New Graduate Student Enrollment
We are delighted to welcome you to the Department of Architecture at MIT. This website will help you make a smooth transition into your life and studies at MIT. Please read each section of this site carefully, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, as it describes what you need to do in preparation for Orientation and the fall semester.
Graduate orientation is scheduled to begin the week of August 28. It is important that you join us for the entire week, which will introduce you to your program, Architecture, and MIT. Orientation events are organized by the Department of Architecture as well as by MIT's Graduate Student Council (GSC), links to which are posted below.
Specific orientation events will be updated throughout summer 2022.
- GSC Orientation Schedule
- Architecture Orientation Schedule
- Architecture Orientation Guide
- MIT Academic Calendar
You may enjoy reading the MIT Guidebook for incoming students written by the Architecture Student Council (ASC).
8/15: Deadline for receipt of final, official transcripts (see below for details)
8/15–8/19: remote Jumpstart Part I (by invitation)
8/22–8/26: on-campus Jumpstart Part II (by invitation)
8/28: On-campus orientation begins
8/29–9/2: TLL TA Days (for students TAing)
9/6: Registration Day, optional Architecture Studio Previews (2pm)
9/7: First day of classes
9/9: Registration deadline
Department-specific Information for All Degree Programs
Please read through this section and fill out the RSVP form at the bottom of this page.
➤ Now that you will be enrolling in September, you need to send us your official transcript(s).
Have your previous school(s) mail us your official transcripts in a sealed envelope:
Architecture Graduate Admissions
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 7-337
Cambridge, MA 02139
If you are currently pursuing a degree program, wait to send your transcript until your degree is conferred. Provide notarized English translations if the originals are not in English. Final transcripts that include your last semester grades and date your degree was conferred must be received no later than August 15. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts uploaded for admission and the official transcripts may result in a withdrawal of our admission offer. You will be placed on a registration hold until the original, official transcripts have been provided to MIT Architecture.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, official digital transcripts may be sent directly from your institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also have your digital transcript sent to email@example.com using the National Student Clearing House or Parchment if this is an option for your school. Architecture does not have access to anything sent to or shared with firstname.lastname@example.org / Graduate Admissions, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, E38-200.
➤Set up your student profile on the MIT Architecture website.
You will need to have your MIT email set up before you can log into the Department website, as the website login will be your MIT email. You may include a brief biographical statement and attach a portfolio of your work. This is a helpful way for you to get to know your classmates and for the faculty to see your resume if you are shopping for a teaching assistantship or other work on campus.
Questions? Contact Darren Bennett.
➤NOMAS sign-up invitation
If you want to keep up the going-ons, events, and news of MIT’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, then please add your name to this google sheet in order to be added to the NOMAS listserv. The listserv is our go-to place for any information related to NOMAS, so sign-up if you do not want to miss out!
➤RSVP: Request a Current Architecture Student Mentor
You may have some questions before you enroll that a current student can answer best. The Architecture Student Council (ASC) will match you up with a current student over the summer, if you request one on the RSVP form at the bottom of this section.
Need help? Contact the Architecture Student Council
➤RSVP Form. Please complete the form.
This section contains specific information for incoming MArch students.
Jumpstart (formerly Pre-Orientation Workshop) for invited Master of Architecture Students Only
August 15-19 (remote component), followed by August 22-26 (on campus component)
MIT Architecture's Jumpstart is designed to prepare incoming MArch students for the rigors of the first design studio and to develop basic skills. The course is intended for students with little architectural studio experience, but open to others who would benefit from introductory exposure to unfamiliar software. Jumpstart is created for our MArch student community by our MArch student community. This experience is taught through exercises that have been handed down from year to year and taught by our esteemed teaching fellows (who are recent graduates). Jumpstart will begin in early August and be held entirely online. It will involve a combination of real-time and recorded content, as well as activities for you to complete at your own pace. More detailed information will be available by mid-July.
Credit for Previous Academic Work
MArch students who have successfully completed the equivalent of one or more required architecture subjects outside MIT (or within MIT as undergraduates) may be given advanced credit for those subjects by submitting a petition for curriculum adjustment with all relevant material including a transcript, syllabi (in English), reading lists, problem sets, paper assignments. Be sure to highlight the equivalent subject(s) taken on your transcript.
Petitions are submitted to email@example.com by the first day of classes and are then reviewed by the MArch Program Committee, which is composed of one faculty member from each of the four discipline groups, and acted on in the first month of the semester. All requests for advanced credit must be resolved by the beginning of the penultimate semester.
MIT On-boarding: Things to do before enrolling
You are responsible for carefully reading the information on each of the New Graduate Student Activity tabs and fulfilling each task by the stated deadline as necessary.
A full list of topics:
- Personal Information
- I-9 Verification
- MIT ID Cards (due July 29)
- Medical Matters
- Orientation (Graduate Student Council)
- Graduate Student Parents
- Required Trainings (two online trainings, complete by July 26, each takes 45 minutes to 1 hour); Sexual Assault Prevention-Grad Pt 1 and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Student Pt. 1. Detailed instructions are attached.
- MIT Alert
- Intellectual Property (IPIA) (sign online form)
- Money Matters
- Commuter Connections
- ORCID at MIT
- International Students
MIT ID Card
To obtain an MIT ID, please follow the steps below. For your card to be processed, please complete the photo/ID upload by Friday, July 29. No further action is required if you have already submitted a photograph. If you are a returning student submitting a new photo is optional if you prefer to use the photo in the system. Please upload your photo and identification document following the instructions below.
*Submit a photograph for the card to be processed via https://mycard.mit.edu
• be a front view of your full face, centered in the frame from just above the top of your head to your collarbone.
• show your eyes open and without any glare from eyeglasses if you wear them.
• not show any garment or headgear that obstructs your face.
• be at least 300 pixels wide and preferably saved as a jpg with high-quality optimization.
*Provide a scanned copy of your passport or driver’s license to verify your identity (submit at the URL above).
The card will be processed once all the information is received. Students can obtain a digital ID through the atlas app / covidpass. For a physical ID card, please visit the Atlas Service Center (40 Ames Street, open M-F, 8 am – 5 pm (except holidays)). Cards will be issued starting Monday, August 15th.
Physical cards can also be obtained at kiosks located on campus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Institute-Wide Required Canvas Modules
2022 incoming graduate students,
It’s here! This is your first official MIT “course” on Canvas, our online Learning Management System. You can access these materials from any internet-connected device.
As a reminder, we’ll be rolling out the modules in the MIT Graduate Orientation course weekly — with a break when campus is closed on Friday, July 1 — and we’ll notify you by email when a new module is available.
Logging into Canvas
When you open the Canvas link, you will be prompted to log in using Touchstone authentication, which requires a Kerberos ID and can also use certificates. (Not set up yet? Learn how or use MIT IS&T’s Knowledge Base to find answers to any questions.) Once you’ve logged in, you can begin clicking through the module pages.
Teaching + Learning Lab: TA Days
- TA Days Tentative Schedule
- Check back in August for a new TA Days Canvas site, which will be used for registration and to coordinate all of the workshop materials.
Notes from Graduate Housing
- Graduate Housing Portal: MIT graduate students who are interested in on-campus housing are welcome to select their desired unit through the Self-Selection process within their Housing Portal.
- Summer Sublicensing Opportunities: Members of the MIT community who are seeking temporary on-campus housing accommodations this summer are welcome to sublicense an available on-campus housing unit from a current graduate housing resident by visiting our Sublicense Center website. Please visit the website for additional information, including step-by-step tutorials and policies.
- Off-Campus Housing Opportunities: Members of the MIT community who are interested in exploring off-campus housing opportunities are welcome to visit our Off-Campus Housing website, mitoffcampus.com, for listings, as well as a roommate finder tool.
Technology and Computing
The Department of Architecture has its own in-house computing service within the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) to compliment those provided by MIT's Information Services and Technology (IS&T). The organization's name is Systems and Technology Organization for Architecture (STOA)
The STOA staff will hold an orientation session for all incoming Architecture graduate students. The orientation session will provide an introduction to computing at MIT in SA+P. Topics will include software, how and where to print, and steps needed for a safe and secure technology experience at MIT. The schedule for the STOA orientation session will be included in the Department of Architecture orientation schedule over the summer.
Please visit the STOA website for more information on technology resources, licensed software, and information regarding collaboration platforms, printing and research or personal computing recommendations.
Students are expected to learn needed software themselves. LinkedInLearning is a superb on-line, hands-on training resource should you feel you need it. You cannot register without first obtaining a Kerberos ID and web certificates.
Please visit the IS&T web site if you have any questions about your MIT Kerberos identity, Duo 2-factor-authentication, obtaining your MIT Certificate, centrally provided software, and setting up your MIT email account. IS&T also has 24/7 phone and email based support via their Service Desk, as well as an on-site walk-in experience at the Atlas Service Center from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions or technology concerns in the department, please email the team at email@example.com. STOA can guide you to the best solution within the department or the Institute for all of your technology concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is MIT dealing with COVID-19?
You may view the latest status on the MIT Now: Adapting to COVID, Keeping Connected, a centralized web site.
In order to make resuming on campus studies safe, MIT announced on April 30, 2021 that every enrolled student must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a medical or religious exemption. If you have concerns or questions about meeting the requirement or traveling if unvaccinated, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular situation.
When do I need to arrive on campus?
Orientation begins the week of August 28. Allow extra time if you need to find off-campus housing. Incoming single students or couples with or without children should begin looking for housing well in advance of arrival, preferably over the summer. MIT Housing has a helpful off-campus housing site with a roommate match-up service.
Do I really need to take the English Evaluation Test? (EET)
The Institute requires all entering international students whose primary language of instruction from the age of six through high school has not been English to take the EET. The EET is pivoting online this August – please check here for updates throughout the summer. This test is useful in identifying if any specific help is needed. It is not possible to fail this test.
How do I get credit for a subject I've previously taken that is a requirement for the MArch Program?
MArch students who have successfully completed the equivalent of one or more required architecture subjects outside MIT (or within MIT as undergraduates) may be given advanced credit for those subjects by submitting a Petition for Curriculum Adjustment. Details about credit for previous academic work and a downloadable Petition for Curriculum Adjustment form are available on the Degree Programs webpage.
When will I learn who my academic advisor will be?
The name of your department advisor will be confirmed during orientation, and you will meet with them individually on Registration day. Your academic advisor/registration officer is not always the same as your research advisor. If you aren't sure, ask during your degree program's orientation.
When do I register for classes?
There is NO pre-registration available for incoming graduate students. Registration Day is Tuesday, September 6, the day before classes begin. You will meet with your Registration Officer and register online (unless you are an international student who has not yet been cleared by the International Students Office). For more information on registration procedures, go to the department registration site or the MIT Registrar's site.
When and where can I get my MIT ID Card?
Incoming graduate students should visit the Atlas Service Center, Building E17-first floor to receive a MIT ID card. Students who have a photo they would like to use should review the specifications at Submit your ID Photo. You can also have your photo taken in the Atlas Center. Consult the Atlas Service Center for any updates about in-person service.
- At the Atlas Center Welcome desk, identify yourself as a student.
- Bring a valid passport, U.S. driver’s license or U.S. government-issued picture ID for proof of identity. Driver’s licenses from other countries, college/university IDs from other institutions, credit/bank cards or insurance cards will not be accepted.
- The name on your government issued ID must match the legal name that MIT has on file for you.
I have a Research or Teaching Assistantship appointment in the fall. What do I need to do to get paid?
You will need to fill out the online I-9 Employment Eligibility form, and bring the form and approved supporting documents listed on the website to the Atlas Service Center (located at E17-first floor) within the first few days of arriving on campus, and before September 1st, if possible. For the online I-9 form and more detailed instructions, click here. On or after September 1st, you will need to go online to the "About Me" section of Atlas.mit.edu. Fill out the "Tax Withholding" and "Direct Deposit Preferences" forms so you can be paid.
When can I begin applying for Department Teaching Assistantships and hourly jobs for fall term?
You may apply for Department work in the form of a teaching assistantship (TA) or hourly work at the start of the term. Before August, you will be sent a link to your MIT Architecture profile by email to your MIT address, and invited to add personal information to your profile about your work experience, research interests, and a link to your portfolio. In September you will receive email with the link to an online Department jobs listing showing the positions that are available after assignments have been made for students who receive a TA as part of their financial aid package. Having your profile in place will help the faculty easily pre-screen you after you apply for positions of interest.
NOTE: You may not apply for a TA position for a class that meets the same time as one of your required subjects. For example, MArch students who need to take a studio may not TA for undergraduate studios that also meet on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. Be sure to check the class fall schedule when it becomes available. For more information, go to the Department Handbook.
Students who must work as a TA as part of their financial package will be assigned a class. For more information, contact the director of your degree program.
I've been admitted with a Department of Architecture tuition scholarship. When will the scholarship be posted to my Bursar's bill?
Your fall bill will be available for viewing in July, which is before the Department processes scholarship appointments. Do not panic. If you will be receiving tuition support, awards will be posted to your Bursar's account by early August. You should pay only the portion of the fall term bill that is your responsibility by August 1st. The Bursar's Office will not charge interest on the unpaid portion due by the Department. You will receive an email confirmation when the Department processes your scholarship, and the scholarship will be posted on your Bursar's bill shortly thereafter. For up-to-date information, you can always check your Bursar's account from WebSIS, using the MITPAY function. Go to WebSIS and click on the section for students and select Financial Record.
Helpful Web Sites
As you will quickly learn, MIT's web sites were not developed centrally and there has been a recent attempt to create overarching websites to help you find things. Some helpful web site links are listed below, and some will require a MIT certificate.
- Student Resources: How to find stuff at MIT
Start here to find helpful info about offices, services and tools you can use, and discover new ones. Find the academic calendar, finances, Spouses & Partners Connect, MIT Medical, housing, dining, transportation, campus map and much more.
- Registrar's Office:
A good place to look for information regarding registration instructions, class schedules, MIT Bulletin (catalog), ordering transcript and enrollment certification letters.
- MIT WebSIS (student.mit.edu)
This is the student information system for registration, viewing status of registration, entering your academic record, updating your contact information and emergency contact information and more.
- Office of Graduate Education (OGE)
The go-to office for MIT's official graduate policies and procedures, student support and development, student finances, GradDiversity, programs and resources for women, resources for grad families and more.
- International Students Office (ISO)
The go-to office for all things relating to international students including applying for I-20 and DS-2019 for newly admitted international students. Sylvia Hiestand is Architecture's ISO Advisor.
- Atlas Center:
Go here to find all the required MIT forms and tasks for incoming graduate students.
- Student Financial Services (SFS)
This is MIT's central office that oversees loans, charges and payments to your student account (MITPay), and more.
- Student Disability Services (SDS)
If you have a disability, contact SDS to provide documentation that identifies you specific disability, describes your functional limitations, and lists the requested accommodation.