Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 54-912




Application Opens: 

September 1


December 1



Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September) - Deadline Dec 1st


Master of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences (SM)
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science (SM)
Master of Science in Climate Physics and Chemistry (SM)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Science (ScD)

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test not required for the 2022 cycle

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: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 61 or 71

Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Atmospheric Science
Climate Science
Planetary Sciences

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores

Special Instructions: 

Deadline for September admission is December 1st.

Applicants are required to complete the “Subjects Taken” form. Include all science and mathematics courses, and group the courses by area (i.e. all physics courses together, all chemistry courses together, etc.). Mathematics is considered an important part of our program. Please list the group with your mathematics courses first. In some instances, there will be other courses beyond the sciences that are relevant to your application. If that is the case, please include those courses, listing them at the end.

Do not try to convert your university grading scale or GPA to MIT’s scale. Enter the grades/GPA as granted by your school.

An original copy of your transcript from each college or university, translated into English, should be uploaded as an attachment in PDF format to your application. No other attachments will be accepted. Hard copies sent via post by an applicant will not be accepted. Only those applicants who are accepted for admission will be required to submit a hard copy of their transcripts. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer.