Graduate Education

MIT graduate programs provide collaborative environments for advanced study, where students work together with faculty to extend the boundaries of knowledge.

Traditionally a leader in engineering and science graduate education, MIT has also attained national prominence for its doctoral programs in mathematics, architecture, management, and the humanities. Top-ranked graduate programs in architecture; neuroscience; economics; linguistics; management; media studies; political science; science, technology, and society; supply chain management; and urban studies have broadened the spectrum of graduate education at the Institute.

There is no cap on the number of graduate students admitted to MIT. Applicants apply directly to the academic department or degree-granting program of interest, and departments admit as many as they can support based on their research assistantship, teaching assistantship, and fellowship resources, as well as the number of faculty available to advise on research.

Cross-registration opportunities at Harvard, Wellesley, and with the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies are available for graduate students. The Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program and the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering also present interdisciplinary options for graduate students. Other study opportunities are available at Brandeis and Tufts.