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Applications for September 2021 admission will open in mid-September 2020, with an application deadline of
December 15, 2020.

How is the COVID pandemic impacting admissions?

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to Spring 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

For 2021 applications only: In response to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the GRE exam has been removed as part of the HASTS application for this application cycle. We will announce by July 2021 if we will use GRE scores in the 2022 admissions cycle.

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.