Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 46-2005
Cambridge MA, 02139


Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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Application Opens:
September 1

December 1 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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
  • Computation
  • 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
  • Tuition
  • 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
  • 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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