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Visiting HASTS

Prospective Student Visit Day

Prospective applicants who would like to visit the program are encouraged to attend the HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day on Monday, October 30, 2017. HASTS offers this day so that prospective students can get a better understanding of what our program offers in terms of research and resources, and to help them decide if our program may be a good fit for them. Prospective students do not have to attend the visit day in order to apply to the doctoral program.

Please note: We have reached capacity for this year's Visit Day. If you would still like to attend, please send an email to Carolyn Carlson by Monday, October 23rd so that she can add you to a wait list.

The day’s events are as follows:

9:00-9:45: Overview of the HASTS program with Harriet Ritvo, HASTS Director of Graduate Studies

10:00-10:45: Faculty Panel Presentation

11:00-12:00: Group discussions with HASTS faculty

12:15-1:30: Lunch with current HASTS students

Following the program, participants may want to take an MIT campus tour. The admissions office offers tours if space is available immediately following its 2pm information session. Self-guided tours are also an option.

We encourage participants to take public transportation to MIT. If you anticipate driving to Cambridge for Visit Day, please be advised that we are not able to issue visitor parking permits.

Other Visits

If prospective applicants are unable to attend the Visit Day, they may be able to make arrangements to visit the program by requesting to meet with the HASTS Director of Graduate Studies, the Academic Administrator and/or faculty members whose area of research is of interest to them.

These visits are not required for admission; they are available to those who want to get a sense if our program is a good match for their academic and research interests. Visits are only scheduled between May 1 and December 15 each year. During the admissions cycle (January - April), applicants who are selected to advance to the second round of the admissions process will be invited to campus interview in February or March.

To request a visit, submit the one-page Prospective Student Questionnaire to the HASTS Academic Administrator (at and include the names of the faculty members with whom you would like to meet and when you are available to visit. Applicants should keep in mind that faculty have full schedules, so not all requests can be accomodated and meetings need to be scheduled before making travel plans to visit MIT.