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Graduate Education

MIT’s graduate students and postdocs represent one of the most talented and diverse cohorts of scholars in the world. The Institute not only invests in student academic success, but fosters community, well-being, and personal growth.

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; and other research units offer interdisciplinary graduate degree programs. 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.

Graduate admissions 2023

  • 34,744 applications for graduate study
  • 3,936 offers of admission (11%)
  • 2,303 first-year students registered in advanced degree programs (59%)

MIT graduate students pursue career paths ranging from academia to industry, government, nonprofits, and beyond. Comprehensive support opportunities include one-on-one advising through Career Advising and Professional Development and interactive online resources. The Faculty Job Search Series and the Path of Professorship conference for women focus on academia, while Mentoring Circles and Graduate Career Exploration Grants provide connections and resources for all career paths. Through programs like the Grant Writing Training Certificate and the Research Mentoring Certificate, graduate students deepen skills in seven competency areas: career advancement, communication, interpersonal skills, personal development, social responsibility, and teaching.


Starting in 2024, MIT will have capacity for more than 3,300 graduate student residents—a 25% increase. Graduate students will have the option to live in one of MIT’s eight graduate houses or in the new Graduate Junction affiliated housing complex (scheduled to open in August), all of which are conveniently located near the main campus. Six of these living options are able to accommodate graduate students and their partners. Three can accommodate over 500 students with families. Approximately 100 graduate students also live in undergraduate residence halls as graduate resident advisors.