FAQs

We have put together some commonly asked questions by prospective applicants. Please contact SPURS at spurs-program@mit.edu if you have additional questions.

Q | What is the deadline for applying?
A | Completed applications must be received no later than January 3 for admission the following September. Late applications may be considered for the non-degree program depending upon the availability of space.

Q | Where should I send my application?
A | Applications must be sent to: Massachusetts Institute of Technology SPURS Program, Rm. 9-435 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-430007

Q | Are there different procedures & deadlines for the
degree or non-degree programs?
A | Yes. Graduate degree applications may be completed online. The non-degree applications may be completed online or downloaded from the web

Q | I can't send all my letters of recommendation and transcripts
with the application packet. What should I do?
A | We strongly advise that you send in your application as complete as possible. However if you cannot send your application package in full, then you should send all loose correspondence (letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the evaluator) to the following address:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SPURS Program, Rm. 9-435
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-430007

Q | Do I need to take the GRE exam?
Is there a cut-off point for the scores?
A | The verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections in the GRE are required of applicants to the graduate program. There is no determined cut-off point for the scores; admissions are made with consideration of many factors, one of which is the scores. GRE score for the non-degree option applicants is not required.

Q | Do I need to take the TOEFL exam? Can the TOEFL exam be waived in
certain cases for international students?
A | All applicants whose first language is not English, including those currently enrolled in US institutions, must present evidence of their ability to carry on their studies in English by taking the TOEFL exam. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 or 250 computer based is required by SPURS.

Q | What codes do I use when reporting my GRE and TOEFL scores?
A | The codes you should use when reporting your GRE scores to SPURS, DUSP are as follows: 2205 (DUSP), 3514 (MIT). When reporting TOEFL exam scores, applicants should use the Institution Code of 3514 (MIT) and a Departmental Code of 97.

Q | When do I hear regarding the status of my application?
Will I be informed if my application is incomplete or incorrect?
A | Upon receipt of your application, SPURS will send out a letter to inform you of the status. Do not assume your application is complete until you receive a confirmation letter.

Q | When will I be notified of my possible admission?
A | Admission decision letters will be sent starting March 30. Late applicants will be notified accordingly.

Q | May I defer admissions?
A | No, SPURS do not defer admission.

Q | Does SPURS provide financial assistance?
A | No. SPURS does not provide any form of financial assistance. Fellows provide their own funding from their own government or funding agencies.

Q | Will MIT issue me a visa?
A | Upon admission to the SPURS Program and after satisfactory proof of your financial support, MIT will only give you the visa eligibility documents (e.g. an IAP-66 or DS 2019 for a J visa). Once you have obtained these, you need to apply for a visa stamp at an American consulate outside of the U.S. The processing time, the necessary papers, and fees vary from consulate to consulate, so check the embassy website of the U.S. Department of State for the rules.

Q | Can I apply to the SPURS Program if I have just completed
my bachelor's degree?
A | SPURS is for mid-career professionals with 5 or more years of experience.

Q | I cannot be away in my job for a year. Can I be admitted
for one term only?
A | No, SPURS requires full academic year participation.

“SPURS ENGAGES FELLOWS IN INTELLECTUAL DIALOGUES AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION: TOOLS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO OUR DEVELOPING SOCIETIES.”

NADYA ARAUJO GUIMARAES
BRAZIL 1993-1994
PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAOLO
SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT