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Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply to your graduate program?
  2. What is the application deadline?
  3. What is the cost of the Media Lab's graduate program?
  4. Do you require GRE scores?
  5. I am not an underrepresented applicant, can I still participate in the SOS Program?
  6. What format should I use for submitting a portfolio or other supporting materials? Where do I send them?
  7. What are your requirements/recommendations for the statement of objectives?
  8. Can my recommendation letters be received after the deadline?
  9. Can my IELTS/TOEFL exam scores be received after the deadline?
  10. When will I learn if I have been admitted?
  11. Will it be possible for me to have an interview?
  12. Can I apply as a graduate student to a Media Lab Initiative?
  13. Can I apply to more than one department or program at MIT?
  14. Can you tell me my chances of my admittance?
  15. How many years is the master's program?
  16. Can I apply directly to the PhD program?
  17. What are the course requirements for MAS?
  18. Can I intern at the Media Lab?
  19. Can I visit the Media Lab?
  1. How do I apply to your graduate program?

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

  2. What is the application deadline?

    December 1 is the firm deadline for all applications.

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

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

  4. Do you require GRE scores?

    No, MAS does not require or use GRE scores.

  5. 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 Students Offering Support (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.

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

  7. What are your requirements/recommendations for the statement of objectives?

    It's required that you list the three research groups/faculty members you are applying to at the top of your statement. The format of your statement is ultimately up to you. However, we recommend that you address your statement to the groups to which you are applying and explain why you are interested in joining them specifically as well as the Program in Media Arts and Sciences and the MIT Media Lab.

    We don't have a strict limit for the statement but recommend that you keep it to two pages or less if possible.

  8. Can my recommendation letters be received after the deadline?

    Yes they can if necessary. However, applications will be reviewed beginning the week of Dec 1st, so it would be best for your recommendation letters to arrive as soon as possible to be sure your complete application is reviewed.

  9. Can my IELTS/TOEFL exam scores be received after the deadline?

    Yes they can if necessary. Make sure you send your scores electronically to MIT Graduate Admissions and your test results will be routed directly to your application as soon as they arrive.

  10. When will I learn if I have been admitted?

    See the admissions timeline. Admission letters are emailed out in February. No information is given out by telephone.

  11. Will it be possible for me to have an interview?

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

  12. Can I apply as a graduate student to a Media Lab Initiative?

    MAS graduate applications are limited to our research groups.  Please go directly to the Initiative pages to learn more about how best to engage with them.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. How many years is the master's program?

    The MAS master of science degree requires a residency of two academic years. Students take five academic course subjects over two years, in addition to research work.

  16. Can I apply directly to the PhD program?

    All MAS students begin at the master's level and have the option to apply to the doctoral program in their second year.

  17. What are the course requirements for MAS?

    MAS does not have a core curriculum and coursework requirements depend on your research group.  More information on degrees and course requirements can be found here. MIT's most current course catalogue is available online. 

  18. 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.edu/msrp).

    MIT undergraduates can participate in Media Lab research through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

  19. Can I visit the Media Lab?

    The Media Lab does not offer tours. 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.

Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Email us your question at mas@media.mit.edu.

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