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Admissions - Transfer

If you are enrolled in another graduate program, but would like to transfer to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, here is information on how to apply.

Advisor Change

Two page document on how to change advisors while in the Joint Program.

Child Care Subsidy

WHOI subsidizes the cost of daycare for dependents of JP students.

Childbirth Accommodation Policy

A student anticipating childbirth is eligible for a period of up to eight weeks of Childbirth Accommodation at either MIT or WHOI.


Guidelines for adding a co-advisor.

Conference Travel Funding

Funding is available for Joint Program students traveling to conferences to present their research.

Counseling options for WHOI-based students

Mental health options for students based at WHOI

Gender Equity at Sea

Improving gender equity in the field and at sea

Health Insurance

Insurance options for JP students including information regarding health insurance enhancement for students based at WHOI enrolled in the MIT insurance plan

Health Reimbursement for WHOI-based Students

An account for WHOI-based Joint Program students who need urgent care or care for chronic illnesses

Healthcare Providers (Upper Cape) - Urgent and Emergency Care

Emergency and urgent care providers on the upper Cape


Students can reserve space for housing with either MIT in Cambridge or with WHOI in the Woods Hole area.

Internship Approval Process

The Joint Program recognizes the benefits of exploring career opportunities through taking an internship during one or more terms.  Students should follow these guidelines when interested in pursuing an internship.

Joint Program Intercampus Travel Reimbursement for Faculty

JP faculty who are traveling between institutions for official JP business can request reimbursement. Examples include teaching classes, or attending student committee meetings, thesis defenses, and Joint Committee meetings. Reimbursed costs are usually limited to transportation costs, such as bus fare or mileage.

Joint Program Intercampus Travel Reimbursement for Students

Students whose advisors are based at WHOI and live in the WHOI area can request travel reimbursement to travel to MIT for academic purposes, JP events, and for medical appointments.

Joint Program Interdisciplinary Statement

The goal of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program is for each student to achieve his or her full intellectual potential in the chosen area of study and research, either within the more traditional disciplines of ocean sciences and engineering or within interdisciplinary studies incorporating two or more disciplines.

MIT Hazing Policy

By Massachusetts State Law, every student group is required to attest to having distributed a copy of the Massachusetts hazing law to its members.

Professional Affiliation

In publications and formal presentations resulting from a student's research in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, "The MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering" shall be listed as an affiliation.

Thesis Committee Member Travel Reimbursement

The WHOI Academic Programs Office will pay reasonable costs for one outside member to attend the thesis proposal defense and the thesis defense.

Thesis Submission

After a student's successful dissertation defense, the final version of a thesis must be submitted to both the student's home department at MIT and WHOI's Academic Programs Office within two weeks of the defense date.