Advanced Study Program
Enhance your career with Advanced Study
Enhancing your career can be a challenge. The Advanced Study Program makes it easier for you by designing an academic schedule that’s customized for you and tailored to your goals. Whether it’s preparing you for graduate school, enhancing skills for your current job or preparing you for a career shift, ASP can help you get started. You can sharpen your skills in the fundamentals such as physics or algebra or take introductory career change courses in a new field such as computing. The Advanced Study Program will help you design a course of study that matches your needs. ASP students Ryan and Madeleine used their MIT coursework to prepare for their new ventures.
What is the Advanced Study Program
The Advanced Study Program (ASP) is a non-matriculating, non-degree program, that gives you access to MIT’s 2000 classes. ASP is flexible and allows you to focus on your areas of interest – sustainability, innovation, science and more – at your own pace either fulltime or part time. ASP is open to individuals who meet these requirements:
- An undergraduate degree
- Minimum three years’ work experience
- The ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment
Sample Courses to Enhance Your Career
These are good technical skill enhancing courses for those who are looking to brush up on core math and science, prepare for graduate study, or to change careers.
- 8.01 Physics I
- 8.02 Physics II
- 18.075 Methods for Scientists and Engineers
- 18.02 Calculus
- 18.03 Differential Equations
- 18.05 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
- 18.06 Linear Algebra
- 18.440 Probability and Random Variables
- 18.100A Real Analysis
- 18.353J Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos
- 6.00 Intro to Computer Science and Programming
Testimonials from Students Using ASP to Enhance Their Careers
Ryan, Graduate Student, Computational Biology
While a first-year surgery resident at a Boston hospital, Ryan realized that he was more interested in working with the origins and patterns of cancer than treating patients through surgery. In his clinical work, he recognized a research gap: physicians do not know how to successfully predict the morbidity and mortality outcomes of a host of cancers, nor do they know what treatments are most likely to lead to defined long-term outcomes. Developing analytical technology to close this gap became his new ambition, but he lacked the math background he needed to switch his graduate path. At ASP, Ryan took courses in Real Analysis, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Probability and Random Variables in order to prepare for his graduate program in computational biology at Harvard this fall.
"As a surgery resident engaged in cancer treatment, I became compelled to learn more about the intricacies of cancer--its causes, types, recurrence and failure to recur. I realized that there is so much that has not been investigated that computational advances now make possible. This curiosity led to my interest in graduate study in computational biology. But I had been away from math and science for so long that I decided to take math and computer courses at the MIT Advanced Study Program to get my feet wet before I applied to the computational biology graduate program. Now as I head to Harvard, armed with such courses as Probability and Random Variables, Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos, and Linear Algebra. I feel ready to jump in."
Madeleine, Climate Science Graduate Student
After finishing her degree in Geography at Cambridge University, Madeleine pursued her interest in climate science through two research internships: one on El-Nino-Monsoon interactions in Germany, and a second one modeling glacier motion in California. Madeleine chose the Advanced Study Program to fortify her math background and master the prerequisites for her PhD program in Atmospheric Physics at Columbia. Madeleine took a program of courses which included Physics, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and Methods for Scientists and Engineers.
“After graduating with a BA in Geography, I completed two internships in climate modeling projects which motivated me to pursue this field at a graduate level, which would require taking additional courses in math and physics. ASP helped prepare me for graduate study in the physics of climate change by allowing me to take these courses to complement my undergraduate degree.”