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Brief background: 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is perhaps one of the best colleges in the world. Incorporated in 1861, MIT is a private research University located in Cambridge. It is often ranked amongst the top five Universities of the world.  U.S. News & World Report, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the QS World University Rankings have been consistently ranking MIT’s School of Engineering since the past several years. These rankings speak eons about the University. The University has had some of the most illustrious alumni from all over the world and it is said that the combined revenues of companies set up by MIT alumni would rank as the eleventh largest economy in the world. 

The University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Social Science, Humanities, Business Studies and Architecture and Planning among others. 


The infrastructure of MIT, like everything else, is top-notch. Spread across 168 acres, the University has everything that a student might need. The campus is home to more than 20 research centers and more than 30 sports and other recreational facilities. The campus is also home to a Nuclear Reactor – which is one of the strongest University-based reactors in the country. The Universities library system consists of subject libraries along with other specialized libraries and archives that contain more than 3 million volumes together. 

Residing Options:

MIT offers on-campus accommodation to its students and has excellent residential facilities for students. All undergraduate students at MIT are guaranteed four years of on-campus housing during their study. It also has 5 dormitories meant for single graduate students as well as 2 apartment buildings for families of the married students. Since on-campus accommodation can be slightly expensive, some students also prefer to live off-campus.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The faculty of MIT is also top-notch. Quite a few faculty members are Nobel Laureates while most others are highly distinguished in their academic circles. The School of Engineering at MIT has 376 full-time faculties on staff. 

Financial aid:

Financial aid is available for students at MIT. However, getting one of these is quite tough. And the simple reason for this is that MIT is filled with students who excel at multiple things and hence the competition for these scholarships is quite tough. 

Jobs and placements:

The graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported an average salary range of $109K, wherein the salary range of male graduates is $67,468 - $149,811 and female graduates is $60,736-$121,128. The graduates from the Department of Engineering earn  $64,024-$154,975. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) has been consistently topping the U.S. News & World Report. The primary recruiters of graduates of MIT are Google, Inc ($90,000 - $136,581), Microsoft Corp ($67,871 - $138,484), Inc ($90,347 - $176,731), General Electric Co (GE) $103,744 - $178,666 and Northrop Grumman Corporation and hence they have rated five out of five stars for job satisfaction on Payscale.
The university also offers various on-campus career opportunities spread across different departments mainly the Chemical Engineering department. Departments such as  Aerospace Engineering mention open employment positions on their website.


MIT has a very long list of notable alumni. Some of them are India’s first industrialist to expand abroad Aditya Vikram Birla, Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Founder of Kirloskar group S. K. Kirloskar and many others. 


MIT is one of the finest Universities in the U.S and getting admission here is nearly impossible. Apply here only if you have an outstanding profile. 


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology spreads at a generous 168 acres and is located alongside the Charles River. Those who wish to travel by flight can access Boston's Logan Airport which is the closest airport to the campus. The taxi from the airport to the university takes about twenty-five minutes, while those travelling by the subway can take the Kendall Square on the Red Line, which is the closest stop to the campus. Students and staff can also take the bus from Dudley/Harvard Station mainly the CT1 stops and CT2 bus stops which stop around the campus. Those visiting the campus can find accommodation in some of the local hotels which are situated within walking distance of the campus
There are both on and off-campus dining options with different types of cuisines. The campus offers a list of suggested places to dine as well as places to visit in the city such as Duck Tour of Boston, Boston Red Sox Fenway Park tour, The Swan Boats, The North End dining experience to name a few.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 30%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 293
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 162
TA Appointments 309
RA appointments 1,596
Research funding $447,783,000
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The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers BS, MS, Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees. It is undergraduate programs include Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Engineering inclusive of internship opportunities in prominent places such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, NASA’s JPL and Langley, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and summer programs like MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives. It is graduate programs include MS and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering which provide students with the opportunity to conduct research in any of the following areas: Aerospace Computational Engineering Aerospace, Energy and the Environment, Air-Breathing Propulsion, Air Transportation Systems among many others. The department houses a total of fifteen labs to facilitate sundry research purposes. The faculty consists of 51 members including former shuttle astronaut, secretary of the Air Force, Air Force chief scientist, NASA chief technologist and many others who are recognized throughout the arena of Aerospace Engineering. Most of them are bearers of awards such as The Goddard Trophy, Capers and Marion McDonald Award, FAA Excellence in Aviation Award, Exceptional Service Medal, to name a few, and winners of positions such as Best Paper Presentation, Best Oral Presentation,  DuPont Human-Powered Watercraft Speed-Record Prize, etc., while others have earned scholarships and fellowships in renowned universities.

Areas of Expertise: Vehicle Design, Atmosphere, and Space Sciences, Autonomy, Complex Systems, Human-System Collaboration, Information Sciences and Computation.


MIT's Chemical Engineering Department offers BS, M.S CEP, Ph.D. and Ph.D. CEP programs. The undergraduate course includes BS in Chemical Engineering, Chemical-Biological Engineering and an individual Bachelor of Science degree. The graduate course includes three programs, namely Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice degree which is a one-year course offering more application-based teaching, a doctoral degree in chemical engineering which is primarily research-oriented and a doctoral in chemical engineering practice degree which combines research as well as industrial experience. The department has a total of 47 full-time faculty along with 53 staff members most of whom are recipients of awards such as  Bingham Medal Award, Outstanding Young Researcher Award, IChemE's Hinchley Medal, to name a few, as well as receivers of eminent fellowships, scholarships, and publications in internationally recognized journals. The department also consists of a ChemE Communication Lab which is built with the aim of encouraging open communication among student engineers. It employs a peer training program in which students can work on their oral, written and visual communication skills. It also facilitates students with various other resources such as career resources, postdoctoral association and regular event organization, for example, the Ins and Out of Grant Writing and other social events. The department also undertakes research in areas related to chemical engineerings such as Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Biomedical and Biotechnology, Energy, Environment Sustainability, Transport and Thermodynamics, and math and Computational systems. 

Areas of Expertise: Catalysis and reaction engineering, Surfaces and nanostructures, Materials and Polymers, Thermodynamics and molecular computation and Biological engineering.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT strives towards combining creativity and innovation with infrastructure and engineering. It offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree wherein students can choose and modify their preferred education tracks. Some of the suggested research domains are Civil Engineering Track, Environmental, and Engineering Science Track, Systems Engineering Track. Within the graduate program, the degrees offered are MEng which is a 9-month long program, Master of Science (SM) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree which are purely research-based, Master of Science in Transportation for graduate and doctoral students and four Joint and Dual Degree programs. CEE has a total of 43 full-time faculty, most of whom are bearers of esteemed awards such as the Golden Mirko Ros Medal, Yael Rom Studies Award, Arthur K. Doolittle Award, to name a few, and prizewinners of Walter Fitch Prize, ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, Alfred Noble Prize. Some have also earned grants and fellowships in noted universities and have been published in significant journals. Besides environmental and civil engineering, the department also conducts research in Ecological Systems, Structures and Design, Urban Systems, and Global Systems. It also includes a blog which covers the latest achievement and progress of both the students and faculty of the department.

Areas of Expertise:  Hydrology and hydroclimatology, Infrastructure Systems, Environmental chemistry, Environmental fluid mechanics and coastal engineering, Environmental microbiology, Geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, Transportation Systems and Mechanics of materials and structures.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prides in being the largest department at MIT with a sizeable flow of undergraduates and graduates every year. EECS offers undergraduate programs, namely BS in Electrical Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Computer Science and Engineering. The university doesn't offer a terminal master's degree. Master of Engineering degree only for MIT EECS undergraduates, a degree in Electrical/Computer Science Engineering and a Ph.D./ScD awarded accordingly. The department is vastly known for its batch of expert faculty who are the recipients of awards such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, William Bennett Prize Paper Award, Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation, to name a few, and prize winners of Maurice Wilkes prize, Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, Mathematical Programming Society's 1997 Tucker Prize among many others. They have also conducted various talks and presentations, participated in conferences and have published books and journals. The department also has its own journal named ‘Connector’ for students, faculty, and alumni. The department through its Industrial Connection Program and the Women's Technology Program provides high school students with the training and opportunity to pursue computing and engineering in the industry.

Areas of Expertise: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science: Systems, Computer Science: Theory, Circuits, Information Systems, Information Theory and Decision Systems, Network Science, Numerical Methods, Sociotechnical Systems, Social Behavior, Statistics and Data Science, Health Care Delivery, Uncertainty, Risk, and Dynamics, Policy & Standards, Partial Differential Equations, Humans & Technology, Computational Mechanics, Critical infrastructures and Optimization
List of Labs: Microsystems Technology Laboratories, Lab for Information and Decision System and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers an undergraduate degree with three options - a traditional SB degree, a customizable degree with studies focused in mechanical engineering and a complementary field and an ocean-engineering focused degree. SMME (Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering), SMOE (Master of Science in Ocean Engineering), SMNAME (Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering), SMOGE (Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering), Master of Engineering in Manufacturing, ME (Mechanical Engineer’s), NE (Naval Engineer), PhD and dual degrees as well as postdoctoral program are the graduate programmes offered by the department. It has 32 full-time teaching faculty ranging from lecturers and technical instructors to principal research scientists.

Areas of Expertise: Ocean Science and Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, and Product Development, Mechanics: Modeling, Experimentation and Computation, Micro & Nano Engineering, Bioengineering, Energy Science and Engineering and Controls, Instrumentation, and Robotics.

Material Science

The Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers an undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Archaeology and Materials, while‌ ‌its‌ ‌graduation‌ ‌program includes a single master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering. The department consists of seven labs. It has its faculty spread across various disciplines within the department with 15 full-time teaching staff who are the recipients of national awards such as Benjamin Franklin Medal, National Medal of Science, CAREER Award, Kyoto Prize, Arthur C. Smith Award, Woody Award alongside innumerable fellowships in distinguished universities. The department is divided among sundry disciplines covering most research areas of the respective fields. The department is linked with the MIT’s Global Education and Career Development office which provides students with the required career support.

Areas of Expertise: Electronic, Structural and Biological Materials Engineering, Structure, Processing and Properties of Materials, Materials in Energy, Medicine, Nanotechnology and the Environment, Computational Materials Science, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
List of Labs: Materials Research Laboratory and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies 

Annual fees for Indians $48,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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