The graduate application completion deadline is December 15 for admission the following fall semester (we do not offer spring admission). We offer online application only paper applications will not be reviewed. The Fall 2021 graduate application deadline (December 15) has now passed.

If you have questions regarding AeroAstro graduate admissions that aren't answered in the links on the left, or the Covid-19 and GRE statements below, please email aagradinfo [at]

AeroAstro Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP)

The AeroAstro Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students pursuing graduate study in engineering. Specifically, GAAP strives to increase the diversity of the applicant pool by providing support and mentorship to applicants from underrepresented backgrounds as they navigate the graduate school application process. GAAP mentors, who are current graduate students in AeroAstro, will work with assigned mentees to provide synchronous (e.g., going through an outline of the mentee’s Statement of Objectives) as well as asynchronous (e.g., reading mentee’s drafts off-line) feedback on their application materials.

No matter what stage of the application process you're in, if you think you could benefit from talking through your application with a current grad student at MIT, please submit an application! The application form can be found here ( GAAP applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (until December 1st), and our aim is to accept as many eligible applicants as we have mentors for (we'll assign mentors on a first-come, first-served basis, with a waitlist if no mentors are available when we receive your application). Our application form is mainly to give us an idea of how we can best help your application, so don't worry about polishing your responses. Please send any questions to cbd [at]

Statement on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

As of June 1, 2020, AeroAstro no longer requires or accepts the GRE as part of the admissions process for our SM and PhD programs. If you are applying to the LGO Program, please refer to their application process.


Statement on Graduate Admissions with regard to Covid-19:

Dear MIT AeroAstro Graduate Applicants,

Our Department's vision is to push the boundaries of the possible to shape the future of aerospace while maintaining a welcoming and supportive community. 

Each year, we receive a large number of excellent applications from prospective students, and we strive to be as fair as possible when evaluating them for admission into our graduate program. We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many schools —including MIT — to implement some version of pass/no record or pass/fail academic grading at this time. Admission to our graduate program is done on a holistic basis, and in accordance with our values and mission. We want to assure you that we will take into account the circumstances surrounding the pandemic as we evaluate your candidacy in our graduate program — we will not hold this unprecedented situation against you when considering your application.

Daniel Hastings

Department Head