Process and Requirements
MIT Graduate Admissions Statement
March 26, 2020
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.
In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record.
Additionally, CEE will not be accepting GRE test scores for applicants during the 2020-2021 admission graduate admissions cycle.
Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.
Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed to the Academic Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Requirements and Process
All applicants to graduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering must hold a Bachelor’s degree. All of our graduate programs are on campus and are full time. All students are admitted for the fall term.
- Statement of Objectives
- CV or résumé
Official GRE general exam score report. [CEE will not be accepting GRE scores for the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle]
- One electronic copy of transcript(s) from all universities you have attended. We don’t require official transcripts until after a student has been admitted to the department.
- An English language exam (IELTS or TOEFL) score for international students for whom English is not their native language
- Three letters of recommendation
- Electronic payment of the application fee
- Abstracts of published articles or conference presentations
If you are admitted to the department, we will require you to have an official copy of your transcript(s) sent to us from the university’s registrar. Your transcript will be verified upon receipt and any discrepancy between the transcript you uploaded and the official transcript will result in a withdrawal of our offer of admission. Once admitted, please have your official transcript sent to:
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 1-290
Cambridge, MA 02139
Minimum Academic Requirements
While not all of our students come from the domains of Civil and Environmental Engineering, most students matriculate to our department from undergraduate backgrounds in Science, Math, Engineering, or related fields. All students who hope to enroll at MIT for an advanced degree after earning an undergraduate degree elsewhere should give careful attention to undergraduate prerequisites as outlined in our subject descriptions.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
When applications are reviewed for admission the faculty have a keen interest in how you have done in subjects in related fields, not necessarily your overall GPA.
Test Scores [CEE will not be accepting GRE test scores for the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle.]
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The Graduate Record Examination – general exam – is required for all applicants. We are interested in students who have scored in the 80th percentile or better for all three areas of the GRE.
Please request that ETS send the scores directly to MIT. MIT’s GRE institutional code is 3514. CEE codes are 1102 (civil), 1103 (environmental) and 1199 (other CEE).
English Language Exam
If your first language is not English, you are required to take an English Language Exam. The department accepts both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL is 100. The CEE TOEFL department code is 65.
The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.5 on the Academic exam.
Scores must be reported to the department by the application deadline.
Statement of Objectives
Your statement should be 1 to 1.5 pages long. The statement will serve the following three purposes:
- It will help the admissions officer direct your application to the most appropriate readers and/or potential research supervisors.
- The statement will be used to evaluate your writing skills.
- It will help the faculty reviewing your application to understand the depth of your technical experience.
When applying for graduate school in engineering, depth often counts more than breadth, and demonstrating your ability to be independent and focused can be more important than having broad interests and a broad range of experiences. Describe your technical expertise with clear details to demonstrate your mastery of the concepts and skills you’ve learned through relevant activities such as lab projects, classes, internships, summer jobs and previous research experience.
Lastly, don’t ignore bad grades or other anomalies in your application package. If you had trouble with a course or another type of challenge, your statement of objectives is a good place to acknowledge that setback and explain what you learned from the experience.