Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Fall Term (September)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Minimum score required: 7
- Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Minimum score required: 90 (iBT) 577 (PBT)
- Institute code: 3514
- Department code: 58
Waivers of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Cognitive Science
- Systems Neuroscience
The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences aims to support all graduate students for their entire time of study at MIT, regardless of citizenship. Funding packages provide:
- 12-month stipend
- Individual health insurance (via MIT SHIP)
BCS typically provides a stipend at or above the MIT recommended rate.
The Department expects faculty labs to individually support students beyond year three, with funded research assistant appointments.
If you have applied for a fellowship from non-MIT sources, please contact the Academic Office. If you receive a competitive fellowship award (e.g. NRSA, NSF, NDSEG) which contributes 50% or more to the total cost of stipend, tuition and insurance, you will receive an additional $1,000 stipend supplement for each year you are actively supported by the fellowship.
- Online application
- Statement of objectives
- Three letters of recommendation
- English proficiency exam scores
Applicants should not send published papers, theses, writing samples or other supplemental material with their application.