Advanced Study Program
Thank you for your interest in MITís 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: If this is the first time you are applying to the Advanced Study Program please click here.
Continuing or Returning Advanced Study Program Fellows 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 and Test Scores
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 company or organization that will be paying for your education 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
November 1, 2014
June 1, 2015
June 1, 2015
Note: Spring semesters start in February and fall semesters 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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- Copy of Permanent Resident card (for non-U.S. citizens, if applicable) –please upload a copy in the “Personal Information” tab.
- Copy of Official Score Report from TOEFL, TOEICS, or IELTS (international students and permanent residents only) - If you’re a non-native English speaker or your high school or college instruction was not in English, you must demonstrate proficiency through one of these tests taken within the last two years. Strong candidates will score:
- 100 or better on the iBT (internet-based TOEFL)
- 233 or better on the CBT (computer-based TOEFL)
- 7.5 or better on the IELTS (International English Language Test)
Please upload a copy of your original test scores in the “Personal Information” tab.
International applicants who require a U.S. student visa:
- International students need to register for 36 units of credit to qualify for either an F-1 or J-1 visa depending on funding. You will need to provide evidence of your ability to pay for tuition and accommodations – see Tuition & Fees for details.
Funding criteria for visa qualification:
• F-1 You may be (but are not required to be) funded entirely on personal/family funds.
• J-1 The majority of your funding MUST come from non-personal, non-family funds.
• ASP Fellows are considered “Special Non-degree” students
• Read the directions on the International Students Office (ISO) website under
For "Special" or "Exchange" Students
- After you have been accepted, international students should apply for a student visa at least three months before the semester starts to allow time for processing.- Applicants currently in the U.S. on a work visa are limited to one class per semester. If accepted into the Advanced Study Program, individuals must show their visa credentials to the MIT International Student Office.
When all your supporting materials have been received, you should receive a response from the Admissions Committee within two weeks. If you are accepted into the program, tuition is due upon receipt of your invoice.
If you are accepted into the program, Massachusetts state law requires students carrying 27 or more units or on a F-1 or J-1 visa (regardless of the number of units) to have health insurance.
Students who have other insurance that meets Massachusetts requirements can ask to waive mandatory enrollment in the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan. For further information, visit the Student Health Plan website or contact the Student Health Plan office at 617-253-4371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Study Program students are also called Special Students at MIT. All Special Students must show evidence of required inoculations and submit a Medical Report Form to the MIT Medical Department. The Medical Report Form must be submitted to the MIT Medical Department prior to Registration Day. For further information or questions on the Medical Report Form, contact email@example.com.
If you have an application in progress (begun, but not submitted) for the semester listed above, please login here. Remember to use the same email address you used to create your account. You may wish to bookmark this page. If you’d like to apply for a different semester, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.