Advanced Study Program
FAQs about Applications
How do I know if I’m qualified to become an ASP fellow?
ASP is open to individuals who at minimum meet these requirements:
- An undergraduate college degree
- Minimum three years’ work experience OR currently enrolled in graduate degree program elsewhere
- Fluency in both written and spoken English
- Ability to finance the program through their company or by themselves
- The ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment
What are the criteria for admission?
The MIT Advanced Study Program admits fellows who have the academic and professional background to succeed at MIT-level academic work. Applicants must submit all application materials for an application to be complete, including letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives, transcripts from universities attended, and a statement of financial support. Students are admitted based on the overall quality of the application. Applicants typically have completed bachelor’s degrees, some have earned advanced degrees and the majority of applicants have some work experience.
How do I apply?
To apply on line go to Admissions Information. MIT Staff go to Information for MIT Staff.
Do my transcripts have to be originals?
Yes, transcripts must be originals and in English. Transcripts may be faxed, mailed or your university can send an electronic copy of your transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my references and/or nomination be sent by email?
When you apply online you’ll have the option of sending an automatic request to your recommenders, all you need is their email address. If you prefer, you can ask your recommenders to send a recommendation by email with the subject line “Recommendation for (your name)” to email@example.com.
When is the application deadline?
Applications for the fall have a deadline of May 1st. Applications for the spring are December 1st.
When are applicants accepted?
Fellows are notified of acceptance about six weeks to eight after the application deadline.
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.
To use our recommendation request form in the application, you’ll need the email addresses of your recommenders. Recommendations can be from a supervisor, college professor, or colleague. We’d like your recommender to provide a candid evaluation of your ability to work independently and under pressure, assessment of your writing ability, responsibility, and relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and others. Please also ask your recommender to clarify how long, and in what context, they’ve known you.
What are test requirements?
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for non-native English speakers. Please visit here 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 welcome to contact the director before applying if they have questions or would like advice on their program.
How much is tuition?
Tuition for each academic year, September through August, is set the preceding April. See Tuition & Fees for details.
Is financial aid available?
No financial aid or scholarships are available. Applicants should secure sponsorship or funding before applying.
Can I pay my own tuition?
Fellows can pay their own tuition. However, verification of funds must be presented with the application. Payment of tuition is due prior to the start of classes.
Does MIT accept credit card payments?
MIT Professional Education does accept payment by credit card. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When is the tuition due?
Tuition must be paid in full before the start of the semester.