Does MIT have a separate Computer Science program for grad school?

<p>It's seemingly tied to Electrical plan is to Major in BME and minor in CS at Duke. Depending on the economy/job opportunities, one of my routes is to get a masters degree in CS (hopefully the minor in CS prepares me for it) and work in the IT industry.</p>

<p>Is it possible to apply for CS grad school at MIT with a minor in CS?

<p>The department is the EECS department. If you look at the EECS website, there are definitely PhD programs for CS students.</p>

<p>I’m interested in MS in CS, not PhD</p>

<p>The EECS department at MIT only has a combined master’s/PhD program for students who didn’t do their bachelor’s degrees at MIT. You can choose to leave the program with a master’s, but you must be admitted to the PhD track.</p>

<p>[MIT</a> EECS - Frequently Asked Questions](<a href=“]MIT”>



<p>I’m not sure if I read your post correctly but are you basically saying that students who have a bachelor’s degree in ECE from MIT can’t do grad school at MIT?</p>

<p>I haven’t read the MIT site, but at my school there’s a 5 year EECS bachelors and master’s program, presumably only for those enrolled in the EECS major at the school. There are a good number of similarities with MIT, so it might be the case that a student in the EECS major at MIT could do that degree…but that students who did NOT complete a bachelor’s degree at MIT, the only option is the EECS PhD program, which you can get a master’s from on the way [and potentially drop out with the master’s but not a PhD].</p>

<p>It might be a tricky placement of the word “only” …</p>



<p>Yes I would bet that it is, but getting in is probably pretty hard if it’s the PhD program. I’d anticipate if you’re doing another major, then you’d want to do some very nice research combining your interests, with significant achievement in CS.</p>

<p>^Actually, l’ll make my question broad. If i minor in anything, can I possibly aim for a gradschool in that minor-subject? Or do I have to continue my Masters in whatever I majored in as a Bachelors?</p>

<p>mathboy is correct, there is only a Master’s program for EECS undergrads at MIT. Anyone can apply to the PhD program, I assume different programs have different requirements as to what sort of undergraduate degrees they require for admission.</p>

<p>So yes, if you want a M.S. from MIT in EECS, you need to get admitted to the PhD program, complete your Master’s, and then drop out.</p>

<p>Glad I guessed right…:)</p>

<p>And John, I anticipate it has more to do with what kinds of classes you took as correlated with what your graduate school goals are than what your official major is. Many [though I will not promise all] graduate programs are fine with your having had comparable preparation to <em>basic major requirements</em> [keep in mind most real majors in the given discipline will probably go far beyond the basics], along with whatever other substantial work you did. If applying to a program without a major in the same area, I’d make it really clear why you’re doing it in your Statement of Purpose or equivalent essay they ask you to write…I anticipate you can easily see why you’d want to!</p>

<p>Also, applying to EECS doesn’t have to mean you have to do something related to EE, though you should check to see if they have any basic course requirements or prelim/qual exams on EE material if you’re interested in CS. Not sure if the Master’s program would even have prelim/qual exams, but I’ll bet the PhD program does, and it sounds like you’d have to apply to the PhD program if you want to go to MIT anyway.</p>

<p>Sorry for the confusion – I meant that the only option for students who didn’t do a bachelor’s at MIT is the MS/PhD program. Students who did a bachelor’s at MIT could aim for the MS/PhD program or could complete an MEng degree. MIT students are admitted to MIT graduate programs at high rates, and, overall, MIT is the most common undergraduate origin of MIT graduate students.</p>

<p>Alright so from what I gather, I can apply to MIT EECS department after my B.S. at Duke with a minor in computer science.
I’m probably going to engage in research that combines biomedical engineering and computer science, and I do plan on taking GRE Subject test on CS–I think I should be prepared well for CS.</p>

<p>Once I apply and if I get in, I can do the CS course in the EECS dept. But its a M.S/PhD program. So I once I get a M.S degree in CS, I can drop out.</p>

Does anyone know where I can find the admit rate for this program? Thanks.</p>

<p>Have you tried looking at the EECS website at all? You might consider researching some programs on your own.</p>



<p>I don’t know too much about this, but I think this is generally frowned upon, like a lot. And I’m guessing your goals in getting a Masters is different than what would be expected from someone applying for a PhD, which could make admissions harder. But like, there are other good schools for a masters in CS, like Stanford and I think Berkley, and I feel like it’s kind of unfair for you to try this route considering that if you get accepted, it will be over people that actually want to get a PhD.</p>


Graduate programs don’t often publish their admission rates. You can see in MIT’s newspaper, The Tech ([here](<a href=“]here[/url]”></a>) that in 2009 there were 2550 applications for probably around 100-150 spots (the article says there were 638 grad students in the EECS department in total, and PhD studies generally take 5-6 years). There are more applications when the economy is worse and fewer applications when the economy gets better.</p>