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Credit

August 17, 2021

What is credit? Credit refers to your ability to borrow money to purchase goods and services. Financial institutions that grant credit, such as banks and credit card companies, use your past spending and payment history to determine your credit-worthiness as well as how much future credit to extend to you. How is credit measured and […]

Budgeting

August 17, 2021

What is a budget? Budgeting is the process of creating a spending plan to know where your money is going and whether you will have enough money for the things you need. A budget includes everything from daily necessities like housing and food to unexpected expenses. Budgeting also helps you forecast and save for future […]

Doctoral Long-Term Financial Hardship Funding

August 17, 2021

Doctoral students with long-term financial hardships may apply for additional support. Long-term hardship assistance is intended to be a resource for doctoral students who are experiencing recurring financial distress, including unexpected and unavoidable expenses, when they have exhausted all other resources. This includes hardships related to the Covid-19 pandemic. If MIT provides financial support, the award is […]

Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund

August 17, 2021

Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Hardship Funding is available to help graduate students to cover unforeseen, essential expenses. It is intended to be a resource for students experiencing one-time, unavoidable financial emergencies when they have exhausted all other resources. The Fund can help cover or subsidize expenses such as those related to emergency housing issues, travel […]

Transition Support Coordinators

August 17, 2021

Office of Graduate Education Suraiya Baluch, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Advisingbaluch@mit.edu | (617) 258-0304 1 – Civil and Environmental Engineering Sarah J Smithssmith1@mit.edu Kiley Clapper, Academic Administrator (on leave)kclapper@mit.edu | (617) 253-7119 2 – Mechanical Engineering Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou, Professorngh@mit.edu | (617) 452-2280 3 – Materials Science & Engineering Harry Tuller, Professor & Director of Crystal Physics & […]

Guaranteed Transitional Support

August 17, 2021

MIT continues to refine a transitional support program for graduate students at the Institute who wish to change research advisors or groups.  In implementing this program, one of the Institute’s goals is to ensure that there are options for students who are in research situations with unresolved conflict. These students can switch research advisors without […]

MIT Grant for Graduate Students with Children (GGSC)

August 17, 2021

The MIT Grant for Graduate Students with Children (GGSC) is a need-blind grant available to all full-time PhD students. Master’s students who are eligible for summer tuition subsidy are also eligible for the grant. In order to qualify for the grant, the student’s child must reside with them at least half-time throughout the year. Eligibility […]

Financial assistance and grants

August 17, 2021

We know that financial stress can affect individual well-being and academic success. MIT can provide some assistance to graduate students experiencing financial hardships arising from a variety of circumstances. The following financial assistance and grants are not loans, and do not need to be repaid. Funds disbursed are tax-reportable income and may reduce eligibility for […]

Academic integrity

August 11, 2021

MIT’s collected policies about ethical and responsible research are presented in a clear and well-structured website around Responsible and Ethical Conduct at MIT. This site offers resources for anyone with a policy question. It also offers specific policies on personal conduct; harassment; retaliation; and responsibilities of advisors. Tools for successful research at MIT MIT graduate students […]

Conflict of interest

August 11, 2021

Although there is no policy against working outside of MIT while a registered student, there can be issues of conflict of interest. “Conflict of interest” is a situation in which the concerns or aims of two different parties are incompatible. Conflict of interest may take several different forms; the conflict may show up in the […]

Petitions

August 11, 2021

A petition is a request to make changes to your academic record that are either non-standard actions or are outside of stated deadlines.  Graduate student petitions are evaluated and approved by the graduate administrator or graduate officer in the student’s home department, the instructor of a subject (if appropriate for the particular request), and the OGE. The Office of […]

Graduate Administrators (Grad Admins)

August 11, 2021

In departments and degree-granting programs, the graduate administrator (or “grad admin”) serves as the key representative responsible for a broad array of services and resources for graduate students. Responsibilities generally include the following areas: Please do not hesitate to contact individuals at the addresses provided, or either of the facilitators of the Graduate Administrators Roundtable, […]

Graduate Officers

August 11, 2021

The graduate officer is the faculty member or senior academic staff member who oversees graduate affairs on behalf of a department or degree-granting program. Graduate officers advocate for graduate students, provide guidance, manage conflicts, enforce departmental policies, develop strategic programming and curricula, and approve final degree lists. Most importantly, graduate officers work to ensure that a graduate […]

Committee on Graduate Programs

August 11, 2021

Committee description and charge The Committee on Graduate Programs shall consist of six elected faculty members, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, two graduate student members, and the following ex officiis voting members and/or their designee(s): the Vice Chancellor, the Vice President for Research, and the Registrar. The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint the Chair of the Committee […]

Departmental committees

August 11, 2021

Each department exercises a large measure of autonomy for its graduate program under policies established for the Institute as a whole. Under the general responsibility of the department head, each department has a departmental graduate committee, including one or more graduate registration officers, to administer departmental graduate procedures. A departmental graduate committee acts with power […]

Loans

August 11, 2021

While most forms of financial support for graduate students are granted by the academic departments, graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply through Student Financial Services (SFS) for federal and private student loans and/or student employment under the Federal Work-Study Program. International graduate students may only apply for private student loans. […]

Veteran benefits

August 11, 2021

More information on specific veterans’ benefits can be found from Student Financial Services. MIT administers veteran benefits, including Chapter 33 or Post 9/11 VA benefits, much like other external funding sources such as fellowships or scholarships, and thus, the same policies apply. Funding received from these benefits may affect your financial aid by first reducing the amount of […]

International students

August 11, 2021

Employment regulations for international students are more strict than regulations for domestic students, due to US immigration laws. F-1 and J-1 international students are allowed by immigration regulations to work on campus, but they need to fulfill three conditions: International students who hold full time research or teaching assistantships (equal to 20 hours per week) […]

Employment and professional activities

August 11, 2021

See Finding employment for information about on- and off-campus jobs and internships.  Research and teaching assistantships and Instructor-G appointments A 100% research assistantship requires an average of 20 hours of employment service per week over the appointment period. MIT recognizes that graduate students typically spend significant additional time conducting research in support of their academic […]

Graduate resident advisors

August 11, 2021

Graduate students who have completed at least one graduate year at MIT or new students who were MIT undergraduates may apply to Residential Life Programs for positions as Graduate Resident Advisors (GRAs). The compensation for a GRA position includes free use of a room or apartment in the assigned residence during the appointment plus a monthly […]

Registration units

August 11, 2021

Maximum units for Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants A department or program may set a maximum number of units for which its student employees may register each term. As an exception, research and teaching assistants may register for one language subject, or in other subjects as listeners, without the units being counted against the maximum.

Tuition and salary payments

August 11, 2021

Most research and teaching assistants receive a salary as well as full or prorated tuition remission, as appropriate. The compensation for research and teaching assistants is adjusted to make the appointments equally attractive, taking into account the availability of tuition support, the opportunities for thesis research, and other benefits connected with each. Salary levels are […]

RA/TA/IG terms of appointment

August 11, 2021

Students who wish to be considered for RA, TA, or IG appointments should contact their departments. The information below is intended as a summary of certain provisions of the MIT-GSU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In all cases, the CBA shall govern. Duties RA, TA, and IG duties are set out in Article 19 of the […]

Research assistants (RAs)

August 11, 2021

Each year a large percentage of graduate students at MIT hold appointments as research assistants (RAs). Research assistants are student-employees whose employment terms are detailed primarily by the MIT and MIT GSU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). A research assistant is a member of a research group in a laboratory or on a project, whose principal […]

Teaching assistants (TAs) and Instructors-G (IG)

August 11, 2021

The principal duties of a teaching assistant include, but are not limited to, assisting an instructor in classroom and laboratory teaching, preparing apparatus or material for demonstration, conducting tutorials and discussion sessions, holding office hours, counseling students, proctoring exams, maintaining course websites and monitoring discussion boards, and grading homework, quizzes, and exams.  MIT appoints a […]

I-9 obligations

August 11, 2021

Who needs to complete an I-9 Federal law requires MIT to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all graduate students, including U.S. citizens, who are paid compensation for services. This includes graduate students holding a research or teaching assistant appointment. When to complete an I-9 You may complete the Form I-9 as soon as […]

RA/TA/IG appointments

August 11, 2021

Collective Bargaining Agreement updates Information on graduate student appointment policies related to the MIT and MIT-GSU collective bargaining agreement Research Assistants Role and compensation for graduate students in research positions Teaching Assistants and Instructors-G Role and compensation for graduate students in teaching positions I-9 Obligations Information and requirements regarding the Form I-9 RA/TA/IG Terms of […]

MEng considerations

August 11, 2021

It is important to note that in the course of completing a Master of Engineering degree, the status of the individual student will change from undergraduate to graduate. Once a student is classified as a graduate student by the Institute, their eligibility for certain financial aid programs will also change. The following conditions apply to […]

Accepting

August 11, 2021

MIT is a signatory, with most other graduate schools in the United States, to the following Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Graduate Assistants: “Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement […]

Applying

August 11, 2021

Applicants to MIT graduate programs who seek financial support from any of the fellowships, traineeships, or scholarships administered by MIT, including those granted by national agencies and foundations, should check the appropriate items on the online Graduate Application, and contact the graduate administrator of the department to which they are applying to explore financial aid opportunities. Additionally, […]

Awards

August 11, 2021

A fellowship or traineeship is an award to a graduate student that covers tuition partially, or fully, and also provides a stipend to help defray living expenses. A scholarship is an award that provides partial or full tuition. Most awards are made on the basis of merit, but in some circumstances can be based on […]

Diploma format

August 11, 2021

Master of Science: The diploma for a degree with specification reads as in the following example: “Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon the recommendation of the faculty hereby confers on (name) the degree of Master of Science in (department name) in recognition of proficiency in the general and the special studies and exercises prescribed by said Institute […]

Award of degrees

August 11, 2021

The application form for award of an advanced degree is available online through WebSIS. Students must submit this form to have their names placed on the degree list. Deadline dates for submitting advanced degree applications are listed on the Institute’s calendar, and processing fees will be charged for applications received after these dates. No later than […]

Degrees offered

August 11, 2021

Graduate degrees are awarded through each of MIT’s five Schools and through interdisciplinary programs. School of Architecture and Planning School of Engineering School of Science School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Sloan School of Management Interdisciplinary graduate programs

Joint theses

August 11, 2021

Each thesis should contain the original contributions of a single student. In certain circumstances, collaborative research leading to a joint thesis may be advantageous in a master’s degree program. Students who wish to embark on a joint master’s thesis project should consult first with their individual advisors, and also with the graduate officer or the chair of […]

Thesis research in absentia

August 11, 2021

Thesis research is ordinarily done in residence at the Institute. However, on some occasions and in some fields, work such as the gathering of data away from the Institute may be essential or desirable. While nonresident thesis research status applies only to doctoral candidates, thesis research in absentia may pursued by either master or doctoral candidates. Students […]