Graduate Student Handbook

This handbook describes the graduate program (master’s and doctoral) in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. It supplements the Graduate Policies and Procedures, which outline the general Institute requirements, and is available on the web at https://oge.mit.edu/gpp/ as well as the Registrar’s Policies found on the web at: https://registrar.mit.edu/

EAPS Disciplinary Programs

Academic Terms

MIT has four terms in the year:

  • Fall Term
  • Independent Activities Period (IAP)
  • Spring Term
  • Summer Term

IAP and Summer Terms are not considered academic terms that count toward degree progress, but are periods of time when a student is able to conduct research to continue progress towards a degree.

Master's Program

  • Fifth-Year Master of Science Degree
  • Traditional Master of Science Degree
    • Objectives
    • Program and Grades
  • Funding

Doctoral Program

  • Funding
    • Fellowship
    • Research Assistantships (RA)
    • Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Internships

Vacation

Child Birth Accommodation and Parental Leave

Resources

Acronyms

Last Updated: August 2019