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MIT Graduate Admissions Policy Update

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.


We prepare students to become innovative technological leaders in industry, academia, government, and society – leaders whose visions are founded upon fundamental knowledge, uncompromising analysis, creativity, passion, and ethics. Our graduates go on to a vast array of careers in product design, research, management, medicine, government, teaching, public service, and entrepreneurship.

We offer the following graduate degrees:

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (SMME)

Master of Science in Ocean Engineering (SMOE)

Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SMNAME)

Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering (SMOGE, joint MIT/WHOI degree)

Mechanical Engineer’s (ME) Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD)

Dual degree with Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program in MIT Sloan School of Management

Applying for Admission

Follow the links below for information about our application and admissions processes.

Alumni Spotlight

Danielle Zurovcik
Danielle Zurovcik

CEO and Founder, WiCare

[ SM ‘07, PhD ‘11 ]

Peter Lehner
Peter Lehner

Leigh Fibers

[ SB ’49 ]

Dana Yoerger
Dana Yoerger

Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

[ SB ’77, SM ’79, PhD ’83 ]

Joint Program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

If you’re interested in applying for admission to the joint program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), please go to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering website. If you wish to be considered for the MechE graduate program independently of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, please also complete the MechE online application.

How to Apply

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s graduate admissions committee reviews all applications for graduate study in the department. For more information on how to apply, visit applying for admission.

Looking for Information on the Undergraduate Program?

Our undergraduate program is world-renowned, with a focus on honing engineering skills and preparing students to become innovative leaders in industry, government, and academia.