Application Requirements

It will be helpful to gather the following information before starting your application to the Advanced Study Program:

  • Educational history (list of schools attended)
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Copy of your CV (résumé)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $75 non-refundable application fee

Additional Application Requirements for MIT Employees

In addition to the above requirements, MIT Employees are also required to provide the following:

  • Supervisor approval to enroll in ASP
  • Your $75 application fee may be reimbursable
  • For MIT Employees who intend to use their Tuition Assistance Plan benefits to pay for their tuition please learn more about requirements here.

Important Notes Before Applying

  • Available Classes: Applicants can apply to most classes in the MIT Course Catalog (Subject Listing), however certain class restrictions are listed below. The Course Catalog is updated with the fall schedule in mid-to-late April, and updated with the spring schedule in mid-to-late November.

  • Restricted Classes: The list of restricted classes below is subject to change at any time. In addition some classes may also be restricted to degree students or students in specific programs; please read the class description in the MIT Course Catalog carefully. ​

    Class Restrictions - Department Policies:

    • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (Course 6): Students who plan on taking any classes in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (class numbers that begin with are limited to a maximum of 24 units of credit in Course 6 for the semester. Additionally, if a student enrolls in any classes from Course 6, or jointly listed with Course 6, they are limited to a maximum of 36 units of credit across all Courses (Departments) and are not allowed to enroll for any class as a "listener." This applies for both graduate and undergraduate classes. 

      Important Note: Class 6.862 Applied Machine Learning and 6.867 Machine Learning are currently not open to ASP students; class 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning may become restricted.

    • Economics (Course 14): Course 14 classes with three decimal places ( are not available to ASP Fellows.

    • Sloan (Course 15): Course 15 creates a limited list of available ASP-eligible classes every semester. This list varies from semester to semester. Please go ahead and submit your application by the deadline with your requested Course 15 class(es). Later in the admissions process, ASP will share the ASP-eligible Course 15 class list with you when it becomes available and ask you to change your class request(s) if necessary. Full-time ASP Fellows may take no more than 50 percent of their units of credit at Sloan. Part-time Fellows may take a single Sloan class.

    • Media Arts & Sciences (Course MAS): ASP students may take only one MAS class per semester. MAS Special Subjects are not available to ASP Fellows. Class MAS.863 How To Make Almost Anything is not available to ASP Fellows.

    • Urban Studies & Planning (Course 11): The following classes are not available to ASP Fellows: All CRE classes (11.301, 11.303, 11.344, 11.345, 11.351, 11.353, 11.354, 11.355, 11.431, 11.432, 11.433, 11.434, 11.435, 11.450, 11.455, 11.S967, 11.S968, 11.S969, 11.S970), 11.011, 11.013, and 11.014.

    • CI-H/W Subjects: Any class designated as CI-H/W in the MIT Course Catalog (Subject Listing) is not available to ASP Fellows. These classes are noted with the CI-H/W icon  below the class name. You may also find an up-to-date list of these classes here.

    • HST Subjects: Health Sciences and Technology classes - classes whose numbers begin with HST - are scheduled according to the Harvard Medical School academic calendar, which differs from the MIT calendar. Students who apply to these classes agree to independently verify the correct start and end date of their class and recognize that these dates will differ from all other MIT classes.

    • Lottery-admission Classes: Classes that enroll via a lottery system are almost never an option for ASP students.

  • Permission of Instructor: The Advanced Study Program will seek approval for classes whose prerequisites include “Permission of Instructor.” ASP applicants should not contact the instructor.

  • English Language Proficiency Requirement:  Non-native English speakers must have IELTS or TOEFL test scores from the past two years to apply. IELTS results are strongly preferred. Compelling candidates will score 7.5 or better on the IELTS, 100 or better on the internet-based TOEFL, or 600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL. Please see our page of international students' Frequently Asked Questions for additional details about studying as an international student.

  • Visa Sponsorship: Full-time international students are eligible for visa sponsorship on a semester-by-semester basis. You must be accepted into 36 or more units of credit for each semester in order to qualify.

  • Future semesters: Students who receive a grade lower than a B- while an ASP Fellow will not be considered for future semesters. For MIT Employees, please note that this is different from the Tuition Assistance benefit grade requirement.

Application Tips

  • Upload or email your required materials as soon as possible, but do not submit your application until the MIT Subject Listing (course catalog) is available for your semester. The fall course catalog becomes available in mid-to-late April, and the spring catalog becomes available in mid-to-late November.

  • Fall classes are indicated by a leaf symbol Fall Leaf Symbol; spring classes are indicated by a flower Spring Flower Symbol. If you apply for a class that is not officially offered, or for classes whose schedules conflict, your application will not be considered. When the Subject Listing is released, use the “My Course Selections” tool to confirm that your classes do not conflict with each other.

  • Official transcripts are required for all new applications. Official electronic transcripts may be sent by your school to Only official electronic versions sent by your school will be accepted; we cannot accept email attachments of transcripts from applicants themselves.

    Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to accept official paper transcripts mailed to the office. If your school does not send transcripts electronically, please contact for other submission options. 


Application Forms

  • The Fall 2021 application is now closed.
    Please check back in September 2021 for the Spring 2022 application.


  • MIT Employee applicants:
    If you are an MIT employee, please view the For MIT Employees page for more information about joining the Advanced Study Program.


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