What you need to know

Special students are non-degree students who take classes at MIT. You will apply through the program headquarters and should contact the program directly for information on registration procedures. In all programs, students must demonstrate their ability to handle MIT’s rigorous academic standards. The majority in the Undergraduate Special Students Program are enrolled in another university but have an interest in taking a subject offered at MIT. 

Programs:
  • The Advanced Study Program is a flexible non-degree program that allows working professionals to take courses in STEM and management (part-time or full-time), earn class credit, and receive a transcript from MIT.
  • The System Design & Management Program is a one-year graduate certificate program for professionals and corporations.  
  • The Sloan Visiting Fellows Program allows students to customize their professional development and choose the Sloan classes that are most relevant to their industry and personal interests. Fellows receive a certificate from Sloan upon completion.
  • Professionals from developing and newly industrializing countries who are in the middle of their careers are eligible to apply to the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS).