The application for September 2016 admission is now closed.
If you submitted an application before the Dec. 15, 2015 deadline, you can log back into your application to confirm that we received your official test scores and letters of recommendation. Please note it may take until the end of December to confirm receipt of testing scores.
The deadline for September 2017 admission will likely be
December 15, 2016.
Applications must include all of the following in order to be reviewed:
- GRE scores (section 7). Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. Please also be sure to enter your scores and upload a PDF of your score report in section 7 (Test Scores / Experience) of the application. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.
- For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. Please also be sure to enter your scores and upload a PDF of your score report in section 7 (Test Scores / Experience) of the application. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed. See our FAQ Page for more information about the score requirement, how to submit, and requests for waivers.
- Three letters of recommendation (section 2). Enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section. You then must go to the “Letter Status” link, copy the relevant information, and SEND EMAILS to each evaluator with the information provided on that page. It is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails. You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.
If an evaluator has difficulties using our admissions system, please ask him/her to mail the evaluation form and/or recommendation letter in a sealed envelope directly to the department:
Doctoral Program in HASTS
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E51-163
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
- Statement of objectives (section 9) entered either as text in the field provided OR uploaded as a PDF, but not both. The statement should be 2 to 3 pages long.
- A writing sample (section 10) such as a research paper or a chapter from a thesis. There are no specific parameters in terms of content, but the length should not exceed that of a chapter or article. It must be uploaded in the online application as a PDF. Please do not use the text box.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (section 6. Colleges/Universities Attended). Upload a PDF of your transcript from each school you attended under the listing for that school. Only applicants who are advanced to round two of our admissions process will be required to provide official, sealed transcripts from each school attended.
- Current resume or curriculum vitae. To submit, upload a PDF in section 7 (Test Scores/Experience) at the end of the page.
Click on the following links for an admissions overview, funding and frequently asked questions.