Prospective Students

MIT Graduate Admissions Statement
March 26, 2020

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record.

Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.

Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed to the academic department or program to which the prospective student has applied.

Welcome to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

EAPS is known for both the breadth and depth of its research. Our education programs are challenging, asking the student to develop quantitative skills to address some of fundamental questions about our natural world.

Choice of Major - An undergraduate degree in EAPS provides you with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in the most competitive graduate programs as well as to enter the business world. The program provides an overall framework for undergraduate study, but has the flexibility to allow you customize it to your interests.

Graduate Admissions - Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs. Practical information for applying to our graduate programs can be found in this section. Please review the Research pages to see how you might fit into our department.

Undergraduate Admissions - Admissions to the undergraduate program at MIT is handled through the Admissions Office. Our page will provide you with some guidance about preparation for study in the earth and planetary sciences.