MIT Technology and Policy Program

Application Process

Application Timeline

  • September 15: Online Application Portal Opens
  • Throughout the Fall: TPP hosts informational webinars for prospective students
  • December 15: Application Deadline
  • Early January: Faculty review of applications
  • Late February: Admissions decisions sent to applicants
  • March: Accepted students begin search for Research Assistantships

Application Components

  • Materials submitted via online application
    • Résumé/CV
    • Cover Letter (500-750 words)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Objectives (500-750 words)
    • Response to Supplemental Question (500-750 words)
    • $75 Application Fee (due at time of submission)
      • Fee waivers can be requested from MIT’s Office of Graduate Education for US permanent residents, or international applicants attending US colleges and universities for whom this fee creates financial hardship
      • Additional criteria for the waiver are outlined on OGE’s website.
  • Materials sent directly to MIT
    • Official Transcripts 
    • Required Tests
      • GRE: General test (not accepted for 2022 cycle)
        • Department code: 3514
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
        • All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their command of English is sufficient to participate fully in the regular research and academic activities of a TPP student. They can do this by:
        • Completing their entire secondary education (e.g., high-school), or four consecutive years of post-secondary education (university, college, junior college, etc.), at an accredited school where the official language of instruction is exclusively English.
        • Taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, academic format. The minimum IELTS score expected is 7.5. It is possible to arrange accommodations for test-takers with documented disabilities or health needs.
        • Login to the website of IELTS test center where you took the test. Then find Apply for additional TRFs at the left-most side of your result page and fill out application forms online. From the dropdown menu, choose MIT Graduate Admissions.
        • For September 2021 applications, applicants who are unable to sit for the IELTS due to COVID-19 related disruptions may instead submit IELTS Indicator scores. As with the IELTS, the minimum expected score is 7.5 taken within the last two years.
    • Send to:
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology – TPP
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E17-373
      Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Application Support 

Prospective students with questions about the application or application process should contact the admissions coordinator Elena Byrne (

Talk to Current Students

Applicants can fill out this form to ask current students about their experiences in the TPP program. Your questions are not seen by faculty or staff and will not influence your application. Students should not be contacted with questions about the application or to assess an applicant’s qualifications for the program.

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