Unlike other laboratories at MIT, the Media Lab comprises both a degree-granting graduate Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) and a highly innovative research program focused on inventing a better future through creative applications of innovative digital technologies.


The Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) is a part of MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning. MAS offers:
  • A master of science degree in media arts and sciences.
  • A PhD degree. Students pursuing the PhD degree without a master’s in media arts and sciences are usually admitted first as MS students; continuation to the doctoral program is then conditional on performance in the MS program.
View information on the admissions process and requirements.


The Program in Media Arts and Sciences is only a graduate degree program. MIT undergraduates may become involved with Media Lab work through:
  • A special Freshman-Year Program that emphasizes project-oriented work. Students in this program attend mainstream lectures for core freshman subjects but take recitations led by Media Lab researchers and faculty.
  • The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Each year, close to 150 students work with Lab researchers through this hands-on research program.
For further information about the Freshman Program or UROP projects at the Media Lab, contact the Program in Media Arts and Sciences: 617.253.5114, Room E15-435d, or send e-mail through the form on our Contact page.