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Get to Know Us
Where can I learn more about the research being done by faculty and students?
Where can I learn about the program requirements?
What will the SES program prepare me for? What do alumni do when they graduate?
How do students fund their programs?
How can I learn about student life?
Can I visit?
Can you put me in touch with an IDSS faculty member? I'd like to discuss my application with them.
What's the profile of 'an ideal candidate'?
What type of undergraduate background will prepare me for the program?
Is a master's degree expected? Required?
How is work experience viewed?
How is research experience weighed?
What additional preparation should I have?
I have already completed relevant coursework. Can I transfer those credits?
Where is the application?
When does the application open?
When is the application deadline?
I have been impacted by a (natural) disaster. Can I have an extension?
If I apply early does that improve my chances? Will I get my decision more quickly?
What supplemental materials are required?
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
What are the minimum GRE scores? GRE requirements?
How do I demonstrate that my English is at the required level?
Should I report unofficial scores?
What are the requirements for transcripts?
I'm already at MIT: how do I apply?
What is the application fee?
Are fee waivers available?
Can I send you copies of my publications, awards, etc.?
May I check the status of my application?
What is the review process?
Who is reading the applications?
Decisions and Beyond
When and how will I hear if I've been admitted?
If I’m not admitted can I reapply?
When do I start?
What special considerations apply to admitted international students?
I have more questions: how do I get in touch?