All students taking classes are expected to meet with their advisors to discuss fall and spring term subject selection. Students are strongly encouraged to submit registration forms before classes begin to ensure accurate course enrollments. The deadline to register without penalty is the Friday following registration day at 5:00 PM.
- Students and advisors meet to agree on subject enrollment for the term.
- Academic advisor approves the subject selections for which the student has preregistered. (If the advisor is a WHOI faculty member, they send an email to the WHOI registrar indicating approval of the selected courses, and the registrar approves the online registration.)
- Student completes registration process by submitting the digital form.
Total Units for Full-Time Students
Spring and Fall terms: 36-48 units
Summer session: 24 units
IAP: JP students do not register unless taking a specific course.
Registering for Research
Students working on a master's, engineer's, or doctoral thesis should register for thesis units.
School of Science: Only students who have passed the thesis proposal defense and advanced to candidacy or are working on a master’s degree should register for thesis units.
School of Engineering: Students should consult their handbook for guidance.
Research Subject Numbers
|Course 1 - Civil & Environmental Engineering|
|Course 2 - Mechanical Engineering|
|2.689||Projects in Oceanographic Engineering|
|Course 6 - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science|
|6.991||Research in EECS|
|Course 7 - Biology|
|7.491||Research in Biological Oceanography (pre-thesis proposal)|
|Course 12 - Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences|
|12.980||Current Research in Joint Program at MIT (letter graded)|
|12.981||Current Research in Joint Program at MIT (Pass/D/Fail)|
|12.982||Current Research in Joint Program at WHOI (letter graded - only use this number if specifically advised to do so)|
|12.983||Current Research in Joint Program at WHOI (Pass/D/Fail)|
|Course 16 - Aeronautics & Astronautics|
Adding and Dropping Courses
Students wishing to add or drop subjects from their registration should use the MIT Registrar's website. The student initiates the change; it is then approved by an advisor or administrator. Once the approval is made, the student must make sure to submit the change or the process will not be complete.
The deadline to add is in the fifth week of the term; the drop deadline is during the twelfth week of the term. Students should make sure to allow time for for the approver of the change to submit their decision.
Teaching assistants should register for the following using the department number where the subject is taught:
|Subject Department||Subject Number||Units|
|1 – CEE||N/a or 1.984||see subject description|
|2 – ME||N/A||--|
|6 – EECS||6.981||24 (if fulltime TA)|
|7 – Biology||7.934||15|
|12 – EAPS||12.446||1|
For students who want to take courses at Harvard, please see the MIT cross-registration page for instructions about cross-registering.