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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.


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.


Thesis Information

Information on planning for, presenting, printing and submitting your thesis.


Handbooks for each of the five disciplines in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program that include descriptions of curricular requirements and discipline-specific policies.


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


Guidelines/responsibilities for advisors and students.