Massachuetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts known traditionally for research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well. It is on the fifth in world ranking of Universities. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States,the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction.
MIT’s early emphasis on applied technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close cooperation with industry. Curricular reforms under Karl Compton and Vannevar Bush in the 1930s emphasized basic science. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934. Researchers worked on computers, radar, and inertial guidance during World War II and the Cold War. Post-war defense research contributed to the rapid expansion of the faculty and campus under James Killian.
The current 168-acre (68.0 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile (1.6 km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin. Today, the Institute comprises various academic departments with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. It has five schools and one college, which contain a total of 32 departments. Eighty-one Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 45 Rhodes Scholars, and 38 MacArthur Fellows have been affiliated with the university. It is one of the most selective higher learning institutions, and received 18,357 undergraduate applicants for the class of 2018—only admitting 1,419, an acceptance rate of 7.73%.
The MIT School of Engineering is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Generally considered having one of the best engineering programs in the world,the school has eight academic departments and one interdisciplinary division and grants S.B., M.Eng, S.M., an engineer’s degree, and Ph.D. or Sc.D degrees. The current Dean of Engineering is Professor Ian Waitz.
The school is the largest at MIT as measured by undergraduate and graduate enrollments and faculty members.
1 Aeronautics and Astronautics
2 Biological Engineering
3 Center for Transportation & Logistics
4 Chemical Engineering
5 Civil and Environmental Engineering
6 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
7 Engineering Systems Division
8 Materials Science and Engineering
9 Mechanical Engineering
10 Nuclear Science and Engineering
11 Affiliated laboratories and centers
11.1 Center for Ocean Engineering
11.2 Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development
11.3 Computation for Design and Optimization
11.4 Computational and Systems Biology
11.5 Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
11.6 Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
11.7 iCampus 11.8 Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
11.9 Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems
11.10 Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
11.11 Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
11.12 Leaders For Global Operations
11.13 The Lemelson-MIT Program
11.14 Materials Processing Center
11.15 Microsystems Technology Laboratories
11.16 Program in Polymer Science and Technology
11.17 Singapore-MIT Alliance
11.18 System Design and Management
11.19 Technology and Policy Program
General Requirements for Admission
At MIT, a regular graduate student is one who is registered for a program of advanced study and research leading to a post-baccalaureate degree. A regular graduate student may concurrently hold an appointment as a research assistant, teaching assistant, or instructor.
To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degrees are awarded before they enroll at MIT.
Applicants are evaluated by the individual department in which they intend to register on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with their capabilities, and any other pertinent data they submit. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, MIT expects such achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional promise.
Specific admission requirements vary by department; please consult the catalogue and department or program website for the requirements of individual departments. In general, most departments require significant work in mathematics and the physical sciences in addition to preparation in a specific field of interest, but some admit students with as little as one year each of college-level mathematics and physical science. Students with minor deficiencies in preparation may be admitted, but they must make up prerequisite general or professional subjects before proceeding.
Notification of admission for September is usually sent to applicants before April 1. Most departments inform applicants for January/February and June admission as soon as the review of their applications is complete Standardized Tests۔
Only official GRE, TOEFL or IELTS score reports are accepted. Photocopies of reports cannot be used under any circumstances. The MIT reporting code is 3514. Departmental codes, where available, are listed with departmental information beginning on page 4 of this booklet.
Graduate Record Examination
Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. Please check the departmental listings beginning on page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US.
The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time. To register for the GRE General Test call 1-800-GRE-CALL (800-473-2255) or visit www.ets.org/gre. Applicants who are tested after December 31, 2013 will not be considered for admission.*
International English Language Testing System IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. Most departments now require this test. Please check the departmental listings beginning on page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply.
To register for a test, visit http://www.ielts.org. Applicants who are tested after December 31, 2013 will not be considered for admission.*
Test of English as a Foreign Language Students whose native language is not English may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 577 (233 for computer-based; 90 for internet-based) is required for visa certification. Many departments have higher score requirements. See departmental information beginning on page 4 of this booklet. The fee for the TOEFL ranges approximately from $150 to $225 US.
To register, visit http://www.toefl.org/. Students wishing to take the test after December 31, 2013 will not be considered for admission.*
*Some departments have earlier standardized testing deadlines. Please check with the department to which you are applying for their specific deadlines.
How to Apply
Am I lnternational?
MIT considers any student who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency to be an international applicant, regardless of where you live or attend school. US Permanent Residents are those students who have an official copy of their Green Card in hand. If you are in the process of obtaining a Green Card, then you are considered by MIT to be an international student, regardless of where your high school is located. If you are an American citizen or permanent resident, then you are considered a domestic applicant; however, if you have lived for long periods of time outside the United States, some of this information may still be helpful to orient you in the process.
When To Apply
Most students apply to MIT after completing “high school” or “secondary school” in their own country, meaning that they have completed all available education prior to university. Most students in most countries are 17-19 years of age for this. Some may be younger, especially if they have studied ahead; some may be older, especially if their countries have mandatory military service after secondary school.
Students who have already enrolled at another university – either in America or abroad – must apply to MIT as a transfer student.
How MIT Considers International Applicants
MIT receives many applications from very smart and talented international citizens. From this great pool of candidates we may only take a small cupful. Every year more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and we can admit fewer than 150.
We limit the number of international students we can accept because of our generous financial aid. MIT is one of the few schools in the world that offers need-blind admissions and meets their full financial need. “Need-blind” means we will consider your application equally, no matter how rich or poor you are or how much you could pay to attend.
“Meeting your full financial need” means MIT will give you enough financial aid so that you can afford to attend, no matter how much or how little your family can pay. Even though the international application process is very competitive, we still admit wonderful students from all over the world every year. There are students from 115 countries at MIT. Approximately 9% of our undergraduates are international, and 38% of graduate students are citizens of other countries. There is a strong international community here at MIT, so no matter how far you are from home, you can still feel at home here.
What You Need To Do
In order to apply to MIT you must take some tests and complete the application. You should also try to schedule an interview with an MIT alum. Due to capacity issues only a limited number of interviews are available in some regions outside the US. If you live outside the US and your interview is initially waived, you will be notified if an interviewer becomes available and of any applicable deadlines. Requesting an interview will not insure that you will receive an interview. If it is not possible to provide an interview for you, we will not hold it against you.
The Selection Process
How This All Works
After you click the submit button, it’s easy to feel as though your application has entered a black hole. So what really happens between when you apply and when you receive your decision? We understand that not knowing the details can add a lot of stress to the waiting period, so we’re happy to shed some light into that black hole.
Once your application is complete, it will first be read by a senior admissions officer who will consider your application in a holistic manner, within its proper context. Strong applications will then be evaluated by additional admissions officers, who will summarize it at length for the committee.
These summaries, along with your entire application, will then go to the selection committee, where multiple groups of different admissions staff and faculty members will weigh in.
At least a dozen people will significantly discuss and debate an application before it is placed in the admit pile.
This is all very intentional: committee decisions ensure that every decision is correct in the context of the overall applicant pool, and that no one individual’s bias or preferences or familiarity with a given case has any chance of swaying a decision unfairly.
Our process is a student-centered process, not a school or region centered process. This means that we do not read your application along with other students from your school or region to compare you against each other; each applicant stands on their own. We have no quotas by school, state, or region. You are not at any disadvantage if other excellent students from your school or area are also applying. We also do not consider legacy / alumni relations in our process.