The admissions process for graduate programs at MIT is decentralized.
Applicants apply directly to the academic department or degree-granting program of interest.
There is no cap on the number of graduate students admitted to MIT.
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.
In the 2011–2012 academic year, doctoral students were supported
with fellowships (31 percent), research assistantships (49 percent), and
teaching assistantships (10 percent). Nine percent received some other form
of support or no support.
There were 6,686 graduate students enrolled at MIT in the fall term
of 2012. Forty percent were international students. Thirty-seven percent
were housed on campus.
Graduate students constitute 60 percent of the total 2012–2013 student population.