Media Arts and Sciences

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E15-435D
Cambridge
MA
02139

Phone: 

617-253-5114

Email: 

Application Opens: 

September 15

Deadline: 

December 1

Fee: 

$75.00

Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)

Degrees: 

Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences (SM)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Not required

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: 94 (iBT)
  • Institute code: 3514

Waiver of IELTS or TOEFL may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Affective Computing
Camera Culture
Center for Bits and Atoms
City Science
Conformable Decoders
Future Sketches
Lifelong Kindergarten
Molecular Machines
Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek
Opera of the Future
Personal Robots
Poetic Justice
Responsive Environments
Signal Kinetics
Social Machines
Synthetic Neurobiology
Tangible Media
Viral Communications

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
Transcripts
English proficiency exam scores
CV or Resume
Electronic portfolio

Special Instructions: 

*The PhD degree is available to MIT Media Arts and Sciences master's students only.

IELTS can be waived by the department under certain circumstances (1) if you have received instruction in English in primary and secondary school or (2) if you have been in the US for three years and will have received a degree from an American institution before entering MIT. Requests should be made in writing well in advance of the application deadline. 


Applicants must specify three faculty with whom they are applying to work. Portfolios (containing publications, theses, awards, designs and other work) must be submitted in online application. All supplemental materials should be submitted using the online application system. Paper documents are not accepted.