Applications

MIT Graduate Admissions is a decentralized network of departments that extends across all five academic schools and includes 46 departmental programs.

Each of these programs has an online application with a specific set of requirements and deadlines. 

Answers to most common questions can be found online in the Frequently Asked Questions section. Specific questions related to department requirements, the review process, or test score requirements should be sent to the program to which you are applying. Any general questions not addressed on our website can be sent to gradadmissions@mit.edu.


Beginning the application process

To begin, select one of the 46 departmental programs, and click the link to “Apply Here.” Applicants must follow the application instructions provided by the department to which they are applying and send transcripts to the correct location, if required.

The MIT application process is dominated by two application platforms. The MIT Sloan School of Management and the Mechanical Engineering department each have their own unified online portal that services their master- and doctoral-level management programs. This online portal is known as “Slate.” Other programs at MIT—including all departments in the sciences, engineering, humanities, architecture, and urban studies and planning—utilize an online application system referred to as “GradApply.”

Requesting TOEFL/IELTS waiver

TOEFL and IELTS requirements vary by department. Each department will list English language requirements and waiver opportunities on their admissions website or directly in the online application. Waiver requests should not be sent to the admissions email address.

Timeline

No two departments at MIT are exactly alike; as such, there is no single application deadline or review period that fits all departments. However, there are general timeframes that most departments follow, with the exception of fields related to business and management. 

  • September – Online applications become available
  • December/January – Deadlines to submit application approach
  • January/February/March – Departments review applications, conduct interviews as needed, and make application decisions
  • April 15 – Reply deadline utilized by all departments that offer financial support in coordination with the Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution

Visiting MIT

If you are interested in visiting MIT, the Institute Events office has created useful information to help you plan your visit. Please note, there is no general graduate admissions tour or sessions. Graduate applicants interested in arranging a visit should contact the department or program of interest directly to see if arrangements can be made.

Useful links 

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