For MIT Employees

Academically qualified MIT employees may apply to take classes at MIT through the MIT Professional Education Advanced Study Program. Benefits-eligible employees accepted into the program may also have their tuition covered by the Tuition Assistance Plan.

Employees may apply to take classes in any department at the Institute.



Click the image below for an easy-to-follow guide to the ASP application process.




Information about MIT’s Tuition Assistance Plan, and how to apply if accepted into the Advanced Study Program (ASP), can be found here. You must be Tuition Assistance Plan benefits-eligible, remain eligible through the end of the semester, and earn a C- or better in order to receive the Tuition Assistance Plan benefit.

If you drop or withdraw from a class, or do not earn the minimum grade, you are responsible for paying the cost of tuition for your class (costs found here). It is important to understand this stipulation before applying.



  • Educational history (list of schools attended)
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Copy of your CV (résumé)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation
  • ​​​Supervisor approval to enroll in ASP
  • ​​If you’re an MIT employee, you can ask to have the $75 application fee waived. To receive an application fee waiver, please send an email with your full name and employee id number. Once your employment status is confirmed, we will send you a code for an application fee waiver. Please use this code in GradApply before submitting your application.



  • 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: Classes 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 students. 
    • Sloan (Course 15): Course 15 creates a limited list of 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. Fulltime 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. 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.

  • Wait to Submit: 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 is available in late April, and the spring catalog is available in late November. Classes offered in the fall semester are indicated by a leaf symbol; spring classes are indicated by a flower. If you apply for a class that is not officially offered, or for classes whose schedules conflict, your application will not be considered.

  • 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.

    Official paper transcripts in the original, unopened envelope from your school's Registrar's Office may be mailed to:

    MIT Professional Education
    Attn: Advanced Study Program
    700 Technology Square, Building NE48-416
    Cambridge, MA 02139

  • Future semesters: Students who receive a grade lower than a B- while an ASP Fellow will not be considered for re-admittance to the program. Note that this is different from the Tuition Assistance benefit grade requirement.


Am I eligible to receive MIT’s Tuition Assistance Plan benefit?
MIT employees must check with their HR representative to determine if their position is benefits eligible for the Tuition Assistance Plan.

How much of my tuition will the MIT Tuition Assistance Plan cover?
If you're benefits eligible for the Tuition Assistance Plan, your benefit may cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition. Speak with your HR representative to determine what percentage of your tuition may be covered.

What are the requirements for receiving the Tuition Assistance Plan benefit?
In addition to being a benefits-eligible employee for the Tuition Assistance Plan, you must earn a C- grade or better in your class. Your position and employment status must also remain Tuition Assistance Plan eligible through the end of the semester.

How much do I owe if I withdraw (drop) my class early?
If you withdraw from the program (drop your class) before the end of the semester, you will be responsible for paying your tuition. The percentage of tuition owed depends on the date you withdraw. You can find dates and associated percentages on MIT’s Pro-ration Tables for your semester.

If I’m admitted into the Advanced Study Program, am I automatically approved to take classes in future semesters?
Continuing in the Advanced Study Program is dependent on maintaining a minimum of a B- grade to be considered for re-admittance into the program. This is different from the minimum C- grade needed to receive Tuition reimbursement.  If you wish to continue with the program you must complete an application for each successive semester, however many times you can reuse materials and forms from the previous application, saving you time.



Spring 2020 

  • The Spring 2020 application is now closed.

    Please check back in February 2020 for the Fall 2020 application forms.