Doctoral Degrees

A doctoral degree requires the satisfactory completion of an approved program of advanced study and original research of high quality.

The PhD and ScD degrees are awarded interchangeably by all departments in the School of Engineering and the School of Science except in the fields of biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, medical engineering, and medical physics.

Some departments require a doctoral candidate to take a “minor” program outside of the principal field.

Applicants interested in graduate education should apply to the department or graduate program conducting research in the area of interest. Applicants interested in research being conducted by faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science should apply online.

Below is a list of programs and departments that offer doctoral-level degrees.

ProgramApplication Deadline
Aeronautics and AstronauticsDecember 15
ArchitectureDecember 15
Biological EngineeringDecember 15
BiologyDecember 1
Brain and Cognitive SciencesDecember 1
Chemical EngineeringDecember 1
ChemistryDecember 1
Civil and Environmental EngineeringDecember 1
Computational and Systems BiologyDecember 1
Computational Science and Engineering PhDDecember 15
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary SciencesDecember 1
EconomicsDecember 15
Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceDecember 15
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and TechnologyDecember 15
History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and SocietyDecember 15
Institute for Data, Systems, and SocietyDecember 15
Linguistics and PhilosophyDecember 15, January 2
Materials Science and EngineeringDecember 1
MathematicsDecember 15
Mechanical EngineeringDecember 15
Media Arts and SciencesDecember 1
MicrobiologyDecember 1
MIT Sloan PhD ProgramDecember 15
MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography /
Applied Ocean Science and Engineering
December 15, October 1
Nuclear Science and EngineeringDecember 15
Operations Research CenterDecember 15
PhysicsDecember 15
Political ScienceDecember 15
Program in Polymers and Soft MatterDecember 15
TransportationJanuary 4
Urban Studies and PlanningJanuary 3