Information for CDO Applicants


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Kate Nelson
CDO and CSE Programs
MIT CCE Headquarters
Room 35-434B
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Thank you for considering the MIT CDO SM as part of your graduate education options.

Please read through the information we've provided here; note in particular the F.A.Q.s page, which contains a wealth of information for applicants.  If, after reading through the site, you still have questions about the program, please contact us.  Please note that all information provided is specific to the CDO program. If you want to learn about applying to other MIT graduate programs, please visit the MIT Graduate Admissions website.

Current MIT Graduate Students

If you are currently enrolled in a MIT graduate program (SM or PhD) and are interested in completing the CDO SM in conjection with your current course of study, please see Information for Current MIT Graduate Students.

Current MIT Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) students wishing to apply to CDO must follow the process for external applicants as M.Eng. student do not have graduate student status.


To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degree is awarded before they enroll at MIT.

Although there are no specific academic requirements for admission, prospective students should have a strong foundation in a core disciplinary area such as engineering, materials science, physics, or mathematics. The program is very technical, and as such, we expect all applicants to have a firm foundation in and understanding of linear algebra and multivariable calculus.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for September 2019 enrollment is January 10, 2019.  The CDO program does not offer spring term admission. Students are notified via email of admissions decisions as soon as possible, typically in March.

Application Fee

The MIT graduate application fee of $75.00 is a mandatory requirement set by the Institute payable by MasterCard or Visa.

Please visit the MIT Graduate Admission Application Fee Waiver page for information about fee waiver eligibility and instructions.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted through the CDO online portal.  If there are extenuating circumstances necessitating the use of a paper application, please contact Kate Nelson

Please see the Application Process page for specific information.

Admissions Contact Information

Kate Nelson, Academic Administrator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 35-434
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

GRE Requirement

All applicants are required to provide official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised General Test. The MIT code for submitting GRE score reports is 3514.  You do not need to provide a department code.

The CDO program does not have minimum GRE score.

IELTS Requirement

The CDO program requires that international applicants from non-English speaking countries take the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS exam measures one’s ability to communicate in English in four major skill areas: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for admission to the CDO program. For more information about the IELTS, and to find out where and how to take the exam, please visit the IELTS web site.

The CDO program does not accept the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.  To read the official policies please see the nondiscrimination statement page.