The goal of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program is for students to achieve their full intellectual potential and have the greatest possible opportunity to pursue research of their choice.

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Most students enter the Joint Program with a doctoral degree as their goal, though other degree options are available. For a student entering with appropriate undergraduate preparation (a B.S. or equivalent in a relevant science), the academic program is typically made up of two years of graduate-level course work, with courses that may be selected from an extensive course list offered specifically by the Joint Program as well as the full resources of MIT.

    Fields of Study


    The MIT-WHOI Joint Program has over 250 faculty members, many of whose work is world-renowned. Students are given the ability to work closely with the MIT-WHOI Joint Program's outstanding faculty at every turn, and conduct research in the labs of their mentors.


    Both MIT-WHOI Joint Program and MIT course catalogs are provided here as references.


    A collection of policies, guidelines and general information related to the students of the MIT WHOI Joint Program.


      MIT and WHOI policies and other information related to the academic progress of MIT WHOI Joint Program students.

        Ben Van Mooy


        Guidelines/responsibilities for advisors and students.

        WHOI Check-in Forms

          Transcript and Letter Requests