Advanced Study Program
More FAQs about Applications
What are the criteria for admission?
The MIT Professional Education - Advanced Study Program admits fellows who have the academic and professional background to succeed at MIT-level academic work. Applications must be complete, including letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a statement of financial support. Students are admitted based on the overall quality of the application. Students typically have completed bachelor’s degrees and have some work experience. Some have already earned advanced degrees.
How do I apply?
Complete application materials are available online.
Do my transcripts have to be originals?
Yes, transcripts must be originals. Transcripts may be faxed if needed to expedite the application. However, an original must also be sent by mail.
Can my references and/or nomination be sent by email?
It is preferred that references are provided in a sealed envelope on letterhead stationary. However, in the event of a late application, email references may be accepted.
When is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted as early as nine months before the semester begins and as late as three weeks before classes start. Applicants requiring U.S. student visas should apply at least two months in advance. See Costs & Dates for this year’s deadlines.
When are applicants accepted?
Fellows are notified of acceptance about two weeks after their applications are received.
Who can serve as a reference?
Recommendations are accepted from past professors or work-related colleagues, such as a manager, who can speak to the applicant’s ability to do MIT-level work.
What are test requirements?
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for some non-U.S. students. Please visit Admissions for more information.
I have not completed an undergraduate degree – can I apply?
Very exceptional students with substantial work experience and demonstrated ability to succeed in MIT-level work are occasionally admitted. However, in most cases, successful completion of a college degree is required. Many fellows have earned advanced degrees.
Is there an interview?
No. Prospective fellows are, however, welcome to contact the director before applying if they have questions or would like advice on their programs.
Is financial aid available?
No. Fellows should secure sponsorship or funding before applying.
Can I pay my own tuition?
Fellows can sponsor themselves and pay their own tuition. However, verification of funds must be presented with the application. Payment is due prior to registration day.
Does MIT accept credit card payments?
MIT will accept credit card payments on a corporate card. Please confirm this option with the MIT Professional Education office.
When is the tuition due?
Tuition must be paid in full before each term begins.