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.
APPLICATION PROCESS FLOWCHART
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MIT'S TUITION ASSISTANCE PLAN
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
- $75 non-refundable application fee (may be reimbursable)
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): Classes 6.862 is currently not open to ASP students; class 6.036 may become restricted.
- Sloan (Course 15): Sloan School of Management classes that require Sloan Course Bidding are not available to any ASP fellows. They appear in the Subject Listing with this icon once the catalog is released for the semester. This applies to most Sloan classes.
- 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 desginated 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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.
The following link will open a PDF of application instructions. The link to the application form is at the bottom of the instructions. Read the instructions completely before beginning the application form.
Access the Fall 2019 MIT Employee application form and instructions here.