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Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 2016

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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

To be recommended for the degree of Bachelor of Science, students must have attended the Institute not less than three regular academic terms, which ordinarily must include the term of graduation. Students must have satisfactorily completed programs of study approved in accordance with the faculty regulations, including the General Institute Requirements (GIRs) and the departmental program of the Course in which the degree is to be awarded.
The GIRs include Science, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST), Laboratory, Communication, and Physical Education requirements.

Master's Degree Requirements

SM: The student must have satisfactorily completed a program of study and a thesis, approved by the department in which he or she is enrolled. The student must be in residence as a full-time regular graduate student for a minimum of one regular academic term (not the summer session).
MEng: The student must have satisfactorily completed a structured program and a thesis approved by the department of the School of Engineering in which he or she is enrolled. The candidate must also have been in residence for a minimum of one regular term.
Engineer: The program for an engineer's degree requires more advanced and broader competence in engineering and science subjects than for the master's degree, but with less emphasis on original research than a doctoral program. The requirement for such a degree is the satisfactory completion of a program of advanced study and research approved by the appropriate department or interdepartmental committee of the School of Engineering. The candidate must be in residence for a minimum of two regular academic terms.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The two Institute requirements for a doctorate are completion of a program of advanced study, including a general examination, and completion and oral defense of a thesis on original research. The course of advanced study and research leading to the doctorate must be pursued under the direction of the departmental committee on graduate students for at least four academic terms.