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Interdisciplinary Research & Study

Many undergraduates find avenues for participation in the research activity of MIT's interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. For graduate students, interdisciplinary research opportunities can often lead to thesis topics—and research assistantships—as well as advanced degrees.

Some interdepartmental educational programs have been approved for graduate students by the Committee on Graduate School Programs. Students must be admitted by a regular academic department in order to participate in one of these programs (with the exception of the Operations Research Center, which accepts students directly). Each has a standing faculty committee that administers the program, but degrees in the field of study are granted by the student's department of registration. The program descriptions in this section indicate any advanced degrees that may be offered.

MIT Centers, Labs & Programs

Center for Archaeological Materials

Center for Biomedical Engineering

Center for Collective Intelligence

Center for Computational Engineering

Center for Computational Research in Economics and Management Science

Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Center for Global Change Science

Center for International Studies

Center for Materials Science and Engineering

Center for Real Estate

Center for Transportation and Logistics

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Division of Comparative Medicine

Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory

Haystack Observatory

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Institute for Work and Employment Research

Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Knight Science Journalism Program

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Laboratory for Financial Engineering

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity

Laboratory for Nuclear Science

Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

Lincoln Laboratory

Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Materials Processing Center

McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Media Lab

Microsystems Technology Laboratories

MIT Catalyst Clinical Research Center

MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology

MIT Center for Digital Business

MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

MIT Portugal Program

MIT Professional Education

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

MIT Sea Grant

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Operations Research Center

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Research Laboratory of Electronics

Simons Center for the Social Brain

Singapore-MIT Alliance

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Sociotechnical Systems Research Center

Spectroscopy Laboratory

Technology and Development Program


Women's and Gender Studies Program


Other Affiliations

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Draper Laboratory

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research


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