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Find out about MIT Courses: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Programs, Admission Requirements, Application Process, Courses Offered at MIT and the Schools and Departments at MIT.

About MIT  and  Massachusetts Institute of Technology Programs

Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT is profoundly American.

With ingenuity and drive, our graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs.

At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global. Our community gains tremendous strength as a magnet for talent from around the world.

Through teaching, research, and innovation, MIT’s exceptional community pursues its mission of service to the nation and the world.

Key Facts about MIT


  • Incorporated1861
  • Motto“Mens et manus” (“Mind and hand”)


  • LocationCambridge, MA USA
  • Size168 acres (0.68 km2)
  • Student residences19
  • Playing fields26 acres (0.11 km2)
  • Gardens + green spaces40+
  • Publicly sited works of art60+

Admissions (Class of 2024)

  • Applicants20,075
  • Admits1,457

Selected Honors

  • Nobel laureates96
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners29
  • MacArthur Fellows77
  • A. M. Turing Award winners15

Mission of MIT

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.MIT Programs

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.


For MIT’s faculty — just over 1,000 in number — cutting-edge research and education are inseparable. Each feeds the other. When they’re not busy pioneering the frontiers of their fields, MIT faculty members play a vital role in shaping the Institute’s vibrant campus community — as advisors, coaches, heads of houses, mentors, committee members, and much more.

MIT Courses: Programs Offered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

List of Courses at MIT

  • Civil and Environmental
  • Mechanical Engineering2
  • Materials Science and Engineering3
  • Architecture4
  • Chemistry5
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science6
  • Biology7
  • Physics8
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences9
  • Chemical Engineering10
  • Urban Studies and Planning11
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences12
  • Economics14
  • Management15
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics16
  • Political Science17
  • Mathematics18
  • Biological Engineering20
  • Humanities21
  • Anthropology21A
  • Humanities + Engineering/Science21E/21S
  • Global Languages21G
  • History21H
  • Literature21L
  • Music and Theater Arts21M
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering22
  • Linguistics24
  • Philosophy24
  • Comparative Media Studies/Writing CMS/21W
  • Data, Systems, and Society – IDS
  • Medical Engineering and Science – IMES
  • Media Arts and Sciences – MAS
  • Science, Technology, and Society – STS

MIT Schools and Departments

MIT Schools

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Sloan School of Management
  • School of Science
  • MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

MIT Departments by School

School of Architecture and Planning

  • Architecture4
  • Media Arts and Sciences – MAS
  • Urban Studies and Planning11

School of Engineering

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics16
  • Biological Engineering20
  • Chemical Engineering10
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering1
  • Data, Systems, and Society – IDS
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science6
  • Materials Science and Engineering3
  • Mechanical Engineering2
  • Medical Engineering and Science – IMES
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering22

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

  • Anthropology21A
  • Comparative Media Studies/WritingCMS/21W
  • Economics14
  • Global Languages21G
  • History21H
  • Humanities21
  • Humanities + Engineering/Science21E/21S
  • Linguistics24
  • Literature21L
  • Music and Theater Arts21M
  • Philosophy24
  • Political Science17
  • Science, Technology, and SocietySTS

Sloan School of Management

  • Management15

School of Science

  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences9
  • Chemistry5
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences12
  • Mathematics18
  • Physics

MIT Fields of Study

Most universities have defined “graduate schools” or “graduate colleges”; however, MIT is different in that all of our schools offer graduate programs. There are five schools at MIT including: Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Management; and Science. Each of these five schools oversees several departments and programs. The School itself is not responsible for the admission of students; instead each department or program manages its own admissions process.

Below is a list of programs and departments organized by field of study and application deadlines.

Architecture & Planning

December 31
Center for Real Estate
January 15
Media Arts and Sciences
December 1
Urban Studies and Planning
January 3


Aeronautics and Astronautics
December 15
Biological Engineering
December 15
Chemical Engineering
December 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering
December 1
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
December 15
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
December 15
Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
December 15
Materials Science and Engineering
December 1
Mechanical Engineering
December 15
Nuclear Science and Engineering
December 15

Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Comparative Media Studies
January 1
Data, Economics, and Development Policy
January 24
December 15
History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society
December 15
Linguistics and Philosophy
December 15January 2
Political Science
December 15
Science Writing
January 15


MIT Sloan Executive MBA Program
January 3March 14May 30
MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program
October 5January 11February 23
MIT Sloan Master of Business Analytics
January 10
MIT Sloan Master of Finance
January 5
MIT Sloan Master of Science in Management Studies
February 15
MIT Sloan MBA Program
September 28January 19April 12
MIT Sloan PhD Program
December 15


December 1
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
December 1
December 1
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
December 1
December 15
December 15


Computational and Systems Biology
December 1
Computational Science and Engineering PhD
December 15
Computational Science and Engineering SM
January 10
Integrated Design and Management
January 15
Leaders for Global Operations
October 1December 1
December 1
MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography / Applied Ocean Science and Engineering
December 15October 1
Operations Research Center
December 15
Program in Polymers and Soft Matter
December 15
Supply Chain Management Blended
January 15June 21
Supply Chain Management Residential
November 15January 15March 15
System Design and Management
January 11March 1
Technology and Policy Program
December 15
January 4

MIT Admissions

At MIT Admissions, we recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of undergraduates who will learn to use science, technology, and other areas of scholarship to serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

MIT Application Procedure

Applying to MIT

We oversee the application process for students applying for first-year and transfer undergraduate admissions. We try to explain our process, help you understand what we’re looking for, and think about how to prepare for MIT. Most importantly, we try to encourage young people to be students and community members first, and applicants second.

Admissions announcements

  1. ✏️ The first-year application is now available in the MIT application portal.

  2. ✅ The transfer application is now available! Learn more about how to apply.

MIT Application Resources

MIT Aids

In our undergraduate, graduate, and professional admissions, we seek applicants whose strengths, interests, and values are a good match for MIT. Because the Institute is built on the idea that talent and good ideas can come from anywhere, we are a remarkably diverse, drawing students from all 50 states and from 118 countries. Many are members of the first generation in their family to have the opportunity for higher education. Above all, our students learn not to be afraid of hard problems, making their MIT education a springboard for many careers — and practical preparation for life.

Undergraduate Admissions & Aid

All prospective undergraduate students apply through the Office of Undergraduate, regardless of their intended program of study. On the undergraduate admissions site, you can learn more about our application process and read student blogs about life at MIT.

Graduate Admissions & Aid

To pursue graduate study at MIT, you need to apply to one of our departmental programs. Each department has its own application website and admissions requirements.

Professional & Executive Education

For professionals in the workforce and for learners anywhere eager for MIT content without the full-time commitment of a traditional degree program, we offer a range of educational options — some online, some on campus, and some a blend of both.

MIT Student Portal

MIT Application Portal

Thank you for your interest in MIT!

Before you start an application, please review the eligibility requirements for both the first-year application and the transfer application.

At a high level, the first-year application is intended for students who have not matriculated to another degree-granting institution, while the transfer application is intended for students who have completed at least one year of college.

If you’re confused about which application is best for you after reviewing the two eligibility pages, reach out to us—we’re happy to help!

Returning users:

Log in to continue an application.

First-time users:

Create an account to start a new application.

FAQS about MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1. What GPA do you need to get into MIT?

There’s no formula for gaining transfer admission to MIT. There’s no minimum required GPA, however, competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or above, and mostly As in math and science courses. Ideal preparation includes—at the very least—one year each of college-level calculus and calculus-based physics.

2. How hard is it to get into MIT?

How Hard Is It to Get Into MIT? MIT is one of the most selective schools in the world. Currently, MIT’s acceptance rate is 4.1%, which means it only accepts around 4 applicants for every 100 people that apply. A 4.1% acceptance rate means that MIT is extremely competitive to get into.

3. What is MIT best known for?

While MIT is perhaps best known for its programs in engineering and the physical sciences, other areas—notably economics, political science, urban studies, linguistics, and philosophy—are also strong. Admission is extremely competitive, and undergraduate students are often able to pursue their own original research.

4. Is there any exam for MIT?

Some students do better on the SAT while others do better on the ACT. MIT accepts scores from either test and does not favor one over the other. The SAT includes a reading test, a writing and language test, and a math test. The ACT includes a reading test, an English test, a math test, and a science test.

5. Is MIT expensive?

Cost of attendance for the 2021–2022 academic year

Tuition $55,510 It actually costs over double this amount for MIT to provide the cutting-edge research facilities and faculty to undergraduates, but we subsidize it down to this cost. This also includes basic health insurance⁠02   for the state of Massachusetts and will give you urgent care visits, mental health, and specialist care at no extra cost.
Student life fee $368 This helps fund student clubs, organizations, and the sports and fitness center. This fee covers your unlimited access to the gym, fitness classes, student organization events, and trips.
Housing $11,550 All first-year students are required to live on campus, but residence halls and living groups vary in cost. We’ll bill you in July for half of the most expensive double room on campus ($11,550), then adjust it based on your actual housing cost in September. Learn more at MIT Housing.
Meals $6,550 There are multiple dining plan options (including cooking for yourself), but for the purposes of figuring out your financial aid eligibility, we budget $6,550 per year for meals. Learn more at MIT Dining.
Books & supplies $840 This out-of-pocket expense can vary depending on the student, but we use this number to calculate your financial aid eligibility.
Personal expenses $2,202 This out-of-pocket expense varies a lot depending on the student, but we use this number to calculate your financial aid eligibility. This covers things like clothes, laundry, and entertainment.
Total $77,020 This is the “full” price, before any aid.

MIT Contacts

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