Resources

Advising and Academic Support

Academic Support

Advising

  • Graduate students can consult peers representing Institute-wide (iREFS) or departmental (dREFS) programs that provide low-barrier, confidential services in the form of support, coaching, listening, de-escalation, and informal mentoring and mediation. refs.mit.edu

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

  • Provides a range of direct services and information to meet the personal and professional needs of MIT’s diverse, global community. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you to resources and support systems

  • Advising and support for students interested in applying to medical or health professional schools

  • Assists students in navigating MIT and the US, including legal requirements; provides assistance and advising for international students and their families; and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community

  • Graduate Personal Support (GPS) offers advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu

Mentoring

Learning Resources

  • Collection of MIT’s research that includes peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, working papers, theses and more. End-user downloads of the 80,000+ items regularly exceed one million per month

  • In-person or online consultation on any writing difficulty, from questions about grammar to matters of style, and oral presentations; specialized help for English as a second language

  • MIT's academic computing environment

  • Public computer labs that are located throughout the MIT campus

  • Guides provide targeted research and information tools for use in specific classes or programs

  • Guides provide targeted research and information tools for use in specific disciplines

  • Library resources and services

  • Free online MIT-quality courses accessible to learners worldwide

  • Web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content

Academic Integrity

Academic Community

Academic Records

Academic Planning

  • Information for graduate students on deciding to leave the Institute (for medical, personal, or other reasons), and how to return after an absence

  • For full-time, registered graduate student women who anticipate giving birth

  • A form to seek approval for a particular action or request such as amending a program of study, completing a dual degree, resolving an incomplete grade, or applying for a thesis field not currently available

  • Enables an MIT grad student enrolled in a doctoral program to study at another participating grad school for a limited period of time

  • If you are carrying out doctoral research while not in formal residence at the Institute, read about Thesis Research in Absentia and about Nonresident Doctoral Thesis Research status

  • Information on courses of study and degree requirements

  • Special January term when students, faculty, staff, and alumni can organize and participate in a wide variety of activities in addition to classes, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals, and contests

  • Information and resources to help students find and apply for internships

  • Opportunities and process for study abroad

  • Process to apply for transfer credit from another university, including HASS or Communication Requirement Transfer Credit

  • Information on where and how students can cross-register

  • Searchable listing of courses with schedule info, textbook info, and class URL links

  • The PE Requirement provides students with the instruction and skills necessary to lead healthy, active lifestyles and to foster both personal growth and a sense of community through physical activity

Class Management Tools

Graduation

Graduate Research

International Research

  • Nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies, offering opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

  • An international collaboration involving MIT and government, academia, and industry in Portugal to develop education and research programs related to engineering systems

  • MIT’s largest international research endeavor in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore, known for its interdisciplinary research groups

  • An engineering and life science educational and research collaboration among the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and MIT

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

  • Support for MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world

Research Ethics

Intellectual Property

Writing Your Dissertation or Thesis

Housing

Dining

  • Find the closest MIT residential dining hall

  • Information about special diets and nutrition information for MIT dining partners

  • Flexible plans that offer fresh cuisines, specialized cooking stations that feature recipes from around the world, and hands-on cooking events throughout the academic year

  • Find the closest on-campus retail dining locations

  • From residence halls to meeting to events, MIT Dining offers numerous venues and programs to help feed hungry students and community members.

Transportation

  • Find out about parking permits, locations, guest options, policies, and procedures

  • Commuting options including bicyling, carpools, MBTA, emergency rides, and more

  • Commuter connection between Cambridgeport and North Station in Boston, with many stops in and around MIT

  • For a comprehensive list of operating hours Information on all MIT shuttles, including Saferide, the TECH Shuttle, airport shuttles, and more

  • Safe transportation at night within and around the MIT campus, free for all members of the MIT 

  • Do your part to curb bike theft

Family Services

Governance

  • Governing organization for MIT's five independent living groups

  • Supporting the learning and living environment at MIT with specific attention to issues of community

  • Part of the Division of Student Life comprising Residential Life, Dining, FSILGs, Residential Life Programs, and First-Year Experience

Events and Activities

Student Groups

Visual Arts, Music and Dance

Athletics

Learn by Doing

Independent Activities Period (IAP)

  • Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America's education system, and make a difference for kids through this all-expenses-paid program

  • Special January term - students, faculty, staff, and alums can organize and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. Information about subjects for credits and about more than 600 non-credit activities offered during IAP

Student Government

Diversity Events

Get Help

  • Support for students dealing with personal concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, or other issues. For urgent concerns, call to speak to a Mental Health clinician. medical.mit.edu/services/mental-health-counseling

  • Acute-care service for illnesses or injuries that need prompt attention, but that aren't likely to result in loss of life or severe impairment. For a life-threatening situation that requires emergency care, call MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or call 911. medical.mit.edu/services/urgent-care

    • Location: E23, 1st Floor
    • Hours: 7 am-11 pm, 7 days/week
    • Phone: 617-253-4481 (24 hours/day)
  • Maintining a safe academic environment as well as emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long through EMT certified officers in cruisers, on motorcycles and bicycle, and foot patrols.

    • Location: W89
    • Phone: For emergencies, dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. For non-emergencies, dial 617-253-2996.
    • Email: mit-police@mit.edu
  • Deans on Call are staff members in the Division of Student Life who are available to students for emergency service after hours, or when the Institute is closed. As needed, they can access a network of responders including MIT Police, MIT Medical, Emergency Response Personnel, Student Support Services, Deans, Housemasters, Residential Life Program staff, and others. studentlife.mit.edu/dean-call-system

    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 5 pm–9 am; Weekends, holidays, or other days MIT is closed, 24 hours/day
    • Phone: Dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. This number is staffed by the MIT Police; ask to speak to the Dean on Call.
  • Graduate Personal Support (GPS) offers advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • During the acadmic year, Let's Chat offers easy access for students to informal, free, confidential 20-minute consultations with counselors from MIT Mental Health and Counseling. Chat about issues such as stress, anxiety, difficulty adjusting, family problems, or relationships. No appointment necessary; sign in on the sheet on the door of 8-316. medical.mit.edu/faqs/lets-chat

    • Location: 8-316
    • Hours: Tues-Fri, 1-3 pm
  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu

Peer Support

Health and Wellness

Personal Support

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

  • Provides a range of direct services and information to meet the personal and professional needs of MIT’s diverse, global community. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you to resources and support systems

  • Services and resources for students with disabilities to ensure access to all of MIT's programs, activities, and services

  • MIT takes hazing seriously. This website is designed to educate the MIT community about how to identify hazing, how to prevent hazing, and how to respond if you experience hazing. Check out MIT's policy on hazing, Massachusetts law on hazing, and information about MIT's prevention efforts.

  • Provides spiritual and personal support and guidance

  • Supports students dealing with issues related to alcohol and other drug abuse, stress, and violence. AA/NA meetings are also available on campus.

  • Social media connecting MIT graduate students with resources to keep you at your best physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • Graduate Personal Support (GPS) offers advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu

Family Services for Students

  • Offers a network of resources for those who are raising children

  • Offers a network of resources in finding or using child care services

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

  • Useful links for graduate students, their spouses, partners, and children

  • Advice from emergency planners to help MIT students, staff, faculty, and loved ones be prepared in the event of an emergency that takes place at MIT or at home

Resolving Conflict

  • Graduate students can consult peers representing Institute-wide (iREFS) or departmental (dREFS) programs that provide low-barrier, confidential services in the form of support, coaching, listening, de-escalation, and informal mentoring and mediation. refs.mit.edu

  • Independent, confidential, and neutral resource that helps MIT community members express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating

  • Resource for helping students to develop and enforce standards and values

  • Offers confidential consultation about difficult conversations, difficult people, or ways to handle a dispute or conflict

  • Graduate Personal Support (GPS) offers advice and counsel on faculty/student relationships, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, a student’s rights and responsibilities, and more.  odge.mit.edu/development/gps

    • Location: 3-138
    • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-9464
    • Email: Assistant Dean Jason McKnight at jrmac@mit.edu or Dean Blanche Staton (via Patricia Glidden) at pglidden@mit.edu
  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Community

  • Assists students in navigating MIT and the US, including legal requirements; provides assistance and advising for international students and their families; and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community

  • The Mind and Hand Book contains standards, guidelines, regulations, and procedures regarding general behavior and policies for all undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Provides an atmosphere for identity and leadership development, sociocultural dialogue, and interaction across cultures

  • Provides spiritual and personal support and guidance

  • Central resource for MIT's LBGT community

  • Connecting first generation students with peers, faculty, and alumni to help address the unique challenges of being the first in their families to go to college

  • The mission of the Institute Community & Equity Office (ICEO) is to advance a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT.

  • Social media connecting MIT graduate students with resources to keep you at your best physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

Public Service Center (PSC)

Local

  • A dual athletic and academic program for urban youth in the Boston area

  • Empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer

  • Design and build low-cost customized assistive devices to meet the needs of the MIT community

  • Organizes classes taught by college students, for middle and high school students

  • Provides resources designed to empower students to become stewards of the sciences and engineering and ambassadors of change

  • Recruits, trains, and matches tutors with children at a local community center to engage and challenge them with reading and writing activities

  • Multidepartment resource that facilitates access to the wide range of MIT outreach programs

  • Lists opportunities to volunteer in the greater Boston/Cambridge area

United States

  • Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America's education system, and make a difference for kids through this all-expenses-paid program

  • Offers students an opportunity to organize and participate in community service trips during spring break

  • Opportunities for federal work-study students to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face

  • Annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that positively impact underserved communities

  • Support for MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world

International

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

  • Consolidates MIT expertise and resources to develop and implement action agendas that focus on world hunger awareness, fundraising, and academic initiatives

  • Aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world

  • Education, outreach, and action teams working together to solve the global poverty problem

  • International internship course that links teams of MIT Sloan MBA students with entrepreneurs in emerging markets

  • Partners with communities in developing countries to improve their quality of life

  • Effort in developing a rigorous methodology for evaluating technological solutions to challenges in the developing world

  • Annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that positively impact underserved communities

  • Focuses on improving the quality of life of low-income households through the creation and implementation of low-cost technologies

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

  • Support for MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world

Advice and Assistance

Research Abroad

  • Nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies, offering opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career

  • An international collaboration involving MIT and government, academia, and industry in Portugal to develop education and research programs related to engineering systems

  • MIT’s largest international research endeavor in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore, known for its interdisciplinary research groups

  • An engineering and life science educational and research collaboration among the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and MIT

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

Study Abroad

  • Nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies, offering opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career

  • Lising of international grants and scholarships to study and conduct research abroad in a wide variety of fields

Public Service Abroad

Internships Abroad

  • 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia for graduating seniors and graduate students who have had limited experience in Asia; provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia

  • Supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

  • Connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

  • International internship course that links teams of MIT Sloan MBA students with entrepreneurs in emerging markets

  • Matches and prepares students for all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad

Leadership Development

Entrepreneurship

  • Provides the knowledge, support, and connections needed for MIT students to become entrepreneurs

  • Courses combine theory and practice to give students ample opportunity to use the skills they have learned within the curriculum

  • Over $350K in prizes are given to aspiring entrepreneurs each year through participation in a series of three contests: the Pitch Contest, the Accelerate Contest, and the Launch Contest

Practical Experience Opportunities

Advice and Mentoring

Work-Life Balance

  • Classes, workshops, books, a number to call for a 3-minute guided meditation, and much more

  • Provides a range of direct services and information to meet the personal and professional needs of MIT’s diverse, global community. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you to resources and support systems

Initiatives to Improve Professional Development at MIT

Career Advice

Making Connections

  • Presentations or receptions to students to learn more about companies and to informally discuss job possibilities

  • Help with the process of discovering and utilizing connections between people

  • Connects MIT alumni with each other and with students to facilitate career strategies, gather quality advice, and open up important networking connections

Job Search

  • The GECD Career Management System; an excecllent resource for jobs and internships

  • On-campus interviews help students and employers connect more easily

  • Guidance and resources to help you develop an effective resume, CV and cover letter, apply for jobs you are interested in, and be ready to successfully interview

  • MIT Spouses & Partners Connect is a community from all over the world, whose members share a common experience: being new to the Boston area. Learn more about the unique aspects of finding work in the United States..

Career Fairs

Internships

Student Employment

Graduate School

Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

Loans

Advice and Assistance

  • Awards need-based financial aid, processes student and parent loans, manages student billing and student employment

  • Contact information for Counselors for Customer Service who can help you with bills and payment

  • Contact information for the Counselors for Education Loan Collections who can work with you while you are a student and after you leave MIT on issues related to debt management

  • Contact information for the Assistant Directors of Financial Aid who can answer questions and guide you through the financial aid process

  • Walk-in services in 11-120; Get help with your student account, financial aid and payments, copies of your transcript, cross-registration information and materials enrollment certification

  • MIT GAIN is a free, 24-hour confidential service that connects graduate students and their families to a network of experts who can provide resources and referrals for a variety of work-life issues, including legal/financial consultation; child care, school, and summer camp resources/referrals; relocation guidance; and career assessment.

Student Employment

Getting Paid by MIT

On Campus

  • Debit account linked to your MIT ID; purchase meals, books, laundry, convenience items and more

  • Provides basic financial services to the MIT community, including graduate and undergraduate students; locations in Student Center (W20) and NE48

MIT Police

  • Learn about rape prevention, theft prevention, and staying safe on and off campus

  • Start here if you've lost a valuable item

  • Do your part to curb bike theft

  • A listing of phone numbers and email addresses at the MIT Police office

  • Maintining a safe academic environment as well as emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long through EMT certified officers in cruisers, on motorcycles and bicycle, and foot patrols.

    • Location: W89
    • Phone: For emergencies, dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212. For non-emergencies, dial 617-253-2996.
    • Email: mit-police@mit.edu

Sexual and Relationship Violence

  • The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that MIT complies with and carries out Title IX responsibilities to prohibit gender discrimination, including all forms of sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

  • Violence Prevention & Response (VPR) provides confidential help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and unhealthy relationships. 

    • Location: E23, 4th Floor
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
    • Phone: 617-253-2300 (hotline 24 hours/day)
    • Email: vpradvocate@mit.edu

Emergency Preparedness

  • Other police and safety agencies inside and outside MIT that help protect community members

  • The central resource for campus security technology, emergency alerts, keys, and ID cards

  • Find out the status of emergencies on campus

  • Get MIT emergency notifications via a number of communication channels including Institute voicemail, email, and text message

  • Advice from emergency planners to help MIT students, staff, faculty, and loved ones be prepared in the event of an emergency that takes place at MIT or at home

Protect Yourself in the Lab

  • Guidance on controls that minimize risk for individuals and the environment and support the primary objectives for research and academic activities

  • Information on proper management of biohazard sharps and chemical, radioactive, and mixed (radioactive/chemical) waste collection

  • The program has extensive experience working with electromagnetic radiation and can help anticipate and identify associated hazards

  • Specific guidance on use of safety equipment in labs

  • Educates the community about safe use and environmental stewardship related to the hundreds of chemicals in use on campus every day

  • In collaboration with MIT Principal Investigators (PIs), BSP ensure the safe and responsible conduct of life sciences research

  • Tools and services for use by students and staff to address topics including EHS policies, regulatory requirements, training, and hazardous waste management