The purpose of the academic program at MIT is to give students a solid command of basic principles, a versatility of insight and perspective concerning natural and social phenomena, the habit of continued learning, and the power that comes from a thorough and systematic approach to learning. From these attributes comes the best assurance for continued professional and personal growth, especially in today's rapidly changing world.
The undergraduate academic program is based on a core of General Institute Requirements and on the specific curricula offered by departments for undergraduate majors. All undergraduate Courses at MIT lead to the Bachelor of Science (SB) degree. For most undergraduates, degree-granting programs require four years of full-time study.
Graduate degrees include Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science (SM), Master of Engineering (MEng), Master in City Planning (MCP), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Analytics (MBAn), Master of Finance (MFin), Engineer, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Science (ScD). Graduate students may also take advantage of a number of standing interdisciplinary programs or develop individually tailored programs in consultation with the faculty.
Engineer degrees include Civil Engineer (CE), Electrical Engineer (EE), Engineer in Aeronautics and Astronautics (EAA), Engineer in Computer Science (ECS), Environmental Engineer (EnvE), Materials Engineer (MatE), Mechanical Engineer (MechE), Naval Engineer (NavE), and Nuclear Engineer (NuclE).
Each of the academic departments and units listed below offers one or more degree-granting programs, as described in the Schools and Interdisciplinary Programs sections of this Bulletin. More detailed information can be obtained from the program and department offices.
School of Architecture and Planning
Media Arts and Sciences
Urban Studies and Planning
School of Engineering
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Materials Science and Engineering
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Global Studies and Languages
Linguistics and Philosophy
Music and Theater Arts
Science, Technology, and Society
Sloan School of Management
School of Science
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Joint Program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Inquiries regarding MIT's accreditation status should be directed to the Office of the President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Many degree programs at MIT are accredited by specialized professional accrediting bodies, including ABET, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Computer Science Accreditation Board, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and the Planning Accreditation Board. Academic departments can provide information on the accreditation of the specific degree programs they offer.