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Applications for September 2020 admission will open in mid-September 2019, with an application deadline of
December 15, 2019.

Applications must include all of the following in order to be reviewed:

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 or send their 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

More Information

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