Eligibility Criteria

Are you interested in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Neuroscience, including Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience? If so, please apply directly to MSRP Biology/BCS.

MSRP General Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a minimum 3.5 overall or major GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a US institution of higher education located in the US or its territories excluding MIT
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior; must have 2 academic years of college coursework (not including college credit earned while in high school or its equivalent) and not graduating prior to December 2022
  • Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in one of MIT’s graduate programs, Sloan professional programs not included (MBA, EMBA, LGO, etc)
  • Have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in academic research and/or teaching
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen with DACA, or international student with appropriate visa and work authorizations

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must also identify as one or more of the following:

  • First-generation college student who will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.
  • Member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education at MIT (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
  • An undergraduate scholar currently participating in a fellowship or academic support program vetted by MIT (OGE will verify an applicant’s status while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. institution)
  • Having had experiences overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school. Examples include but are not limited to
    • Managing a disability
    • Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in their graduate field of study
    • Veteran status
    • Single parent
    • Holding DACA status
    • Financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances

The Office of Graduate Education GradDiversity staff strongly encourages students to expand their options by applying to multiple programs. The Pathways to Science database provides a list of over 1000 opportunities for US Citizens and non-US Citizens at every level of education (k-12, undergrad, grad, & faculty). 


Please review our FAQs page. For questions not answered on the website, please contact the MSRP staff via:

Telephone: (617) 324-8453
Email: msrp@mit.edu