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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Molecular Biology*

*The MEng Degree Program in Computer Science and Molecular Biology is available to MIT undergraduates only.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 6.5
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 35

Cambridge English Qualification (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

  • Minimum score required: 185
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Waivers may be available. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
  • Biological Oceanography (WHOI)
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution (WHOI)
  • Genetics
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Marine Biology (WHOI)
  • Marine Toxicology (WHOI)
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (WHOI)
  • Molecular Ecology (WHOI)
  • Molecular Medicine and Human Diseases
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology and Biophysics

All doctoral graduate students receive:

We encourage applicants and current students to apply for independent funding from outside organizations. Please see the Biology website for a list of outside fellowships for U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and international students.

  • Online application
  • Statement of objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency exam scores

Applicants should not send published papers, theses, writing samples or other supplemental material with their application.

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