Graduate Forms

This page links to forms and documents you'll need for AeroAstro SM and PhD/ScD studies. If you have questions about any of these documents, we suggest you visit our master’s or doctoral degree requirements pages, or contact the AeroAstro Academic Programs Office .

Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program Guide: A comprehensive manual of the doctoral process including program requirements, field exam and thesis proposal defense guidelines, thesis defense information, and more. These guidelines apply to you if you have taken/will take the Field Exam. Download (pdf)

PhD Quick Guide: A quick overview of the main points in the Doctoral Program Guide Download (pdf)

Field Exam Descriptions: Describes the field exams that will be offered in January. A student seeking entrance to the AeroAstro doctoral program must take one of these field exams. Download (pdf)

Qualifying Field Exam Application: Must be completed and submitted to AeroAstro Academic Programs Office in order to apply to take the AeroAstro Qualifying Field Exam. Only students who have been admitted to the Aero Astro graduate program are eligible to sit for this exam. Download (pdf)

Doctoral Nonresident Status Petition Form: Should be used by doctoral students who wish to apply for nonresident doctoral thesis research status. It must be approved by the AA Graduate Committee, and filed with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education one month prior to the beginning of the semester for which nonresidency is being requested. Download (pdf)

Authorization to Defend Thesis Proposal: Must be completed in order to begin scheduling the Thesis Proposal Defense, required of all doctoral students. It must be submitted to the Aero Astro Academic Programs Office 10 working days (two weeks) prior to the intended defense date. Download (pdf)


Graduate Writing Examination: All incoming graduate students are required to take the Technical Writing Exam during the first week of classes. Please see this document for more information. Info here.

Graduate Math Requirement: All graduate students must fulfill the Graduate Math Requirement. Download (pdf 112K)

Graduate 16THG Requirement: All graduate students must register for thesis units (16 THG) every semester, including their first. Please see this document for more information. Download (pdf 76K)


Graduate Advising Policy: The Graduate Advising Policy describes different roles in the advising of doctoral and master's level students, describes the attributes of these roles, and defines those individuals who are eligible to fulfill the roles. While this is a document primarily for faculty, students will find it useful in the development of, and interaction with, committees and advisors. Download (pdf 121KB)


Graduate Readmission Form: Should be used by graduate students who wish to resume a degree program after one semester of more of absence. Download (pdf)


Academic Integrity Handbook: MIT policies on plagiarism and producing original work. Download (pdf)