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Visiting HASTS

Prospective Student Visit Day

Prospective applicants who would like to visit the program are encourged to attend the HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day on Monday, October 24th, 2016. 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.

Registration for the Visit Day closed on October 17th. If you registered you will get a confimation email with directions and the agenda by October 19th. If you don't, please send an email to

The day’s events include a general information session led by the Director of Graduate Studies, a panel-style presentation and a small group discussion with HASTS faculty, and lunch with current HASTS students. Activities will be scheduled between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm. Following the program, participants may want to take a MIT campus tour following the 2pm information session, space permitting.

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.