Application checklist

As PPSM is an interdepartmental program, applications should be directed to a department, usually that of the student’s previous degree.

Testing Requirements (GRE, IELTS, etc.) are RELEVANT ONLY TO THE DEPARTMENTAL application process—for information about Testing Requirements please:

1) Download the departmental admissions requirements PDF from the MIT Graduate Admissions webpage—This PDF and other MIT documents may refer to PPSM by our former name, “PPST” or “Program in Polymer Science and Technology.” We are working with MIT Admissions and other offices to ensure that our recent name change to PPSM appears in the next update of all relevant publications. All references to “PPST” and/or “PPSM” refer to the program currently known as “Program in Polymers and Soft Matter.” Thank you for your understanding during this transitional period!

2) If you still have questions about Testing Requirements after having downloaded and read through the relevant section(s) of the PDF in step 1), please contact the appropriate departmental academic office using the email address shown in the list below:

Biological Engineering [EMAIL:] (DEC 15th APPLICATION DEADLINE)
Chemical Engineering [EMAIL:] (DEC 1st APPLICATION DEADLINE)
Materials Science and Engineering [EMAIL:] (DEC 15th APPLICATION DEADLINE)
Mechanical Engineering [EMAIL:] (DEC 15th APPLICATION DEADLINE)

3) Using the links above, identify the link for submitting an online admission application, create a new account and begin preparing your online application.
PPSM accepts applications for FALL admission onlyPlease consult MIT’s Graduate Admissions for departmental application deadlines.

4) On the online application for all five of PPSM’s affiliated departments, check the box for “MIT Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM)”. 

5) Complete and submit the online application with all support material specified by the department to which you are applying.

6) Once you have been accepted  to a department’s graduate program, as long as you CHECKED THE BOX for PPSM (step 4 above), your application will be forwarded to the PPSM office for consideration.

7) Send a one-page letter of notification directly to the PPSM office via post or email– FOR EMAILED LETTERS OF NOTIFICATION PLEASE USE ONLY  Your consideration for PPSM admission may be hindered if you send it to any other email address.

Letter of Notification Should Contain:

-Subject Line: “PPSM Letter of Notification”

-Your full name, postal address, email address, undergraduate school name, undergraduate program  of study,
and the name(s) of the MIT department(s)
that you have applied to.

It is not necessary to send a copy of your departmental application, letters of reference, article reprints, or any other support material, to the PPSM office. If the department you apply to responds with an offer of admission, then your complete application packet will be sent to PPSM for review.

If you prefer to send your letter of notification via post our street address is:
MIT Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM)
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 76-253
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

About your admission application

PPSM faculty welcome the interest of qualified students and will be pleased to answer inquiries concerning graduate study. Students applying to PPSM should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field of Science or Engineering.

Some departments require submission of test scores on both the aptitude and the advanced portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The advanced test should be taken in the student’s undergraduate major. Please visit the MIT Graduate Admissions Office Testing Requirements web page for information about testing requirements for all MIT departments, including those affiliated with PPSM.

Since admission and financial aid are both highly competitive, application forms should be completed with care. The more we know of your experience, professional plans, and perspectives on the field of polymers, the better we can process your application.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Institute administered programs and activities, but may favor US citizens or residents in admissions and financial aid.

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