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MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering offers a graduate PhD degree program. MIT admits students for the fall term each year; there is no January or June admission. 

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and are responsible for ensuring that all admissions credentials are submitted on time. Your application will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. There is no separate application for financial support; all admitted students are offered support. To apply follow these steps: 

1. Fill out the online application by 23:59, EST, December 15. You will be providing the following information: 

  • Field(s) of interest 
  • Personal information/addresses 
  • International student data 
  • Three or more names and email addresses of letter writers 
  • Scanned copies of your College Transcripts 
  • For international students, scanned copies of your IELTS scores 
  • Educational and work history 
  • Statement of objectives 
  • Outside financial support and potential outside support 
  • Credit card payment of $75 (Application Fee)

2. Arrange for submission of the following (official reports only):
Scanned PDF transcripts and GRE, and IELTS scores are considered unofficial documents but are sufficient for review purposes. Official documents are required before an admissions decision can be made. Please have your test scores electronically transmitted to MIT Admissions and mail official copies of your transcript(s) to: 

  • MIT Department of Biological Engineering
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 16-267
  • Cambridge, MA 02139

GRE general scores (NOT REQUIRED): Electronic submission – MIT’s school code for the GRE is 3514. The code for the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT is 1603.

For international students, IELTS: scores should also be electronically sent directly to MIT.

  • To register for a test, visit
  • IELTS does not require a code. Please write “Department of Biological Engineering,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology”. No address is required as scores are reported
  • If you are an international student, you should take the IELTS test by November 15. The
    Department of Biological Engineering does not waive this requirement.

Frequently asked admissions related questions can be found on our website.