Application Procedures

A person seeking admission as a non-degree undergraduate Special Student must apply through the online application. Completed applications for a given term must be submitted before 11:59PM (Eastern US Time) on the deadline date indicated above. All materials must be submitted online at:

Fall Term Entry:
     Application Available: February 1st
     Application Due: May 1st
     Notification By: July 1st

Spring Term Entry: 
     Application Available: August 1st
     Application Due: October 1st
     Notification By: December 1st

Applicants wishing to audit classes, which MIT refers to as Listener Status, are subject to the same regulations and tuition as those taking classes for credit.


Below is a list of required components that must be included in the application:

  • Submitted online application, which includes applicant biographic information and $75 application fee (by credit card)
  • One letter of recommendation from an appropriate professor, instructor, teacher, or work supervisor
  • Planned class schedule, including up to 5 classes to which you are interested in enrolling
  • Statement of objective
  • Scanned/uploaded copies of your official college transcript(s)
  • Official TOEFL score sent to MIT code 3514 and uploaded copy of test report (*International applicants only) 

Special Student Admissions notifies all applicants of admissions decisions by email. If the applicant is admitted, further instructions about registration and tuition payment requirements will be provided. 

Registration Limitations

Please keep in mind that there are several registration limitations related to special student enrollment, as such it is important that you keep the following factors in mind when selecting classes.

  • Regular MIT degree students will be given priority for registration in classes with limited enrollment
  • Special students are not eligible to register for classes listed as thesis, research, UROP, or other subjects for degree candidates only. Do not select any these classes when completing your application.
  • Applicants should limit the classes they are interested in taking to a single MIT department.
  • Applicants can not apply for Harvard cross-registration classes.
  • Enrolled students are not be eligible to take IAP classes regardless of their current or future registration status.