Media Arts and Sciences

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E15-435D




Application Opens: 

September 15


December 1



Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)


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

TOEFL exam scores are not accepted.
Waiver of IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Object-Based Media
Synthetic Neurobiology
Personal Robots
Sculpting Evolution
Center for Bits and Atoms
Macro Connections
Tangible Media
Molecular Machines
Changing Places
Viral Communications
The Opera of the Future
Fluid Interfaces
Mediated Matter
Responsive Environments
Affective Computing
Scalable Cooperation
Lifelong Kindergarten
Social Machines
Living Mobile
Design Fiction

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
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.