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November 16, 2020 Update

At a moment of ongoing uncertainty about long-term institutional impacts of COVID-19, the HASTS program has decided to suspend Fall 2021 admissions. This one-year hiatus will allow us to prioritize helping current students navigate the ongoing crisis and successfully complete the program.

Iím sure this will come as a bitter disappointment to many. Please know that our faculty, staff and students all share in that disappointment. We believe deeply in the value of a HASTS education and want to offer as many people as possible the opportunity to join our intellectual community.

In making this painful decision, we have been guided by one core value: commitment. HASTS is so vibrant and successful because of our studentsí commitment to the program and the programís commitment to them. We look forward to being able to accept applications again in 2021. The next cohort of entering students should have every confidence that HASTS will steadfastly support them throughout their time in the program.

I thank you for your understanding, and urge you to connect with HASTS online to stay informed of our ongoing events and future plans.

Dr. Graham M. Jones, Director of Graduate Studies

Application Pieces

In order for prospective applicants to plan for the 2022 admissions cycle, here are the materials we normally require in our admissions applications. We anticipate that the application for Septemeber 2022 admission will open in September 2021 and applications will be due December 15, 2021.

An ideal recommender is someone who knows you well and can speak to your ability to succeed in a PhD program. It is recommended that at least two letters come from people who are familiar with your academic work and/or future research interests.

If a recommender has difficulties using our admissions system, please ask him/her to send an email to hasts@mit.edu.

More Information

Click on the following links for an admissions overview, funding and frequently asked questions.

 

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