Petitions

A petition is a request to make changes to your academic record that are either non-standard actions or are outside of stated deadlines.  Graduate student petitions are evaluated and approved by the graduate administrator or graduate officer in the student’s home department, the instructor of a subject (if appropriate for the particular request), and the OGE.

A processing fee of $50 will be charged to your student account for each petition approved.  The exception is a $100 fee for an approved petition to initiate registration after the fifth week of term.

Submit an online Add/Drop/Change petition to make a late Add, Drop, or Change of Grading Status in their academic record after a deadline has passed. To learn more about the online Graduate Late Drop/Add/Change of Grading Status petition, watch the video at the bottom of this page, or see the following resources in the Help section of the graduate online petition application:

Submit a General Petition Form to oge-petitions@mit.edu to:

  • Choose a thesis field not currently on the list of departmental thesis fields
  • Apply for a waiver of summer tuition for a subject linked to an unpaid internship
  • Request approval for retroactive actions in unusual circumstances

Submit a special petition to oge-petitions@mit.edu to change your student status:

Request delayed thesis publication (a “thesis hold”).

The Office of Graduate Education acts with power on behalf of the Committee on Graduate Programs with regard to all petition requests.