Graduate Policies & Procedures

Nonresident status

There are two special conditions under which thesis research may be carried out while not in formal residence at the Institute: Thesis Research in Absentia and Nonresident Doctoral Thesis Research Status.

Thesis research in absentia is applicable to both Master and Doctoral candidates and intended primarily for students who are on location away from MIT but who in every other respect maintain full access to and contact with the academic life of the Institute. Nonresident doctoral thesis research status is available only to doctoral students who have completed all requirements other than the thesis.

International students will also need to report any change of address or departure from the U.S.