Degree Requirements

The Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) is a part of MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning, and offers both master's of science and PhD degrees in media arts and sciences.

Master's  of science requirements:

  • Residency of two academic years (one semester may be a summer semester)
  • Research thesis
  • Five academic course subjects over two years, in addition to research

Doctor of philosophy requirements:

  • Qualifying examination (consisting of written and oral components)
  • Program of original research leading to a thesis, and a thesis defense

Students pursuing the PhD degree without a master’s in media arts and sciences are admitted first as master’s students; continuation to the doctoral program is then conditional on performance in the master’s program.

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