• Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is your application deadline?
    Applications for September 2015 matriculation will be open from September first into mid-December, 2014.
    Do you have rolling admissions?
    No, we do not offer rolling admissions.
    Do you offer a distance learning degree or a part-time program?
    No, we do not offer distance learning, or a part-time program.
    What tests do you require?
    Either GMAT or GRE taken within the last five years (the Operations Management concentration accepts only the GRE) is required. Non-native English speakers are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS from within the past 2 years. You are waived from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only if you have received your undergraduate degree from a four-year accredited school within the United States. Please do not contact the PhD Program regarding waivers, as none will be discussed until such time as the faculty expresses an interest in your application.
    Do you have a minimum test score?
    There is no minimum GMAT or GRE test score required, although the faculty are most interested in applicants with the highest quantitative scoring. For the old TOEFL, there is an MIT minimum requirement of 577 for the paper testing, 233 for the computer-based test, and 90 for the internet-based test. The minimum score required for the IELTS is 7.
    What are the faculty looking for in applicants?
    The faculty are looking for research skills and potential, and focus primarily on your research statement, recommendations, transcripts, and test scores.
    Do I need an MBA or other master's degree before applying?
    No, a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) is required.
    Does the program offer financial aid? Are international students eligible?
    Yes, financial aid is offered, and international students are eligible. Students admitted into the program are typically offered financial aid for a period of four nine-month academic years. This funding consists of full tuition for the academic year plus a research and teaching assistantship of approximately $28,733 (before taxes). A minimum summer stipend of $4,000 is also granted for four summers. A 50% fellowship is guaranteed in the fifth year.
    I'd like to interview before I apply. May I meet with faculty?
    Interviews are not part of our application process. Faculty are occasionally available and may meet with prospective candidates prior to admission. However, we recommend attending a doctoral seminar during the regular term as a useful way to experience the program and meet doctoral students and faculty.
    What is the average duration of the program?
    It takes an average of five years to complete the program (even if you have an MBA)—two years coursework and approximately three years of research and writing of the dissertation.
    Should I plan to do a doctorate if I want to work in industry when I graduate?
    Our program prepares people for careers in research and teaching.
    How do I apply to study part of the year in your program?
    The MIT Sloan PhD Program administers to our full-time doctoral students. Part-time study is considered “special student status” by MIT, and is overseen by the Graduate Students Office. Please see http://web.mit.edu/gso.