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Majors and Minors

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To view a complete chart of MIT's majors and minors, see here.

When you apply to MIT, you apply to the entire university, not to a specific major or school. All first-year students begin MIT with an undeclared major. During the freshman year, MIT will provide academic fairs, lectures, seminars, and other programs to help students determine which major will suit them best; they are then are free to choose from MIT's majors, without any additional requirements or admission procedures.

MIT is organized into academic departments, or Courses, which you will often hear referred to by their Course number or acronym. These academic departments offer various undergraduate degrees and minors.


Architecture and Planning



Humanities, Arts, and Social Science


Management (Sloan School)



What is a course number?

MIT is organized into academic departments, or Courses, which you will often hear referred to by their Course number or acronym. These academic departments offer various undergraduate degrees and minors.

What is a major departure?

A major departure is a degree in a humanities field made by special permission with the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Students that pursue a major departure will receive an SB in Humanities, Course 21.

What is a double major and joint degree?

Students pursuing a double major may obtain a bachelor's degree with two separate majors in their desired fields of study. Students must apply to the Committee on Curricula to pursue a double major and must complete the departmental requirements for each major in addition to MIT's General Institute Requirements (GIRs). Completion of a double major program should take four to five years.

A joint degree is an option for students who want to merge studies in one of the 19 humanities fields with coursework in either engineering (Course 21E) or science (Course 21S).

What is the HASS concentration?

In order to broaden students' knowledge of the world around them, undergraduates are required to complete a HASS concentration, which includes study in three to four subjects. Students select their concentration before their third year and work with an advisor on their plan of study.

Cross-Disciplinary and Non-Departmental Academic Programs

Life Sciences

The expansion of life sciences has been enormous over the last decade. Today, biological topics and tools pervade almost all disciplines in science and technology. MIT is the leader in interdisciplinary life sciences educational and research opportunities. Multiple departments now offer majors, minors or courses that have a life sciences focus.


Students from many majors consider themselves pre-med, and MIT students are very successful in medical school admissions. There is no one official Premedical track at MIT, and the General Institute Requirements fulfill nearly all of the medical school requirements. The MIT Career Development Center offers advising for students seeking a pre-med track.


Students looking to attend law school can look to MIT's Career Development Center for prelaw advising; the office also provides resources to students looking to enter this field. Students wishing to attend law school may major in any Course.


MIT students in many majors are interested in the study of energy and the environment. Students participate in research in the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and can get an interdisciplinary minor in energy studies.

International Development

MIT students with an interest in international development participate in such programs as the International Development Initiative, D-Lab, and the the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Study Abroad

Study Abroad programs allow students to live in another country and learn more about other cultures while continuing their course of study. Students may apply for an exchange program or directly to a foreign university; these and other options may be explored more fully with the Study Abroad Office.


The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program allows students to get involved in real world research as soon as they arrive at MIT. About 85% of MIT students participate in some sort of research. Students decide how much time they wish to invest in the program, which may range from a semester to a full academic year.