MIT Graduate Admissions is a decentralized network of departments that extends across all five academic schools and includes 46 departmental programs. Each of these programs has an online application with a specific set of requirements and deadlines.
Special Notice of March 26, 2020
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT's admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students' transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.
In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student's record.
Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.
Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed to the academic department or program to which the prospective student has applied.
The MIT application process is dominated by two application platforms. The MIT Sloan School of Management has one unified online portal that services both master- and doctoral-level management programs. Other programs at MIT—including all departments in the sciences, engineering, humanities, architecture, and urban studies and planning —utilize an online application system referred to as “GradApply.”
The GradApply online application system is unlike any other graduate application system, largely because we built it. In the spirit of true MIT innovation, we developed our own online application system to meet the demands of all our graduate programs. By creating our own application system, we efficiently streamlined the application process in the hope of providing prospective students with the best possible experience.
No two departments at MIT are exactly alike; as such, there is no single application deadline or review period that fits all departments. However, there are general timeframes that most departments follow, with the exception of fields related to business and management.
- September – Online applications become available
- December/January – Deadlines to submit application approach
- January/February/March – Departments review applications, conduct interviews as needed, and make application decisions
- April 15 – Reply deadline utilized by all departments that offer financial support in coordination with the Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution