MIT’s graduate students and postdocs represent one of the most talented and diverse cohorts of scholars in the world.
The Institute’s graduate programs provide collaborative environments and leading-edge facilities, such as MIT.nano, for advanced study. Students work together with faculty to extend the boundaries of knowledge in fields ranging from quantum computing to medicine to political science to the arts. MIT boasts globally prominent master’s and doctoral programs in engineering, mathematics, architecture, management, the social sciences, and the humanities.
The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, the Center for Real Estate, the Program in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, and other programs offer interdisciplinary graduate degrees. The Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program and the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering provide opportunities for graduate students to engage with other local institutions.
Roughly one-third of graduate students remain in academia after graduation and the rest pursue careers in industry, government, nonprofits, and other sectors. MIT offers a number of professional/career development and leadership opportunities to prepare students for their chosen career path, such as teaching development through workshops and certificate programs offered by the MIT Teaching + Learning Lab, the Path of Professorship Program for women, and leadership development through the Graduate Community Fellows Program and the Bernard M. Gordon–MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
During a typical year, more than 2,400 graduate residents live in MIT’s eight graduate houses conveniently located on campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, graduate resident occupancy in a de-densified housing environment in 2020–2021 is approximately 1,400 residents. Three of the available houses are able to accommodate graduate students and their partners. In addition, two of the eight graduate residences can accommodate over 400 students with families. Approximately 90 graduate students live in undergraduate residence halls as graduate resident advisors.