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Application Opens: 

October 1


December 1



Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test optional, subject test optional
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 0212

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

TOEFL exam scores are not accepted.
Waivers are not offered.

Areas of Research: 

Biochemical, Chemical, and Structural Microbiology
Bioenergy and Metabolic Diversity
Bioinformatics and Computational Microbiology
Ecology and Environmental/Geomicrobiology
Genetics and Physiology
Genomics and Systems Microbiology
Immunology and Host-Microbe Interactions
Metabolic Engineering and Biotechnology
Microbial Oceanography
Molecular and Cellular Microbiology
Virology and Phage Biology

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores
GRE scores (optional)

Special Instructions: 

The Subjects Taken section of the online is optional only if you have attached a pdf of your transcript. Attaching your transcript is strongly preferred for the completion of your application. If no transcript has been attached, this page must be filled in to complete your application and you must follow up with an official transcript sent to the address indicated on the Overview/Help page. Please complete the subjects taken in the following order: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Engineering/Other Sciences. 

Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. The scanned and attached copies of your transcript(s), GRE and IELTS/IELTS scores are considered unofficial, but are sufficient for review purposes.