Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of attending the Media Lab's graduate program?

All graduate students are currently fully supported (tuition, medical insurance, plus a stipend).

How do I apply to your graduate program?

The Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) uses an online application.

What is the application deadline?

December 1 is the firm deadline for all applications.

Do you require GRE scores?

No, MAS does not require or use GRE scores.

Can you send me an application?

All applications must be submitted online (see above). Paper applications, including recommendation letters, will not be accepted.

How do I apply for an application fee waiver?

Waivers are handled by MIT Graduate Admissions HERE.
Learn more about waiver eligibility HERE.

I am not an underrepresented applicant, can I still participate in the SOS Program?

Applicants who are not members of an underrepresented group, but are studying or employed in the US, can participate in the SOS Program. However, keep in mind that the SOS Program is intended to assist underrepresented applicants (namely African American, Latino, Native American, and women) to the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Applicants studying or employed outside of the US are not eligible to participate.

What format should I use for submitting a portfolio or other supporting materials? Where do I send them?

See portfolio requirements.

When will I learn if I have been admitted?

Admission letters are emailed out in March. No information is given out by telephone.

Will it be possible for me to have an interview?

Interviews are by invitation only, and conducted during the admissions review process.

Can I apply to more than one department or program at MIT?

Yes, but this requires a full application and application fee to each department or program.

Can you tell me my chances of my admittance?

No. There are many factors beyond academic qualifications that are considered during the admissions process; thus, we cannot give applicants feedback on likelihood of acceptance.

Can I visit the Media Lab?

The Media Lab does not offer tours. However, if you wish to visit, you should contact specific faculty members to make arrangements to meet with them and their graduate students. Research and contact information is available on our website.

Can I intern at the Media Lab?

Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors can apply to intern in the Lab through the MIT Summer Research Program (
MIT undergraduates can participate in Media Lab research through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).