Fields of Study

Most universities have defined “graduate schools” or “graduate colleges”; however, MIT is different in that all of our schools offer graduate programs.

There are five schools and one college at MIT: Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Management; Science; and the Schwarzman College of Computing. Each of these five schools oversees several departments and programs. The School itself is not responsible for the admission of students; instead each department or program manages its own admissions process.

Below is a list of programs and departments organized by field of study.

ProgramApplication OpensApplication Deadline
Architecture & Planning 
ArchitectureSeptember 15January 7
Center for Real EstateSeptember 1January 15
Media Arts and SciencesSeptember 15December 15
Urban Studies and PlanningSeptember 5December 15
Aeronautics and AstronauticsSeptember 1December 15
Biological EngineeringSeptember 15December 15
Chemical EngineeringSeptember 5November 13
Civil and Environmental EngineeringSeptember 15December 1
Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceSeptember 16December 15
Health Sciences and Technology (Joint Harvard-MIT Program)August 1December 1
Institute for Data, Systems, and SocietySeptember 15December 15
Materials Science and EngineeringSeptember 15December 1
Mechanical EngineeringSeptember 15December 15
Nuclear Science and EngineeringSeptember 15December 15
Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences 
Comparative Media Studies
Data, Economics, and Development PolicyDecember 2January 13
EconomicsSeptember 15December 15
History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and SocietySeptember 15December 10
LinguisticsSeptember 15December 15
PhilosophySeptember 15January 2
Political ScienceOctober 9December 15
Science WritingSeptember 1January 15
MIT Sloan Executive MBA ProgramSummerRound 1: January 3
Round 2: March 14
MIT Sloan Fellows MBA ProgramSummerRound 1: October 3
Round 2: January 25
MIT Sloan Master of Business AnalyticsSummerJanuary 4 at 3:00 PM EST
MIT Sloan Master of FinanceSummerJanuary 4 at 3:00 PM EST
MIT Sloan Master of Science in Management StudiesNovember 1February 15
MIT Sloan MBA ProgramSummerRound 1: September 27
Round 2: January 17
Round 3: April 8
MIT Sloan PhD ProgramSeptemberDecember 1
BiologyOctober 1December 1
Brain and Cognitive SciencesSeptember 1December 1
ChemistrySeptember 15December 1
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary SciencesSeptember 1December 1
MathematicsSeptember 14December 15 
PhysicsSeptember 15December 15
Computational and Systems BiologyOctober 1December 1
Computational Science and Engineering PhDSeptember 15December 1
Computational Science and Engineering SM
Integrated Design and Management
Leaders for Global OperationsSummer/FallNovember 8
MicrobiologyOctober 1December 1
MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography / Applied Ocean Science and EngineeringMaster’s: July 1
PhD: October 1
Master’s: October 1
PhD: December 15
Operations Research CenterSeptember 15December 15
Program in Polymers and Soft MatterSee home departmentSee home department
Supply Chain Management BlendedSeptember 1Round 1: December 19
Round 2: June 18
Supply Chain Management ResidentialSeptember 1Round 1: November 1
Round 2: January 31
Round 3: March 30
System Design and ManagementSummerRound 1: December 15
Round 2: March 3
Technology and Policy ProgramSeptember 15December 15
TransportationOctober 1January 15