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
  16.THG (Aero/Astro)   Thesis Research in Aeronautics & Astronautics

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  
Aeronautics & Astronautics 16.THG
Biology 7.THG
Civil & Environmental Engineering 1.THG
Earth Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences 12.THG
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science 6.THG
Mechanical Engineering 2.THG

Adding and Dropping Courses

Students wishing to add or drop subjects from their registration should use 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.  Students should make sure to allow time for for the approver of the change to submit his/her decision.  If the student is advised at WHOI, s/he should indicate in the Comment from Student section the reason for the change and whether or not the advisor has approved it.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants should register for the following using the department number where the subject is taught:

Subject Department

Subject 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.