirements. A completion certificate from an English language program may be submitted in lieu of these test scores. All transcripts must be certified and officially translated into English.

After admission to MIT, the applicant must provide evidence of their ability to meet all financial obligations of study at MIT, including tuition and living expenses. Please note that living expenses for married students are substantially higher.

The form 1-20 or DS 2019 will not be issued for subject registration of less than 36 units. Most subjects at MIT are either 9 or 12 units each.