Admissions & FAQ

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Admissions are on a semester-by-semester basis and applications for both part-time and full-time students are accepted.

Students search the MIT Course Catalog for specific classes that interest them and then apply to those specific classes through the Advanced Study Program.

Students who do well in their first semester may continue to apply for successive semesters.

To apply, applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • English fluency and the ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment

Non-native English speakers: In addition to the requirements above, 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.



Most classes in the MIT Course Catalog are available to Advanced Study Program applicants. See our application page for the few restrictions.


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Fall semester: May 1st
Spring semester: December 1st

Application decisions are generally made within eight weeks of the deadline. The Advanced Study Program does not accept students for the summer.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the fall semester so they have adequate time to receive an admission decision and apply for their US visa. 


  • Application fee: $75 
  • 2019-2020 Tuition (per semester): Tuition is based on the total units of credit for your classes. Most classes are 12 units.
    • 4-12 units of credit (typically 1 class) - $9,960
    • 24 units of credit (typically 2 classes) - $19,920
    • 36+ units of credit (typically 3 or more classes) - $29,500 
  • MIT Student Life Fee: $170 per semester 
Payment Process: Starting in the spring of 2020, those who have been accepted into the MIT Advanced Study Program will pay their tuition and fees through Student Financial Services (SFS). SFS will create a student account for you and will post your tuition and fees to that account. For more information about the payment process, please visit their website.  
Please Note: 
  • Tuition payments: We are unable to accept credit card payments.  Visit the how to pay your bill section of the site to learn more about your payment options. 
  • In order to successfully register, students are required to pay the full cost of tuition three weeks before the first day of classes. Learn more about how to pay online.
  • ASP students are not eligible for MIT-subsidized MBTA passes.
  • ASP students are not eligible to participate in the MIT monthly payment plan.


Visit our application page for links to the application forms and instructions on applying.




Frequently Asked Questions:

The most frequent questions are below. International applicants may wish to see our separate International FAQ page.

Most Common Questions

  • I do not yet have my bachelor's degree. Can I still apply?

    Unfortunately not. However, MIT does have a very similar Special Student Program that admits undergraduate students currently enrolled at other institutions.

  • How do I find out what classes are available?

    The fall semester schedule of classes is released in late April, and the spring semester schedule is released in late November. You can find the current course catalog at the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule page, which will give you an idea of classes offered. Check the symbols help page for definitions.

  • Should I contact the instructors if the class description states the prerequisite is “Permission of instructor”?

    No, ASP applicants should not contact the instructors. The Advanced Study Program works directly with all departments to gain approval for our students to enroll in their classes.

  • Who should I contact with questions?

    Contact with any questions.

  • Is the Advanced Study Program a degree program?

    No, the Advanced Study Program is not a degree program. However, many students attend classes to strengthen their future applications to degree programs. Fellows will earn MIT academic credit and have an MIT transcript after taking classes.

  • Will I receive MIT credit?


  • Is MIT credit transferable to degree programs at MIT or another school?

    Many other schools and programs accept MIT credit. However, each institution or program determines whether that credit is accepted and how it may be used. If you apply and are accepted into an MIT degree program, that program will decide if prior classes taken while an ASP Fellow are transferable.

  • How long can I stay in the program?

    Admission is on a semester-by-semester and class-by-class basis. Continuing in the Advanced Study Program is dependent on maintaining a minimum grade of a B in each class to be considered for re-admittance into the program. ASP Fellows who earn at least a B in each class and who remain in good financial standing may be considered for following semesters. Fellows who wish to continue with the program must complete an application for each successive semester but may re-use certain required materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc) if approved by the Program.

  • How many classes may I take?

    Students attending MIT part-time can take one class (up to 12 units of credit) or two classes (up to 24 units of credit). Full-time ASP Fellows register for three or four classes, which is between 36 to 48 units of credit. ASP Fellows may not take more than 48 units of credit in one semester. 
    International students who require U.S. student visas must be enrolled in a minimum of 36 units of credit.

  • How do I calculate the units of credit for a class?

    In the MIT Catalog, under the number and title of a class, are “Units” with three numbers separated by dashes. Add these three numbers together and you have the number of units of credit for the class. The numbers indicate a subject's time distribution. The first is for recitation and lecture; the second number is hours of laboratory, design, or fieldwork; and the third number is the number of hours of homework or preparation per week. Added together, these numbers equal the total credit for a class.

Academic Planning

  • Can I pursue an MIT degree after the Advanced Study Program?

    Yes. Some Fellows have later earned MIT degrees. To be admitted to a degree program, Fellows must apply to the department of choice. Each department makes their own acceptance decisions.

  • How long is a semester?

    A semester at MIT lasts 16 weeks. Fall semester begins in early September; spring semester begins in early February. Check the academic calendar for exact dates.

  • Can I take business courses at the Sloan School of Management?

    There are limits on registration in Sloan classes (all classes numbered Some Sloan classes are available only to Sloan degree students. Sloan classes that require Sloan Course Bidding (as noted in the course catalog) are not open to ASP Fellows. Enrollment also depends on meeting prerequisites and class size limits. Part-time applicants may apply to take one Sloan class. Full-time Advanced Study Program Fellows can take up to 50 percent of their units of credit at Sloan.

  • How do I pre-register for classes?

    ASP fellows register on registration day. The Advanced Study Program team sends registration information to all Fellows before registration day.

  • Who is my advisor?

    The Advanced Study Program director is the graduate advisor for ASP Fellows.  The director is available to meet with Fellows as needed. Fellows are required to stay in touch with the ASP director regarding their progress and in particular to notify the director of any change in study plan or other academic issues. At times, full-time students may also choose to work with a faculty advisor. Please see the ASP director for more information.

  • What if I’m not sure which classes to take?

    Fellows can email, call, or meet with the ASP director at any time for advice on their program. MIT allows students to add and drop classes during the first two weeks of the semester. You can also look up classes you are interested in on the MIT Open Courseware website. If the class is listed, you can browse the syllabus and get a better sense of what the class offers.

  • Can I conduct research at MIT?

    It is very rare for an Advanced Study Program Fellow to take part in research while they are at MIT. Students who are able to arrange for a research project are ASP Fellows for a year or more. Research requires special arrangements and depends on the availability of a faculty member to supervise the research. It’s helpful if the faculty member is in your field of interest and is familiar with your work through coursework or other contacts. Interested Fellows should discuss the process of setting up a research project with the director of ASP.

  • Does the Advanced Study Program offer online classes?

    MIT doesn’t offer online classes for units of credit at this time. All classes taken for units of credit are held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you are interested in MIT online classes and materials, you can look at MIT’s Open Courseware and MITx and edX.

  • Is the Advanced Study Program a study abroad program?

    For applicants who are currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at other schools, the Advanced Study Program (ASP) is similar to a study abroad program in many ways. Students can enroll in ASP full-time for a single semester, and are eligible to live in on-campus housing (if space permits). ASP students are considered non-degree students but with full student privileges and accepted students receive traditional MIT class credits that may be accepted by their home institution.

Application Questions

  • Do my transcripts have to be originals?

    Yes, transcripts must be originals and in English. Transcripts may be mailed, or your university can send an electronic copy of your transcript to If your institution does not provide English transcripts, you must have them translated and certified by an accredited translation service, and both the originals and translation must be submitted.

    Physical transcripts may be mailed to:

    MIT Professional Education
    Attn: Advanced Study Program
    700 Technology Square, Building NE48-200
    Cambridge, MA 02139

  • Who can serve as a recommender?

    Recommendations are accepted from past professors or work-related colleagues, such as a manager, who can speak to your ability to do MIT-level work. Your recommender should provide a candid evaluation of your ability to work independently and under pressure, and an assessment of your writing ability, responsibility, and relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and others. Please also ask your recommender to clarify how long, and in what context, they have known you.

  • Can my recommendation be sent by email?

    When you apply online, you will have the option of sending an automatic request to your recommender’s email address. They will be provided with a link to upload their recommendation. If you prefer, you can ask your recommenders to send a recommendation by email with the subject line “Recommendation for (your name)” to 

  • I have not completed an undergraduate degree – can I apply?

    Individuals who do not yet have their undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply to the Advanced Study Program. 

  • Is there an interview?

    No. Prospective fellows are welcome to contact the director before applying if they have questions or would like advice on their program.

  • Is financial aid available?

    No financial aid or scholarships are available. Applicants should secure sponsorship or funding before applying.

  • Can I pay my own tuition?

    Fellows can pay their own tuition, or it may be paid by a company sponsor, scholarship, or other outside funding source. Payment of tuition is due prior to the start of classes, except for MIT staff who are Tuition Assistance Plan eligible.

  • Does MIT accept credit card payments?

    MIT Professional Education does not accept payment by credit card. Visit Student Financial Services for information on payment methods. 

  • When is the tuition due?

    Tuition must be paid in full before the start of the semester.

International Questions

  • Please See Our Separate International FAQ Section

    The International Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is available here.