Applicants to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program come from widely varying backgrounds throughout the world.

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Program Description

Program Overview

The MIT-WHOI Joint Program provides a high quality doctoral education leading to an internationally-recognized Ph.D. degree awarded by both institutions.

    Navy Program

    Navy Program

    The Joint Program offers a master’s degree program for U.S. Naval Officers. The program is designed to be completed in 27 months (two years and a summer). The first year is spent taking courses and beginning research with an advisor. In the second year, the student conducts research and thesis work, culminating in a MS thesis.



    Admission to the Joint Program is highly competitive; in recent years, about 15-20% of applicants have been offered admission to the program.



    Joint Program students, who remain in good academic standing, are provided financial support, consisting of tuition and stipend, for up to five years of full-time study.



    Look to see how many applicants, offers, and students came into the Joint Program last year, and where our Alumni have ended up in their careers.



      We receive hundreds of inquiries every year regarding admissions to the Joint Program. Here you will find answers to the most common questions we are asked.

        why the MIT/WHOI Joint Program

        Why the MIT-WHOI Joint Program?

        Students in the Joint Program have access to courses, programs and resources at one of the top oceanographic research institutions in the world (WHOI), and one of the top research universities in the world (MIT).

          Research Opportunities