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.