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.
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.