Special Instructions for applying to the MIT Microbiology Graduate Program
Applications are submitted online at : https://gradapply.mit.edu/microbiology/

Application System Opens: October 1st
Application Deadline: December 1st

All completed applications will be reviewed
and invitations to interview will be sent mid-January.
Interviews are required to be considered for admission to the program.
Interviews will be held on the Open House dates below.

2023 Open House  Interview Day Dates:
Micro Open House I: February 2023 
Micro Open House II: February 2023  

MIT Microbiology Graduate Admissions Statement

March 26, 2020

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MITís admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing studentsí transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a studentís record. Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another. Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed microbiology@mit.edu .

Please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores to:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office of Graduate Admissions Room 3-103
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please arrange to take the IELTS/TOEFL exam with sufficient time to include your exam score by the application deadline.

International students should not complete the ethnicity section. Only U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are requested to complete this section.

“Is the MIT Microbiology Graduate Program the right program for me?”
This is a question we often hear, especially if applicants are considering or applying to other departments within MIT.  As you can see from our website, we have over 60 faculty from over 10 different departments participating in the Microbiology Graduate Program.

One way to help you decide where best to apply is for you to determine whether all, or almost all, of the faculty in whose research you are interested are in one department.  If that is the case, applying to that individual department would be more appropriate.  If you are equally interested in faculty and labs from different departments, then a program like MIT Microbiology can provide you the flexibility to bridge different departments and disciplines, both in your coursework and your research. 

You may also want to consider whether a smaller program is the right environment for you.  Some large departments may admit 50 or more students each year.  MIT Microbiology is intended to be a smaller program, admitting a class of less than 10 students each year.

You can still apply to more than one program / department if you determine that a few of the scenarios described above could work equally well for you.

We hope this was helpful to you as you decide on a graduate program that is a good fit for you and can best help you accomplish your goals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Administrator Jacquie Carota, at microbiology [at] mit.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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