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Applications are accepted for fall term admission and are due December 15th. The ORC does not offer admission for the Spring term.

For more information about admissions for the Master of Business Analytics please see: mitsloan.mit.edu/analytics


The application website for applying to the ORC is https://gradapply.mit.edu/orc

The application fee is $75. The OR Center does not grant fee waivers. The fee is a mandatory requirement set by the Institute. MIT accepts personal checks, money orders and Mastercard and Visa for payment of the application fee.

Applications must include the following:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • complete academic transcripts
  • completed Record of Courses Taken Section; and
  • the student's statement of objectives.


As part of the online application process, students will be asked to upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts. Students do not have to submit an official copy of their transcripts at the time of applying to the Center. Once offered admission to the Center, you will be asked to submit an official copy of your transcripts for verification purposes. The transcripts should be sent directly to the the address below within two weeks of the admission offer.

Admission Coordinator
MIT/Operations Research Center
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E40-103
Cambridge, MA 02139

GRE/TOEFL Requirements

GRE Examination

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Aptitude test. The Institute Code for submitting GRE score reports is 3514.

NOTE: The ORC does not accept the GMAT. The Advanced Subject GRE is not required for admission.

English Proficiency Tests

The ORC strongly encourages international applicants from non-English speaking countries to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) instead of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The IELTS exam measures one's ability to communicate in English in four major skill areas: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. IELTS test results are strongly preferred, though TOEFL test scores will also be accepted. For more information about the IELTS, and to find out where and how to take the exam, please visit the IELTS web site.  All test scores must be from within the past two years.


Minimum score required:  7. 

Students must request that the official test scores be sent directly from the test center where you take the exam. There are no institutional codes for IELTS. You should request the test scores be sent to the ORC Graduate Admissions Coordinator.


Minimum score required:

  • 600 = paper based test,
  • 250 = computer based, and
  • 100 = internet based test.

A TOEFL waiver may be considered under certain circumstances.  Students must contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.  The Department Code for submitting the TOEFL score report is 67.  The Institute Code for submitting GRE score reports is 3514
Registration information for TOEFL may be obtained at www.toefl.org.

The OR Center will not consider applications to the OR programs if the TOEFL and/or IELTS score is lower than the minimum score requirement.

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The contents of the MIT Course Catalogue (also know as the MIT Bulletin) can be found at http://web.mit.edu/catalog/.

Admissions Coordinator

Further information about the graduate programs and the Operations Research Center is available by writing, telephoning, or e-mailing:

Laura A. Rose, Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Operations Research Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology E40-107
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Telephone: (617) 253-9303
E-mail: lrose "at" mit.edu

Nondiscrimination Policy

MIT's Official Nondiscrimination Policy can be found at http://web.mit.edu/referencepubs/nondiscrimination/index.html.

*The ROTC programs at MIT are operated under Department of Defense (DoD) policies and regulations, and do not comply fully with MIT's policy of nondiscrimination with regard to gender identity. MIT continues to advocate for a change in DoD policies and regulations concerning gender identity, and will replace scholarships of students who lose ROTC financial aid because of these DoD policies and regulations.

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