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
Applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program elsewhere may be eligible to apply to the Special Student Program.
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.
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
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.