NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT


GRADUATE : Admissions

Applications open on September 15 and close on December 15. You can apply through the MIT applications website..

Application assistance is available through the student-run NSE GAAP program.

Special consideration for students whose educational opportunities were impacted by the pandemic are detailed below.

Changes for the 2022–2023 graduate application cycle

  • The GRE General exam is optional.

Applications for graduate studies in the Department are accepted only through the online system.

Application components include:

  • a statement of objectives
    your research goals and description of experiences describing why you are a good candidate for admission
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    you are responsible for notifying and reminding your recommenders about the December 15 deadline. Letters of recommendation are due at the same time as the rest of the application. You may not submit more than 3 letters of recommendation.
  • education history, resume/CV and other relevant experiences
    final, official transcripts are required for all admitted students who choose to enroll in our program. Failing to complete an in-progress degree or uploading a transcript that has been tampered with will result in the admission offer being rescinded.
  • test scores
    the GRE is optional;
    TOEFL, IELTS or the Cambridge English exam – required for all applicants whose entire education (primary – university) was not conducted in English. Self-reported scores are sufficient for the application; official scores sent directly to MIT by the testing agency are required for enrolling students; no expired scores. See the English language Waivers section for more information about waivers.

English Language Exam Waivers

Waivers will be considered for students meeting all of the following criteria:

  1. you have (or will complete) at least 4 years of study at a US educational institution;
  2. a letter must be provided from the US University or English language school verifying your fluency in English and include all assessments used (can include prior English language test scores, grades in courses teaching English language skills, the letter writer’s experience in regularly working with the student, etc). The letter/documentation provided by your US university must be sufficient for the English language visa requirement.

Other useful information:

Contact Information

Admissions Coordinator: Brandy Baker, brandyb@mit.edu.

Special Notice Regarding COVID-19 Disruptions

Please review the MIT Covid-19 statement and how MIT is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic at https://now.mit.edu.

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT's 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 students' 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 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 student's 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 to the Admissions Coordinator, Brandy Baker, brandyb@mit.edu.