"The truly unique thing about this program is that every decision—from the time students are admitted to the time they get their degrees—is made by joint faculty committees whose members have to come to a consensus."
—A. Lawrence Peirson III, former Associate Dean, WHOI
Applicants to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program come from widely varying backgrounds and throughout the world. Potential applicants are welcome to visit one or both institutions. However, an onsite interview is not required for admission, nor is it necessary to know or have the support of a specific faculty member.
Admission to the Joint Program is highly competitive. In recent years, about 10-20% of applicants have been offered admission to the Joint Program. Most successful applicants have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a basic science or engineering discipline.
Applications are submitted online (see How to Apply and MIT-WHOI Joint Graduate Program Online Application). A Joint Committee made up of staff members from both institutions evaluates applications, and notification is made to the applicants by early March.
The MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering collaborates with the MIT Departments of EAPS, Biology, MechE, EECS, CEE, and Aero/Astro. If you wish to apply to those departments independently of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, please also complete their online application form, bearing in mind that they may have different application deadlines.
Students admitted to the MIT-WHOI Joint Program are encouraged to enroll in June and reside at WHOI during their first summer.
Joint Program students, who remain in good academic standing, are provided financial support, consisting of tuition (the 2019-2020 tuition is $71,250 per year) and a stipend (currently averaging $39,391 per year) during five years of full-time study. The stipend rate is set by MIT each year. This support may come from a Graduate Research Assistantship that is an integral part of a research project, or it may come from a variety of fellowships to which applicants may apply before coming to the Joint Program.
You can direct questions to either of these Joint Program offices: