Advanced Study Program
Thank you for your interest in MIT’s Advanced Study Program, a non-matriculating, non-degree program for motivated individuals who meet these requirements:
- An undergraduate degree
- Minimum three years’ work experience
- The ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment
Spring 2015 Advanced Study Program MIT Staff: If this is the first time you are applying to the Advanced Study Program please click here.
Continuing or Returning Advanced Study Program MIT Staff Spring 2015: If you have attended the Advanced Study Program in the past and would like to continue your studies or you are currently enrolled at MIT in the Advanced Study Program and would like to take classes in the Spring 2015 semester, please click here.
To Submit Your Transcripts
Please mail or send an electronic copy sent from your educational institution to:
MIT Professional Education
Attn: Advanced Study Program
238 Main Street, Building E48-401
Cambridge, MA 02142
- Obtain approval from your MIT supervisor to take an MIT class before submitting your application
- You can complete the application in one sitting (15 minutes) or you can return & change answers as many times as you’d like before clicking the submit button. If you’d like to exit and return, click “Save” and close your browser.
- After completing all sections to your satisfaction, click “Submit”
- Once you’ve submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes or access it again
- Navigate between pages by using the “Next” and “Previous” buttons on the top and bottom of the page, or by clicking the tabs on the side
- Save your application frequently
- To withdraw your application, click “Withdraw my application”
- Applications will not be reviewed until all support materials have been submitted
December 15, 2014 (classes start in February)
August 1, 2014 (classes start in September)
- Resume – Upload your current resume with most recent experience and education and include dates. You can upload your resume in the “Upload” tab.
- Supervisor Approval - Obtain approval from your supervisor to take an MIT class by email. Please upload your supervisor’s email in the “Upload” tab. Make sure the email from your supervisor includes their name, title, department, email, and MIT extension.
- One Letter of Recommendation - To use our recommendation request form in this application, you’ll need the email address of your recommender. 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.
- Statement of Objectives - Why would you like to attend ASP? Describe your background and work experience and how MIT classwork will advance your professional goals (250 words). You can copy and paste your statement of objectives from a Word document in the “Objectives” tab.
- Preliminary Class Selection - In the “Preliminary Classes Tab” list your top choice and include class number, class title, number of units of credit, as well as one additional choice.
Prior to listing the classes you’d like to take, look at the MIT Catalog. For an explanation of MIT’s class symbols visit here.
Some classes may require prerequisites or the instructor’s permission. Please make sure you have the needed prerequisites or have taken equivalent classes to fulfill the prerequisites. Wait to contact instructors until you’ve been accepted. If interested, ASP Fellows may take up to 50% of their classes from MIT Sloan, depending on availability.
How to calculate the number of units of credit for a class:
In the MIT Catalog, under the number and title of a class you’ll see “Units” with three numbers separated by dashes. Add these three numbers together and you have the number of units of credit for the class. The numbers indicate a subject's time distribution. The first is for recitation and lecture; the second number is hours of laboratory, design, or fieldwork; and third number is the number of hours of homework or preparation per week. Add the units together for the total credit for a class.
- Official Transcripts (in English)
Ask your college or university to send your original hard copy transcripts to the address below or have your university send them electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00 – payable to MIT Advanced Study Program. You can pay by check, money order, or credit card – directions are on the “Application Fee Payment” tab.
How will you pay for your education?
Tuition assistance for MIT Employees
As an MIT employee, you might be eligible to use MIT’s tuition assistance program to pay for one class each semester.
After you are accepted, go to the MIT HR website and request a tuition postponement. If you qualify, you will be granted a tuition deferment. You will need to obtain a grade of C- or higher in an undergraduate class, a B- or higher in a graduate class, or “P” if you take a Pass/Fail class (MIT calls this a P/D/F class).
Important: If you do not receive the needed grade, you will be responsible to pay for the class yourself. MIT will not pay for the class if you do not achieve the needed grade.