Graduate Policies & Procedures

Regular student

A regular graduate student is an individual who has received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and who has been admitted to and is registered for a program of advanced study and research leading to any of the postbaccalaureate degrees offered by MIT. Students may also be registered in MIT programs of study leading to simultaneous award of both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree.

Applicants for graduate admission must apply online through MIT’s online application provider, CollegeNet (the preferred method). See the Admissions website for a downloadable version of the MIT Application for Graduate Admission in PDF format as well as for unique instructions for applicants to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Department of Mathematics; the program in Computation for Design and Optimization; and the Sloan School of Management.

An application fee must accompany the application form. Payment must be by check or money order, payable to the MIT Admissions Office, through a US bank. The fee is not required of a student who applies for readmission as a candidate for the same or a higher graduate degree in the same department within one academic year. A fee is not required of a currently registered graduate student who applies to another department. Applications for readmission after an absence of more than five years must be approved by the Dean for Graduate Education.

Inquiries concerning specific requirements for admission should be addressed to the chair of the appropriate departmental graduate committee.