The table below reflects standard graduate tuition rates for the 2020–2021 academic year (which are reviewed and likely to increase next year). Graduate programs in the MIT Sloan School of Management have their own tuition rates. Certain other graduate programs, such as the Real Estate Development master's program and the master's programs in Supply Chain Management, also employ “non-standard” tuition. Special students and visiting students should refer to the tuition and fee information specific to them.
|Full regular graduate tuition (including graduate student staff), per term, fall and spring*||$26,725|
|Doctoral students approved for non-resident tuition, first three semesters†||$1,335|
|Doctoral students approved for non-resident tuition, subsequent semesters†||$4,010|
|Off-campus internship tuition (35% of maximum tuition charge)||$9,355|
|*Full tuition in either term of the current year covers the January Independent Activities Period.|
|†Following completion of the nonresident period, the student must return to resident status for completion and presentation of the doctoral thesis. If the student requires only part of this first term back in residence to complete the thesis, the tuition will be adjusted subject to a minimum of $13,362. Consult Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information on nonresident status.|
If the student was registered for thesis as a resident student in the immediately preceding term, regular or summer, tuition for thesis will be adjusted after acceptance by the department of the completed document on the basis of a charge of $2,225 per week from the starting date of the term, with a minimum of $2,225 for the master's or engineer's degree and $4,452 for the doctoral degree. If the immediately preceding term was the summer term and if the graduate student was not registered for thesis in that summer term, but was registered for thesis in residence in the previous second term, the minimum tuition for thesis is $13,362.
- Tuition for thesis students is based on registration and residency status. The Registrar’s Office provides further tuition information by academic year.
- Resident graduate students making progress toward a degree are expected to register as and are considered full-time students. Tuition is prorated if a student withdraws early.
- A student who continues to hold a fellowship, traineeship, or graduate staff appointment for the remainder of the term after delivery of the thesis is still considered a full-time student and tuition will not be adjusted. In unusual circumstances, the Office of Graduate Education may set special tuition rates for graduate students.
- Students in approved programs registering for thesis work or other approved research subjects in the summer are eligible for a summer tuition subsidy.
- Students who are permitted to undertake nonresident thesis research must register as nonresident doctoral candidates. Following completion of the nonresident period, the student must return to resident status for completion and presentation of the doctoral thesis. If the student requires only part of this first term back in residence to complete the thesis, the tuition will be adjusted subject to a minimum of $13,362. Consult Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information on nonresident status. The minimum term tuition charge for registration for doctoral thesis upon readmission as a resident student is $40,085 if not registered during the preceding regular term.
The tuition for all regular graduate students, including fellows, trainees, and academic staff in the 2020 summer session was $18,465.
- A number of miscellaneous fees may apply each term, unrelated to tuition.
Cooperative and practice-school programs offered by MIT provide industrial and research experience through a series of work assignments interwoven with regular study at the Institute. The tuition fees for these programs are the same as those for regular graduate students.
Cooperative and practice-school program tuition, per term, fall and spring, 2020–2021
|Chemical Engineering Practice School, Course 10-A||$26,725|
|Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Course 6-A||$26,725|
Graduate students who are enrolled in a research degree program and who are not taking subjects are eligible to have their summer tuition subsidized from Institute general funds. The subsidy applies to new or continuing graduate students in normal resident status during the preceding spring term, and who are only registered for thesis or pre-thesis research credit during the summer session.
- Graduate students who register for other summer subjects will be charged tuition on a per unit basis up to the maximum tuition. This tuition may not be charged to research grants.
- Students registering for summer internship subjects are not eligible and will be charged the per unit rate, up to a maximum of four units.
Full details on the Summer Tuition Subsidy are available online. Email the Registrar’s Office or call 617-258-6409 with questions about the subjects that currently qualify as thesis or pre-thesis in each department.
Graduate students who are enrolled in a research program, and who are not taking courses, will have their summer tuition subsidized (that is, paid from other Institute resources).
MIT Sloan master's programs, annual tuition rate (unless otherwise noted), 2020–2021
|Sloan Fellows MBA||$136,135†|
|Executive MBA, 20 months||$177,962†|
|Leaders for Global Operations||$77,168,†|
|Master of Finance, 12 months||$80,350|
|Master of Finance, 18 months||$111,275|
|Master of Science in Management Studies||$77,168*|
|Master of Business Analytics||$82,000|
|Visiting Fellows||Consult program office|
|*These programs are also charged the $2,200 student life fee|
|†Students interested in the Sloan Fellows Program for Innovation and Global Leadership should consult the Sloan School of Management with regard to fees.|
Certain other graduate programs have non-standard tuition rates.
Tuition for non-standard programs, 2020–2021
|Center for Real Estate SM Program, per term, fall and spring||$30,462|
|Center for Real Estate SM Program, summer||$20,308|
|Supply Chain Management Master's Program in Logistics, academic year||$74,968|
|Supply Chain Management Five-month Blended Program||$44,980|
|Systems Design and Management/Integrated Design and Management Program||Consult program office|
|Professional Education Advanced Study Program (ASP)||Consult program office|
Special students are non-degree students who are taking classes at MIT for personal or professional reasons.
- Graduate special students, including Sloan students, should contact the Advanced Study Program for information about admission and tuition rates.
- There are additional miscellaneous fees associated with registering at MIT.
Students pursuing a degree at an institution other than MIT and who have been invited by faculty in an MIT department, laboratory, or center to do research here may apply for visiting student status. Current regular or special MIT students, or MIT students who have withdrawn or are on a leave of absence, are not eligible.
Each term, visiting students are subject to a registration fee. If the visiting student’s appointment does not correspond directly with the beginning of MIT’s terms, they are still charged the entire fee. If the student leaves before the end of the term, the registration fee may be prorated.
Visiting student registration fees, 2020-21
A student withdrawing before the start of a term is not charged any tuition for that term and any tuition payments previously made for that term will be refunded. Students withdrawing during the fall or spring term are charged one-twelfth of the stated tuition for the term for each week from the starting date of the term, with a minimum two-week charge. A student must pay full tuition and fees at the beginning of the term. Any subsequent reduction in fees is based on the date that cancellation of a subject or withdrawal from the Institute is effected. At that time, any excess payments which the student has made will be refunded.
All students pay a student life fee each term. Late registration or applications may result in additional fees. See the Academic Calendar for relevant dates and deadlines.
Miscellaneous student fees*, 2020-21
|Application for undergraduate admission||$75|
|Application for graduate admission||$75|
|Application for MBA program||$250|
|Late change in registration||$50|
|Late degree application||$50|
|Late graduate thesis title||$85|
|Very late degree application||$85|
|Very late pre-registration||$85|
|Very late registration||$100|
|Late application for non-resident doctoral status||$100|
|Library processing fee—doctoral thesis||$115|
|Library processing fee—theses for all other advanced degrees||$50|
|*Miscellaneous fees and processing charges are nonrefundable unless levied in error.|
Processing Charges for Late Changes in Registration
A late change in registration, which requires a petition to the Office of Graduate Education, is defined as adding a subject after the fifth week or dropping a subject during the last three weeks of a term. The processing charge for late changes is $50. There is an additional charge of $50 for a retroactive change after the end of the term.
Student Health Insurance
Payment of tuition entitles all regular and special students to many health care services at MIT Medical through the MIT Student Medical Plan at no charge. The MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan covers hospitalization due to accidents or illness and meets the state’s requirement for comprehensive health insurance.
Enrollment in the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan is automatic. Insurance is required for all students unless they can demonstrate that they have comparable coverage through another insurance program, in which case they may submit an online waiver request. Complete details on MIT Student Health Insurance Plans are available on the MIT Medical website.
MIT Student Health Insurance, cost per year for single student, 2020–2021
|MIT Student Health Plan||Included with tuition|
|MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan||$3,269|
Students can also purchase coverage for their partners and dependents under the MIT plans. Refer to the Medical Requirements section for additional details or read more about the student health plans.
Payment of Tuition and Other Charges
An individual who registers as a student at MIT agrees to pay all charges on their account when due, and acknowledges that the Institute may charge a hold fee, suspend registration, revoke Institute services, and withhold the degree if these charges are not paid.
Student Financial Services (SFS) gathers, bills, and collects student charges and provides a student account statement of that activity. These charges originate in the offices from which the student receives Institute services. SFS bills by posting a monthly billing statement on MITPAY—MIT's secure, online billing and payment system. The statement is posted on the 10th of the month and SFS sends students a monthly email reminder to check the statement and pay any balance due. The statement includes charges (e.g., tuition, fees, housing, and library fees), payments (financial aid, tuition awards), additional amounts due, and payment deadlines.
Payment in full or a satisfactory arrangement for payment is due on or before August 1 for the fall term and on or before January 1 for the spring term. New charges that occur after the initial statement will appear on a subsequent statement. If a student anticipates that they may not be able to pay the entire amount due by the term bill due date, they should consider the MIT Monthly Payment Plan, a monthly installment arrangement that allows students to pay over five months instead of in one lump sum and is interest-free. Enrollment is easy and can be accessed through MITPAY.
SFS also offers information on federal student loan programs as additional options for eligible US citizens and permanent residents.
A student who fails to make satisfactory arrangements for payment will have a registration or degree hold imposed and a hold fee of $100 will be charged to the student account. The balance due, including the hold fee, must be paid in full before the hold can be released.
Notifications to Graduate Students with Unpaid Balances
The fifth week of the term, SFS will notify graduate students who have an unpaid balance on their student account for the term and who have not made satisfactory arrangements for payment of the balance. Students will be notified through the regular billing process and by email, informing them of the MIT policy regarding registration and graduation holds for subsequent terms. SFS will repeat this process after the 11th week of the term.
After the 11th week of the term, SFS will notify any graduate students who have unpaid balances on their student accounts for the term and who have not made satisfactory arrangements for payment of those balances. SFS will notify these students informing them of the Institute's policy regarding financial holds.
Policy on Graduate Student Financial Holds and Other Actions
Graduate students who have not paid their prior term balances and have not made efforts to resolve their financial situation will not be allowed to register for subsequent terms, will not receive credit retroactively, will be assessed a $100 hold fee, and may be restricted from Institute student services. The student account must be paid in full in order for a degree to be conferred.
Student accounts unpaid after the student has left MIT for any reason may be reported to credit bureau agencies and/or sent to an outside collection agency and assessed additional fees on the outstanding balance. Please visit the SFS website for more information and to review the Student Financial Responsibility Statement.