Registration Instructions

All students taking classes are expected to meet with their advisors to discuss fall and spring term subject selection. Students are strongly encouraged to submit registration forms before classes begin to ensure accurate course enrollments. The deadline to register without penalty is the Friday following registration day at 5:00 PM.

The process:

  1. Students and advisors meet to agree on subject enrollment for the term.
  2. Academic advisor approves the subject selections for which the student has preregistered.  (If the advisor is a WHOI faculty member, s/he sends an email to the WHOI registrar indicating approval of the selected courses, and the registrar approves the online registration.)
  3. Student completes registration process by submitting the digital form.

Total Units for Full-Time Students

Spring and Fall terms: 36-48 units

Summer session: 24 units

IAP: JP students do not register unless taking a specific course.

Pre-Thesis Students - Research Subject Numbers

(In the School of Science, this is for those who have not yet passed the thesis proposal defense.  Engineering students should consult their handbook for guidance.)

  7.491 (Bio)   Research in Biological Oceanography
  1.982 (CEE)   Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  12.722 (EAPS)   Current Research in Chemical Oceanography (at WHOI)
  12.736 (EAPS)   Current Research in Chemical Oceanography (at MIT)
  1.982 (CEE)   Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Marine Geology & Geophysics
  12.721 (EAPS)   Current Research in Marine Geology & Geophysics (at WHOI)
  12.731 (EAPS)   Current Research in Marine Geology & Geophysics (at MIT)
Physical Oceanography
  12.971 (EAPS)   Current Research in Physical Oceanography (at WHOI)
  12.961 (EAPS)   Current Research in Physical Oceanography (at MIT)
Applied Ocean Science & Engineering
  2.689 (ME)   Projects in Oceanographic Engineering
  1.982 (CEE)   Research in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  6.991 (EECS)   Research in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Master's and Engineer's Degree Students - Research Subject Numbers

Students who are working on a master's or engineer's thesis should register for thesis units (see list below).

Doctoral Thesis Students - Research Subject Numbers

(students who have passed their thesis proposal defense and advanced to candidacy)

MIT course number plus ".THG":
Civil & Environmental Engineering 1.THG
Mechanical Engineering (OE) 2.THG
Electrical Engineering 6.THG
Biology 7.THG
Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences 12.THG

Adding and Dropping Courses

Adding courses to or dropping courses from your registration is done online at the MIT Registrar's website.  The deadline to add is in the fifth week of the term; the drop deadline is during the twelfth week of the term.  Make sure to allow time for for the approver of your change to submit his/her decision.

Teaching Assistants

If you have been assigned as a teaching assistant for a course, using the department number where the course is taught, register for the following:

Course department

Course number


1 – CEE


check with dept.

2 – ME



6 – EECS


24 (if fulltime TA)

7 – Biology



12 – EAPS




For students who want to take courses at Harvard, please see the MIT Registrar's website for instructions about cross-registering.