Deadline for February admission is November 1st. Deadline for September admission is January 5th.
Applicants are required to complete the “Subjects Taken” form. Include all science and mathematics courses, and group the courses by area (i.e. all physics courses together, all chemistry courses together, etc.). Mathematics is considered an important part of our program. Please list the group with your mathematics courses first. In some instances, there will be other courses beyond the sciences that are relevant to your application. If that is the case, please include those courses, listing them at the end.
Do not try to convert your university grading scale or GPA to MIT’s scale. Enter the grades/GPA as granted by your school.
An original copy of your transcript from each college or university, translated into English, should be uploaded as an attachment in PDF format to your application. No other attachments will be accepted. Hard copies sent via post by an applicant will not be accepted. Only those applicants who are accepted for admission will be required to submit a hard copy of their transcripts. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and off cial transcripts may result in a rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer.
For current EAPS undergraduate students and select MIT undergraduates from associated disciplines, the Department offers a Fifth-Year Master of Science Degree Program.
Consult with Megan Jordan, EAPS Academic Administrator, about your interest in the program and for instructions on how to apply.
Master of Science Degree
- Without specification
- With specification
Simultaneous Award of Bachelor and Master Degrees
Student must be an undergraduate student of the Institute who is enrolled as a candidate for the bachelor’s degree
Student must apply for graduate admission in the traditional way
Student must register as a full-time regular graduate student for a minimum of one regular academic term
Thesis submitted for the master degree may also be accepted by the department in fulfillment of the undergraduate thesis requirement
How to Apply
The application deadline for admission to the Fifth-Year Master Program is the add deadline in the term prior to starting graduate student status
The application should be submitted using the online form. Before trying to access the form, contactMegan Jordan for instructions.
You do not need to complete the "Subjects Taken" section.
The Statement of Objectives is your thesis proposal.
GRE scores are not required
For EAPS students, the Education Office will print a copy of your most recent grade report to substitute for a transcript
Non-EAPS students (from other departments) should submit an unofficial MIT transcript with the rest of the application materials
Two letters of evaluation must be submitted, one of which must be a letter of academic support from your proposed thesis supervisor
Completion of the Program
The student’s progress will be monitored each term by the EAPS Committee on the Education Program [CEP]. Continuation beyond three terms—including summer term—must be approved by the CEP. A public presentation of thesis results in a departmental seminar or lecture is required
Frequently Asked Questions
You can register for graduate classes while still an undergraduate. You will initially receive undergraduate credit, but after your admission to the Master’s Program, you can petition to have the credit converted to graduate credit. The only restriction is that the class must not have been counted for your undergraduate degree audit.
The two theses and the research that supports them differ in depth and independence.
If you receive your degrees sequentially, you will write two theses. However, your undergraduate thesis or independent research project can serve as the nucleus for your master thesis. If you receive the two degrees simultaneously, EAPS and MIT will accept your master thesis as fulfillment of the undergraduate requirement. You will still have to register and receive credit for 12.TIP and 12.ThU.
EAPS master degree students are not guaranteed financial support. If you are planning on receiving your S.B. and M.S. simultaneously you should be aware that you are not eligible for the financial aid you received as an undergraduate student. This results from your needing to be registered as a graduate student during your final term. If you receive your degrees sequentially, this is not an issue. You will keep your undergraduate financial aid through the completion of your undergraduate program.
When preparing to apply to this program you can discuss with your potential research supervisor the possibility of receiving funding from a research grant. Occasionally a position as a teaching assistant is available, but this can not be guaranteed ahead of time. Finally you can look at external resources. Some of the national professional organizations have scholarship programs for students. A list of some possibilities is here.
All students are eligible to apply for loans at any time. General funding information is outlined on the Admitted Students webpage. Detailed information on student loans is provided by Student Financial Services. EAPS is not involved in making loans. If you intend to apply for a loan, be sure to file the necessary forms well in advance of the start of your program so the administrative details are out of the way when the semester begins.