A doctoral degree requires the satisfactory completion of an approved program of advanced study and original research of high quality. The PhD and ScD degrees are awarded interchangeably by all departments in the School of Engineering and the School of Science except in the fields of biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, medical engineering, and medical physics.
Some departments require a doctoral candidate to take a “minor” program outside of the principal field.
Note: The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing is under development and slated to open in September 2019. No changes to the department or laboratory structure at MIT have been initiated for the current 2019 graduate admission season. Applicants interested in graduate education should apply to the department or graduate program conducting research in the area of interest. Applicants interested in research being conducted by faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science should apply online.
Below is a list of programs and departments that offer doctoral-level degrees.